Is a Mixed Breed Dog Smarter Than a Pure Breed?
Philippine mixed breeds are askals
Mixed breed dogs in the Philippines are called askals (street dogs). Askal is a shortcut for “aso sa kalye” or dog in the streets, which gives you an idea of how Filipinos once viewed mixed breeds. Pure breed dogs were considered better and smarter.
These days askals are getting more love with many proud Filipino owners. One askal, Saver (now passed away) appeared in a Japanese TV show because he could do many interesting tricks like going to the toilet, doing his thing, then flushing it.
Saver proved pure breed dogs don’t hold the bar for intelligence. Among the pure breeds the Border Collies are listed as No. 1 in intelligence, while the Afghan Hound is the bottom dweller. However Onayd Lumbao, dog behaviorist and author of “Nananaginip Ba Ang Aso” (Do Dogs Dream) said some experts don’t think it’s right to rank a dog by intelligence.
Mixed Breed Dog
Ten Smartest, Dumbest Pure Breed Dogs
According to Lumbao, each breed has different learning abilities. Pure breeds were designed to serve specific purposes. The brains of dogs have neurotransmitters which vary in terms of number and type, and which affect dog behavior. Border Collies are excitable and have more dopamine. The Great Pyrenees dogs prefer to walk rather than run to preserve energy.
At any rate, the 10 most intelligent pure breeds are: 1) Border Collie 2) Poodle 3) German Shepherd 4) Golden Retriever 5) Doberman Pinscher 6) Shetland Sheepdog 7) Labrador Retriever 8) The Papillon 9) Rottweiler 10) Australian Cattle Dog. For more info on these dogs go here.
The 10 least intelligent dogs are 1) Afghan Hound 2) Basenji 3) Bulldog 4) Chow Chow 5) Borzoi 6) Blood Hound 7) Pekingese 8) Mastiff 9) Beagle 10) Basset Hound. For more info on these dogs here.
Wire Haired Dachsund
Mixed Breed Intelligence
These neurotransmitters doubtless vary with mixed breed dogs too. My two mixed breed dogs, Ashley Pumpernickel and Winniechurchill, are extremely different in terms of energy and interests. Ashley shares more in common with Mocha. They both like chasing cats and rats. Mocha likes to torture cockroaches and beetles.
Winniechurchill is scared of cats. Her intelligence is more perceptive. She practically toilet trained herself because she noticed my husband Ed would shout every time she pood or peed in the bedroom.
She learned to hold it in but would whine softly every morning, sometimes for 30 minutes until Ed would wake up and take her outside. Winnie toilet trained herself, and this is why of my three dogs, only she doesn’t need to wear diapers when indoors.
Mixed Breed Winniechurchill
Saver, the first famous Askal
The late askal Saver became famous for his many achievements. Aside from his toilet training (literally) he could give you a massage, dance, jump through circles and other stuff. Saver, A Filipino askal, was featured in a Japanese TV show.
Saver appears in Japanese show
Should Dogs be Ranked by Intelligence?
Lumbao quoted Ray Coppinger, Ph.D who said, “Thinking about the learning abilities of dogs as intelligence is to miss the essence of dogs.”
And what’s the essence of dogs?
“No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as much as the dog does,” Christopher Morley said.
“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself,” Josh Billings said.
What do you think is the essence of dogs?