WEDNESDAY, Jan. 12 (HealthDay News) -- So you think
your dog is smart? A Border collie named Chaser managed to
learn the names of 1,022 objects over three years, say U.S.
It's likely she could have learned the names of more objects,
but the training was stopped because of time constraints, said the
team at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C.
Chaser's ability to learn and remember the names of so many
objects was tested repeatedly under carefully controlled
conditions. She understands that the names refer to specific
objects, independent of commands such as fetch.
The study is published online in the journal
"This research is important because it demonstrates that dogs, like children, can develop extensive vocabularies and understand that certain words represent individual objects and other words represent categories of objects, independent in meaning of what one is asked to do with those objects," researcher Alliston Reid said in a journal news release.
Further research is needed to find out if other breeds of dogs
have similar language capacity.
The U.S. Border Collie Club has more about