Posted by: cochinblogger | February 3, 2010

The Amazing Stray Dogs of Moscow

A pack of dogs, however, can hold a dominant position over other packs and their leader will often “patrol” the other packs by moving in and out of them. His observations have led Poyarkov to conclude that this leader is not necessarily the strongest or most dominant dog, but the most intelligent – and is acknowledged as such. The pack depends on him for its survival.


“The second stage of becoming wild is where the dog is socialised to people in general, but not personally,” says Poyarkov. “These are the beggars and they are excellent psychologists.” He gives as an example a dog that appears to be dozing as throngs of people walk past, but who rears his head when an easy target comes into view: “The dog will come to a little old lady, start smiling and wagging his tail, and sure enough, he’ll get food.” These dogs not only smell who is carrying something tasty, but sense who will stop and feed them.

I enjoyed the above article on the stray dogs of Moscow. Take a look at the above two snippets from the piece. Imagine humans selecting the most intelligent  person as their leader! Hey, my respect for these dogs rose a few notches when I read that.

And beggar dogs that can sense which humans are likely to give them scraps?? Amazing!

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  1. Yep, Moscow stray dogs made me proud as well! Guess life in a big city can make even a dog smart!


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