“Gifted” dogs have been found to remember more than 100 names of toys, scientists have found.
Scientists examined the ability of six collies from across the world, identified through the Genius Dog Challenge, to learn the names of toys.
They found that most learned 12 new toy names in one week and remembered them for two months.
Researchers suggest these dogs are a powerful model for studying mental mechanisms related to word acquisition in non-humans.
Lead researcher Shany Dror, from the Family Dog Project at Eotvos Lorand University in Hungary, said: “We know that dogs can easily learn words that are linked to actions, such as ‘sit’ or ‘down’.
“But very few dogs can learn names of objects. For more than two years we searched around the world for dogs that had learnt the names of their toys, and we managed to find six.”