Top 10] Dog Breeds With Best Sense of Smell


Famous for their tracking ability, bloodhounds have over 300 million scent receptors. Their nostrils can pick up and follow even the faintest odors. 

Basset Hound  

Their long, droopy ears help stir up scents from the ground. Combined with over 200 million scent receptors, basset hounds are expert sniffers. 

German Shepherd  

With 225 million scent receptors, German shepherds can sniff out drugs, bombs, or human scents and are often used as K9 police and military dogs. 

Labrador Retriever 

Devoted and eager-to-please, Labrador retrievers have 220 million scent receptors. Many work as detection dogs or service dogs. 

English Springer Spaniel 

Often described as a “nose with a dog attached,” Springers use their long snouts and 235 million scent receptors to sniff out prey when hunting. 


With around 300 million scent receptors, the Bloodhound is among the greatest trackers. Its powerful nose can pick up smells over 300 hours old! 

Basset Hound 

The Basset Hound has dense, droopy folds of skin around its face that help trap scents close to its approximately 220 million olfactory receptors. 


A popular breed for scentwork, the Beagle has over 220 million scent receptors giving it excellent sniffing abilities to track scents.


German Shepherd Dog 

Smart, alert, and obedient, the German Shepherd uses its 225 million scent receptors and keen intelligence for work as search dogs or in the police/military. 


– Originally developed for fox hunting, they are driven to pick up scents and follow them through tunnels and dens until they've tracked their target.

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