Scuzz, that whole family of dog is smart. Collies, to border collies, to shelties. I had them all growing up on my parents farm, and they all were smart as hell. Plus they are one of the only dogs that wipe there own butts LOL. The are a true herd breed, even the little shelties. Our last border collie we got at 7 weeks old, and it was house trained 2 days later. They are so smart.