Kennel Club
Kennel Club #BanShockCollars campaign set to be won in England
The Kennel Club is delighted that, following a meeting with Rt Hon Michael Gove and Ross Thomson MP just last week, it is understood that a ban on both the sale and use of shock collars is to be announced across the UK shortly, following a consultation period on the terms of such a ban, including a total import ban and a possible amnesty.
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Five Hero Dogs
Five Hero Dogs Named as Finalists in hero dog awards
Judges from the Kennel Club, the UK’s largest dog welfare organisation, have selected five inspiring finalists to go forward for the public vote, with the winner being announced in the Genting Arena at the Birmingham NEC on the final day of Crufts, the world’s greatest dog show, on Sunday 11th March. These five dog heroes are just some of the dogs celebrated at the show for the ways that they enrich our lives.
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New partner
The Kennel Club announce Purina PRO Plan as their new partner in pet nutrition
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are delighted to be working with Purina PRO Plan who share many of the same beliefs as the Kennel Club in terms of responsible dog breeding through the Kennel Club’s Assured Breeder Scheme and the important role that our canine companions play in our society.
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Foreign Secretary backs call to ban
Foreign Secretary backs call to ban shock collars
In a video posted on Ross Thomson MP’s twitter account, the Foreign Secretary states: “I am absolutely shocked to discover that electric collars are being used on dogs as utensils of discipline and education. There are far better ways of training your dog. Just as you don’t need to cane children anymore, we’ve moved on from that – let’s move on from electric shock dog collars.”
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Kennel Club welcomes consultation
Kennel Club welcomes consultation on third-party puppy sale ban
The Kennel Club, whose own regulations explicitly ban the sale of puppies to third parties, has long called for an end to the sale of puppies in pet shops and by other third party retailers, as puppy farmers often use such outlets to sell their pups to unsuspecting members of the public who never see the terrible conditions that the pups were raised in.
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Say bonjour
Say bonjour to the UK’s newest pedigree dog – the Barbet
Following the ‘entente chaleureuse’ established between Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron at last week’s summit in London, Anglo-French relations in the world of dogs also look set to become even more cordial after official recognition of an ancient French breed in the UK.
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Are Cats Smarter Than Dogs?

Are cats smarter than dogs? Depending on who you ask this question, you’ll probably get a different answer based on what pet the person might have in their home. Is there evidence to put this argument to bed, or will the answer always relate back to a person’s individual life experience with dogs and cats?...

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Are cats smarter than dogs? Depending on who you ask this question, you’ll probably get a different answer based on what pet the person might have in their home. Is there evidence to put this argument to bed, or will the answer always relate back to a person’s individual life experience with dogs and cats?...

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Are cats smarter than dogs? Depending on who you ask this question, you’ll probably get a different answer based on what pet the person might have in their home. Is there evidence to put this argument to bed, or will the answer always relate back to a person’s individual life experience with dogs and cats? Let’s dig deeper.

What is “Smart”

The first thing to discuss is the definition of “smart.” This adjective is defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionaries as “having or showing a high degree of mental ability.” In the case of cats vs. dogs, most people can recall funny scenarios as evidence that their pet is the smartest or at least smarter than the other species. But that doesn’t get to the answer. Is the ability to bark at the door when a dog needs to go to the bathroom outside more ability than a cat’s capability to meow at the food bowl until you feed it? Or how about when a cat decides to ignore it’s owner when they are called, but a dog comes running back at full speed. Many people would argue that cats are just plain different than dogs. Who is smarter? If, by definition, smart is possessing ability, then how much ability do cats and dogs have? Cue the scientists!

What Does Science Say?

According to a 2017 published study by a team of researchers from around the world, one way to determine ability is to examine brain tissue and look for a feature that is known for its role in transmitting information and count how much of that feature various living things have. Since neurons have this function in the brain, they used brain tissue samples from each subject (half brain) and counted the total number of neurons in the samples.

The Findings

There are several findings to note from the research. Sometimes people think that a bigger brain must make something smarter. In fact, this relationship isn’t always the case. Larger brains have larger-sized neurons, though, so there is a relationship between brain mass and neuron size. Who had more neurons, cats or dogs?

According to the results, “Remarkably, of all the individuals we analyzed, the one with the most neurons in the cerebral cortex was a golden retriever dog (627 million neurons).” The domesticated cat in the study was analyzed to have less than half of what the dog did, 250 million neurons. So if you are only going by the neuron count, it’s not looking too good for the house cat. But, what else helps make up how smart something is?

As owners, we teach our pets specific skills, which they learn, recall, and repeat throughout their lives as needed. We may teach them tricks, how to behave, where to use the bathroom, where the food they eat is kept, and they then build on this information and learn to communicate with us in a way that works for them. Maybe being smart isn’t just having an abundance of mental ability; it is what is done with the knowledge that makes something smart or not.

Who is the winner?

So even after counting all those neurons, maybe determining whether a cat is smarter than a dog should be decided on a cat by cat and dog by dog basis? Depending on the amount and types of skills each animal learns, they could become smarter, right? Well, it seems that the “who is smarter” argument will probably go on forever. Besides, does it really matter when they curl up next to you on the couch?

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