JUL 15, 2019 4:35 PM PDT

Are Domesticated Pigs As Intelligent As Domesticated Dogs?

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

When it comes to domesticated pets, cats and dogs are perhaps some of the most common. But the number of pigs being taken in as domesticated pets as opposed to being raised for slaughter is on the rise.

Pigs are intelligent creatures, which may lead some to wonder whether they’re as smart as domesticated dogs. While it’s challenging to know for sure, one science experiment involving food and human companions showed both creatures to have similar levels of intelligence and also suggested that dogs are more social animals than pigs are.

In this experiment, owners pointed dogs and pigs to a food dish, and the dogs continuously went where the owners pointed. The pigs seemed to have a mind of their own, walking to the dish of their choice. At the end of the experiment, the dogs stared at the humans much longer than the pigs did, with the latter walking away and finding something else to do afterward.

The findings aren’t particularly surprising given that dogs have been domesticated for several thousand more years than pigs, but it’s undoubtedly captivating to see how both types of animals respond to human interaction, especially in the face of a free and tasty treat.

The results don’t necessarily suggest that one animal is smarter than the other, but instead validates the fact that these are two very different animals with different evolutionary histories.

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
APR 15, 2021
Plants & Animals
A Protein That Creates a Fibonacci Sequence in Flower Heads
APR 15, 2021
A Protein That Creates a Fibonacci Sequence in Flower Heads
You're probably familiar with sunflowers, a member of the Asteraceae family. But the biology of the plant is a bit diffe ...
MAY 23, 2021
Microbiology
Move Over Bacteria, Make Way for Protists
MAY 23, 2021
Move Over Bacteria, Make Way for Protists
In the world of microbes, organisms like viruses and bacteria get a lot of attention. But researchers are beginning to s ...
MAY 27, 2021
Neuroscience
Research Less Likely to Be True is Cited More
MAY 27, 2021
Research Less Likely to Be True is Cited More
Researchers from the University of California San Diego have found that non-replicable data is cited 153 times more ofte ...
JUN 10, 2021
Plants & Animals
Antibiotics Fight Mysterious Coral Disease
JUN 10, 2021
Antibiotics Fight Mysterious Coral Disease
Coral reefs besieged by climate change and pollutants have a new line of defense against disease-an antibiotic commonly ...
JUN 23, 2021
Chemistry & Physics
Could willow trees filter wastewater and untreated sewage?
JUN 23, 2021
Could willow trees filter wastewater and untreated sewage?
A new study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment demonstrates the potential of willow tree roots to ...
JUN 28, 2021
Plants & Animals
The Coelacanth isn't Dead, It's Just a 'Living Fossil'
JUN 28, 2021
The Coelacanth isn't Dead, It's Just a 'Living Fossil'
Coelacanths are humungous, ancient fish that were first discovered in 1938. Researchers have now found that they could l ...
Loading Comments...