Chaser, The Border Collie Who can Recognize 1022 Words

Update: Chaser crossed the Rainbow Bridge on July 23rd, 2019 to meet her love, Dr. John Pilley.

In this cruel world, what’s one thing in our lives that we can depend upon? A dog? That loves us unconditionally, every day, very faithfully and what if someone gets a dog who is not only the loyal one but also has the cleverness, means getting “loyalty with the brain”? Yes, We are talking about the world’s most famous and supreme intelligent dog, Chaser, the Border Collie.

You wouldn’t believe but it’s true that Chaser can recognize 1,022 words, shocked? You must be. Well, we’ll feature Chaser in this article, but let’s find some facts about the Border Collies first.

Sounds interesting? Let’s first have some review about the Border Collie breed. Also known as the Scottish Sheepdog, the Border Collie is a herding and working dog breed that is highly smart, competent to understand verbal commands easily.  Interestingly, Border Collies are known as the most intelligent dog breed in the world.

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This highly energetic dog breed is basically developed for shepherding because of virtuous stare power. If you want to see intelligence out of it, you must have to give it a clever owner to take its skills out because the hardworking and loving owner can find what cleverness hide inside it.

Now, let’s find some unbelievable facts about “Chaser” who was the research partner of Dr. John W. Pilley.

‘Chaser’ the smartest one:

Chaser is the sharpest dog belong to this highly intelligent breed. Up till now, no other animal and specifically dogs have been found with such a brilliant memory. It is verified that she can easily recognize and recuperate almost 1022 toys by name which confirmed by proper research. Dr. John W. Pilley, her owner was a retired Wofford College professor and psychologist who trained her so well that the Chaser became an inspiration for every dog lover and dog trainer.

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How Dr. Pilley Trained Chaser?

He used to drill her for 5 hours daily 5 days a week and always disciplined her like his own child. She knows the names of cloth animals, different balls and plastic toys and everything has its unique name and also recognizes some common nouns like a tree, house, etc. as well as was trying to learn some new complex sentences with Dr. John W. Pilley.

Inference and rejection training:

The way she was taught was unique and interesting called “Inferential reasoning by exclusion” in which she was given three objects, two objects were already known to her and the third one was new, so she was brilliant at concluding by herself that the word spell was for the new object which she loved to infer and learn. Along with that she also loves Wofford College, toys and herding sheep. Wasn’t this mind-blowing?

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Other Smartest Dogs


Betsy is also a Border Collie and is recognized as one of the smartest dogs as she can recognize over 340 words. She lives in Vienna. Unbelievably, she learned her first command “sit”, when she was just 10 weeks old.


Interestingly, Rico is also a Border Collie and can understand over 200 words. Not only this, but he was also able to remember the item names for about a month after his last exposure with the items.

Final Thoughts:

So, it’s for sure that if you treat your dogs with love, they can do whatever you want. And when it comes to Border Collies, they can even become your search partner. If you know any other intelligent dog in your neighborhood, do let us know so we can feature him/her on our blog.

Image credit: Image taken from Chaser’s official Facebook Page and all the rights of this image are reserved by them.

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