Discover the language of the dog
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Dog or cat? The world has always been divided between supporters of one or the other. Some people … "the dog is smarter" and who … "my cat understands everything" .. "but dogs are more affectionate" and .. "cats are independent and there is no need to take them out" . But tastes and personal preferences aside, what does science say? The English scientific journal New Scientist has tried to sum up the research and experiments carried out over the years on dogs and cats, identifying 11 categories in which our four-legged friends confronted each other, which are brains, a story shared with man, bonds, popularity, understanding, problem solving, tractability, vocalization skills, supersensiveness, environmental impact, utility. And the winner is…
Brain. With 64 grams of brain matter, dogs beat cats, whose brains weigh only 25 grams. But things change if we count the neurons, 300 million those of the bark of cats against the only 160 million of the dogs which would increase the ability to process the information of cats compared to dogs.
So the winners of this category are cats.
Cats 1 - Dogs 0
History shared with man. Studying the DNA of wolves and dogs, researchers at the University of California stated that the two animals would have differentiated 50 thousand years ago, while the first remains of domestic dogs, found by archaeologists, date back to 30 thousand years ago. The origins of the domestication of cats are very difficult to trace but they would be around between 9, 500 years ago (dating of the remains of some kittens found near some humans in Cyprus) and 5, 000 years ago (beginning of the era of the Ancient Egyptians).
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Bond. The dog knows when there is no master suffers, like a child waiting for the mother who has gone away. It is precisely for this reason that, according to some experiments conducted in the laboratory, the behavior of the dog towards the owners is similar to that of the son towards the mother.
For the cat, certain experiments are more difficult, since the mere fact of being far from their territory to be observed in the laboratory stresses them too much to observe them.
But then we know cats are more independent and according to the models that the researchers have used so far, and as decreed by New Scientist dogs would bind more to the owner than domestic cats (but we are sure that many cat owners do not will agree!).
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Popularity. Here cat owners can rejoice: according to recent studies in countries with a majority of cats, the small cats are 204 million, against the 173 million dogs estimated in the majority dog countries.
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Ability to understand . To raise the score of the dogs in this category is definitely Rico, the border collie capable of understanding a vocabulary of 200 words (to learn more).
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Problem solving. The dogs seem more prepared in this too, perhaps thanks also to their motivation. While cats lose interest in the tasks assigned to them and are less attentive to the stimuli given by humans, on the other hand dogs more frequently manage to solve problems thanks to their natural collaborative approach.
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Treatability. According to the researchers it is very complex to understand the abilities of cats because it is difficult to have the possibility to teach them something, even for their natural disinterest in the indications of humans. While with dogs this is much simpler.
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Vocalizations. Various studies have shown that dogs and cats have adopted different types of vocalizations to get something or to communicate with humans.
Wolves, for example, do not bark, dogs do and do so very differently depending on their mood, whether they are happy or angry, even if it is not always easy to understand the difference and it is necessary to observe body language ( do you know the language of the dog? Test yourself )
But cats, according to a recent study ( to learn more ), are really unbeatable, having developed a meow with a frequency very similar to that of a newborn, which would act on the owners at a subliminal level.
Cats 3 - Dogs 5
Supersensi. While for sight and hearing it is known that cats are unbeatable for the sense of smell it has always been thought that dogs would get along better. Instead it is not so. New studies have shown that the 200 million average olfactory receptors present in cats (actually the number varies according to different breeds) is higher than the average number of receptors in dogs.
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The ecological footprint. It could be said that cats are more "environmentalists" than dogs. The portion of land needed to feed a medium-sized dog is 0.84 hectares. But even the smallest of dogs, the Chihuahua, cannot compete with cats. The slice of the planet that consumes the little dog is 0.28 hectares, almost double that needed by the cat, 0.15 hectares.
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Utility. They can hunt, be shepherds or guard. Dogs are useful for many human activities, not least those for rescue, assistance (for example guide dogs for the blind) and police (find drugs and explosives).
The benefits that pets, dogs and cats have on our health, have long been tried. Caressing the cat's hair decreases the level of stress and the presence of the dog at home lowers blood pressure and cholesterol level. Taking long walks with the dog is a great exercise. But, given their many specializations, dogs are truly unbeatable in this.
So the dogs win
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Even if the dogs beat cats by a whisker. Do you agree? Doesn't it seem so? Have you had other experiences? How do you feel about it? Leave a comment below