Top 10 dogs having best sense of smell
Ever wondered about the strength of smell of your beloved pet? They are simply super pets, your dogs, in this respect. Some of them can smell and identify a thing 3 feet below the ground. Though some dogs do not have as strong smelling power as the others, still they score way above many other pets. Here is the list of top 10 dog breeds having best sense of smell. This list was prepared in consultation with the AKC (American Kennel Club)(www.pet360.com).
Bloodhound – They are a very old breed. They hunted by scent of the prey. Their strong strength of smell has allowed them to be accepted by the court as evidence against criminals as trails picked up by the bloodhounds.
Basset Hound – A comparatively smaller breed, they have very strong sense of smell. These dogs happily follow a trail. Their natural sense makes them easy to be trained as sniffer dogs.
Redbone Coonhound – Not a very well known breed, these dogs are natural hunters. They used to hunt following a scent and can pick up the faintest of them all.
Bluetick Coonhound – Another member of the Coonhound family, they also have strong sense of smell and have strong instinct to follow trails even in unfavourable conditions.
English Foxhound – They used to hunt foxes following their scent. These dogs have strong determinations and follow the trail with persistence.
Labrador Retriever – These are very popular dogs and are widely accepted as house pets. But their strong sense of smell has made them favourite for police force. Their apparent calm, steady nature and strong sense of smell have made them members of bomb-squad across the world.
Black and Tan Coonhound – Another member of the Coonhound family, they are very persistent hunters. Even in unfavourable conditions or difficult terrain, these dogs show remarkable ability in picking up scents and following trail.
Golden Retriever – Another dog of the retriever group, they show great instincts while picking up scents. These dogs are famous for retrieving the fallen prey from marshy lands in a hunting game. These dogs were in high demand in hunting sport. They form indispensible part of search and rescue mission. Numerous lives are saved by these dogs when disaster strikes. They lead the search and rescue team by picking up faintest of smells and save lives.
Scottish Terrier – A great vermin hunter, Scottish Terrier shows remarkable smelling ability to find its prey.
Belgian Malinois – These belong to the working group of dogs. They are frequently used by the military for their smelling abilities. They are a very popular breed to the military.