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5 Dog Breeds With The Strongest Sense of Smell

A dog’s sense of smell overpowers ours by leaps and bounds. While all pups are equipped with a powerful nose, there are certain breeds that have specifically worked as a scent hound — and have a better sense of smell than others.

“It is well-known that dogs have an extremely remarkable sense of smell. Reported to have up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their nose, compared to six million in humans, they are adept at sniffing out all sorts of treats, as many owners will attest to,” The Kennel Club tell Country Living.

Remember that any dog’s behavior and attitude 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…

one. Black and Tan Coonhound

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“While the breed is relatively new to the UK, having been officially recognized by The Kennel Club in 2018, the Coonhound breed can be traced 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 trail raccoons and possums, purely using its 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 who requires a large house and garden.”

2.Otterhound

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The Kennel Club tell us: “One of the UK’s most vulnerable native British breeds, the Otterhound was originally bred to hunt otters. Whilst this was later banned, the breed still retains its weather-resistant coat, webbed feet and well developed nostrils that gave the breed its scenting powers.

“The Otterhound is an easy-going and good-natured breed but does require more than two hours exercise per day, as well as grooming more than once a week.”

3. Cirneco Dell’Etna

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“This breed takes its name from the area near Mount Etna, where it was favored for hunting rabbits, using its strong sense of smell, but also sight and its acute sense of hearing,” the Kennel Club say.

“With its Sicilian origins, the Cirneco Dell’Etna is a distinctive, small and independent dog. While they are quite unusual, they tend to be gentle and affectionate, and their cheerful temperament makes them a great four-legged friend. Owners need to be able to provide a good amount of mental stimulation and interaction for this active breed.”


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    Four. Spanish Water Dog

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    “The Spanish Water Dog was originally a herding, hunting and fishing dog, with a very powerful sense of smell. Aside from their working skills, the Spanish Water Dog is a faithful and friendly breed who will need regular grooming owing to its distinctive thick coat .”

    5. Basset Fauve de Bretagne

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    “Originating from Brittany, this medium-sized scent hound has a very good nose. The breed is lively and friendly and therefore requires more than two hours exercise a day but is just at home in the city as it is in the country.”

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