“There is no current case for canine exceptionalism,” researchers concluded. “Dog cognition is, no doubt, unique, because the cognition of every species is unique.”
The study doesn’t say your dog isn’t smart, just that it isn’t “exceptional.”
Many dogs are obviously good at learning and taking commands, but according to Scientific American, grey seals and bottlenose dolphins are far better.
That doesn’t mean your dog doesn’t excel in some areas. The study found while they’re not great at interacting and understanding objects around them, known as physical cognition, some canines appear a little above average in social cognition, scientists said, particularly when following commands from humans.
But the bottom line?
“When a broad-enough set of comparison species is considered, there is no current case for canine exceptionalism,” according to the researchers.