Aside from being one of the cutest parts of your dog's anatomy, here are five interesting facts about your furry friend's schnoz you probably didn’t know.
1. AN UNPARALLELED SENSE OF SMELL
We all know that dogs have an exceptionally good sense of smell but did you realise just HOW good? Your dog can smell up to 100,000 times better than humans can! In fact, it’s been suggested that dogs can detect the equivalent of half a teaspoon of sugar in an Olympic sized swimming pool…that’s pretty neat huh?
2. A MULTI-FUNCTIONAL SNIFFER
Your doggo has the ability to separate air so that one part goes directly to the olfactory sensing area (which distinguishes smells), while the other part is dedicated to breathing. Have you ever wondered how your dog manages to sniff so much at the park, all while still breathing? (Try it, it’s really hard). And now you know why because dogs also have the ability to take in and breathe out air at the same time. Their noses are designed so that air can move in and out at the same time, creating a continuous circulation.
3. HYPERSENSITIVE DETECTION
Dog’s have a special scent-detecting organ that humans don’t have. This is called the vomeronasal organ, which helps canines detect pheromones, (a chemical factor that triggers a social response in members of the same species). This organ plays an important role in reproduction and other aspects of canine physiology and behaviour.
4. A NOSTRIL FOR EACH SMELL
Your dog can smell separately with each nostril. Just as our eyes compile two slightly different views of the world and our brain combines them to form a 3-D picture, a dog’s brain uses the different odour profiles from each nostril to determine exactly where smelly objects are in the environment. Clever little sausage!
5. YOUR BABY IS UNIQUE!
Like our fingerprints, your dog's nose print may be just as unique. So in other words, next time your dog puts 'nose art' all over your car windows know that there will never be another masterpiece like it!