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Studies have shown that dogs understand human gestures and facial expressions
better than any other species, blowing away our own primate cousins. Those of
us with dogs have long understood how deeply attuned they are to our emotions,
possessing a human-like empathy unmatched throughout the animal kingdom
But, as Hare explains, they’re also capable of feats of human-like reasoning.
For example, being asked to retrieve an object with a name they’ve never been
taught, dogs will infer that the one they’ve never seen before is the one required.
In another study, being told by a pointing human where food is being hidden, dogs
have been shown to file away that information until they have the opportunity to
retrieve it, combining their great memory and understanding of human gestures
with an ability to plan ahead.
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For example, dogs can hear five times more acutely than humans, and cats about
twice as acutely as dogs. Also, a domestic cat's sense of smell is about fourteen
times as strong as a human's.
reply to post by Raxoxane
Just wanted to add that australian shepherds are awesome dogs - they've got to be one of the smartest breeds.