Mammalian Genome

, Volume 23, Issue 1–2, pp 132–143 | Cite as

Genetics of canine olfaction and receptor diversity

  • Pascale QuignonEmail author
  • Maud Rimbault
  • Stéphanie Robin
  • Francis Galibert


Olfaction is a particularly important sense in the dog. Humans selected for this capacity during the domestication process, and selection has continued to be employed to enhance this ability. In this review we first describe the different olfactory systems that exist and the different odorant receptors that are expressed in those systems. We then focus on the dog olfactory receptors by describing the olfactory receptor gene repertoire and its polymorphisms. Finally, we discuss the different uses of dog olfaction and the questions that still need to be studied.


Olfactory Receptor Olfactory Epithelium Vomeronasal Organ Odorant Molecule Copy Number Variation Region 
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We deeply thank Dr. Jean-Paul Boidot for providing the schematic drawing of the dog head and Dr. Tyrone C. Spady for careful reading and editing of the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pascale Quignon
    • 1
    Email author
  • Maud Rimbault
    • 2
  • Stéphanie Robin
    • 1
  • Francis Galibert
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut de Génétique et Développement de RennesUMR6061 CNRS Université de Rennes 1, Faculté de MédecineRennes CedexFrance
  2. 2.NHGRI, NIH, Cancer Genetics BranchBethesdaUSA

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