The smartest dog in the world | 60 Minutes Archive

The smartest dog in the world | 60 Minutes Archive

In 2014, 60 Minutes first attempted to answer the age-old question: does your dog really love you?

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32 Responses

  1. Luann Nelson says:

    My grandfather and father were dairy farmers. My granddad’s Border collie Shep I believe essentially knew conversational English. You could say to her “Hey, Shep, go down to the end of the pasture and make sure we got them all,” and she would go and do it. She probably saved his life once: He had gone into a small paddock where he kept a bull to fill the bull’s water trough. The bull knocked him to the ground and was beginning to strike at his chest with its hooves. Shep slipped under the fence, fastened her teeth onto the bull’s tail, and held on tight until the bull decided to go after her instead. She held on, according to my grandfather’s story, and he was able to roll away and escape while the bull chased his tail. At a strategic moment, Shep let go and darted away. She lived to be 17, or so they told me; I was a child when she died.

  2. Mango juul pod says:

    I’m so happy we’re finally giving dogs the credit they deserve!! We treat them horribly when they just want to be loved by us, live a healthy and happy life. I’ve had my dog since I was 12 (I’m 22 now) and I’ve definitely realized how smart dogs can actually be.

    • says:

      We don’t treat dogs horribly. China maybe that eats them, but come on…. That statement is BS

    • Farmer Fpv says:

      Speak for yourself. I have never treated my dog or any dog horribly. They don’t all want to be loved. Just like some humans don’t want to be loved. You let emotions get in the way of logical thinking. It’s cringe.

    • Niko Kapanen says:

      Dogs are like humans, some are smart others are stupid, some are bold others are fearful, some are energetic others are phlegmatic, some are very selfish others are very selfless, and so on. So, you cannot put them into one category.

  3. From The Peanut Gallery says:

    We had a farm dog that could open and close doors, turn faucets with levers on an off. Light switches. Could go to the store by herself and fetch the grocery basket. She slept in her own person bed and could pull up the covers. Could fetch over 30 farm tools, could count up to ten in barks, watch tv for hours, liked to listen to the radio, see herself in the mirror, sing, laugh when you tickled her. Walk on two legs. Amazing dog. Animals way smarter than people ever can imagine.

  4. I💟crafting says:

    The fact that’s his owner at 86 can still get down on his knees like that is a miracle within itself

  5. Julie Berry says:

    When my Dad passed away, his biggest wish was to be home with our dog by his side. Our amazing dog Cody put his teddy bear on my Dad’s arm and his head on my Dad’s chest while Dad passed. Since then, our dog has saved my life numerous times when my blood sugar crashed into the 20s-30s. Cody is our little hero, my shadow everywhere
    I go, and my best friend. 🐕💗

  6. Evonne Mccausland says:

    My 12yr old Cattle dog has a large vocabulary. We bonded immediately when I rescued her from a shelter at 7 months old. She is the most social dog I’ve ever had. She is the reason I have more friends in my neighborhood than ever before. She is the reason I have my own successful dog walking and sitting business. Everybody calls me the dog whisperer like Cesar Milan, but she is the real ⭐ star!!!

    • Johnnyukulele says:

      We adopted a black n brown mixed Lab from the shelter and he was 2 years old. He was very loving but also a bit wild at times. We worked with him over the last 14 months and he has matured so much. He used to bark at bikes and chase them but we taught him to ignore them. His name is Peace because he brings that to our marriage. 
      He seems to understand a lot of what I’m saying and I use repetition a lot so he can understand phrases. He picks new things up so quickly I can’t keep up with him. lol

    • pat557 says:

      Cattle dogs rule.

    • Evonne Mccausland says:

      @notfiveo 😂 HaHa. I’ve had many cats also and you can develop a deep relationship with them as well 💓💓💓!!!

    • Evonne Mccausland says:

      @Kat Larson Thank you so much 🥰!

    • Evonne Mccausland says:

      @jonel filipek Thank you. Dogs have truly saved me from depression. In the last 20 years I have cared for and lost 3 members of my family with different long term terminal illnesses. The most recent was my sister in March. Dogs who are always there for you with love and empathy are the reason I made it through.

  7. Lynn Campbell says:

    We had a Britney Spaniel, Cuddles. Camping in the Ozarks, my mom called Cuddles to feed her. Cuddles was laying down in the shade completely uninterested until my mom said, “Cuddles, it’s pork chops!” To which she jumped up and ran to eat. She also waited at the corner for traffic lights to turn green before crossing the street. All animals are far more intelligent than we give them credit for.

  8. kelly Johnson says:

    I had a cat like that. He had such a huge vocabulary. He died accidentally when he was a little over a year old. I wondered if any other cats could be the same way. In 2020 I adopted a cat from a rescue who was 3-4 years old, and she quickly picked up words and responded to me with specific cries. Since I am working from home since 2020 I’ve spent time teaching her words. She knows a lot of words. Both cats, dexter many years ago and Maui now, are Siamese mixes. I thought that might be why, but I’m seeing online people who are teaching their cats and dogs words and sentences. And my cat recognizes the words whether it’s me or my mom, who recently met my cat, is saying them. It’s fascinating how much these precious animals know. And are capable of.

    • Jan96106 says:

      When my cat had mouth cancer and could not drink anything but thickened broth, if she was thirsty, she’d jump into the bathtub and sit in front of the tub spout. She spoke to me metaphorically. When my male cat wanted to go outside, he’d run back and forth between the front and back door and sit there, asking to go out. I can’t prove they knew words, but I’m sure they did. I had trouble giving them medicine or putting them in their carriers, or even making the last call to the vet for my male cat. He grew silent and distant after I placed the call I did not want to make (he was terminally ill and suffering).

    • Take The5th says:

      @Susan Kay Yes, they know more then people realize

    • Susan Kay says:

      My black kitty would watch me dress for outdoors, and when she wanted to go out she’d bring me my hat, then my scarf, then each of my mittens! She rode in a carriage or walked beside me, sans leash, anywhere we went.

      She rode the building elevator with me, facing forward like everyone else. Sometimes she’d go up without me if I dawdled!

      She loved riding in the car, looking out the passenger window, and making faces or mouthing, “Help me!” to other drivers.

      The Vet was no problem, either. She’d step on the scale if we asked her to let us guess her weight. She would tolerate the exam, but was ready to leave soon enough.

      She was one in a million, after she ‘picked’ me at the pound, and I still miss her every day!

  9. Pat Doyle says:

    This was great, and to a lesser degree applies to cats also. I recall my cat Marco – the first I ever had chipped. One day he got out and got lost – I could not find him. About a year later he was brought to a shelter as a feral stray, but the chip allowed them to find me. By that time Marco was fairly hostile to humans, they told me to be careful – he was hard to handle – I let him sniff me through the cage door then opened it, and he jumped into my arms and started purring. He knew who I was and showed his love, or whatever the cat version of that is.

  10. Vields 23 says:

    I’ve been saying our little boston terrier is like an eternal toddler for years. She behaves like a toddler but never grows up. She understands words and basic commands, she understands emotions and she is always in that toddler stage where they are always excited to see you. They just never grow up and become stroppy teenagers. Glad I put my foot down and refused to have a 4th child and got my partner a puppy instead 😂

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