Dog Nose is as Unique as a Fingerprint

There are several ways to officially identify your dog. One is with name tags, the second is with a microchip, and the third is with a nose print. Many counties require dogs to carry registration, meaning the owner has to pay to register their dog with the county. This is usually in relation to the county’s rules about rabies vaccinations and their requirement that all dogs be current on their vaccines. The print made by a dog’s nose has been shown to be as unique an identifying characteristic as a fingerprint is to a person.

How is the nose print made so unique?

If you look closely at your dog’s snout, you will see that his nose has lots of lines an grooves on it. That pattern of ridges and bumps and valleys all come together to form a one of a kind pattern. No other dog will have the same nose print as your dog, just as no other person has the same fingerprints as you.

Who would use a nose print as identification?

Many breed associations use nose prints as a way to identify individuals. A tag can be lost, but a nose is staying with the dog, presumably for life. The Canadian Kennel Club has been accepting nose prints as a form of identification since 1938.

Why is nose printing not more common?

To date, there is no nose print database. Also not enough organizations use nose printing to make generating a database worthwhile. Most people choose to identify their dogs with dog tags. But even now, more and more people are getting their dogs microchipped. A microchip is a small chip that is inserted under the dog’s skin. It contains all the identifying information about the dog. Anyone with a chip scanner can scan the dog and find out all the relevant information about the dog.