As of: February 12, 2024, 2:53 p.m
By: Sophie Kluß
For non-dog owners, the smell of dogs can be unpleasant.
Which eleven dog breeds tend to smell, what is behind the typical dog smell and what owners can do about it.
1 / 11Dogs can also smell bad due to certain medical conditions.
For example, excessive fungal infection in the ears can lead to an unpleasant odor.
Fungal infections are common in dogs with floppy ears.
These include, for example, the Basset Hound... © Pond5 Images/IMAGO
2 / 11… but also the beagle and the poodle.
If it is a bacterial fungal infection, the dog's smell will become even worse.
3 / 11This also applies to the Shar Pei because of their many skin folds.
He is one of the ten dog breeds that TikTok veterinarian Ben (@ben.the.vet) would not own.
Of the Shar Pei, he says: “They even have a disease named after them, called Shar Pei fever.
There are people who breed less exaggerated Shar Peis, but most of them are too wrinkled.
They are so wrinkled that you have to staple their eyelids to keep the hair from rubbing on their eyes.
They constantly get skin problems and they have tiny, narrow ear canals.
At the vet they often try to bite the staff.
Most Shar Peis I see have a lot of health problems.” © imagebroker/Imago
4 / 11The bulldog is also one of the odorous dog breeds... © HMB-Media/Heiko Becker/IMAGO
5 / 11… just like the pug… © Glinskaia Evgenia/Pond5 Images/IMAGO
6 / 11… the Pekingese… © Ryhor Bruyeu/agefotostock/IMAGO
7 / 11… and the Cocker Spaniel.
Owners often have difficulty keeping these dog breeds clean and dry.
© Pond5 Images/Imago
8 / 11The St. Bernard tends to smell stronger due to its thicker undercoat.
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9 / 11The same thing can happen to dog owners with German Shepherds.
10 / 11The Labrador Retriever is also such a candidate with a particularly dense undercoat.
© Pond5 Images/Imago
11 / 11The Mastiff is also one of the dog breeds that can smell unpleasant.
The skin of Molossians produces more sebum to keep wrinkles supple.
However, inflammation can easily occur there, which can be noticeable, for example, through a noticeable smell.
© Nature Picture Library/Imago
It's not a prejudice: some dogs smell more strongly than others.
The individual smell depends on various factors such as genes, skin condition, the dog's general health and his diet.
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But with these simple tips, dog owners can do something about the smell of their four-legged friend: Bathe and care for your dog regularly with special shampoos.
In particular, comb the fur of long-haired breeds regularly with a dog brush.
This prevents unpleasant odors from developing.
The right diet, like sufficient fresh water, can also have a positive effect on the dog's scent.
If you can't get your dog's smell under control yourself, you should consult a veterinarian.
He will be able to tell you whether, for example, there is an illness behind the smelly dog.
Is there a home remedy for dog smell?
First things first: Since dog skin is very sensitive and can react quickly to irritating substances, you should under no circumstances spray your pet with perfume or conventional deodorant.
However, there are special dog perfumes with less irritating ingredients available in specialist stores.
Coconut oil or baby powder are also suitable home remedies to reduce the dog smell.
However, for the benefit of your dog and its communication with other dogs, you should always avoid foreign scents on its fur.