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Down boy: why grumpy dogs are more intelligent than happy-go-lucky hounds

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Name: Grumpy dogs.

Appearance: Just adorable.

Intelligence: Smarter than happy dogs.

Can we quickly define ‘grumpy’? Of course we can. A grumpy dog is a canine that’s quick to bark, likes to ignore its owners, snaps when disturbed and angrily guards its food.

Oh, you mean bad dogs. No, I don’t. I mean shy dogs. Misunderstood dogs. Dogs that don’t necessarily bound into every room wagging their tails and licking everyone like a career politician on the campaign trail.

And these dogs are actually intelligent, you say? That’s right. Especially when compared to their more happy-go-lucky counterparts.

Smart in what way? They’re able to learn better. Dr Péter Pongrácz, a specialist in dog-human interaction at

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