Is a Dog's Head Shape Related to Its Intelligence?

I've heard when Pit Bulls have a bit of a cone shaped head they're less intelligent or trainable? I know this may sound stupid to some, but I've heard it more than once. I would love to hear people's opinions.


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March 24, 20161 found this helpful

There may be a basis between dog head shape and intelligence based upon new research. Note, however, much more research should be done to test the veracity of the findings of a recent study. One study alone is not a basis for determining any result. A very easy online search for "dog head shape intelligence" produced interesting results. You can try a search yourself and consider this recent study on various dog breeds:

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March 24, 20161 found this helpful

Just like with humans, a larger and more bulging forehead indicates better frontal lobe development. Intelligence and trainability are two different things however.

A dog that is really smart but very willful may be hard to train. He may be a little "too" smart, resisting attempts to get him to do what he doesn't want to do.

Training techniques that rely on positive or negative associations should work regardless. These work on rats and pigeons as well, so they don't rely much on intelligence.
Dog psychology techniques that rely on innate instinctual behaviors specific to dogs also work on all dogs.

The only reason a dog should be unable to be trained is if it is brain damaged.

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