The Nose Knows!

by Melissa R. on July 18, 2012

These noses know...

These noses know...

Ever wonder how good your dog’s sense of smell is, or how it compares to ours?

A dog’s scent organ (inside his nose) is about FOUR TIMES LARGER than a human’s! And a dog’s sense of smell is about 50-100 times more powerful than ours! Humans have 5 million olfactory receptors, but dogs have about 220 million!

Basset Hound

Basset Hound

Although all dogs have a powerful sense of smell, some breeds have a greater talent for sniffing out things. A few examples are Basset Hounds, Bloodhounds, and Beagles, which are considered ‘scent hounds.’ If you live with a scent hound, you know how difficult it is to get his mind focused on anything but odors!


About the author: Melissa is a devoted pet owner with several cats: Kai, Cirrhi & Ritter; and the newest addition, Emme a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Melissa is an avid dog agility enthusiast, and hopes her new pup will someday be an agility champion! She is a Graphic Designer and Project Coordinator for the DrsFosterSmith.com and LiveAquaria.com websites. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Michigan State University and is a lifelong pet lover and owner. See more articles by Melissa R.

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