Since its inception in the 1970's, the mirror self-recognition test has been considered be the “gold standard” of determining whether or not a creature possesses self-awareness. Elephants, chimpanzees, and dolphins are among the creatures who have passed, suggesting that these animals have a sense of self. But plenty of other primates, along with highly intelligent creatures like octopuses, are either confused by or totally uninterested in the mirror. According to AKC judge Charlotte Patterson, "The mirror test was once used by various agencies to test dogs. If they shield away, no points, if they looked at themselves good. If they looked behind the mirror, excellent. The mirror was held at floor level so the puppies could approach it on their own. Army used it for years. Did a program at the national one year about various personality tests. Very interesting." In many articles I've read online, it is generally considered that dogs fail this test, however ...... most of our pugs do see themselves in the mirror AND then proceed to walk around the pillar to try to find where this "dog" is located. So, here are the Coffeehouse girls proving my theory that pugs (especially Pickwick pugs!) are smart!
Amy - Concert pianist, composer, lecturer, teacher, adjudicator, pug lover, dog trainer, soap and candle maker, owner Unique Boutique for Pet Owners, and co-owner Pickwick Pugs along with her husband, Dr. Jeff McLelland, concert organist, music director, and awesome care giver of the grumble.