Breeds that stink, breeds that don't..

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  1. cjb

    cjb Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Obviously, some individual dogs smell more than others and odor is affected by health, cleanliness, environment, diet etc. however... some breeds just seem to smell more strongly than others.

    Which do and which don't, in your experience?

    Both of our mastiffs had a very strong, musky dog odor no matter what. One was in tact, one neutered so it doesn't seem to have made much of a difference. Our Dane smelled way less than the mastiffs but more than the Collies, GSD and the sheltie that we have now.

    I have been around weimeraners and a few terriers that didn't seem to smell much at all. I think the strongest smelling dogs I've met have been newfies and cockers spaniels and assume that is because of the oily, water resistant coat.

    All that said - puppies smell wonderful!
     
  2. Honorine

    Honorine Carpe Vinum Supporter

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    Any mastiff breed smells to me, Rottweilers in particular hit me wrong. Any breed with a hairy face and big drippy eyes can really stink, Shih Tzus come to mind. I've smelled Labs that just had some funky unique Labrador scent, very distinctive, worse after they have been swimming. Chow Chows often don't smell too good, could be because of all that coat and many seem to have skin problems. Often it seems to me that short coated dogs smell more than long coated, my husky was scentless, never smelled, and shelties aren't too bad either.
     

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    Yorkshire Terriers have a definite smell. I suspect that it is their oily skin.

    When we had two, I'd just brush them, keep their hair shortish and bathe them every two to three weeks.
     
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    Breeds that stink often, newfies, saints, bloodhounds (lots of hounds actually).

    Mostly from the nasty yeast in their ears or bacteria from the sloppery mouth.
     
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    When we had our malamute mix he did not stink.
     
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    Cocker spaniels get first place for the smelliest breed, if they aren't kept well-groomed. Basset hounds, bulldogs, and Newfoundlands are tied for second. Some shih tzus have eye problems, and their eye discharge can smell really vile.

    Anything with wrinkles tends to smell bad (Bulldog, Shar Pei).

    Anything that drools (Mastiff, Newfoundland, many hound breeds) tends to smell bad.

    Anything with long, droopy ears smells bad, especially if they are hairy ears (cockers, bassets).

    Of course, any dog that grows hair continuously (poodles, shih tzus, cockers, some terriers) that isn't regularly groomed, is going to smell like something dead.

    Labs definitely do have a musky odor, especially if they've been in the water a lot. Goldens can have the same problem, but usually not quite the same as labs.

    Least smelly breeds:

    Northern breeds such as Huskies tend to have a self-cleaning coat, so they're less smelly.

    Sighthounds such as Whippets.

    My Akbash dog hasn't had a bath in about a year, yet he still doesn't have much of a doggy odor to him.

    Smooth coated dogs like smooth terriers and Dobermans.

    I've heard that Basenji clean themselves like cats and have very little odor, but I've never smelled a Basenji.
     
  7. Minelson

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    I only notice a smell when there is an infection, teeth issues or ear problems. Or when they are fed regular Diamond Dog food. Of course if a dog has just been in a river or running in a stockyard, skunked...there will be that smell. At the clinic where I work we know when a dog is fed Diamond right when we walk into the room. Just like we can smell a smoker when we walk into the room. (but I would rather smell the Diamond dog food smell lol). Of course my dogs don't stink...;) Neither do my goats.
     
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    I put put beagals in this category also, we raised them when I was little and felt they smelled pretty good. This is one of the reaons I feel it's a bad idea to keep them in the house.
     
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    9 times out of 10 when I smell a dog I can ask the owners what they feed and I get dog chow, old roy or benniful or like corn filled dog foods, science diet is another culprite
     
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    At certain times Luigi has a musky odor, so did Max. I think it is a schnauzer thing. Peanut sometime will have an odor but mostly not unless she's been playing hard. Honey don't have an odor but she has very short hair. Her and Peanut has a breath problem. Always has even when they were tiny 8wk. old puppies. They never did have puppie breath.
     
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    My Aussie doesn't smell too bad, and his coat seems to shed most dirts/manure. OTOH the business partner's lab always reeks.
     
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    Our Golden stinks, but the sheltie doesn't. We had a schnauzer/terrier mix that my dad took, he stinks bad!
     
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    Neither my Mastiff mix or my heeler mix smell but my little pug does. I have to keep her skin and wrinkles VERY clean and she seems to have a kind of oily hair. Minelson, why does Diamond dog food make dogs smell??? I just bought a bag a few weeks ago that has no corn, wheat or soy and has Chondroiten (sp?) for large dogs joints in it. It has been better with their allergies but they don't like the taste very well.
     
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    cjb Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I didn't know if i would get any response or if you all would think I was nuts for asking ;)

    I've never heard of anyone choosing a particular breed because of a better smell but I think I might ;) I LOVE Mastiffs and Danes but the former really do smell strong, IMO.

    Actually, I don't remember my GSD having a bad smell, nor the collie or sheltie so maybe herding breeds don't for some reason?

    I knew a standard poodle that smelled horrific!
     
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    Could be the culprit sometimes, but we've always fed good quality food and have had some that stink, some that don't. The worst of our Labs had a really soft coat, plus she loved to swim and was NEVER dry. She really stunk. Our Basset though takes the cake, and it isnt' just the ears. She turns yellow between her shoulder blades after a few weeks out of the bath. :run: My Pyrs were drooly but I don't think I ever had one that stunk as bad as this Basset, or that one Lab for that matter. :yuck: Never, ever another hound for me! My Lab has terrible allergies and he doesn't really stink any worse than any other Lab we've had.
     
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    My boxers don't smell, and they only get a bath about once a year. It's recommended to not bathe them because it takes away the natural oils that their short coat needs. If they've been out in the rain, they will have a bit of an odor until they dry off, but otherwise, they don't have any of that normal doggy odor.
     
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    My corgi, chihuahua and pug all smell pretty good, although the pug smells like Fritos or corn chips to me sometimes, and his ears get smelly if they're not cleaned often enough. I have to clean his face wrinkles daily. They all 3 get a good bath about every couple months with some wonderful smelling doggie shampoo. Leaves a good scent on them.....
    My dearly beloved shelties now passed on never smelled bad either except at the end of summer when they were really needing a bath. I took them to the groomers every 3 months for coat trimming and bathing. Now I do my other little dogs grooming at home - they are easy since they don't have the long hair that my shelties did.
     
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    I have heard that husky type dogs have had the smell bred out of them. They lived with the dogs in such close quarters that the smell had to go.
     
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    My Bailey, Nine year old shih tzu, doesn't stink. Smells like baby powder and baby lotion. Been using it on him every day since I had him during his daily grooming. The hubby, different story. jk
     
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    For the bulk of dogs that stink, I would probably blame the diet :yuck:
    My Spanish Mastiffs have no smell (I do not include outside influences such as skunk, rain or dead things) and with the exception of those instances, have not been bathed since they were pups. My 3 1/2 year old female has never been bathed since the day after she arrived from overseas. They have wrinkle, heavy dewlaps, drool and have a thicker coat, but all are fed raw diets from the time they begin eating solids.
    Even my male that was housed in the buck pasture, never smelled as bad as he should have (all things considered :eek:)
    Lois
     
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