A Dog’s Nose Print Is Unique Like A Human’s Fingerprint

Jeff Glennon | March 21st, 2019

Each dog’s nose print is different and unique, and of course, each dog’s nose has amazing sniffing capabilities which truly make dogs one of the world’s favorite pets. What may come as a surprise is that paw prints are not really unique at all, but dogs can be identified by their nose print.

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Much like human fingerprints, each dog’s nose is completely original and unique to every puppy. In fact, you cannot find two dog noses that are the same. They all have their own way of forming bumps, dimples, and ridges – coming together to make a distinctive pattern unique to its owner.

Studies have shown that these patterns are able to be used to tell one dog from another. A dog’s nose can never change, so nose printing is often the most reliable way to track different dogs. Collars or tags can fall off or be removed, and there have even been cases where a dog’s microchip has been removed. But nose prints cannot be changed and best of yet they are a painless way for organizations to set up doggie identification.

This means that the world could potentially have a whole record system in place for dog nose prints and easily keep a history of every canine. But nose printing in the dog world is not really widespread at all. However, in Canada, it is practiced quite regularly with the Canadian Kennel Club using dog prints as an identity form since 1938 – though this is to date one of the only organizations on the planet that uses this type of identification regularly.

The mainstream method for identifying dogs is via microchips or collars, sometimes even a tattoo. Still, it is cool to know your dog’s nose print, which is easily taken. The usual method is to use some color food dye & dab it onto the dog’s nose. Then you simply push a piece of paper against the nose to see the print. And not only is a dog’s nose print unique, but they also have an incredible and powerful sense of smell.

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