IS YOUR dog gifted? Smart puppies are more TOYS than typical little dogs, the study reveals

IS YOUR dog gifted? Smart puppies that can remember multiple object names are more TOYS than typical little dogs, the study reveals

  • Previous studies have shown that a handful of dogs are “gifted”
  • These dogs can remember multiple toy names for more than two months
  • In a new study, researchers interviewed owners of these dogs about their personality
  • The results revealed that a key trait makes gifted dogs stand out: playfulness

While many dog ​​owners like to think their pets are gifted, only a few select little dogs are actually bright enough to be able to remember multiple object names.

Now, a new study by researchers at Eotvos Lorand University has shed light on the personalities of these dogs.

Their findings suggest that a key personality trait distinguishes gifted dogs from typical little dogs: playfulness.

Ádám Miklósi, co-author of the study, said: “This study shows that there is a relationship between extremely high levels of playfulness and talent in the verbal labels of learning objects in dogs.”

A new study by researchers at Eotvos Lorand University has shed light on the personalities of gifted dogs. Their findings suggest that a key personality trait distinguishes gifted dogs from typical little dogs: playfulness

Which breeds are the brightest?

WebMD reports that the following are the most naturally intelligent dog breeds:

  1. border collie
  2. poodle
  3. German Shepherd
  4. Golden retriever
  5. Dobermann Pinscher
  6. Shetland Sheepdog
  7. Labrador Retriever
  8. bow tie
  9. rottweiler
  10. Australian Mountain Dog

Previous studies have shown that only a few dogs around the world exhibit the unique ability to learn multiple object names.

These dogs – called Gifted Word Learners – can learn the names of their toys very quickly and remember them for over two months.

In the new study, the team set out to investigate the personality traits of these dogs.

The researchers asked owners of 21 talented dogs from around the world to fill out a dog personality questionnaire.

“This is a validated questionnaire that reveals personality traits in dogs and has already been used successfully in several published studies,” said Borbala Turcsan, co-author of the study.

The results of the questionnaires were then compared with the results of the same questionnaire administered to owners of 144 typical dogs.

The researchers limited the study to Border Collies, because most of the gifted word learners belong to this breed.

“However, it is important to point out that the vast majority of Border Collies do not show this talent,” said Dr. Andrea Sommers, co-author of the study.

“And also that there are some students with words that don’t belong to this race,” added researcher Shany Dror.

The results revealed that the only personality trait reported significantly more in gifted dogs was playfulness

The results revealed that the only personality trait reported significantly more in gifted dogs was playfulness

The results revealed that the only personality trait reported significantly more in gifted dogs was playfulness.

While the Border Collie is a naturally very playful breed, gifted dogs were even more playful than other dogs.

“However, it is important to note that this does not necessarily imply that playfulness is what brings out this talent,” said Miklósi.

“We don’t rule it out, but it could also be that extreme playfulness in gifted individuals is driven or perceived by owners as a result of frequent playful interactions with their dogs, with named toys.”

Similarly, previous studies have shown that problem solving has been linked to playfulness in humans.

For example, a 2013 study looked at the link between playfulness, creativity, and math skills.

“This study confirmed that playfulness enhances individual creative performance and that personal playfulness can predict and has a positive influence on creativity,” the team wrote in the study.

HOW DOES YOUR DOG CHANGE MIND AND BODY?

– Dogs have been shown to trigger the release of the “cuddle hormone” oxytocin in their owners

– The chemical lowers heart rate and blood pressure and relieves stress

– Our canines also cause our brains to disperse dopamine “the pleasure hormone”.

– This improves your mood and long-term memory

– Eye contact and touch are powerful triggers of oxytocin and dopamine

This means that social dog breeds such as the Labrador and Golden Retriever are more likely to release illicit oxytocin

– Breeds that are more independent of humans such as the Great Pyrennes may bring out a lower oxytocin response

– Dogs we perceive as aggressive, such as bull dogs or German Shepherds, initiate the fight or flight response

– This triggers the release of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline

– These chemicals increase blood pressure and heart rate and can suppress the immune system in the long term

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