Samoyed Dog Graduates University; Receives World’s First ‘Dogtorate’ Degree

Photo by Facebook/Jasper The Samoyed

Don’t ever say to your dog that the good boy will never amount to anything. That can eat into their self-esteem… Because after all that’s been said and done, dogs are overachievers, and they like to achieve your attention. One special dog from Australia, however, has his sights set on something more than attention, for he has achieved the world’s first official university ‘dogtorate’ (pe)degree.


Jasper is not like the other good boys, for he now prefers to be called Dr. (Dogtor) Jasper despite having no knowledge of medicine. You see, Jasper the Samoyed dog recently graduated at University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia, academic cap, toga, and ceremony included. Apart from the dogtorate degree, Jasper was also dubbed as the official university dog of UNSW, this good boy is going places.

Bright as he may be though, Jasper’s dogtorate degree would not have been possible without the help of his owner, Jovi. Jovi was actually pursuing a Master of Law degree and took Jasper along for the ride. Jovi’s friends also encouraged her to take Jasper to school where her friends and pretty much everyone at the school looked after Jasper while Jovi is busy studying.

Thankfully, Jasper’s patience and penchant for running around in UNSW asking for pets from strangers paid off. When Jovi graduated from her Master of Law degree, UNSW also awarded Jasper with the honorary dogtorate award and degree. Being a Dr. Jasper, however, is not all pets and fetches, as it also comes with certain responsibilities such as attending university events.

Dr. Jasper has indeed, come a long way from graduating in potty training and sit commands daycare.

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Natividad Sidlangan
Sid was born, did some stuff, then decided to become a writer. He is now on a quest to farm some accolades and life experiences so that he can boast about them in his online 'about yourself' page. So far, the only thing he was able to boast about is a handlebar mustache.


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