Sunday, June 13, 2004

Border Collies may actually be more intelligent than your average three year old... 

Anyone who's seen the movie Babe probably already believed this (or at least wanted to believe) but a recent report in the journal Science by a team of German researchers (see here for a free news account) chronicles a series of experiments which demonstrate that, for at least one border collie, the language learning ability of dogs is about the same as for young children. To me this seems to bring new life to the possibilities for the working dog class: forget herding sheep, I need someone to file references.

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