Is your dog gifted? Smart Puppies Are More PLAYERS Than Typical Pooches, Study Reveals

Is your dog gifted? Smart Puppies Who Can Remember Multiple Object Names Are MORE PLAYERS Than Typical Pooches, Study Reveals

  • Previous studies have shown that a handful of dogs are “gifted”
  • These Dogs Can Remember Multiple Toy Names For Over Two Months
  • In a new study, researchers asked 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 select few pooches are actually bright enough to be able to remember multiple object names.

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

Their findings suggest that a key personality trait sets gifted dogs apart from typical pooches – playfulness.

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

A new study by researchers at Eotvos Lorand University has shed light on the personality of gifted dogs. Their findings suggest that a key personality trait sets gifted dogs apart from typical pooches – playfulness.

Which breeds are the brightest?

WebMD reports that the most naturally intelligent dog breeds are:

  1. border collie
  2. Poodle
  3. German shepherd
  4. Golden retriever
  5. Doberman Pinscher
  6. Shetland Sheepdog
  7. labrador retriever
  8. Butterfly
  9. rottweiler
  10. australian cattle dog

Previous studies have shown that only a few dogs in the world show 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 more than two months.

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

Researchers asked owners of 21 gifted dogs from around the world to complete a canine personality questionnaire.

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

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

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

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

“And also that there are gifted word learners who 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 the game is what brings out this talent,” Mr. Miklósi said.

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

Similarly, previous studies have shown that, in humans, the ability to solve problems is linked to playfulness.

For example, a 2013 study examined the link between play, creativity and math skills.

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

HOW DOES YOUR DOG CHANGE YOUR MIND AND YOUR BODY?

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

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

– Our canines also cause our brain to disperse dopamine, the “pleasure hormone”

– It boosts your mood and long-term memory

– Eye contact and touch are powerful oxytocin and dopamine triggers

– This means that social dog breeds like Labradors and Golden Retrievers are more likely to illicitly release oxytocin

– Breeds more independent of humans like Great Pyrennes may produce a weaker response to oxytocin

– Dogs that we perceive as aggressive, such as bulldogs or German shepherds, initiate the fight or flight response

– This triggers the release of 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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