Dr. Claudia Fugazza, a canine behavior researcher at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, told CNN: “The Genius Dog Challenge is part of a larger research project on dog language learning and processing.”
“For the past two and a half years, we have been looking for dogs with the ability to learn object names, and we found that this seems to be a rare skill. Although most dogs work hard to learn even a few names, some rare individuals seem to Very talented and can easily learn multiple object names.”
All the dogs participating in the competition are border collies. They come from Spain, the Netherlands, Brazil, Hungary and Florida.
Fugazza said that not only were they actively looking for border collies, but they found that almost all dogs with this skill were from this breed.She said she did test the Yorkshire Terrier a few years ago, which has this rare skill, but The dog has passed away.
The first stage of the competition provides participants with a week to learn the names of six toys, and the second stage will double this number to see if they can learn the names of 12 toys.
The 4-year-old Squall is from Florida and knows at least 55 toy names. Gaia, a two-year-old from Brazil, knows the names of more than 80 toys. Nalani is from the Netherlands. He is 7 years old and knows the names of more than 75 toys. Rico, 4 years old, is from Spain and knows the names of about 30 toys. Max, 2 years old, lives in Budapest. After the game, he is expected to know the names of more than 100 toys. Whiskey, 7 years old, from Norway, already knows the names of more than 100 toys.
The researchers hope that this event will help them find new research topics and answer two important questions: What makes these dogs different and different from other dogs, and what is the cause of their outstanding performance?