10 Dog Breeds Known for Their Sense of Smell


The following dog breeds use their noses on a regular basis to help out their human counterparts....

The following dog breeds use their noses on a regular basis to help out their human counterparts.


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Basset Hound

Basset Hounds have a naturally strong hunting instinct and will willingly follow a scent.



Beagles have an excellent nose and tend to follow it wherever it may take them!  They’re commonly used as narcotics and agriculture detector dogs with the U.S. Customs & Border Patrol.


Belgian Malinois

The Belgian Malinois is a popular military working dog that uses its keen nose to detect explosives.


Black and Tan Coonhound

The Black and Tan Coonhound is a determined, persistent hunter that will stay on a track no matter what the terrain or conditions are.



The Bloodhound is one of the oldest dogs that hunt by scent.  Its work with law enforcement has been so accurate that evidence trailed by a Bloodhound has been accepted in courts of law.


Bluetick Coonhound

The Bluetick Coonhound is a steady, determined hunter that can stay on the most intricate of tracks.  The breed can also work off very faint scents.



Dachshunds are eager hunters that use their sharp sense of smell in above and below-ground work.  They were originally bred to hunt badgers.


German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherd Dogs are known as the world’s leading police and military dogs. They work very successfully in Search & Rescue and narcotics detection due to their keen sense of smell.


Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers use their sense of smell in detection work and excel as Search & Rescue and allergy alert dogs.


Labrador Retriever

Labs excel at all types of detection work because of their noses.  They are widely used as Search & Rescue dogs, and have even been trained to sniff out cancer from patients’ breath.