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From the Guardian: “The search for the world’s smartest dog kicks into gear Wednesday  1PM, as contenders compete in a live-streamed event to be crowned top of the canine class.

Researchers in Hungary have spent more than two years searching for dogs who could recognize the names of their different toys, advertising for owners to come forward on social media. Now the canines they have discovered are set to take part in a series of live-streamed experiments, called the “Genius Dog Challenge”.

Dr Claudia Fugazza, of Eötvös Loránd University, one of the scientists behind the project, said they have been hunting for a rare talent. “We found six such dogs scattered all over the world,” she said, adding the dogs – all of which were border collies – were discovered in Spain, Norway, Hungary, Florida, the Netherlands and Brazil.”  Click to watch the first of the series of genius dog challenges.