Dogs versus cats: Scientists reveal who is smarter

Scientists finally reveal who is smarter: dogs or cats. (Credit: iStock)

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A dog is only a collar means of communication. Instead, we need to look at the wiggles and squirms.

Jump. Rolling over. Lifting legs.

It’s all dog behavior that makes them so popular.

But actually, they are trying to talk to us.

Researchers from the University of Salford have been trying to figure out what humanity’s greatest friends have tried to tell us all these years. Their results are published in the scientific journal Animal Cognition.

They have identified, approximately 47 different possible movements that they use in an attempt to communicate.

They have managed to ‘translate’ 19 of them.

Surprisingly, most of them meaning ‘scratch me’. Do not ‘feed me’ – all that up there.

But others communicate with your dog is the desire to go outside and play.



Here is a quick dog-to-human dictionary to help you translate your pup’s needs:


— With the help of his muzzle and head to move your hand on her body

— With one leg in the air while sitting

— Turning its head from side to side, looking between a human and another object

— Standing on his hind legs

— Using his mouth to throw a toy ahead


— Rolling over in front of you

— Press her nose against you or another object

— The lick of you or an object

— Lifting a leg and placing it on your

— Gently bite into your arm

— Short shuffles along the ground during the roll over

— Lifting a leg while laying on his side

— Rubbing her head against you while leaning against you


— In the brief touching of a person with a single paw

— Diving headfirst under a person or object

— The reach of a paw in the direction of an object of interest

— Shake her body under a person or object


— Lifting both feet from the ground and placing them on the owner or a nearby object

— Jump up and down on an object or not, while in the same location.

The study comes as new evidence emerges to encourage the cat versus dog debate. Specifically, that is smarter.


Dog owners say their pets are the smartest because their pet is a loyal, cheerful and can be trained.

Cat owners say that their pet — for exactly the opposite reasons.

But it turns out now, that when it comes to raw brain power, dogs are clearly ahead.

Their cerebral cortex is particularly dense.

What is the surprise about dogs dense, cats say?

It is all about the efficiency when it comes to hunting.

It seems dogs have approximately 530 million neurons calculate their behavior, in contrast to 250 million cats.

“I believe that the absolute number of neurons an animal has, especially in the cerebral cortex, determines the richness of their internal mental state and their ability to predict what will happen in their environment based on experiences from the past,” neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel of the Vanderbilt University says.

Dogs had the most neurons of a carnivore — even though they are not the largest brain. Brown bears had about the same number as cats.

And previous studies that demonstrate that carnivorous animals need a larger brain size than the prey seems to be unfounded. There seems to be not much difference.

“I am 100 percent a dog person,” Herculano-Houzel known, “but with that disclaimer, our findings mean for me that the dogs have the biological option of doing the more complex and flexible things with their lives than cats can.”

But, cats argue, is that smart?

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