The Washington Times - January 19, 2009, 04:05PM

Swedish scientists have found that breeding modern dogs for their appearance has resulted in a decline in intelligence, Times Online is reporting.

Humans’ preference for purebreeds has increased inbreeding, which has fostered an increase in genetic diseases, the Swedish study found.

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Also not breeding dogs to be hunters, guard dogs or herders has led to an increase in dogs that do nothing except look good.

Smooth collies and Rhodesian ridgebacks were noted among the worst of the 13,000 dogs in the study.

I know I’m going to catch some flak for this, but remember, I’m only the messenger.  You wanna attack somebody?  Attack the Swedish scientists!

I’ve known only smart dogs — Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, Benji, Marmaduke.  Yeah, there’s Huckleberry Hound and Goofy, but they always had the best of intentions.

Maybe it’s not the dog breeds that are trending downward in intelligence.  Maybe it’s their owners.  Paris Hilton just might be giving chihuahuas a bad name.

I think dogs tend to be smarter than people.  Yes, some could spend hours chasing their tails.  But they don’t spend millions of dollars and hundreds of manhours on creating an artificial environment populated by fake people following arbitrary rules and call the finished product “reality television.”