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10 Dog Breeds Known for Their Sense of Smell

(Tuesday, February 18, 2014)

The following dog breeds use their noses on a regular basis to help out their human counterparts. Click on the name to learn more about each dog breed:

Basset Hound Basset Hound: Basset Hounds have a naturally strong hunting instinct and will willingly follow a scent.
Beagle Beagle: 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 Belgian Malinois: The Belgian Malinois is a popular military working dog that uses its keen nose to detect explosives.
Black and Tan Coonhound 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.
Bloodhound Bloodhound: 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 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.
Dachshund Dachshund: 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 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 Retriever: Golden Retrievers use their sense of smell in detection work and excel as Search & Rescue and allergy alert dogs.
Labrador Retriever 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.