Smell detection – What Dog Breed Has The Best Sense Of Smell?

Smell detection – We all know dogs have the super sense of detecting a smell. A dog nose rules and leaves far behind the human nose when it comes to human.They have the great sense of interpreting the world through smell like we humans do through our eyes.

► Here is the list of dog breed with the best sense of smell?


bloodhound dog

This dog breed tops the list with 300 million scent receptors, which is far more than any other dog breeds. They can not only follow smell but can even track a scent in the air as well. Which makes them the best tracking dog. They are so dependable that they are admitted in the court as a reliable evidence. One should remember they are shy and sweet and are scared of scolding.


basset hound

Long and heavy ears of basset hound play a momentous role to trail the smell. Also, their small body which is lower towards the ground is also a positive feature. The dog breed is of French origin. They are friendly and devoted towards family and work.



Though smallest of the hound breed shares as much scent receptors that of a german shepherd. They are not only used for detection with the hunters but also to detection in the airport as well. Recognizing more than 50 distinct smell has about 90% success rate. This is the reason they are third in the list.


German shepherd

The most popular breed with the most ferocious look is the fourth in the list with 225 million scent receptors. From military, police, search squad, rescue group they are on jobs all over which proves why they are the best. From personal to professional they are the best for protection. This makes them “one man breed”.


Labrador smell detection power

Not only abroad labrador retriever is famous in India as well. One of the best companion dog. They love to hang around play and are more known for their fine nose. When talking about detecting scents one will definitely raise a hand for the lab. Detecting bombs, guns, grenades, detonators etc, they are the best.


Belgian malinois

An agile dog breed is said to be similar to german shepherd dog breed. Famous across the globe for their excellence in herding, tracking, obedience has it all. They are easy to train.


Bluetick coonhound

Developed from English coonhound used for trailing the scent. They are not easy to train because of their aggressive nature. One can not train this breed so easily all they need are patience and persistence. They are also known as a cold nose trailing dog. Because they can easily track smell in cold areas.


English springer spaniel

The breed comes in two types that are field bred and shows bred, both are known for their good nose. Whereas field bred are used by hunters, show bred are used to detect odors like explosives, narcotics, fake currency etc.


Golden retriever

One of the cutest looking dogs breeds who is popularly used as guide dogs, therapy dogs for rescue purposes. But the fact is golden labrador can smell explosives, detectors just by some playtime and a simple reward.



Not to go with their size they are tiny but toughest dog breed. Their nose contains almost 125 million scent receptors. They are easy to train and have a happy personality. Not only they are great companions but also the best smell detectors.

Security – What will you choose protection dog or security camera?

Security is very prime either we are in the house, outside, business, hotel or for our country. It is requisite at each spot of life. As we all know life is uncertain and it is well-said prevention is better than cure. In today’s world, technology plays an eminent role in providing apex class security. Also, technology is at its peak. Every day we are coming across some new gadgets, applications, software. But though the technological securities are wide, will it be able to beat the level of security if compared to protection dogs? This is the very topic of our discussion. What will you choose protection dog or camera?
Over the past years experiments, surveys, research are going on and on to find the alternative forms of security. It won’t be surprising in mentioning that dog provides the world class security and mockingly surpasses the technology.
Let’s take an example of cameras. Yes, security cameras. Will it be able to beat the class of security provided by the dogs?
Let’s check it out with the basic features of camera –

1. Picture –
What is the ultimate result given by a camera? It is a picture. But does it tell all about the happening?

No, a picture is not worth thousand words. I am not saying that a camera is a bad option when it comes to security. It is perfect for security. As it catches the exact glimpse of the situation. And many cases have been resolved because of the camera images.
The point here is what a camera can do when the situation arises?
Camera freezes the moment which can be used later as proof. But it cannot alter the situation. It cannot catch the criminal at the same very time or stop the act of crime.
2. Easy destruction –
• Images or videos etc, captured by the camera are prone to destruction.
• Manipulation can also be done easily.
• A security camera is always susceptible towards destruction by the intruder.
• It is easy to hamper them if one knows about their presence.

The above are the major accepted drawbacks of the security camera.

Let’s turn the situation.

What if there is a protection dog?

• The burglar will undoubtedly give a second thought to make a move.

• The four-legged brave animal will be willing to help, protect.

• The dog will also be available for the situation no matter what.

Who gives the best security?

Let’s analyze it this way –
Eventually, when we think about security we always want the advanced yet superior level of security for our family, property, business etc. In order to get, over the top level of security the one giving us the same must be courageous, intuitive, competitive, fearless, alert. Including there should not be any point for excuses, for providing the reliable security for 24/7.
If we speak about the prime features that we want for our security the one compact answer would be the protection dogs.
► The presence of a protection gives the sense of secured feeling for the family, business and even for our country. It results in ultimate peace of mind.
► What happens when an intruder breaks and finds or observes a camera? He will definitely try to hamper it in one or the other way and might even succeed for the same.
► But, what if he suddenly confronts a well-trained protection dog, will he give a try? He might not try to take a chance.
Perhaps, cameras are always  great  and have done wonders in saving us from the uncertain threat and also catching the criminal, providing evident proofs. But all alone, it certainly falls down with some drawbacks.

From the above analysation, we can conclude that both camera and protection dogs work well separately. It is also not surprising and is clearly visible that the protection dogs are the best options for the family and personal protection. It also surpasses all other forms of security. But what if they are made to work together. Eventually, when both camera and protection dogs work in conjunction for the purpose of security, they will come with even as a better protection together.

Cameras and protection dogs are great if they work individually. But if we see the drawbacks of them we will bump into the camera and not on protection dogs that much.

What can be the real reason? The fear that any normal layman can shiver. Even also an experienced person will back off when he sees a dog growling with anger.

• About the author –

Ritu Sharma – I am a passionate writer and also a dog lover. I believe in the quote ” Each and every animal on earth have as much right to be here as you and me”. I love to travel, speak and explore the world. I use my passion for writing in the form of blogs to make people aware of pets and their health care.

Zanjeer – This dog saved lives of many in the Mumbai Bomb Blast 1993

Zanjeer – An unlikely hero who emerged after -effects of a significant unpleasant event that shook the whole country from the Mumbai Bomb Blast 1993. We all know about this disastrous chain of 12 bombs which went off across Mumbai in March 1993. But do we all know about the hero who saved countless lives or the disaster could have been almost inevitable?

zanjeer the bomb dog


Also Known As Ginger
Breed Golden Labrador
Color Golden
Gender Male
Date of Birth 7th November 1992
Date Of Demise 16th November 2000
Worked In Mumbai Police Dog Squad
Known For Detection bombs, explosives etc.
Famous Saving Thousands From 1993 Mumbai Bomb Blasts

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Zanjeer the golden labrador came out as shining savior was the proud part of the Mumbai Police bomb squad. The Mumbai Blast 1993 which left 257 dead and 713 injured. But this could have augmented to thousands if Zanjeer was not on duty. He saved thousands of lives by detecting more than 3,329 kgs of the explosive RDX, 600 detonators, 249 hand grenades and more than 6400 rounds of live ammunition.

• The Mumbai police dog squad came into force in the month of  December 9, 1959.

• Prior, then the squad consists of three Doberman Pinschers  – Kumar, Bindo, and Rajah.

• The main aim of the squad then was only tracking and solving criminals. As at that time there were not so many terror attacks. But with the fleeting of time, there was a rise in terror attacks. The result of which additional sniffer dogs was trained to detect explosives, ammunition etc.

• Among the new arrival dogs, one was the golden labrador Zanjeer.

• He joined the work in Mumbai Police Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad on 29th December 1992.

• Zanjeer was handled by Ganesh Andale and V.G. Rajput.

• He was also called as Ginger lovingly by his fellow officers because of his coat color.He was trained at the Dog Training Centre of the Criminal Investigation Department in Pune.

• Zanjeer got his name after the famous Amitabh Bachchan starred movie Zanjeer. 

• Zanjeer has a glorified list of detection that includes 175 petrol bombs, 57 Bombs, 11 military bombs,600 detonators and 200 grenades. The list is excluding the Mumbai bomb blasts.

• The reason for which labrador retrievers, German Shepherd and Doberman were appointed in the dog squad is somewhere because of Zanjeer. He has shaped a milestone or we should say a landmark for dog squads.

zanjeer demise

Sadly, Zanjeer suffered from bone cancer and demised at the age of 8years in November 2000. He was honored with the floral tribute by his fellow officers. Services given by him is truly unmatched. He will never be forgotten by the country.