It’s the smartest dog breed, according to a new study

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Border Collies can “effortlessly” learn the names of their toys, after a new study found that a smart puppy was able to identify 37 awesome toys.

According to researchers at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary, the ability to learn toy names in dogs is incredibly rare, with only a few gifted puppies being able to do so. Border Collies wowed researchers, and the team found that both puppies and adult dogs had the ability to learn the names of toys.

How did the study go?

As part of their Family dog ​​project, researchers conducted a three-month training program with the goal of teaching 40 dogs the names of at least two toys. Part of the training protocol included weekly sessions with a dog trainer, as well as playful interactions where the dog’s owner repeated the name of the toy several times.

During the test period, the owners sat in one room while the toys were placed in another. When the owners asked their dog for a toy, the dog then left the room to choose a toy from the other room.

Some of the breeds involved in the study include the Border Terrier, King Poodle, Australian Shepherd and Schnauzers, but it was the Border Collie puppy who was able to learn the most.


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“Many studies before us have proven that dogs can learn words that refer to actions, like sit, sit, come,” study author Shany Dror told MailOnline. “But we noticed that very few studies reported on dogs’ ability to learn the names of toys, so we were interested in testing this area specifically.

“The seven dogs that showed this exceptional talent are Border Collies – a breed meant to cooperate with humans for herding purposes.”

Canine experts largely agree that the Border Collie is an intelligent breed, with the American Kennel Club adding: “They are able to learn a remarkable number of words and commands, and they are happiest when they are put to work every day.”

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