31 Jul '12, 10pm

Don't ask me how or why. But I just came across this report on genome-mapping to find intelligence in military dogs.

This seedling project aimed to genetically map intelligence in the military working dog (MWD) population. A total of 199 canine subjects were recruited from United States working dog contractors. Of the recruited subjects, 153 were tested using the Canine Intelligence Testing Protocol (CITP), developed by Dr. Karen Overall (UPENN) to specifically analyze canine intelligence. CITP allows quantitative assessment of intelligence in individual dogs using a scoring system based on the latency to response, success-in-effort time, attentiveness, interest in novelty exploration, response to signaling and showing, observational learning, problem solving/boldness, and handedness. Blood samples were collected from the canines, and genomic DNA prepared. A total of 117 dogs, belonging to three breeds (German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, Labrador Retrievers) were down-selected and succe...

Full article: http://www.dtic.mil/docs/citations/ADA555235