IF you own a particularly playful dog, this could be a sign that your furry friend is indeed a genius.
Experts studied a group of border collies classified as highly gifted and compared them to a group of ordinary dogs.
Gifted dogs are usually able to learn the names of things very quickly and can remember them for a good two months or so.
Border Collies are the most common breed known to be gifted when it comes to word memory.
So the researchers asked the owners to fill out a questionnaire that analyzed their pup’s personality.
The results identified a key difference between gifted dogs and typical dogs — playfulness.
“We limited our research to border collies because most gifted word learners belong to this breed,” said Claudia Fugazza of Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary Vice versa.
“This study finds a relationship between extreme playfulness and giftedness in word learning.”
But scientists still don’t know why that is.
Determining the cause was “difficult,” said Fugazza.
A possible explanation, experts suspect, could be the environment in which dogs learn words.
However, more research is needed to prove this.
Another interesting observation is that playful dogs tend to make eye contact with people much more quickly.
“It could be a genetic trait, or this extreme playfulness could be environmentally reinforced through the frequent playful interactions with the owner,” Fugazza added.
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