Dog noses are absolutely fascinating, especially when compared to our pretty pathetic sniffers. Everything you never knew you needed to know about dog noses is found below. Above are the #1 and #2 Top Sniffers, #1 Bloodhound (r) and #2 Basset Hound (l).
Your dog doesn’t need Google to learn everything they need to know! They can stand in the backyard, take one big sniff and know that your neighbor burned the burgers on the grill (again), that your son hid half a pizza under his bed and that your mother-in-law is a little bit afraid of them AND she just turned down your road for a surprise visit.
You may think your dog just uses their nose for finding Cheetos under the sofa or sniffing other dog butts at the dog park. That is just a tiny glimpse into how powerful your dog’s Superpower is.
Every single dog has sniffing abilities that blow our puny noses away (pun intended).
The Best of Canine Nose Prowess #1 - Bloodhound #2 - Basset Hound #3 - Beagle #4-#7 - All the Coonhounds
The Worst of Canine Nose Prowess
5-7 From Last Japanese Chin+Shih Tzu+Lhasa Apso 4th From Last - Brussels Griffon 3rd From Last - Pekingese 2nd From Last - French Bulldog Last - Bulldog
Bulldogs do not seem to be bothered by this ranking in the least! The last thing they want to do is chase people or bears and such through dark woods.
Your Dog Has the Info Gathering Power of Google in Their Nose
Dog Noses Were Built For Superhero Level Sniffing
Canine nose power has fascinated humans for eons. We're probably just jealous, since our noses pick up tiny fraction of what our dog's noses easily gather.
Dog noses have two purposes, breathing and gathering info. All mammals have turbinates, which are bony, curly scroll-shaped plates, that air flows over in the breathing process. This consists of a thick, spongy membrane that houses most of the scent-detecting cells and the nerves that send info to the brain.
When a dog inhales the air is diverted into two sections of their nose – one path is for respiration (the regular breathing) and other goes to the canine olfactory system or smelling area. They are literally built to have a better sense of smell.
Your Dog's Nose Changed History - Keep Reading!
• Mammal noses have tough, bony plates called turbinates. When air is inhaled it flows over the plates. Inside the turbinates is a thick, spongy membrane that holds scent-detecting cells and nerves that zap info to the brain
• The complex turbinates in dog noses allowed dogs to adapt to a vast range of climates, from frozen, harsh cold to arid, scorching hot. This heightened thermoregulatory capabilities and moisture conservation allowed dogs to migrate with early people the world over.
• These canine uber-turbinates also cool the small veins on the maxilla bone. This means dogs can run fast and far to chase prey aka dinner. Most cats don’t have this type of nose power, hence the fast pounce style of attack they use.
Dogs Laugh At Us When We Google Info
• Our human odor analyzing “real estate” is about one square inch, while your dog has about 60 square inches of odor detecting mojo. (My dogs looked at me with pity mixed with horror when I shared this info).
• The mucus on a dog’s nose helps capture scent particles
• Dogs lick their dry noses to recover this scent capturing mojo
• Dogs store smells in a special olfactory chamber in their nose until they can identify the scent completely – smell bookmarking
• Dogs can wiggle their nostrils separately, we can’t
• Did you know your dog has energy centers or chakras in their nose?