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Meet the border collie who is probably smarter than your toddler

He knows over 80 of his toys by name and can even get a round in at the pub

Image credit: @border_collie_bear

It is common knowledge that a Border Collie is one of the smarter breeds of dogs, but six-year-old Bear from Guernsey is taking that brain-power to a whole new level. 

Sophie Goss adopted Bear as a pup from a working family, so she knew he would be intelligent, but even she was surprised by his capability.

“He’s from a working farm but we never knew how intelligent he was going to be until we brought him home and within the first few weeks he was already learning how to put his toys away,” Sophie explained.

Image credit: @border_collie_bear

After he mastered the basics of sit, lie-down and paw before he was six months’ old, his owners then realised he was able to identify some toys by name. 

“My partner always named his toys and he just caught onto it, so one day we said ‘get rabbit’ and he did. Then the next thing was ‘we need to teach him more’ and he improved.”

Bear can now identify 82 toys by name, which has been enough to send him viral on social media. He also landed a spot to show off his skills on This Morning. 

Sophie and her partner have found the response to Bear’s intelligence very overwhelming. 

Image credit: @sophgossy

She said: “I set the account up for me, but I posted a video of him getting his toys and next thing I knew he had 600,000 views in the space of 48 hours and it just went from there.

“Everyone has loved him, it’s been an amazing experience. I’m just so grateful everyone can see what he’s like.”

Over Sophie’s TikTok and Bear’s Instagram account, Bear now has almost 25,000 followers.

And recalling his toys’ names is not his only trick. Bear is able to fetch beers from the fridge, and pay for drinks contactless at the bar. He can fetch the laundry basket when chores are being done, and he will even collect any stray socks which fall out during transit.

For anyone wanting to train their dog like Bear, Sophie said: “Have a lot of patience. If they don’t enjoy doing something then change the way you train or what you’re teaching them. Adapt to your dog and don’t pressurise anything.” 

As for Bear’s future, the next goal is to teach Bear to identify animals into the hundreds. 

At least he has his own room to store all those toys in!