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Research by Wofford professors with smart border collie receives worldwide attention

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2011-01-01

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Wofford has had the Boston Terrier as its mascot for many years. It turns out, however, the smartest dog on campus is Chaser, a border collie, who is fast gaining scientific attention for her ability to comprehend the names of more than 1,000 objects.

Chaser and the research of Wofford's Dr. Alliston Reid and Dr. John Pilley are receiving attention from around the world. See the links below. (Be sure to check back periodically, as new links are being added almost daily.)

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New Scientist (UK):http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20827921.900 

The New York Times:http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/18/science/18dog.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss 

Metro (UK):http://www.metro.co.uk/news/851247-border-collie-understands-words-and-is-smarter-than-a-three-year-old-child 

Links in alphabetical order (some are foreign language sites) (updated 1/21/11): 

http://abstractversus.blogspot.com/2011/01/dog-who-knew-1000-words.html

http://acienciatamenecultura.blogspot.com/  

http://animalfwd.blogspot.com/2010/12/meet-chaser-incredible-border-collie.html  

http://augirona.blogspot.com/2010/12/el-perro-mas-listo-del-mundo.html  

http://anima-blog.blogspot.com/2011/01/chaser-es-capaz-de-distinguir-mas-de.html  

http://bassysblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/retired-wofford-prof-dog-has-more-than.html  

http://bigpondnews.com/articles/OddSpot/2011/01/08/Smart_dog_learns_over_1000_words_561653.html (BigPond.com)

http://blog.caninekingdom.com/?p=625  

http://blog.elociodigital.com/?p=7295  

http://blog.giani.ch/2011/01/cane-da-record-riconosce-1022-parole.html 

http://blog.milestonemedia.it/curiosita/il-cane-che-riconosce-1022-giocattoli.html 

http://blog.mysanantonio.com/animals/2011/01/amazing-dog-learns-over-1000-words/  

http://blog.seattlepi.com/thebigblog/archives/234362.asp (Seattle, WA, Post Intelligencer)

http://blog.udn.com/awesome2000.tw/4727751  

http://border-collie.tv/41052/dog-gone-smart-dog-%C2%AB-nose-for-news/  

http://breeland.wordpress.com/tag/wofford-college/  

http://captain.blogs.starnewsonline.com/11110/s-c-dog-knows-1000-words-experts-say/ (Wilmington, NC, Star News)

http://chairforcengineer.blogspot.com/2011/01/chaser-becomes-smartest-dog-in-world.html

http://cod4boards.com/news/253758-worlds-smartest-dog-knows-more-than-1-000-words.html  

http://coldwetnose.blogspot.com/2010/12/we-all-knew-they-were-clever.html 

http://community.petpalstv.com/profiles/blogs/amazing-dog-has-1000-word  

http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/01/04/5765867-dogs-vocabulary-makes-her-a-star 

http://current.com/news/92926582_sit-stay-parse-good-girl.htm?xid=RSSfeed 

http://cuvac-blog.de/2011/01/10/schlauer-hund/ (Germany)

http://debit.accident-blog.com/?p=10928 

http://dogsworldnews.co.uk/?p=21294 (United Kingdom)

http://el-area-51.blogspot.com/2011/01/super-can.html 

http://emkicc.blogspot.com/2011/01/chaser-la-chienne-qui-connait-1000-mots.html (France) 

http://enterprisepost.com/science/tech/border-collie-comprehends-over-1000-object-names-as-verbal-referents.html

http://entertainment.wagerweb.com/wtf/border-collie-breaks-vocabulary-record-29351.html  

http://fashionstyletrendy.blogspot.com/2010/12/it-was-dog.html  

http://gimundo.com/news/article/worlds-smartest-dog-chaser-the-border-collie-knows-1000-words/  

http://gizmodo.com/5716678/dog-has-a-vocabulary-of-1022-words?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+gizmodo%2Ffull+%28Gizmodo%29  

http://ilmiozoo.blogspot.com/2011/01/questo-cane-border-collie-capisce-1022.html (Italy)

http://infosannio.wordpress.com/2011/01/08/cane-record-riconosce-1-022-parole-come-un-bambino-di-3-anni/ (Italy)

http://it.notizie.yahoo.com/7/20101223/thl-animali-quante-parole-puo-imparare-u-6a24347_1.html (Italy)

http://jarzebina.com/pl/index.php/2011/01/opowiadania/pogromcy-psow/ (Poland)

http://joshuapundit.blogspot.com/2010/12/worlds-smartest-dog-recognizes-names-of.html

http://medioambienteblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/comprar-tirar-comprar-documental.html 

http://mereframig.blogspot.com/2011/01/chaser-den-kloge-hund.html (Denmark)

http://moderateman.blogspot.com/2011/01/dogs-large-vocabulary.html 

http://mypuptraining.com/dog-training-videos/dog-knows-more-than-1000-words-investors-business-daily 

http://nanopatentsandinnovations.blogspot.com/2011/01/border-collie-comprehends-over-1000.html

http://newpet.dakermarketing.net/pet-online/dog-dog-knows-more-than-1000-words/ 

http://newpet.dakermarketing.net/pet-store/dog-dogs-vocabulary-turns-her-into-a-star/

http://news.discovery.com/animals/border-collie-breaks-vocabulary-record.html (Discovery News)

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Collie-Chaser-Is-Smartest-Dog-Has-Vocabulary-of-1-022-Words-174532.shtml

http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/01/05/chaser-the-border-collie-the-smartest-dog-in-the-world/ 

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110107/od_afp/scienceusanimalresearch_20110107202124 

http://news1.ghananation.com/international/66003-meet-chaser-the-incredible-border-collie-who-has-learned-the-names-for-1022-toys.html (Ghana)

http://noticiasnorte.com/2010/12/perro-estadounidense-aprendio-mas-de-mil-palabras/ 

http://natuska0011.blog.cz/1101/superpes-chaser-rozoznava-nazvy-1022-predmetov (Slovakia)

http://ocpets.ocregister.com/tag/wofford-college  

http://pawplanet.blogspot.com/2011/01/chaser-smartest-dog-in-world.html 

http://philhadj.fr/2011/01/15/chaser-la-chienne-qui-connait-1-000-mots/ (France)  

http://pijamasurf.com/2010/12/chaser-el-perro-mas-inteligente-del-mundo-video/  

http://planetaaldia.blogspot.com/2011/01/video-chaser-la-perrita-mas-inteligente.html  

http://radiomaliboomboom.105.net/2011/01/malibu-news-1001/ (Italy)

http://sanfrancisco.dogtraining9.com/latest-dog-training-news-4.html

http://scienceblog.com/41552/border-collie-comprehends-over-1000-object-names/ 

http://sigalonoddities.soup.io/ 

http://skeptophilia.blogspot.com/2011/01/meaning-of-bark-bark-bark-bark.html

http://slashdot.jp/science/article.pl?sid=11/01/10/0945228 (Japan)

http://stochasticscientist.blogspot.com/2011/01/border-collie-understands-over-1000.html 

http://targetednews.com/pr_disp.php?pr_id=3162214

http://techkive.com/news/collie-chaser-is-smartest-dog-has-vocabulary-of-1022-words (Ireland)

http://tecnoculto.com/2011/01/16/el-perro-que-ha-aprendido-1022-palabras/ 

http://teddyhilton.com/2011-01-06-border-collie-has-vocabulary-of-1022-words  

http://thedailywh.at/post/2431897484/smart-pet-tricks-of-the-day-psychologists  

http://thedogcrates.com/how-many-object-names-can-a-border-collie-comprehend.htm (The Dog Crates)

http://the-flute-player.blogspot.com/2011/01/so-what-do-you-talk-about-with-dog-that.html 

http://thetopdogtrainingblog.com/chaser-the-wonder-dog 

http://theweek.com/article/index/211166/the-genius-dog-with-a-1022-word-vocabulary 

http://tim1965.livejournal.com/1826700.html

http://timessaguardian.com/meet-world-s-cleverest-collie-242914.htm (South Africa)

http://topicfire.com/VIDEO-Border-Collie-Breaks-Record-For-Biggest-Vocabulary-16404123.html  

http://toysscout.com/study-dog-knows-the-names-of-more-than-1-000-objects-tt-com-current-news-news-daily-newspaper/ (Toys Scout)

http://trulynews.com/study-shows-border-collie-can-build-vocabulary-of-over-1000-words/193624/ 

http://ultimahoraonline.com/el-perro-mas-inteligente-del-mundo-reconoce-mas-de-mil-palabras/

http://veterinarialastorres.com/home/?p=93 

http://videodogschool.com/dog-training-videos/dog-knows-more-than-1000-words-united-press-international 

http://villagoofy.nl/2011/01/border-collies-vocabulair/ (The Netherlands) 

http://weblog.jachthondentrainingen.nl/algemeen/een-hond-kent-wel-1022-woorden 

http://whiskeydogsandweed.blogspot.com/2011/01/sit-girl-speak-parse-good-girl.html

http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2011/01/11/dogs-are-smarter-than-you-think/ 

 http://wiggspotpourri.blogspot.com/2011/01/unlikey-vocabulary-champion-chaser.html

http://www.360news.co.za/world/23-Dec-2010/347826-chaser-collie-knows-1-000-words.html (South Africa)

http://www.6juin.com/?p=5203 

http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/7823294-intelligent-us-dog-learned-1000-words/blogs 

http://www.anorak.co.uk/269086/technology/chaser-the-border-collie-knows-more-that-your-gcse-students.html (United Kingdom)

http://www.asylum.com/2010/12/27/meet-chaser-the-border-collie-the-cleverest-dog-in-the-whole-wi/  

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12067099 (BBC, United Kingdom)

http://www.bjdproductions.com/blog/2010/12/22/video-smartest-dog-ever-can-pick-out-1022-toys-by-name/ 

http://www.carcabot.ro/18361-un-caine-a-invatat-peste-1000-de-cuvinte-mai-multe-decat-orice-alt-animal.html 

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/dog-memorized-over-1000-toys.html 

http://www.ciudadpride.com/los-perros-comprenden-nuestro-idioma

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1343191/Whos-VERY-clever-doggy-Prepare-bow-wowed-Chaser-worlds-brainiest-dog-test.html?ito=feeds-newsxml (Daily Mail, United Kingdom)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1340871/Meet-Chaser-The-incredible-border-collie-learned-names-1022-toys.html (Daily Mail, United Kingdom)

http://www.dailytech.com/Border+Collie+Has+Largest+Vocabulary+of+Any+Animal/article20466.htm  

http://www.discountvouchers.co.uk/news/120333535.html (United Kingdom)

http://www.dlisted.com/node/40136

http://www.dnaindia.com/scitech/report_meet-the-dog-that-can-understand-more-than-1000-words_1485122 (India)

http://www.dogonlineblog.com/7390/dogs-vocabulary-makes-her-a-star-msnbc-com/ 

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/news/362895,chaser-the-wonder-dog.html  

http://www.ecodiari.cat/noticia/4248/gos/apr/1000/paraules  

http://www.elarsenal.net/2010/12/31/cartucho-perro/  

http://www.elite-ados.com/insolite/un-chien-capable-de-reconnaitre-plus-de-1000-objets-2996 (France)

http://www.emaxhealth.com/1020/researchers-prove-their-dog-understands-over-1000-words

http://www.englishreader.net/?p=713 (Korea)

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-01/e-bcc010611.php 

http://www.euroweeklynews.com/features/pets/the-smartest-dog.html 

http://www.eventostoppanama.com/noticias/un-perro-sabedor-de-mil-palabras/

http://www.expomascotas.com.mx/articulos/770/los-perros-entienden-el-lenguaje-humano/ 

http://www.faktailmiah.com/2011/01/08/anjing-border-collie-mampu-mengenali-lebih-dari-1000-nama-objek.html (Indonesia)

http://www.fluffyfeet.net/wp/2011/01/06/border-collie-too-smart/

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/12/23/worlds-smartest-dog-knows-words/  

http://www.giornalettismo.com/archives/108456/108456/ 

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hp6V_b_uCU8GzQ-u4X8MbWdHrhbQ?docId=CNG.a873154189fae54fc673166df8ae65f2.601 (AFP)

http://www.goupstate.com/article/20101224/ARTICLES/12241011/1001/sports02?Title=Smart-Spartanburg-dog-leaves-barking-behind (Spartanburg, SC, Herald-Journal)

http://www.greenvilleonline.com/article/20110103/NEWS/301030009/1004/NEWS01/Retired-Wofford-prof-s-dog-has-more-than-1-000-words-in-its-vocabulary (Greenville, SC, News)

http://www.haberayna.com/Bu-kopek-1022-nesne-adi-biliyor_56005.html (Turkey)

http://www.hebdoweb.com/2010/12/23/rencontrez-chaser-un-border-collie-qui-a-appris-les-noms-de-1022-jouets/ (France)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/11/dog-breaks-vocabulary-rec_n_804728.html (The Huffington Post)

http://www.indiatalkies.com/2010/12/meet-dog-understand-1000-words.html

http://www.infoanimal.com/2010/12/24/afirman-que-una-perra-conoce-mas-de-mil-palabras/ 

http://www.iol.co.za/scitech/science/meet-world-s-cleverest-collie-1.1004572?showComments=true (South Africa)

http://www.jaymcfarland.com/archives/15866

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/special/2011/01/182_79439.html (The Korean Times)

http://www.kwick.de/magazine/article/53888/hund_kann_1000_gegenstaende_unterscheiden/ (Germany)

http://www.mascotas.org/24-12-2010/perros/curiosidades/perra-reconoce-mas-de-mil-palabras

http://www.mediasoup.gr/node/24154 (Greece)

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/213040.php (Medical News Today)

http://www.metro.co.uk/news/851247-border-collie-understands-words-and-is-smarter-than-a-three-year-old-child (United Kingdom)

http://www.metro.co.uk/news/851247-us-dog-learns-more-than-1-000-words (United Kingdom)

http://www.metrolic.com/chaser-the-smartest-dog-in-the-world-157351/ 

http://www.mizozo.com/tech/01/2011/11/chaser-the-border-collie-dog-that-understand-1022-....html 

http://www.nachrichtende.com/nachest/hundin-chaser-kennt-namen-von-1022-spiel-256966 (Germany)

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/07/border-collie-understands-1022-words/ (NeatoRama.com)

http://www.newmediablog.com/2011/01/smart-us-dog-learns-more-than-1000-words/ (NewMediaBlog.com)

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20827921.900 (New Scientist, United Kingdom)

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20827921.900-border-collie-takes-record-for-biggest-vocabulary.html (New Scientist, United Kingdom)

http://www.nieuwsguru.nl/algemeen/hond-kent-evenveel-woorden-als-een-driejarig-kind/  

http://www.nuz.ro/4208/un-caine-supradotat-a-invatat-numele-a-1022-obiecte/ (Romania)

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/18/science/18dog.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss 

http://www.odditycentral.com/news/border-collie-chaser-learns-the-names-of-1022-toys.html

http://www.petblog.it/2010/12/27/quante-parole-puo-imparare-un-cane-un-collie-ne-sa-piu-di-1000/  

http://www.petconnection.com/blog/2011/01/10/mrrrreowwwww-arm-hammer-clorox-in-legal-cat-fight/ 

http://www.petmd.com/editorial/dog/nws_dg_border_collie_knows_more_than_1000_words 

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-01-border-collie-comprehends.html

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-12/video-smartest-dog-ever-can-pick-out-1022-toys-name  

http://www.positiv-magazin.de/?p=9865 (Germany)

http://www.quotidianoblog.it/2011/01/06/cagna-americana-riconosce-1022-parole-impartite-dal-suo-padrone/

http://www.radiobiobio.cl/2011/01/02/la-perra-mas-lista-del-mundo/  

http://www.rpp.com.pe/2010-12-26-sorprendente-un-perro-en-estados-unidos-logra-distinguir-mas-de-mil-palabras-noticia_322131.html  

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110106144252.htm 

http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/article-8609-thinking-doggie-style.html (San Diego)

http://www.serperuano.com/2010/12/un-perro-en-estados-unidos-consigue-aprender-mas-de-1000-palabras/

http://www.silobreaker.com/border-collie-trained-by-wofford-college-professors-understands-names-and-commands-122210-5_2263954121235103760  

http://www.swesh.com/science/border-collie-comprehends-over-1000-object-names/  

http://www.tendencias21.net/notes/Los-perros-conocen-nuestro-vocabulario-revela-un-estudio_b2604024.html 

http://www.thedogfiles.com/2010/12/23/border-collie-has-largest-vocabulary-of-any-animal/

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/facts-and-arguments/et-may-want-your-home/article1866079/ (The Globe and Mail, Canada)

http://www.thehealinggift.com/blog/worlds-smartest-dog-learns-over-1000-words/

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/917359--south-carolina-dog-knows-over-1-000-words  

http://www.tuttozampe.com/il-cane-che-comprende-gli-umani/15189/  

http://www.ultimenotizie.roma.it/iltempo-it/notizia=15944  

http://www.usnews.com/science/articles/2011/01/10/border-collie-comprehends-over-1000-object-names-as-verbal-referents (U.S. News & World Report)

http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2011/01/11/Dog-knows-more-than-1000-words/UPI-26191294779977/ (United Press International)

http://www.weball.hu/?p=1621 (Hungary)

http://www.weisse-schaeferhunde-owl.de/wordpress/index.php/aufgeschnappt-border-colli-hundin-kann-mehr-als-1000-gegenstande-zuordnen/ (Germany)

http://www.yahind.com/meet-the-dog-that-can-understand-more-than-1000-words_6385.html

http://www.z-chat.info/chat-gratis/2010/12/24/etologia-negli-usa-cane-genio-riconosce-1-o22-parole-agi-agenzia-giornalistica-italia/  

http://www.zocalo.com.mx/seccion/articulo/chaser-el-perro-mas-inteligente-del-mundo/ (Mexico)

http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/bbc/850133-cachorra-aprende-a-reconhecer-nome-de-mais-de-mil-brinquedos.shtml (Brazil)

http://zoalsdiedingengaan.blogspot.com/2010/12/dit-wisten-wij-natuurlijk-al-lang.html