Clever Canines: Germany's Educated Dogs

08/19/2011 01:10 am ET | Updated Oct 18, 2011
  • David Moye

One of the leading German intellectuals of the early 1900s was Rolf, a resident of Mannheim.

With his superior intelligence, he successfully dabbled in mathematics, ethics, religion and philosophy. An avid reader and a talented poet, Rolf kept up a large correspondence with kindred spirits all over Europe.

Although Rolf’s life’s work has not stood the test of time as well as that of his contemporaries Thomas Mann and Hermann Hesse, his accomplishments were far from negligible –- particularly since Rolf was a dog, an Airedale terrier to be precise.