Dogs are smarter than cats

Experts found that dogs possess around 530 million cortical neurons while cats only have around 250 million

Experts found that dogs possess around 530 million cortical neurons while cats only have around 250 million

And boffins say dogs win hands down - with roughly 530million in their cerebral cortex to cats' 250million.

It's been a great debate for years, but a new study by Vanderbilt University showed dogs are smarter than cats.

They might chew your shoes, occasionally pee on the rug, or snarf down your entire dinner the minute you turn your head, but it turns out your family dog is measurably smarter than your cat.

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"We did not study their behavior, so we can not (and do not) make any claims about how intelligent they are", researcher Suzana Herculano-Houzel, an associate professor at Vanderbilt University, told HuffPost in an email.

Dog people are gloating this week amid widespread reports that a recent study found dogs to be "smarter" than cats. And raccoons, despite their smaller brain size, had nearly as many neurons in their cerebral cortex as dogs.

Herculano-Houzel stated it's her belief that the number of neurons an animal has, particularly those housed within the cerebral cortex, speaks to the richness of their "internal mental state and their ability to predict what is about to happen in their environment based on past experience".

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Just because an animal is bigger and has a bigger brain size, that doesn't mean it has more neurons.

The study examined and compared the size of their brains. After their evaluation, they found out that animals who had larger brains also tended to have more neurone than the smaller one. "The large numbers of neurons in the small raccoon brains jives very well with how crafty/smart/resourceful these creatures are believed to be".

Study leader Professor Suzana Herculano-Houzel admitted she was a "dog person" but insisted that didn't impact her findings.

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The analysis also discovered that the raccoon was an outlier-on the brainy side: It packs the same number of cortical neurons as a dog into a brain the size of a cat's. Because although they didn't observe behavior, Herculano-Houzel and her colleagues did observe the number of neurons in the brains of different animals, including two dogs and a cat.

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