The hological researcher Stanley Coren tried to put together the definitive resource for understanding the insides of our canine companions that is recorded in his book.

“The intelligence of dogs

. “Coren’s research was based on extensive surveys of 208 obedience judges from the American and Canadian Kennel Clubs, who represented half of all judges in North America. According to Coren, 51% of a dog’s intelligence comes from its genes, while 49% comes from environmental conditions. Coren ultimately collected statistically significant data for 140 recognized dog breeds and ranked them based on their work and obedience intelligence. This form of canine intelligence represents a breed’s ability to learn and respond to commands and training. Coren describes this as “a measure of what the dog can do for humans”.

Based on Coren’s research, Stacker has compiled the races that ranked in the bottom half of intelligence for work and obedience. Each race is broken down according to their valued understanding of new commands and the ability to obey a known command for the first time, while details of their training ability and history as a race are added. Coren’s research assessed the animal’s problem-solving abilities, obedience, memory, social training, and observation.

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