It’s official: dogs are smarter than cats, according to a new study. The study, conducted by a team of researchers at Vanderbilt University, found that dogs have twice the number of neurons in their cerebral cortexes than cats do, meaning they are better equipped to handle complex tasks and process information.
The study looked at a variety of different carnivores, including lions, tigers, bears, and dogs, and found that the brains of dogs have evolved in such a way that they are better equipped to handle complex social tasks. This is likely due to the fact that dogs have been domesticated for thousands of years, while cats have only been domesticated for a few hundred years.
“The cortex is the outer layer of the brain that is responsible for higher-order cognitive abilities such as planning and decision-making,” said researcher Suzana Herculano-Houzel. “Our findings suggest that dogs have the biological capability of doing much more complex and flexible things with their lives than cats can.”
While the findings of this study are sure to be controversial, there is no denying that dogs are some of the most intelligent animals on the planet. From working alongside humans in law enforcement and the military to serving as loyal companions, there are many reasons why dogs are considered to be man’s best friend.
So, next time you’re debating whether to get a dog or a cat, remember that dogs are not only smarter, but they’ll also provide you with years of unconditional love and companionship.