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Breed doesn't communicate cognition

Did you know research suggests breed doesn’t communicate much about the cognition of a dog? It is actually much more individualised than that. Cognition is understood as the mental processes of the brain to gain knowledge and comprehension.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


Researchers studied the difference between labradors working as guide dogs, and labradors working as explosive detection dogs, and the cognition difference was huge! Each had a completely different set of skills for their task at hand. The only conclusive findindings regarding dog breed specific cognition was between mixed breeds and pure breeds. The subtle difference was mixed breeds tend to lean more on their memory skills for a task, while pure breeds rely more heavily on human gestures.

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