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Ever wondered how smart your dog is? Canine IQ test developed by academics

Scientists hope measuring dog intelligence will aid in the study of humans Credit: Sophie Duval/EMPICS Entertainment/PA

A London university has developed an IQ test for dogs that could pave the way for breakthroughs in our understanding of the links between intelligence and health.

The London School of Economics, along with Edinburgh University, has discovered that dog intelligence functions in a similar way to human intelligence.

Recent studies have shown smarter people tend to live longer.

If scientists can prove this is the same in dogs then they can use them to study long-term health problems such as dementia.

Dr Rosalind Arden, a research associate at the LSE said: "We asked the question, if a dog is good at one test does it tend to be better than average at the other test? And we found that yes that's true.

This is the first step in trying to develop a really snappy, reliable dog IQ test, and that has got implications that aren't obvious at first."

Sixty eight border collies were given a series of cognitive tasks, including finding their way to food behind a barrier and learning to choose a bigger portion of food.

London stray dog numbers reach 13,000

There are thought to be over 13,000 stray dogs in London Credit: PA

Over a quarter of London dog owners will lose their pet at least once during the animal's lifetime according to research by the Dog's Trust. The number of stray and abandoned dogs in the capital is estimated to be more than 13,000 and last year over 1,000 strays had to be put to sleep.

The research also found that 73% of London dog owners were unaware that they only have seven days to recover a missing dog from a Local Authority before the pet is re-homed or put to sleep.

More than 10,000 dogs were however, successfully reunited with their owners with the help of microchips.

Artists mark 'Dog is for Life, not Christmas' campaign

Three of Britain’s best street artists - Jim Vision, Teddy Baden and Barney Zadok - have unveiled a street art collaboration with the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust, designed to take its iconic slogan “A Dog is for Life, not just for Christmas” to a wider audience.

The artists were commissioned to create their very own artistic interpretation of the charity’s iconic slogan, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this December.

Street artist Teddy Baden takes the Dogs is for Life, Not Just for Christmas to the streets of Shoreditch Credit: Dogs Trust

With slogans appearing on the streets of London, it is hoped the art will capture the attention of passers-by, reminding them of the slogan’s importance in the run up to Christmas and ultimately stop people from ‘impulse buying’ a dog.

Dog Trust dog Dee Dee takes in street artist Jim Vision's interpretation of the canine's charity. Credit: Dogs Trust


Three dogs 'put to sleep every day' across London

Figures from authorities across London show that three stray dogs are put to sleep every day.

We work very closely with local authorities who should be commended on their efforts to encourage responsible dog ownership.

They do not want to put dogs to sleep but they are struggling to cope with such huge numbers of dogs in a difficult economic climate. Simple steps such as microchipping can help prevent accidental strays.

The fact that more dogs are being reunited with their owners because of microchips is a huge step forward.

– Clarissa Baldwin, Dogs Trust chief executive

Rise in the number of stray dogs across London

The total number of stray dogs in London has gone up from 13,832 in 2012 to 14,004 in 2013. That works out at 38 dogs being picked up every day by Local Authorities.

Today's figures have been released by the Dogs Trust annual stray dog survey Credit: Press Association

The results go against the national average which has shown a 6% decrease in the total number of strays collected in the UK.

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