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The dog has long been said to be man’s best friend.  They’re loyal, loving, smart and just better at expressing unconditional love than any other average household pet.  If that’s not enough to make you a fan, dogs are useful too and have a long history of helping out in a myriad of different ways.  Ever seen Lassie?

Despite our infatuation with dogs, there’s a lot more to our canine friends than meets they eye.  Here’s ten facts about dogs that might even surprise the most extreme dog lovers.

Border Collies are the Smartest

border collieIn a 2009 study, the American Psychological Association named the Border Collie as being the smartest dog on the planet. A border collie in on par with a two-year old toddler and if you’ve got one of those running around, you can appreciate the comparison.

The study states that the average dog can learn 165 words, with the smartest dogs being able to learn 250 words.

Despite the study, you’ll never convince Skidboot that border collies are the smartest.

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