Can Nose Prints Identify Dogs Like Fingerprints?

Part of your responsibility to your pup is to make sure he's identifiable if he wanders off. There are a variety of ways to track down Duke, including tags, microchips and tattoos. Like your thumbprint, his nose is unique to him. You could make a nose print, but its use would be limited.


Nose for Smelling and Telling

Duke's nose is a tiny map of bumps and ridges that together form a unique pattern that's his alone. No other dog shares his nose pattern, just as your fingerprints are unique to you. Dog "nose printing" would identify a dog, but there's been little progress toward nose-printing dogs and no means of maintaining a database to share the identification information. If you take a print of Duke's nose, it may make a nice little piece of art, but it won't likely do much to identify him at the local shelter. If you won't microchip Duke, he at the least needs a tag with a current phone number securely attached to his collar in the event he gets lost.


About the Author Betty Lewis has been writing professionally since 2000, specializing in animal care and issues, business analysis and homeland security. Lewis holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from West Virginia University as well as master's degrees from Old Dominion University and Tulane University.