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i dunno bout rats. Possibly. Dogs definitely. They have internal lives: they dream, mourn, love...

Our rat is DEFINITELY smarter than our dog. The dog is a toy poodle who was bred by my mother in law. Very cute and excitable, but his favorite pastimes are running around in clockwise circles very very fast, barking at inanimate objects, and finding junk to put in his mouth. He will engage in any of these activities for hours and not get bored. The rat, on the other hand, is a very intelligent animal who follows people around the house, explores, and remembers where she stashed things. She will also scale up the leg of a person as they sit in a chair, and crawl up onto their shoulder to hang out.

I would say the dog has the intelligence of an infant, while the rat has the intelligence of a 2 or 3 year old. There's a good reason why they use rats in psychology experiments.
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