Border Collies are known as one of the smartest dogs out there. They are one of the most popular shepherd dogs, so not only are they energetic, but they have the brains and obedience to match. If you watch any dog show, during the master’s obedience competitions, you shouldn’t be surprised if half of the competitors are Border Collies.
Chaser is a Border Collie whose parent, John Pilley, a psychology professor, and a dog lover. He trained Chaser to do a lot of amazing tricks that just reinforces the theory that Border Collies are the smartest dogs. Chaser, in fact, is being heralded as the most intelligent dog in the world. Whether or not this is true, that is up for debate.
Probably the greatest feat that Chaser can do is that she can recall the names that were given to a pile of toys, more or less around a thousand of them. In order to test this theory, the host of the show, famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson would pick out a bunch of random toys and ask Chaser to fetch them.
The pile of toys was in the yard of John’s home. He and chaser went inside their house for a minute so that they will not be able to see which ones will Neil pick out. He chose nine toys which he laid down behind the couch in the living room. Then he asked Chaser to fetch the toys one by one, by name.
You could see how smart this dog is as she waited for the name of the toy before going behind the couch to get it. She aced this test easily. Neil wanted to try to truly test Chaser’s intelligence and brought his own toy, a Charles Darwin doll. A doll that Chaser has never seen in her life and she also never heard of the name “Darwin.”
Neil laid out the old toys she has plus the Darwin doll. At first, Neil asked Chaser to bring him some of the toys she already knows. Then he asked for Darwin, Chaser’s head tilted a little bit to the side and hesitated before going to the toys. It took her a while, but eventually, she made the connection. That this new name must be attributed to this new toy. She is really one smart pup. See her acing the tests in the video below.
Video credit: NOVA PBS Official via Youtube