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Dogs Are Officially Smarter Than Cats According To A New Scientific Study

by Gwendolyn Plummer
Gwen is a writer, reader, hockey fan, concert goer, and lunchtime enthusiast.

For centuries, dog people and cat people have been at odds.

Most of the arguments have been lighthearted and fun, but the question has always lingered.

Which pet is smarter?

Well, we may finally have an answer to the age old question.

According to a study by Vanderbilt, dogs have “significantly more” cortical neurons in their brains than cats. These neurons are “associated with thinking, planning and complex behavior — all considered hallmarks of intelligence.”

Dogs have about 530 million of these neurons, while cats come in at just about 250 million. For comparison, the human brain boasts 16 billion cortical neurons.

Suzana Herculano-Houzel, Associate Professor of Psychology and Biological Sciences, conducted this study. She says the fact that dogs have more cortical neurons means “that dogs have the biological capability of doing much more complex and flexible things with their lives than cats can.”

Even though I’m a dog person, I have to admit that I always assumed cats were the smarter creatures. After all, they seem much calmer and more collected than dogs.

What do you think about this new study? It’s definitely a good thing to chat about with your family over the holidays!

Check out the video below to learn some more about this study, and please SHARE this with other pet owners on Facebook!

Thumbnail Photo: Instagram / jaimetrainor

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