A Scottish cocker spaniel named Ginger has been accompanying his owner to Gaelic classes and now understands the language after only three weeks.

Owner Neil Smith says Ginger, an assistance dog, has already mastered a simple set of commands including: sit (suidh), stay (fuirich), come here (trobhad) and good dog (cu math).

Newstalk reports that Smith, who is profoundly deaf, credits Ginger with broadening his social circle and bringing a new topic of conversation to the group, which takes place at his local church.

Teacher Elma McArthur said: "I have never heard of a dog learning it (Gaelic) as a second language before.”