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Why a mongrel will always trump the pedigree chump
  With a pedigree as long as his tail, you might expect the pure-bred pooch to trounce his mongrel cousin in an IQ test.

But it seems that all that breeding may be for nothing. For when it comes to intelligence, scientists say the crossbreed wins, paws down.

Researchers who tested dozens of dogs found that mongrels have superior spatial awareness and are better at solving problems

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  • Date:

    27 January 2008

  • Publication Status:


  • Library of Congress:

    QL Zoology

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    591.5 Behaviour


Smith, D. (2008). Why a mongrel will always trump the pedigree chump. The Mail,



Dogs; crossbreeds; mongrels; pedigrees; animal intelligence; IQ testing;

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