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No Two Noses Are The Same

Just like people, dogs have defining features. Our furry friends even have the equivalent of fingerprints.

Essentially, your pup's nose print is one of a kind. You can check out your dog’s nose print by getting really close to her snout. Just don’t be surprised if she sneaks in a few licks when you are looking at the dermal ridges on her nose.

This discovery about dogs' unique dermal ridges was made over 80 years ago. In 2016, Dr. David Dorman, a professor at North Carolina State University of Veterinary Medicine, shared information about dogs’ nose prints to the publication, The News & Order.

“Like human fingerprints, each dog has a unique nose print. Some kennel clubs have used dog nose prints for identification, and there are videos from the early 1930s showing how these nose prints are collected,” explained Dorman.

According to a 2019 article from Geography Realm, a Chinese “start-up company called Magvii” has developed facial recognition technology specifically for dogs. Essentially, the company has been able to return missing dogs to their pup parents with just their nose prints.

To use the app, owners are tasked to upload “multiple pictures of their dog’s nose.” As of 2019, the company claims that their technology “have brought back together over 15,000 lost dogs and their owners.”

Here at The Gentle Pit, we know that your dog’s nose print isn’t the only thing that makes them unique. Let us know in the comments below why your pooch is one-of-a-kind!

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