Seven Dog Breeds That Won't Stink Up Your House
Doggy smell is not a big issue for me. I am so glad to have my dog´s company that I am willing to put up with a few of the negatives. If she finds a warm pile of horse droppings on the beach, stops to roll in them just before coming home after our last walk, and brings home a few odd smells, well, I guess I can live with it.
Any dog can stink once in a while. Some dogs, however, stink most of the time. They are usually dogs with floppy ears (prone to chronic yeast infections), excessive discharges or skin folds, or infections secondary to chronic skin allergies or demodectic mite infections. Any dog breed that produces a lot of skin wax will also smell a little stronger than other dogs.
Dogs that are fed a raw diet that keeps their teeth polished are not going to develop smelly periodontal disease and will not have doggy breath. (If you are into doggy kisses, this is really important.)
If you are out to get a new dog (especially if you live in an apartment or a small house), smell could be an important factor to help you decide which breed you want. Here are a few of the breeds you might want to consider, and several other areas in which they excel. All of them are good, so there is no particular order to this list.
In fact, all of them are great!
Dog Breeds That Do Not Stink
- Bichon Frisé
- Siberian Husky
- Alaskan Malamute
Okay, this is where I have to write in one of those disclaimers, right? I have owned a Maltese, am aware that they are great dogs, and encourage everyone to improve their quality of life by adopting one.
Besides being good for first-time owners, they are easy to take care of because they do not shed much. If you let the coat grow long, you will need to comb it daily to avoid matting. But a lot of Maltese owners are not willing to do that and get their dog a “puppy cut” so he will be even easier to take care of.
Most importantly, though, Maltese do not stink. Partly because they are small and can be bathed easily, and partly because they do not have excessive skin folds, and are not prone to excessive wax buildup. They are a great choice for anyone looking for a clean dog.
Added benefit: they get along great with cats. Real negative: they may bark too much. Possible negative: they are not the best with kids.
My kids would disagree with this, though.
This small dog is fluffy and white, so while he may need a bath when he goes out running through the mud, it will not be because of excessive smell.
The Bichon Frisé is one of those wonderful dogs who does not stink.
Their skin is naturally clean and does not have the excessive wax buildup that some non-shedding dogs are affected by. Since they do not shed, you will need to get the hair near their ear canal plucked so that it can be kept clean, but other than that they are truly odorless dogs.
Bichons are also great in an apartment, are super around kids, and whereas a Maltese may prefer to sit on the couch, a Bichon will want to be on your lap.
They are really affectionate and clean little dogs.
This slacker dog was bred to be a hunter and will not upset the game since he is one of the cleanest breeds around. Basenji owners usually comment on how fresh their dogs smell, so I suspect that they raid the cologne and perfume bottles in the bathroom when home alone.
Basenji do tend to get bored if left around with nothing to do, and like all dogs they need a good walk at least once a day.
This dog is also famous because he does not bark much. Basenjis have a famous “yodel”, though, which goes well with their fresh smell.
The Whippet is a great dog with a lot going for him. He is a medium sized dog but since he is so thin he is like a small dog. He does not bark much, spends most of the day sleeping, and makes an ideal companion for a small apartment.
Whippets are also well known because they do not have a doggy odor. That is a good thing, since this thin dog will probably be up on your sofa every time you turn around.
Like many of the Arctic breeds, the Siberian Husky is clean. That is to say, they do not smell. They do like to get out and have fun running through the mud, though, and they do shed a lot. If you happen to have a few of these odorless dogs living inside your house their hair seems to get everywhere.
Are they good in an apartment? Not really. This dog breed does need a lot more exercise than many other dogs. A walk around the block once or twice a day just won´t do it. If you try to ignore his needs, your Sibe is likely to dig up your yard, chew up your favorite shoes, or maybe just escape and never come back.
But at least he won´t stink when doing so.
Another sled dog that does not have a doggy odor is the Malamute. Like the Siberian Husky, they have a thick coat and shed everywhere.
Like the Husky, Malamutes also need plenty of exercise. They are likely to sit around and wait for you to get to them, so they're a good option for someone who spends a lot of time at home, like a writer.
If you can stand the fur everywhere, and you are looking for a big dog that does not stink, the Alaskan Malamute is a good choice.
This livestock guard dog has a thick double white coat, and like the Alaskan Malamute and Siberian Husky, lacks the typical "doggy smell." They are big dogs, sometimes over 100 pounds (about 50 kilos), and they do shed, but they will manage to do so without stinking up your house.
They are not an apartment dog, but if you have a lot of space and provide them with plenty to do they are great. Since they do get so large, they need to be well socialized, and are best for experienced dog owners.
If your Kuvasz has a flock of sheep to protect, he will be content. If not, he is likely to spend his energy caring for and guarding his human family.
If these seven breeds do not appeal to you, there are several others to choose from. If you are trying to avoid a smelly dog, stay away from breeds with excessive folds and floppy ears.
If you want to adopt a dog from an animal shelter, you can probably find the dog you want at petfinder.com. They have listings for animal shelters all over the US and will help you locate the dog you are looking for.
Just do not go out and buy one from a pet shop. You will be helping to support a puppy mill, and besides bringing home a poorly socialized dog you may end up with a puppy that is impossible to house train. Doggy doo-doo in the bed tends to stink, to anyone!