Just how smart is your chihuahua?
Anyone who has a chihuahua knows they are intelligent and sassy. But just how smart is your chihuahua when they are compared to other dogs?
Chihuahuas have the biggest brain to body size ratio of any dog breed, but they are not ranked top intelligent dogs. In fact, they come in at around 67th in the smart dog list. Which seems a bit disappointing.
But it does depend on how you measure intelligence of dogs and also bear in mind that we are measuring intelligence compared to human constructs.
The intelligence of all dogs is measured in different ways.
This is what the dog was bred for. For example; a herding dog that can instinctively round up animals or a gaming dog will collect the birds from a hunt. Chihuahuas were originally bred as ratters, but have an instinctive ability to guard. But, although you do see chihuahuas ‘working’ in general they are now bred as companion dogs.
Adaptive intelligence is what the dog can learn to do for himself.
Adaptive intelligence can differ between dogs of the same breed. We see this with Mika and Minnie. Minnie can’t work out doors. She will just stand there and bark, but Mika can both push and pull a door. We didn’t teach him that, he just picked it up.
Working and obedience intelligence
This covers what the dog can learn to do when instructed by humans. Commands such as sit, stay and paw. Working and obedience intelligence is measured by how many repetitions it takes for your dog to react to a command.
This is where Minnie excels. She is always keen to learn something new and takes very little time to pick up a new trick.