Wolves are, too, smarter than dogs

The Economist cites an experiment that shows that a chance to learn human behavior, not intelligence, is the key to understanding human gestures. An experiment that concluded dogs understood gesture better because of selection to understand humans was flawed. It used wolves that had not been raised with humans. A second experiment found that wolves brought up by humans understand gesture better than do dogs.

4 Responses to “Wolves are, too, smarter than dogs”

  1. jaredcormier Says:

    Well, we’ve known for some time that domestic dogs have a lower brain size:body size ratio than wolves. The only major differences between dogs and wolves stem from dogs being essentially wolves that never reach maturity.

    I’m not sure if this demonstrates “smarter” though. It may just be the result of wolves being better at social interactions unique to their groups. If reared by humans, the signals we use are far less diverse when communicating with domestic dogs than the signals wolves use to communicate with each other. Nevertheless, we see domestic dogs engaging in social behaviors almost as complex, if not just as complex, as wolves when they become feral.

    It may also be possible that this ability to read human behaviors when reared in close proximity to humans is what led to wolf domestication in the first place…

  2. Jack Wimmer Says:

    I’ve been searching for a website that agreed with the idea that wolves are smarter than dogs… a reliable website. I am happy to see that I’ve found one.

  3. Peter Grenader Says:

    There is overwhelming creditable evidence to support the idea that wolves are smarter which takes into account conditioning due to domestication (for instance, the idea that bolder does not equate to intelligence level…some argue that dogs are smarter because they may not perform a task a wolf would because they are considering the consequence of their actions, i.e. their domestication dictates ‘permission’ form a human before unlocking a gate).

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