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A border collie named Chaser has broken the world's record for the largest human vocabulary understood by a dog. Chaser knows the names of 1,022 objects and can categorize the items based on function and shape. Chaser also understands the difference between nouns and verbs, and can tell when they are put together incorrectly and correctly.

This means Chaser is at least as intelligent as a 3-year-old child.

Researchers at Wofford College tested Chaser by putting a barrier between themselves and the dog, to ensure that the dog was receiving no nonverbal, visual clues. Toys were also placed not only in the same room but in different rooms, so that Chaser had to remember what toy he was seeking.


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