'Genius Dog Challenge' kicks off to determine whether 6 of the world's smartest dogs can learn new names

Simply put, they are the world’s top dogs.

Researchers from Hungary are holding the Genius Dog Challenge, which pits six of the world’s smartest dogs against one another to show who is able to best learn the names of new objects.
The event begins on Wednesday starting at 1 nm. ET and finishes on Monday, November 16. The contest will be live-streamed on YouTube en Facebook.
The Genius Dog Challenge is part of a bigger research project on language learning and processing in dogs,” Dr. Claudia Fugazza, a canine behavior researcher at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, aan CNN gesê.
    We have been searching for the past two years and a half for dogs that showed the ability to learn object names and we found that this seems to be a rare skill. While most dogs struggle to learn even only a few names, some rare individuals seem to be very talented at this and can learn multiple object names very easily.
    All of the dogs participating in the competition are Border collies, and they come from Spain, Nederland, Brazil, Hungary and Florida.
    Fugazza said that they were not actively searching for only Border collies, but nearly all of the dogs they found that had this skill were from that breed. She said she did test a Yorkshire terrier several years ago that had this rare skill but the dog has passed away.
    The first stage of the contest gives the contestants one week to learn the names of six toys, and the second stage will double that number and see if they can learn the names of 12 speelgoed.
      Squall, 4, comes from Florida and knows the names of at least 55 speelgoed. Two-year-old Gaia from Brazil knows the names of more than 80 speelgoed. Nalani is a 7-year-old from the Netherlands and knows the names of more than 75 speelgoed. Rico, 4, is from Spain and knows the names of approximately 30 speelgoed. Maks, 2, lives in Budapest and is expected to know the names of more than 100 toys after the contest is done. Whisky, 7, is from Norway and already knows the names of more than 100 speelgoed.
      The researchers hope that the event will help them find new research subjects and answer two important questions: What makes these dogs special and different from other dogs, and what is the origin of their exceptional performance?

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