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All dogs will have a characteristic body odor and this it's completely normal, even if some people find it too strong. This will be accentuated at specific moments, such as when they get wet, and it will be perceived more powerful if we overdo it in the baths, since the body will produce more sebum, which is responsible for the smell..
Although all dogs emit a characteristic body odor, as we will see in this AnimalWised article, we can highlight some bad smelling dog breeds, in the sense that their body odor is somewhat stronger. Again, we insist that this it's not a bad thing, it is part of the nature of the species and we must respect it. Likewise, at the end we will indicate when this smell is normal and when it tells us that something is not going well, since it is important to learn to differentiate normal body odor from the smell as a symptom of illness.You may also be interested in: The calmest dog breeds Index
- Shar pei
- Great Vendean Griffon
- Bourbonnais Braco
- Italian spinone
- Basset hound
- Labrador retriever
- Cocker spaniel
- Irish setter
- German shepherd
- When is smell a symptom of illness?
1. Shar pei
We begin the review of the dog breeds that smell the worst for the well-known Shar Pei. This dog, from China, is recommended for people who are not allergic to dogs and have time to clean it frequently. His skin, full of folds, requires vigilance to avoid problems such as fungus or bacterial infections. In addition, it is common for you to suffer from eye disorders that are solved by going through the operating room, such as entropion.
Finally, it is a medium-sized and somewhat stubborn breed, which can make it difficult to coexist with other animals, as well as basic education. It can become aggressive if it is not well socialized and educated, but if it has been properly trained, ¡he will be tremendously affectionate!
The Newfoundland is a dog with a multitude of positive characteristics, but we have to include it in the breeds of dogs that smell stronger for his dense, thick and oily coat of hair, which can generate a bad odor. The Newfoundland is a working dog that was dedicated to helping fishermen in their place of origin. Today, in addition to being a companion dog, it also collaborates in rescues and still loves water, which also contributes to its smell being perceived as stronger.
This dog is large in size, being able to reach 70 kg in weight. Despite its enormous size, it tends to get along wonderfully with other dogs and with children. ¡No wonder I rescue them from the pool!
3. Great Vendean Griffon
The great Vendean griffon is one of the worst smelling dog breeds by the characteristics of his cape. This is divided into an upper one, which is rough, and an inner one, thick and smooth. This coat helps it to withstand inclement weather, such as rain, but it also requires frequent care to avoid the smell of dogs. This type of griffon weighs 35 kg and is an excellent dog for living with children and other animals. He is also an excellent student, although he must be able to exercise, which is why he is not the most recommended breed for living in a small apartment..
4. Bourbonnais Braco
The Bourbonnais pointer is another of the bad smelling dog breeds by the amount of fat in his thick mantle. It is a medium-sized hunting dog, about 20-25 kg, which can also perform this task in water. It is not very widespread, in fact, it almost became extinct after the world wars, but it has excellent qualities for the company, because it is very balanced, easy to educate and it lives great with other dogs and children. As a curiosity, some specimens are born without a tail.
5. Italian spinone
It is considered among the dog breeds with the most body odor due to the strong aroma it gives off. This strong smell added to that has a tendency to get slobbery they are the main "pegas " of this breed that, on the other hand, is calm, tolerant and obedient. These dogs love to play, so they make good friends with children. They adapt to urban life, but must be able to exercise. They have long beards and eyebrows that give them a nice and friendly appearance. They are large in size and can exceed 35 kg in weight.
6. Basset hound
The basset hound is an unmistakable breed thanks to its elongated body and its particular ears. It also stands out for its exceptional smell. It is not a very large dog, but it is heavy, since it can weigh up to 30 kg.
Their peculiar anatomical conformation makes these dogs more prone to some problems, such as those that affect the spine. It is included among the breeds of dogs that smell bad because of its fat layer, which can lead to seborrhea, which produces a strong body odor. They are dogs, in general, balanced, suitable for living with children and that adapt to living in the city. Of course, they can be somewhat stubborn when it comes to learning education.
7. Labrador retriever
The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular breeds today. They are large dogs, reaching 35 kg in weight, which stand out for their balanced character and their ease of learning. They can live in apartments and share a home with children and other animals without any problem. Their docility and intelligence have turned them into assistance dogs. They love the water and spending time with their family. The only inconveniences that could be put are those related to the health problems that they may suffer, such as osteoarthritis or eye disorders, and the characteristics of his mantle, that make it enter the list of dog breeds that smell stronger for being this very fatty.
8. Cocker spaniel
The cocker spaniel, both English and American, can be included in the breeds of dogs that smell bad because of their coat, with tendency to seborrhea. The more sebum, the greater the dog's body odor. To avoid problems you will need regular care. In addition, this type of dog has a tendency to suffer from otitis because their hanging ears make it difficult for the ear canals to ventilate. This condition is also a source of body odor.
Cocker spaniel are well-known dogs that can be great company and live with children and other animals as long as we provide them with adequate socialization and proper education. Otherwise, they could be nervous and even aggressive. They are medium-sized dogs weighing about 15 kg.
9. Irish Setter
Another of the dog breeds with a stronger body odor due to its oily mantle is the Irish setter. They are good dogs for living with children and suitable for sharing a home with other dogs, with whom they usually play. They can live in an apartment as long as they have enough opportunities to burn their energy. They like to run and have to do it to avoid excessive nervousness. They also need frequent care to maintain the health of their beautiful coat. They are of light constitution, but they can exceed 30 kg in weight.
10. German Shepherd
We finish this list of dog breeds that smell bad, or that have a stronger body odor, with one of the most popular and well-known: the German shepherd. His Greasy hair it is the cause that they can give off a stronger smell. In addition, they have tendency to suffer from seborrhea, hip dysplasia, digestive problems, eye problems, etc. They are large dogs, which can exceed 40 kg, of great qualities for the performance of tasks such as assistance, security or police work. They are very good students when it comes to teaching obedience education and it is necessary to do so, since they require stimulation both mentally and physically. Otherwise, we could get a nervous and even aggressive dog.
When is smell a symptom of illness?
To live with a dog with a good smell, that is, with the smell of a dog, we must provide a quality diet, which is what guarantees healthy skin and coat. We also have to groom him according to the recommendations for his breed. In general, regular brushing and bathing only when the dog is dirty guarantee proper hygiene. After reviewing the breeds of dogs that smell bad or, rather, stronger, it is important to note that sometimes the smell that the dog gives off is not normal, but a symptom of some pathology. If we follow all the recommendations but detect a bad smell, this may be due to causes such as the following, which are reason to consult with the veterinarian:
- Mouth problems: for example, periodontal disease can generate a very bad odor. It is more common in small breed dogs.
- Skin problems: Acanthosis nigrans typical of Dachshunds, atopic dermatitis, most commonly suffered by breeds such as Golden, Labrador, Lhasa Apso, Wire-haired Fox Terrier, West Highland White Terrier, Dalmatian, Poodle, English or Irish setter, boxer or bulldog, seborrhea, typical of the cocker, the westy, the basset, the Irish setter, the German shepherd, the labrador or the shar pei, infections in the folds, more frequent in the spaniel , the Saint Bernard, the Pekingese, the Shar Pei, the Bulldog, the Boston Terrier or the Pug, or sebaceous adenitis, more present in the Akita, the Samoyed or the Vizsla, are diseases that end up producing a bad smell in dogs.
- Ear problems: otitis causes a very bad smell and is more frequent in dogs such as shar pei or in those with hanging ears.
- Hypothyroidism: Breeds such as the golden, the Doberman, the Irish setter, the miniature schnauzer, the dachshund, the cocker spaniel, the airedale terrier, the Labrador, the greyhound or the Scottish deerhound are more prone to this disease. Its symptoms include seborrhea, which can make the dog smell bad.