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Mouse Intelligence

Post by jturner on Sun Aug 05, 2012 4:21 pm

Are mice smarter than hamsters, guinea pigs, and or gerbils? How about rabbits and rats? Does anyone breed mice for intelligence, problem-solving ability, or temperament instead of primarily confirmation and appearance? I was thinking of this when I saw pictures of candycorn's therapy mouse on the Mouse Lover's Forum and a YouTube video of mouse agility. I'm wondering if there are breeders out there who focus on behavior characteristics.
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Re: Mouse Intelligence

Post by Rhasputin on Sun Aug 05, 2012 5:17 pm

Marina, who is 'Mouse Agility' on youtube, breeds, but I do not know if she breeds specifically for intelligence, or if she just trains the ones she has.

She is a very friendly person, and I'm sure if you message her, she'll be glas to discuss it with you! Happy
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Post by doganddisc on Sun Aug 05, 2012 7:12 pm

It depends entirely on how you measure intelligence. Though I will say, my guinea pigs are not the brightest of the bunch. However, I have no way to measure their intelligence because most of their responses seem to be instinctual.

My rats have no problem showing that they are smarty-pants though Happy I feel like mice are on a similar level.

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Re: Mouse Intelligence

Post by Laigaie on Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:16 pm

IMO, guinea pigs are basically cows. Tiny, rodent-like cows.
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Post by doganddisc on Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:40 pm

Cows are a lot smarter than you would think. They are very curious animals- and quite social.
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Post by Laigaie on Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:46 pm

Perhaps it depends on the cow. I have met pet cows, beef cattle, and dairy cattle. I have not met a cow that showed any more intelligence than a guinea pig. They're also quite social, but not terribly bright. Anything that can be so terrified of a small leashed dog that it stampedes in great circles, running itself ragged until they all tire of the game, cannot be terribly bright.
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