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7 Dog Breeds That Won't Stink Up Your House

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Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

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!

The Maltese is one of the dog breeds that has no bad smell.

The Maltese is one of the dog breeds that has no bad smell.

Dog Breeds That Do Not Stink

  • Maltese
  • Bichon Frisé
  • Basenji
  • Whippet
  • Siberian Husky
  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Kuvasz

Maltese

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.

The Bichon Frisé is naturally clean.

The Bichon Frisé is naturally clean.

Bichon Frisé

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.

Besides being clean, the Basenji does not bark.

Besides being clean, the Basenji does not bark.

Basenji

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 medium sized apartment dog and does not stink.

The Whippet is a great medium sized apartment dog and does not stink.

Whippet

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.

Siberian Huskies like to shed but they do not stink.

Siberian Huskies like to shed but they do not stink.

Siberian Husky

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.

The Alaskan Malamute is another sled dog who does not stink.

The Alaskan Malamute is another sled dog who does not stink.

Alaskan Malamute

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.

The Kuvasz has a thick double coat with no odor.

The Kuvasz has a thick double coat with no odor.

Kuvasz

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!

Comments

MichelleFrye on January 29, 2020:

We have a Shiba Inu and he never smells bad!

Lynne on April 04, 2018:

Bedlington terrier show type not worker . They're slightly different shape+temperament. About 17 -20 inches tall(dog) ,cotton soft coat,non shedding + not smelly. Terriers are known for being stubborn but I had very little problems with mine. Needs to be walked/run quite long distances at least once a day. They will go out more if your up to it. We had no problem with that as hubby is a mountain man. Curls up and snoozes so long as it's been out.Ours chose 1 person to be his number 1,but would listen to others, but only if I wasn't around.High maintenance as far as the coat ,ears ,nails+glands is concerned. Ours was not as verbal as most ,probably cos we had no other animals.Im a big believer in training quite often in the first year.This paid off for us, as we ended up with a great dog for over 13 years. If my knees were up to it I'd have another one,but it would be unfair to the animal.

Serge Kannon on February 28, 2017:

I have 5 dogs who I rescued from the streels. A Cocker Spaniel, a Bichon Frise, a long hair Chihuahua, a silky Chihuahua and a Rottweiler / German Shepherd mix. They go out for walks 4 times a day and we all live in a one bedroom apartment with 9 cats...AND I'M THE SMELLIEST ONE!

When people come to my apartment and find out how many animals I have, the first thing they always say is, "this place does not smell like there are 14 animals in here." I rarely bathe my dogs, though they are groomed often. They get two or three baths a year and only after rolling in something they should not have.

I don't get it. I thought it might be possible that I may not smell it because they are my dogs. But even my best friend and siblings surprised and don't understand.

Adam & Ted on January 11, 2017:

Japanese Spitz do Not smell... oral care is key also. Amazing creatures; easier to look after (keep groomed/maintained) than they look. Very special and intelligent

rex on October 29, 2014:

Where is Japanese spitz they never smell either and there hair gets everywhere but its white and sticks together easy to pick up on the way to make your cuppa tea ;)

MarieLB from YAMBA NSW on September 23, 2014:

Hi DrMark1961, thanks for the interest. I seem to spend half my 'puter time saving and cataloguing pics for the website + linked facebook page. Have to admit, it is something I really enjoy doing.

I have had a look at your website and am truly impressed. It is not on my to-do-list to come read some each day. Such a vast array of good info.

I do envy your lifestyle. Wish I had the guts to do the same. . .but . . .I have not yet chucked out all the trad bonds I grew up with! So I will enjoy reading about your free lifestyle, no doubt and learning much along the way.

I would like to occasionally reprint some of your website - WITH- the appropriate credits of course!

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on September 23, 2014:

Great photos on your website! I enjoyed seeing Goldie relaxing. It sounds like she could give my smelly Schnauzer some lessons on how to smell good, too.

MarieLB from YAMBA NSW on September 22, 2014:

My dog Goldie (she's at the front page of my website) is my shadow. She is a fairly large Spoodle, with an appetite to match!

I can smell anything from a long way away, so to me the doggy-smell issue is quite important.

I don't know whether it is the breed or simply Goldie that has given me a dog with no doggy smell. I cannot smell it , even in the car with the windows up.

Very lucky!

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on March 03, 2014:

Hi Elizabeth I do not mind the dirty paws either. The dogs drag in sand every night and when it dries the room is covered with it. Oh well.

Thanks, Rebecca. I had forgotten that extra Maltese function--throw a favorite toy under they bed and they are a great means of cleaning out dust bunnies! Someone needs to design those dogs with a handle.

Thanks for sharing.

Rebecca Furtado from Anderson, Indiana on March 03, 2014:

Very nice hub. Yep, small dogs may seem to smell less but my dust bunny dog can smell like wet dog and have cat box breath. Informative hub. I am sharing it.

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on March 03, 2014:

Great to know! There's nothing like a dog that just gets a bath, but I can deal with their dirty paws- they are worth it! :)

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on March 02, 2014:

Faith, you have a great attitude!

wiserworld on March 02, 2014:

That Siberian Husky is the cutest of the bunch for sure. Glad to hear he doesn't stink much either haha.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on March 02, 2014:

What an interesting topic for a hub! I did not realize certain dog breeds do not stink. I believe I have always had the stinky ones, but still loved them regardless.

Up and more and sharing

Enjoy your Sunday,

Faith Repaer

Blogger at Best from Detroit MI on March 02, 2014:

I have a Maltese and they are easily the best dog breed out there :))) great hub!voted up and awesome

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on March 02, 2014:

That Sibe video is amazing, grand old lady. When I had Siberians (5 at one time) they shed everywhere. I ate a lot of Siberian Husky hair.

Which is one reason Maltese are great--they do not shed much.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on March 02, 2014:

You have a lot of helpful information here. The videos are also nice, especially the bichon frise, and the siberian husky. The latter was the first time I saw a dog that was not afraid of a vacuum. If I had a choice I would probably go for the maltese, however. It's so cute.

Bob Bamberg on March 02, 2014:

It's OK if Ajej only gets bathed a few times a year...most dogs don't need to be bathed at all, unless they have problem skin or roll in something other than milk chocolate. You, on the other hand should make an attempt to bathe at least once a fortnight. There's nothing more repulsive to a self-respecting dog than to have a stinky owner.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on March 02, 2014:

Hi, natural holistic, I think the Corgi is a good example of a breed that does not have any un-natural folds or floppy ears to catch bad odor. Thanks for that interesting comment.

Bob, maybe stinky people can't smell their dogs? What does that say about me and Ajej? (She only gets a bath every few months, if that! Good thing my wife was in charge of keeping the kids clean.)

Bob Bamberg on March 02, 2014:

Fe Fi Fo Fum, I smell...another good hub. Anatomical features such as skin folds and floppy ears can be responsible for odors, but I think it ultimately comes down to husbandry.

In my experience being around dogs and their owners, it isn't too often I find a smelly dog accompanied by a well-groomed, healthy looking human. People who are somewhat careless about their own appearance, and that of their children, tend to let their dogs get away with stinkin' up the joint. Voted up, useful and interesting.

D. Lemaire from Arizona on March 01, 2014:

Great article :). We had all kinds of shepherd dogs before (long haired Briard, Bearded Collie) and they could definitely stink from time to time! I've noticed my Corgi now doesn't really stink ever. Maybe the water and dirt repellent coat has something to do with that and the dirt gets brushed off? They do shed a LOT like their spitz breed ancestors. The Basenji looks interesting too, we have looked into the breed prior to getting our Corgi.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on March 01, 2014:

My Pitbull is like your BCs, dearabbysmom, and I have to remind myself the last month I gave her a bath! In fact, if she did not find those little gifts from the horses....

dearabbysmom from Indiana on March 01, 2014:

A dog's odor really is a consideration. I had a German Shepherd and Australian Shepherd who both had pronounced 'doggy odor' and needed continual baths. I have 2 border collies now who don't seem to have an odor at all, and their bathwater is always clean even though they play outside quite a bit. So I do think it really can depend on the breed. Thanks for the list!

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on March 01, 2014:

Thanks, you are lucky to have her. (Is it obvious that I favor Maltese over other breeds?)

Tina Clark from Arlington, Texas on March 01, 2014:

Great article. The first dog in your pics looks like my Ginger.