BorrowMyDoggy Logo
A golden Bloodhound stands in the garden with their nose and long tail in the air.

Top 5 dogs with the best sense of smell

5 May 2023

Reviewed by Dr Jill McMaster BVM&S MBA MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon and in-house expert at BorrowMyDoggy on 25 May 2023

Do you sniff that? It’s our list of dog breeds with the best sense of smell in the world. These dogs could trace your lunchbox from miles away.


They have a top-notch nose with 230 million scent receptors. As champion sniffers, they can track scents on the ground and in the air. Learn more about Bloodhounds here.

Basset Hounds

Their long ears sweep scent from the ground up to their nose. The dewlap, a fold under their chin, will trap scents near their nose. Learn more about Basset Hounds here.


Beagles are driven by their sense of smell. They’ve been trained to detect over 50 different scents. Learn more about Beagles here.

German Shepherds

They track scents in the air, rather than the ground. With a powerful nose, they excel in police drug detection. Learn more about German Shepherds here.

German Shorthaired Pointers

They are intense hunters and move quickly along a scent trail. Uniquely, they’ll follow a smell in silence with their head up. Learn more about Pointers here.

Text to speech not available for this image

Looking for the pawfect dog to borrow? Or would you like to socialise your pooch while meeting new local dog lovers? Why not sign up to BorrowMyDoggy today.

Sign up now

Top 5 dog breeds for ...

Top dog breeds for older people

Best dogs for Canicross running

Top laziest dogs

Best dogs for families with children

Best dogs for first time owners

Fastest dogs

Dogs with best sense of smell

Best dogs for running

Top 5 dogs for living in the country

Smallest dogs

Biggest dogs

Most active dog breeds

Longest living dog breeds

Best dogs for living in the city

Smartest dogs

Top 5 dogs that shed the least

Know someone who'd like this?

Hey there!

Want to hear about a different kind of dog care that both you and your dog will love?

Or perhaps you're a dog lover who can't have one of your own right now?

We have the pawfect solution: BorrowMyDoggy!

How it works
Side doge
International Dog Breeds

International Dog Breeds

Are you ready to journey across the globe? Celebrate International Dog Day with us by taking a look at dog breeds from around the world!

Are dogs good for children?

Are dogs good for children?

Our kids love spending time with their fuzzy friends. But as much as they love them, the important question is, are dogs good for children?