10 Stinkiest Dog Breeds Known to Man


The smelliest dogs in all the land! But we love them anyways...

There are a variety of factors that may be causing an odor from your pet.

So what truly makes certain dogs stink? And why is Doug the Pug on this list? Pugs, Basset Hounds, Bloodhounds, and Cocker Spaniels all have one thing in common - yeast. A yeasty smell can occur from their long ears and in Doug the Pug's case, skin folds are also prone to infection. Intertrigo is an irritation of the folds of the skin which some breeds are predisposed to. Sorry, Doug! 

To minimize the smell, try grooming all these dogs regularly as this will make a difference. Set up regular weekends each month for baths and ear cleaning.

Based on research and personal experience, these ten breeds fall into the stinkiest category! With that in mind, we also offer some explanation for their doggy odor.


1. Saint Bernard

Saint Bernards are prone to developing offensive ear odor, especially if they swim regularly. They also have double coats and drool a lot. Need we say more? Too much slobber and lots of drooling can get stinky!

2. Basset Hound

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Those long ears tend to smell! The hound dog's face, particularly the wrinkles and around the mouth should always be kept clean, while the skin folds can also create an odor if not bathed regularly. Hound ears can be breeding grounds for yeast infections so cleaning regularly is imperative!

3. Cocker Spaniel

Cockers are known for having an oily coat that requires frequent bathing to avoid greasy buildup. Ear infections also go hand in hand with this breed. 

4.  Bulldog

Two things: stinky facial folds and a smelly tail pocket. And the paws may stink so there is basically a whole body smell. Both French Bulldogs and English Bulldogs make this list.


5. Shar-pei

Shar-pei's can get bacterial infections in the folds of their skins like some of the other breeds we've talked about here. Smelly!

6. Bloodhound

A slick and oily coat produces a very distinct "Bloodhound" odor. You either love this smell or you never get used to it! Of course, the ears on this big dog (like a Bassett Hound, and really all hounds) need to be cleaned regularly.

7. Boxer 

Boxers are known for flatulence. As a flat-faced dog, Boxers ingest a lot of air when eating, which makes them gassy, and often do well with slow feeders and puzzle toys. When Boxers are forced to eat slower, they will have less air in their bellies.

8. Yorkshire Terrier 

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Long hair around the mouth can get messy! That glamorous coat also needs regular baths. Even those these small dogs seem like they wouldn't smell, Yorkie dog owners will tell you differently


9. Labrador Retriever

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Labs tend to smell "doggy" and since they are regular swimmers, don't forget regular bathing to make them smell fresh!

10. Pug 

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Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection and you got it... a stinky yeast smell! And they have deep facial wrinkles that can hold food. Gross! Sometimes Doug talks about being gassy too. 

If your dog is abnormally smelly though, they might have certain allergies they need a vet to look at, as that can invoke extreme gassiness. A grain-free diet might be an easy fix for a calmer tummy. Tooth decay may also be to blame for a stinky dog. A rotten tooth can be painful and have an awful odor so don't rule these medical dental reasons out either.

Is There Such a Thing as Odorless Dogs?

On the flip side, the Bichon Frise is known as an almost odorless dog. They have naturally clean skin, and even though they don't shed, they're not prone to waxy buildup on their skin. Siberian Huskies are also very clean dogs and don't have those smelly skin folds! 


Which smelly dog do you live with? Which do you think is the smelliest dog breed? Add in the comments below if you have asked yourself if it's your dog that stinks! This post was originally published on March 15, 2018.

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