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6 Reasons Why Dogs Smell You and More Fun Facts About Dog Noses

Have you been wondering why do dogs smell you?  It is quite a common thing for dogs to smell you when you come home or anytime you greet them. 


Dogs may smell you for many reasons including getting a good dose of your scent to reassure himself that you are with him and just enjoying filling his senses with a scent he is so fond of since a dogs smells or scents inhaled by through his nose are translated into a rich source of information in his brain.

Remember that your dog loves you beyond reason. If you have just arrived home after some time, your fur buddy has been starved of your company for a while. He will also have missed your personal scent which is very special to him.



Sounds adorable! Your dog smelling you largely revolves around the following factors:

  • Pure instinct.  Dogs have a strong sense of smell. Smelling you is an ideal way of taking us in.
  • Brilliant noses: Dogs’ noses may be incredible. They see the world differently from humans. They can rely on their smell more than their vision.
  • You are carrying a treat: Your dog can smell some treat that you might have in your pocket. They are simply expecting you to hand over a treat post-haste.
  • Pure Love: Your dog is giving you a physical. Dogs can smell diseases like diabetes, cancer, etc. This stands to reason that a dog will want to make sure you are perfectly healthy.
  • New cologne or perfume: Your dog can detect something new, like a different perfume.
  • Your makeup or lotion: You may be wearing some make-up, a lotion, or oil that your dog is keen to lick off or you may just have a taste that your dog enjoys.  

We further explore why your dog may lick you in our article 7 Reasons Why My Dog Licks Me


What does your dog keep smelling when you come home?


So when you get home from a long day of work only to be enthusiastically sniffed by your fur buddy, don’t be annoyed. Just think of it as your dog is merely making a mental map of all the places you have been.


Breeds with the best sense of smell

All dogs have superior scent receptors. Some breeds like herding dogs, hounds, hunting dogs, and sporting dogs have the most scent-sensitive noses and smell better than others.


Let’s have a look at the most brilliant scent canines.


  • Basset hounds
  • Bloodhounds
  • Beagles
  • Belgian Malinois
  • German Shorthaired Pointer
  • German Shepherds
  • Labrador Retrievers
  • English Springer Spaniels
  • Coonhounds
  • Dachshunds
  • Pointers


Dogs’ incredible sense of smell continues to surprise experts and scientists. 


Fun Fact: Do you know: “Dogs have a strong sense of smell that’s between 10,000 to 100,000 times more acute than ours!”


Final thoughts 


Sense of smell is incredibly valuable to dogs as it tells them far more about their environment than we can ever imagine.



We hope all the information we found and compiled helps you understand much about why dogs smell you and their incredible scent receptors.


Check out our Fun Discussion on Everything Dog Smells in our book Motherpuppin’ Adorable: What to do when your dog is better than everyone else’s where we discuss everything dog smell in a fun way!


Until next time everyone!