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Dogs can recognise each other's faces

Friday, 15th February 2013

If you thought dogs were only able to identify each other by sniffing one another's backside then think again, because a new study has revealed that pet pooches are in fact capable of recognising the faces of other dogs and distinguishing between species.

The research, which was carried out by Dr Dominique Autier-Derian of the National Veterinary School in Lyon, France, involved a number of domestic dogs who were shown photographs of 40 different species - including other canines.

By monitoring the pets' behaviour, the scientists noted that the dogs were actually able to recognise other hounds of various breeds, with the results published in the journal Animal Cognition.

According to the study: "The fact that dogs are able to recognise their own species visually, and that they have great olfactory discriminative capacities, insures that social behaviour and mating between different breeds is still potentially possible."