‘Betsy’collie dog in watercolour and pastel

Do you have a dog? How many words does he/she understand?

An Austrian Border Collie named Betsy, believed to be one of the world’s most intelligent dogs, understands this many human words:340

According to a recent National Geographic report, Betsy’s comprehension of human words rivals that of non-human primates, in terms of intelligence and logic. This brainy collie just needs to hear a word twice before figuring out that it is a command or instruction. Researchers who have studied Betsy believe that, in addition to her unique skills, Border Collies in general may better understand human vocalizations, since this herding breed historically had to pay close attention to spoken instructions.

This painting was done from a photograph in the national geographic. We had a bundle of old magazines dropped into work, and when I saw this lovely dog in the photo I decided to give it a go. The photo was taken by Vince Musi, here is a link I found about the photographer and the wonderful intelligent Betsy.

The painting is 33cmX49cm ( cut down single watercolour paper, arches) it is watercolour, sennelier soft pastel and conte pastel pencil.


‘Betsy’ watercolour and pastel 33cmX49cm ( photo from national geographic magazine, by Vince Musi )


About REcreate-RebeccaEvansCreate

My name is Rebecca Evans, living in the New Forest I have been inspired to paint the many animals often seen around me. Having ridden since Childhood, painting equines was a natural path to follow. I use a variety of media, watercolour, oil, charcoal, pastel,inks, plus a few more, infact I will try most things. Choosing the medium to work with can really change the effect of the art, and therefore the character of the animal. Sometimes it is an instant decision, sometimes it is the mood from within me which determines which medium I choose to use. I never know what might inspire me next, but if itโ€™s hairy, I will be sure to try.
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18 Responses to ‘Betsy’collie dog in watercolour and pastel

  1. Susan Feniak says:

    Betsy is a beauty! Such a clever and endearing girl. You too Rebecca for painting such a becoming portrait for Betsy.
    Is it possible Betsy can understand more words then some humans? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Wow – such a great job, Rebecca. Love !

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  3. Sharon Mann says:

    Wow, Betsy is beautiful. You have captured her intelligent eyes.

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  4. Those eyes!!! I’m swooning! This is so well done. ๐Ÿ˜

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  5. I agree those eyes! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Cathe says:

    What a great painting of Betsy! She is very captivating with those bright eyes. I’m not sure how many words my dogs know, they tend to ignore my requests unless a treat or a walk is attached to the words.

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  7. This is really incredible work! Oh, I am so sorry I have a long list of to-dos today but I am so loving your animals. They are really amazing. In every medium(!!!) โค

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