We are all familiar with different shapes of dogs noses and snouts, such as flat faced Bulldogs, long snouted Greyhounds or uniquely shaped Bull Terriers snouts. But have you ever seen these double nosed dogs? There are at least three different breeds, the Catalburun, Andean Tiger Hound and Pachon Navarro, for which this kind of a nose is very typical and in this video i will show you all of them.
All of the double nosed dogs are extremely rare and they can be mostly found in their place of origin and even there it is very hard to find them. It is also important to say that not all members of these three breeds must have the double nose, but it is quite typical sign of all these breeds.
Another important thing to mention is, that the double nose is natural for these dogs, they are born with it, it is nothing caused by some accident or injury.
All the three dogs are hunters and it is believed that their unique nose is a reason why they are excellent at hunting, since it gives them superior sense of smell. But since these dogs are extremely rare and there are not scientific evidences about this claim, it is very hard to say if it is a reality or just a rumor.
The first double nosed dog i will talk about is the Pachon Navarro. It is one of the few Spanish Basque breeds and it is believed to be one of the oldest pointers of Iberian peninsula, with dogs similar to them painted in art since the Middle Ages. The breed can be almost exlusively found in Spain and its numbers are estimated on approximately 1000 specimen.
The second breed is the Double Nosed Andean Tiger Hound, a breed that was used by Bolivian hunters to track and hunt Jaguars in Amazon rainforests. For a long time, this breed was considered as a myth, as a legend, but that changed in mid 2000s with photographic evidences made by Colonel John Blashford-Snell. This Bolivian dog is believed to be related to the Pachon Navarro, which were most likely brought to the area of todays Bolivia with the Conquistadors and that over the time evolved into the Andean Tiger Hound we have today.
And the last dog in this video is the Tarsus Catalburun, also known as Turkish Pointer. It is extremely rare breed, originated in Mersin in the southern Tarsus province of Turkey. It is extremely rare breed and it is estimated that there is only about 200 of pure Catalburuns today. Just like the other two breeds in this video, even the Catalburun is excellent hunter, especially known to be amazing at hunting partridge, but it is also loyal, active and loving companion dog.