Tuesday, March 12

I is for Intelligence.... The Intelligence of Dogs
According to S. Coren, author of "The Intelligence of Dogs", there are three types of dog intelligence:

Adaptive Intelligence (learning and problem-solving ability). This is specific to the individual animal and is measured by canine IQ tests.

Instinctive Intelligence. This is specific to the individual animal and is measured by canine IQ tests.

Working/Obedience Intelligence.
This is breed dependent.

The Intelligence Ranking

Stanley Coren is a neuropsychologist and professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Coren has published articles in medical journals including The New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Public Health and Sleep. He has appeared on numerous television programs including Good Morning America, CNN, The Osgood Files and The Today Show. Dr. Coren is a fellow of the American Psychology Association, American Psychology Society and Canadian Psychology Association. He was recently awarded the Killam Memorial Fellowship.

Ranks 1 to 10 Brightest Dogs Understanding of New Commands: Less than 5 repetitions.
Obey First Command: 95% of the time or better.

Rank Breed
1 Border Collie
2 Poodle
3 German Shepherd !!!!!!!!!
4 Golden Retriever
5 Doberman Pinscher
6 Shetland Sheepdog
7 Labrador Retriever
8 Papillon
9 Rottweiler
10 Australian Cattle Dog

Canine IQ tests can be found here

We have ambitions for Bing! The people at Puppy Class have commented how quickly he is learning.
Like many other dog lovers/owners we watched Crufts. The Agility Class is one of my favourites. It would seem that training can not commence until Bing is a year old as his muscles and bones need to be fully developed. At The Dog Club there is an Agility Section which I am hoping to join when Bing is old enough. We are going to build some low hurdles for him in the paddock so he gets the basic idea to jump. We will also look into buying a tunnel...again so he gets the idea he plays with it by running through it.

This puppy was 6 months old when this video was taken............hmmmmmm watch this space! For more ABC fun follow the link in my sidebar.


  1. Dr Coren is amazing with dogs..he never raises his voice,is very calm even with the most hyper of dogs...and he always gets results.
    Jane x

  2. If the pup in that video is 6 months old, he's going to be a very big dog, even for a German Shepherd.
    I think you're wise to wait until Bing's bones are set. The weaving, in particular, might be bad for a puppy spine.
    Nice to know the people in puppy classes have declared him bright, though.
    I laughed to see Golden Retriever fifth on the list. Our Lindy did fine at obedience school, but a home she chooses which commands to obey. She'll come if she's outside and we call her in, but she won't come if she's in another room—unless, of course, we're calling from the kitchen.
    I must check back on your blog because we were away for a month, and could have missed a lot of Bing's growth and changes.

    1. Looking at Bing's colour and size of paws I think he will turn out very similar to the dog in the video Kay. Very gangly legs eh?

  3. Bing is a beauty. I love the perky ears and bright eyes.
    When it is time I know he will be at the top of his class.

    1. Sadly no puppy class today - due to snow! But yes once we get back to class he'll be at the top again!

  4. I know who Dr. Coren is - he's on TV here all the time! And UBC is my alma mater! WE aren't far behind you and Bing in intelligence - our little sweetie is learning how to resist now! When Lorne told her it was time to go home (from the dog park) she lay down on her side and wouldn't move! LOL

    abcw team

  5. Bing is not only intelligent, he is a beautiful dog!!

    I is for ...

  6. Poodles, hmm? Wouldn't have guessed that, but the others seem to be well ranked.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  7. Very intelligent! German Shepherds. Our grandson who is a policeman has a black German Shepherd who is very intelligent and beautiful!

  8. Wonderful post ~ so informative ~ Your dog is adorable ~ Intelligence is a wonderful thing ^_^

  9. Just look at those ears! Bing is a fine example of dogdom!

  10. Intelligent with fluffy ears, irresistible.

  11. totally surprised that a German shepherd ranks below a poodle, perhaps it's the standard breed. I say that because our mini poodle couldn't seem to learn much. she was lovable, but either stubborn or not brainy. your Bing is certainly alert and... gorgeous!


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