A dog’s sense of smell dominates ours by leaps and bounds. Although all puppies are equipped with strong noses, some breeds have worked specifically as hunting dogs and have a better sense of smell than others.
“It is well known that dogs have an extremely remarkable sense of smell. They are reported to have up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, compared to six million in humans, they are adept at sniffing out all kinds treats, as many owners will attest” The dog club to say country life.
Remember that the behavior and attitude of any dog depends on its training, socialization and individual personality. On that note, take a look at the breeds that are well known for their strong sense of smell…
1. Black and Tan Coonhound
“While the breed is relatively new to the UK, having been officially recognized by the Kennel Club in 2018, the Coonhound breed dates back to the 1700s in the mountains of the southern United States. Closely related to Foxhounds, the breed is a ‘trail and tree’ hound, and was bred to track raccoons and possums, using only his strong sense of smell.
“While the Black and Tan Coonhound is fundamentally a working dog, they are an outgoing and friendly breed. However, they are also a large, active dog that needs a large home and garden.”
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The Kennel Club tells us: “One of the UK’s most vulnerable native British breeds, the Otterhound was originally bred to hunt otters. Although this was later banned, the breed retains still its weather-resistant coat, webbed feet, and well-developed nostrils that gave the breed its scent powers.
“The Otterhound is an easy-going, good-natured breed, but requires over two hours of exercise a day, as well as grooming more than once a week.”
3. Cirneco of Etna
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“This breed takes its name from the region near Etna, where it was privileged for hunting rabbits, using its powerful sense of smell, but also its sight and its sharp hearing”, specifies the Kennel Club.
“With its Sicilian origins, the Cirneco Dell’Etna is a distinctive, small and independent dog. Although quite unusual, they tend to be gentle and affectionate, and their cheerful temperament makes them an excellent four-legged friend. Owners should be able to provide a good amount of mental stimulation and interaction for this active breed.”
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4. spanish water dog
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“The Spanish Water Dog was originally a herding, hunting and fishing dog with a very strong sense of smell. Along with its working skills, the Spanish Water Dog is a loyal and friendly breed that will need regular grooming due to its distinctive thick coat.”
5. Basset Fauve de Bretagne
“Originally from Brittany, this medium-sized hound has a very good nose. The breed is lively and friendly and therefore requires more than two hours of exercise a day but is equally at home in the city as it is in the countryside.
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