I cut this from a Border Collie.ORG topic. The topic of Border Collie intelligence has been discussed a bit here previously, but I want it known that I was looking to get a border collie before it was about to become fashionable with techie geeks. Anyway, don't flame me if you think your BC is smarter than a 2 year old, blame the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Still, fun stuff. A BC is smarter than a fifth grader in most respects and from a measured stand point has a higher IQ than the average 5 year old. They also listen better than a 2 year old. 200 words? That's nothing, I've had dogs with vocabularies much higher than that. Jins vocabulary is almost 100 words and he's still learning. Add to that BCs can understand phrases, hand and whistle signals even how to read and respond to body language that has to be included in their vocabulary as well. Jin knows the difference between a squeaky, tennis, chuck-it, large and small soccer balls, a Frisbee and rope. And that's just Jin. Every BC on this (BC.ORG) forum can do any of that. Ever watch a BC work out a problem, you can see the wheels turning in its head. Ever count how many commands there are for a trained BC. Hundreds, Jin at 7 months already performs over 30 diff commands and he's only 7 months old. Nope I'm afraid Prof Coren needs to go back to his studies as he came up a bit short My dog is smarter than your honor student.