Mongrels now have the chance to show their intelligence, thanks to a new study in Scotland.
With a shortage of pedigree dogs available for Guide Dog and police work, Dr David Smith of Aberdeen University has set out to prove whether cross-bred dogs are as intelligent as their pedigree chums.
Dr Smith explained his motivation to BBC News:
“Pure bred dogs are used as police dogs and they can sometimes have problems such as joint problems.”
Intelligence tests will largely include the retrieval of hidden food.
Of course, dog lovers are well aware that mongrels are amongst the most intelligent of dogs. Let’s not forget that, in the human world, we take a dim view of inbreeding, not least due to the genetic problems it can lead to.