On a more serious note, others claim that all animals are savant-like. My colleague and renowned animal scientist Temple Grandin suggests, in her 2005 book Animals in Translation, that animals are similar to autistic savants with some extraordinary abilities. Temple has great insight as she, herself, is autistic. In the open access journal PLoS Biology, Vallortigara et al. argue that "the extraordinary cognitive feats shown by some animal species can be better understood as adaptive specializations that bear little, if any, relationship to the unusual skills shown by savants."
At times my doberman seems to be withdrawn, particularly at home, but I have learned that this is characteristic of the breed. I wouldn't suggest that all dobermans are autistic or have autistic tendencies. I was recently diagnosed with high functioning autism. Perhaps I caught it from my dog and I do hope that I can now claim to be a savant. I'm kidding about "catching" the disorder, but before you start diagnosing your pet with developmental and cognitive deficits, please do a little research and consider the source carefully.