Top 10 Dog Breeds with the Best Sense of Smell

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Your pup uses their nose for all sorts of reasons. You might see him in the trash or outside seeking out a squirrel to chase, but did you know that his sense of smell could be used for amazing purposes? They might even aid you someday when you need it most. All pups can smell many thousands of time better than their human companions. But there are some dogs that are better at it then others. Those with the best sense of smell aid hospitals to sniff out cancer in patients, find a lost victim or even check out food for allergy sufferers. Here are the Top 10 Dog Breeds With the Best Sense of Smell. Is your sniffer on it?

#1 Bloodhound

Designed to track, this #1 pup with the best sense of smell will search til they find their quarry, which is why they make great hunging dogs. They are persistent and built for this type of work, and their body assists this pup with the job they were born to do. Tracking is easiest for them and they love what they do!

#2 Basset Hound

The Basset Hound is well known for tracking and can follow a scent endlessly. They are strong, and although short in stature, they are giants at the work they do.  Finding a trail and sticking to it is something this pup does best, and their endurance keeps them going and going. A great family pet, this pup is #2 on the list for good reason.

#3 Beagle

Following their nose is what these pups do best. The Beagle is a hunter by nature, but used much more these days for searching for illegal materials brought into airports. Their cuteness offers a non-threatening addition to security staff, so they can charm people, make children smile, all the while keeping their nose busy doing their job.

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#4 German Shepherd

The German Shepherd Dog can do it all, and his nosey talents add to the charm. They are almost tops on the list for having millions of scent receptors, which just means they have a nose better than most! This pup is used as a bomb and explosive detection dog, and can help find buried victims. They are also strong, agile and loving.

#5 Labrador Retriever

The work this pup can do with their nose is incredible.  The Labrador Retriever is a genius at sniffing out medical issues with patients. They are used by doctors and hospitals to alert them to patients with cancer, and the military and police employ these pawtastic pups to find bombs and drugs. They love family life and will fit into any lifestyle, sniffer and all.

#6 Belgian Malinois

Sniffing out trouble is what the Belgian Malinois does best. Military officials love to put their special talents to work to find bombs or drugs. They can pass by freight, luggage or people with drugs or bombs, and will alert their handler to hidden danger. They are naturally protective and will make an excellent family dog to keep everyone safe.

#7 Bluetick Coonhound

Another pup with a great sense of smell is the Bluetick Coonhound. They were born to find racoons. Whether the coon was there yesterday or weeks ago, this pup can find them. They are a cold-nose trailer and will bark as they go, making sure their humans know where they are. Excellent nose for details, this pup would rather work then cuddle. 

#8 Black and Tan Coonhound

If you’re ever lost, hope that a Black and Tan Coonhound is on the way. This breed is called out when all else fails. They detect the ‘cold trail’ that no other person or pup can find. This trailing dog travels around an area, zig-zagging back and forth to lead their human to their prize – the lost person. They also make great family companions.

#9 Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is more than just a beauty on paws! They can use their nose to find people, trails and even food. They detect scents in the air rather than on the ground, and are widely sought out to find people when the ground trail is gone. They are a child’s best defense against ingesting allergens - they can sniff out a peanut a mile away!

#10 Dachshund

How can a little dog use his nose for work? The Dachshund was bred to sniff out animals for their human hunters. They can distinguish a patch of dirt from a trail left by a critter. Following that trail, nose to the ground, is easy and will lead them to their prey. This pup is excellent for field work and finding those hidden donuts!