Top 11 Dog Breeds for Tracking

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Although all dogs have a better sense of smell than we do, some are just better at it than others. Dogs have over 200 million scenting receptors, while we mere humans only have about five million. But then again, it takes more than just a super sniffer to be a good tracking breed. Some dogs have built-in scenting accessories like long floppy ears that scoop the scent from the ground, and wrinkly folds of skin that hangs down to hold the scent particles while they are tracking. It also helps in some cases to have short legs, so their nose is closer to the ground where the scent is. excellent breeds for tracking should be good listeners, strong-bodied, and obedient, while also having a lot of energy and stamina. Here are the top 11 dog breeds for tracking.


The Bloodhound is the original scent hound that dates back further than records can follow, but they’ve been helping humans track since at least 1066 BC. With super long ears, hanging skin to scoop scent, and short legs to keep them close to the ground, this pawesome pooch is number one.

Basset Hound

The Basset Hound is even shorter than the Bloodhound, but comes in second since they have fewer scent receptors. However, they are still one of the best due to their dangling ears, long hanging skin, and a bloodline with centuries of pawrfect tracking. They’re also super smart, obedient, and loyal, as well as great team players.

Redbone Coonhound

An interesting mix of different types of Foxhounds and Bloodhounds were brought together to make this pawesome red-coated breed that can chase raccoons up trees, which is how it got its name. These great hounds are great hunters and super sniffers with the energy to keep on going longer than you can.
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Majestic Tree Hound

This dog is a furific blend of all the good hounds together; the Bloodhound, Coonhound, and Basset Hound. A large dog, the Majestic Tree Hound, can get up to 100 pounds, and while they love to hunt, they are also fun, loving, and gentle with the kids and other pets.

American Foxhound

These little poochies are amazing hunters who can scent out just about anything. Tracking is easy for them even without all the wrinkles and floppy ears. The American Foxhound loves being outdoors, and will follow a scent until they find their target no matter how long or far it is.

Basset Foxhound

Mixing a Basset Hound and Foxhound together means one of the best and smartest tracking dogs there are. This hybrid dog is not just a pawesome tracker, but a great companion who loves to play with other pups and kids. Your fur buddy's short coat is easy to care for, and their energy will keep them tracking furever.

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever has been the number one popular dog breed in the United States for over a decade, and they are also in the top 11 on this list. Due to their quick learning ability and desire to please their humans with their super sniffer talents, these pups are pawsitively amazing trackers.


The Bloodhound and Labrador Retriever mix is another designer breed that can out sniff the rest. With the superior intelligence and easy-going personality of the furiendly Labrador, and the excellent work ethics of the Bloodhound, this dog will not let you down when you are on a tracking mission together.


The Beagle will do whatevfur it takes to finish a tracking session successfully while continuing to be a happy-go-lucky and perky pup. In fact, they have superior sniffers like the hounds and a desire to please you, so they will not be ready to go home until they find what they are looking for.

Saint Bernard

This large furball can find victims through several feet of snow, so you know their nose is superior. These pawesome pups also have an instinctive nature that tells them what to do when they find a victim. They track in pairs so one can stay to keep the victim warm while the other goes for help.

German Shepherd

The military and police have used the German Shepherd for centuries because of their bravery and tracking abilities. They are able to find missing victims and even soldiers who have been hurt or killed in war without even worrying about their own safety. They’re also extremely smart and loyal.