Top 10 Dogs with Best Sense of Smell

Top 10 Dogs with Best Sense of Smell


You’re Watching Animal Facts! If you have a dog, you know that our furry
companions love to sniff – everything. Some have 220 million or more olfactory receptors,
compared to our puny 5 million. Yup, dogs have super sniffers, but some dogs
“smell better” than others … in a purely olfactory sense. Let’s check out the Top 10 Dogs with Exceptional
Sense of Smell. Let’s get started. But, before we start, take a moment to like
and subscribe for more fun, fauna facts. 10. Pointer The first thing you’ll notice about this
list is that most are hunting dogs. Our number 10 spot is no exception. Hunters claim that the Pointer has the best
nose of all the hunting breeds and they admire his bird-finding ability. He has a long, deep muzzle with wide-open
nostrils he uses to seek out “fowl” smells. Get it? Fowl? OK, moving on. 9. German Shorthaired Pointer Like his cousin the Pointer, the German Shorthaired
Pointer has outstanding scenting and trailing ability. Holding his large brown nose low to the ground,
he follows scents intensely, unlike the Pointer, who runs with his head up. A German Shorthair named Google works in Costa
Rica scenting out jaguar poop to help researchers study the species. Google —known affectionately as “the ultimate
search engine”— probably because he is good at finding crap is part of a project to preserve
the jaguar population. I wonder if his handlers say “OK Google”
before giving him a command? 8. Coonhounds OK, I’m cheating a bit here. The term Coonhound refers to a variety of
breeds. Of Coonhound breeds, the most popular are
the Black and Tan, Bluetick, Redbone, Plott Hound, Treeing Walker, English Coonhound,
and American Leopard Hound. They all have highly effective sniffers but
different styles of scenting. Some have “hot” noses, meaning they work
best on a fresh trail, while others are said to be “cold-nosed,” able to follow an
old, or “cold,” trail with little trouble. 7. English Springer Spaniel The Field-type English Springer Spaniel is
highly prized by hunters for his nose, which is liver-colored or black with broad nostrils. The Springer was developed to flush, or spring,
game in the field. More recently, the English Springer has been
trained to detect such diverse odors as explosives, narcotics, fake currency, beehives, and human
remains. 6. Belgian Malinois Commonly employed for police and military
work and as a search and rescue dog, the Belgian Malinois is well known for his keen sense
of smell. Among the breed’s many talents are his ability
to sniff out explosives, prostate cancer, and cheetah scat. Oh geez, again with the poop. The Cheetah Conservation Fund has implemented
a scat dog program to help mitigate human wildlife-conflict between farmers and cheetahs. 5. Labrador Retriever I’ve lost count of how many videos we’ve
included the Lab in. He’s a versatile dog and the most popular
breed in the United States. Besides being a great companion dog, he is
known for his nose. The Lab is found working in many scent-related
jobs, from arson, drug and bomb detection to search and rescue. Let’s not forget hunting. 4. German Shepherd Dog This well-known herding breed, the German
Shepherd Dog, is said to have 225 million scent receptors in his snoot. And one of the things the German Shepherd
Dog is known for is his ability to air-scent. Rather than keeping his nose to the ground,
he sniffs about for human scent that is carried by the wind. A good GSD is highly versatile, and many are
employed by the police, military, and search and rescue teams. 3. Beagle The Beagle might be one of the smallest of
the hound breeds and definitely the cutest, but he has just as many scent receptors as
any of them. This merry little hound follows both air and
ground scents. His scenting ability makes him popular not
only with hunters but also with the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service,
which employs its Beagle Brigade to detect agricultural contraband in US airports. 2. Basset Hound Giving the Beagle a run for the cutest of
the hounds, the Basset is built to follow a scent trail. He’s low to the ground — hence his name,
from the French word “bas”, meaning “low”. His long, heavy ears sweep the ground, bringing
scent upward to his powerful nose. The loose skin beneath his chin, known as
a dewlap, helps to trap the scent, keeping it easily accessible as he works. According to the American Kennel Club, the
Basset Hound is second only to our number one dog in his scenting ability. We’re almost to number one, but first: We publish every Monday and Friday. So, hit that notification icon to not miss
a single fact. 1. Bloodhound The Bloodhound tops our list with his 300
million scent receptors — more than any other breed. He is famed for his man-trailing abilities
and is so reliable his evidence is admissible in a court of law. He doesn’t only follow a scent on the ground,
he can air scent. Like his smaller cousin the Basset, he is
built to be the perfect tracking dog, with a large, long head; a nose with large, open
nostrils; long ears that sweep the scent upward from the ground; and a dewlap to trap and
retain the scent. The Bloodhound’s nose, along with his stamina
and persistence makes him a superior trailing dog and the number one best smelling dog. No, actually he tends to smell like corn chips,
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7 comments

  1. The winner is German Shorthaired Pointer. Not only they have an amazing nose, but also best smelling dogs. You can bathe them 2-3 times a year and they won't stink! By the way, you can see them more often in airports now.

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