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Abstract

This science fair project was conducted to compare the intelligence levels of female and male dogs. The science project experiment was done using 3 different types of tests on dogs.

Hypothesis

Female dogs are more intelligent than male dogs.

Scientific Terms

Breed, gender, German Shepherd

Background

Dogs and intelligence

The intelligence level of a dog is subjective. As a species, dogs have certain strengths that other animals do not have. These strengths vary according to the breed, personality and gender of dogs. A particular dog may not be good at learning a certain task because it may not have a flair for that task. However, if a dog has a natural acumen for a particular task, it will pick it up quickly.

Certain breeds of dogs, such as the Labrador, are well known for being skilled at hunting. Similarly, German Shepherd's are known to be good security dogs. Every breed has its own area of specialty.

Gender also plays a part in a dog’s behavior and temperament. Female dogs calm down more easily than male dogs. Also, they show less aggression should they sense that they face no immediate threat. Female dogs are more territorial and obedient. Male dogs, on the other hand, tend to roam around and are more easily distracted.

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Complexity level:
8
Project cost ($):
20
Time required:
It will take a day to set up the science project, and a day to conduct it
Material availability:
Dogs requireds. Permission should be sought from owners before the dogs are used in the science fair project.
Safety concerns:

Take extra precaution when dealing with animals you are not familiar with, to avoid getting bitten. Although they are extremely intelligent, German Shepherds can be temperamental and unpredictable if not handled properly. Make sure that the trainer or owner handles the dog at all times.