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    Does IQ exist for animals?



    Is IQ a construct that only makes sense in the context of humanity?

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    R.I.P Chaser

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    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaser_(dog)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salento View Post
    R.I.P Chaser

    April 28, 2004 – July 23, 2019

    ‘World’s Smartest Dog’



    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/27/s...llie-dies.html

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaser_(dog)
    Alas, not all breeds are as smart as Border Collies. My own sweet dog isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer.

    I heard a "smart" dog story today. A man told me he had a Golden Retriever who was very smart. One Saturday when he came home with a bag of bagels the dog, knowing what it was just by the smell, started whining for a piece. This particular time he didn't give him a piece right away, jokingly saying "bagels are for people, not dogs".The dog went to his huge box of toys, tossing most of them onto the floor, but finding at last what he was looking for, and brought it to the man to exchange for a piece of nice hot bagel: his plastic bagel chew toy! :)

    The professor is right about how owning a dog is a mixed blessing; they live such short lives compared to us. I've been so upset each time I've lost one, but when this one dies it will be beyond devastating. I'm more attached than I've ever been.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dnsn107 View Post
    Is IQ a construct that only makes sense in the context of humanity?
    There have been attempts to devise comparative tests of non-human animal intelligence, but there are no quantitative tests equivalent to human IQ tests that can give them an average score of 100 and rank their intelligence relative to others of the same species. In that sense, the construct of IQ only applies to humans.

    There is general agreement that some species are more intelligent than others, however, as demonstrated by tests of reasoning and problem-solving abilities. For example, the New Zealand kea (the world's only mountain parrot) can solve puzzles on it's first attempt (without trial-and-error learning), demonstrating reasoning ability superior to most other animals. The octopus also has superior reasoning ability.

    There is also general agreement that domesticated animals can be selectively bred for intelligence. So some breeds of dog, particularly working dogs, are more intelligent than others. On the other hand, some farm animals seem to have been bred to be less intelligent than their wild ancestors, because it makes them more tolerant of the farm environment and easier to handle.

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