Pointers are highly regarded by hunters for their keen sense of smell and ability to locate birds in the field.


The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture uses Beagles, in part due to their superior sense of smell, to sniff out illegal substances in airports.

 Basset Hound

The loose skin under his chin, called a dewlap, traps the odor and makes it readily available while he works.


They are the ideal tracking dog, with a large, long head, a nose with large, open nostrils, long ears that sweep the scent upward from the ground

Labrador Retriever

American Labs are the most popular breed. He's famous for his nose and amazing companionship.

German Shepherd

He sniffs the wind seeking human scent instead of staying put.


Black and Tan, Bluetick, English, Plott, Redbone, and Treeing Walker Coonhounds all have great noses but varied scenting methods.

German Shorthaired Pointer

When it comes to tracking and scenting, the German Shorthair shines. He bends his big brown nose down and sniffs the ground intently.

Belgian Malinois

This breed's superior sense of scent makes him ideal for work as a police dog, military dog, or search and rescue dog.

English Springer Spaniel

Explosives, drugs, counterfeit money, bee hives, and human remains are just some of the many odors that English Springers have been trained to sniff out.

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