Did you know that dog noses are as individual as human fingerprints? That no two dogs have the exact same pattern of cracks and crevasses on their nose? That, just like how the Police are able to identify a person through their prints, so are dogs distinguishable from each other through their nose patterns. Strange, but true.
Did you know also that dogs are able to control either side of their nostrils independently? Ever wondered why they have those “cut-away” parts or slits on the sides of their nostrils? Those are to help the dog stir up more air particles so that whatever it’s sniffing, the scent and much more information about the object can be relayed to the dog’s brain. Humans can flare their nostrils to help them smell something, or, in some cultures, to look fierce. Dogs, on the other hand, do it with far more style and look far cuter.
Think you have a good sense of smell? Think again. Dogs are far superior to humans in that department. Your dog may well be able to literally smell you from a mile away. Awesome ability, that! No, not your smelliness.
Yes, doggy noses look weird, and can bear a remarkable similarity to black truffles. I find them fascinating 😄.
Anyway, here’s a line up of my favourite dog noses, curated from Google Images. A word of warning – the more you look at them, the funnier they get.