Is it normal to believe that sheep are as smart as dogs?

I believe that sheep are just as intelligent as dogs are. I've known somebody who had pet lambs and sheep, and I have seen videos of people keeping sheep as pets, and they were playing fetch with their sheep who fetched and brought the stick back. And the lambs were even more happy, playful, and springing around (I love how they jump in those springy ways). Also, one owner had a lost sheep who found her way home after losing her at a relative's house about 7 miles away. And I saw sheep that had learned on command to sit and shake hands (shake hoofs in the sheep's sake (and shake paws in the dog's sake, of course).

I know that sheep have been far less known than dogs to be things like seeing eye dogs, but alot of that is because far fewer people have taken the time to train sheep in such a way. Most people have stuck with raising sheep in large flocks for their wool or meat, while most dogs have been for pets. And sheep are much less likely to be able to be trained as attack sheep like people can train dogs to be attack dogs, and that's simply because sheep are too timid and too gentle. But it doesn't mean that sheep are less intelligent than dogs. Sheep can't become attack or guard animals like dogs, but sheep can play fetch, find their way somewhere over a distance, learn to sit and shake, and recognize people they haven't seen for a while. Sheep are as smart as dogs

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  • weve been over this a couple weeks ago

    they cant be housebroken and shit all over the place

    theyll fuck you up if theyre pissed off too they aint defenseless

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    • A friend of mine once had pet sheep and he didn't have this problem.

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  • All animals are intelligent in their own way! I disagree that any animals intelligence should be judged based off of another animals. As Einstein stated "of you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, its going to go through it's entire life believing ot is stupid."

    Sheep are smart! Sheep are sheep smart. Sheep aren't dog smart, or whale smart, or people smart, or cat smart, or naked mole rat smart . But they are intelligent in their own way!

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    • I like that answer

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      • Thank you! I'm glad :) i am very fond of these animals myself! I think they get a very bad reputation. So undeserved. These animals are quite pleasant and intelligent!

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  • Probably are just as intelligent but that really doesnt say much because pigs are way smarter than dogs yet we eat them on a mass scale... because bacon.

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  • I love how they jump too. I dont know about sheep but i know pigs are as smart as or smarter than dogs, which makes it terrible how they are treated in some shitty factory farms. Please people get your pork from a small organic farm if you must eat it. Really all meat.

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    • I couldn't agree more about those factory farms. Animals must be stunned 100% unconscious right before being slaughtered so they go through absolutely zero suffering. And any animals not even grown yet like lambs or calfs (veal) shouldn't be slaughtered at all ever, they haven't even lived a life yet.

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  • bro no one gives a fuck about your sheep fetish

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    • What do you mean fetish? Me liking and being sensitive to sheep's feelings doesn't make it a fetish, come on now. And this post is about sheep intelligent levels.

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