Source: Forbes

Researchers from Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary are conducting a study to understand dogs with exceptional object-naming abilities, referred to as Gifted Word Learners (GWL). These dogs can learn the names of numerous toys, with some knowing up to 100. The study involves 41 GWL dogs from nine countries, including border collies, Pomeranians, Pekingese, corgis, and poodles.

Owners were engaged as citizen scientists, conducting self-tests and submitting videos for vocabulary assessment. The study aims to explore language evolution and shared elements between human and mammalian brains. Notably, GWL dogs appear to be outliers, with unique learning abilities not observed in other household dogs. Researchers encourage dog owners with similarly talented pets to participate in the study.

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