The 20 Stinkiest Dog Breeds


Roses are red, violets are blue, dogs are stinky and sometimes there is nothing you can do. That’s it. I’m quitting my day job and becoming a writer. Oh, wait, I already am a writer; and that kind of rhyming talent doesn’t come along often, so perhaps I’ll stick with it. But back to the point; dogs do not always smell amazing. As a woman with a very sensitive sense of smell, I’m not fond of what I like to call eau du dog. I love dogs; I think they are beautiful. But if a dog spends even a second outside, I feel like all I smell is dirty dog and body odor, and I feel that the dog needs a bath. Of course, some dogs are far less offensive in terms of odor than others, but there are certain dogs that just do not smell like a million bucks, and I’m here to tell you which ones are a bit less than pleasant. If you’re like me and want a dog that smells nice more often than not (or at least does not smell offensive), you might want to keep looking since these 20 dogs are some of the smelliest as a whole.

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st. bernard

St. Bernard

This is a dog that has triple the smell issues; it is gassy. It is known for its skin conditions that cause unpleasant odors. It is a drooler, and that drool get down into its skin and makes it smell less than amazing. When this dog is on a roll, it can smell less than fresh and amazing. It’s been known to have some of the smelliest gas and skin around when it’s not properly bathed and the drool is not cleaned effectively from his fur.

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english bulldog

English Bulldog

These are a breed known for being so gassy they can make a grown man cry. But it also does not help that this breed has a number of genetically predisposed skin conditions that cause an unpleasant scent. The thing with this breed is that it’s entirely too cute for its own good, but it is not the most amazing in terms of smell. It’s cute, sure; but it’s not a dog that you want in your bed on a regular basis or you’re never going to breathe again.

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Their ears need frequently cleaning and they are prone to a foul odor that is reserved especially for dogs. This breed has very big, long ears and they need serious work from time to time. They need to be cleaned properly. When they are not, the smell can become a bit overwhelming. As long as you are capable of keeping this dog clean and its ears cared for, however, you will be good to go in the ‘clean dog’ department.

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As a whole, they are not the type of dog that smells bad. However, they are very flatulent, and the result is never pleasant. Unlike some of the other dogs on this list, they don’t suffer from smell due to skin conditions, folds or other issues that can affect scent, but they do have gas. And when these dogs have gas, it’s bad. The best thing you can do for your dog is make sure it is eating the most appropriate diet possible for the breed so that it’s getting what it needs as far as good health is concerned.

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Sweet as can be, these dogs have to be cute. It’s all that will make up for the horrible body odor from which this dog suffers. It’s such a cute and small dog, but that doesn’t change the fact that it doesn’t always smell good. In fact, those who own beagles will tell you that the smell of this dog can actually change the way the yard smells, and no one is cooped up inside with the dog while this is happening. It’s not a pleasantry.

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shar pei

Shar Pei

With so many folds, you can smell the fact that this dog has not been properly cleaned before you even get it out of the tub. However, the dog also has some skin issues that can cause foul smelling odor to permeate the air. It’s imperative that anyone with this dog as a pet keeps it clean and healthy on a regular basis. It’s got to be cleaned adequately as far as its skin folds are concerned or it will never smell like the kind of animal you want in the house.

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With a long coat, this is a breed that needs a lot of work to keep it smelling nice. Additionally, it’s a breed that is genetically prone to tooth decay issues, so it’s not that pleasant to smell in that aspect, either. Think of it this way; would you want to smell yourself if you did not wash your long hair on a regular basis? No imagine your long hair was all over your body and you ran for hours through the yard every day. It’s not that pleasant a thought, is it?

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cocker spaniel

Cocker Spaniel

There is nothing we can say except for the fact that this is a breed that is well known for smelling like, well, a dog. This sweet dog is beyond cute, but it can smell a lot like a dog. Haha; what a joke, right? There is no real reason that this dog smells other than it just holds onto the scent of a dog. To me, dogs smell like wet animals that have been outside sweating all day long, but my husband disagrees. Either way, we both agree this one is unpleasant.

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Everyone who has ever been around a pug knows that this is a breed that does not smell overly pleasant thanks to its extreme gassiness. Additionally, the dog has some folds in its skin that make them prone to infection and a foul odor if they are not carefully cleaned on a regular basis. They have some seriously cute faces, but they have some seriously lethal smells. Be careful with this one. Perhaps you want to keep it out of the bedroom.

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Basset Hound

This is an adorable breed, but they are prone to gas and they have some body odor issues. Some people assume that they can just give their dog a regular bath, but this particular breed cannot handle frequent baths. Frequent bathing will dry out the skin of your basset hound and cause some health and skin issues that are just not fair to the dog. Either get used to the smell or get a different dog.

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I had a maltipoo once. We had him for several years and while we loved him endlessly, his ears were not a wonderful scent. He suffered often from ear mites, and while I’m not sure if they are specific to his breed or not, he always smelled a little bit funny to us. His ears were not amazing and he smelled like, well, a dog the second he came back inside from even just a few minutes in the yard doing his business.

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lhasa apso

Lhasa Apso  

With such a long coat, it’s very easy for this dog to adopt a smell that is less than pleasant. It’s not typical for it to smell awful regularly, but it is easy for this breed to take on a less than ideal scent when it is not regularly cared for and cleaned. We’d recommend ensuring that a dog with this much fur is cleaned on a regular basis to prevent the onset of horrible smells from making it even worse.

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Irish Setter

While this is not a breed that smells bad in general, it can if it is not taken care of. The Irish Setter suffers from a proneness to ear mites, which can cause a nasty infection. If left untreated, the smell can be quite overwhelming. In fact, sometimes the first sign that a dog is suffering from an ear mite infection is the smell. If you don’t notice scratching beforehand, the smell will tip you off in no time at all.

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These are gorgeous dogs, but they are known for their propensity to drool. And while this is not a problem in general, it can become a problem if you are not there to handle the drooling in the correct manner. What we mean is this; these dogs drool a lot and if you do not clean up the drool regularly, it can get stuck in the dog’s fur and on his skin, which can cause him to smell less than pleasant. Clean him daily with a cloth and you should be good.

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Mastiffs, much like St. Bernards, are large and very furry dogs. They tend to drool on a regular basis, and that can cause them to smell less than pleasant. When drool is stuck in the fur of a dog and left there without care or cleaning, it can cause a less than pleasant odor. A slight cleaning on a daily basis, however, can make a big difference in the way that your dog smells.

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This is a little dog with a small mouth and a lot of teeth. For this reason, it’s commonly known that many Chihuahuas suffer from something known as dental disease. They are prone to tooth decay, which can cause the mouth to smell abnormally bad. This happens on a regular basis, and it’s important that your dog goes to the vet regularly to have his mouth checked, especially if you begin to notice that the smell is becoming too much to handle.

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Poodles are another breed that are prone to tooth decay, which can smell less than pleasant. While, as a whole, these are not dogs that smell bad, they can when their teeth get out of control. These are dogs that require veterinary care when you notice that their breath is becoming worse than usual. It’s also more common for this breed to suffer from tooth decay if it is a smaller poodle due to overcrowding.

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Because these are smaller dogs, it is not uncommon for the teeth in its mouth to overcrowd can cause some health issues. When people begin to notice worse than usual dog breath smell coming from this one, it’s usually because the dog has some sort of tooth decay going on. It can happen without you even realizing it, and it can make for a very unpleasant smell. Your vet can recommend a diet and health considerations that will make it much easier for you to keep this from happening, however.

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The Pekingese is a dog that is small. For this reason, it has a small mouth and a lot of teeth. When this occurs, it’s more likely that the dog will suffer from some tooth issues and oral health concerns. This can cause some significant bad breath and other issues that can make the dog smell less than pleasant. Of course, adequate veterinary care and a healthy diet can help to prevent a bit of this and make your dog smell just a bit more pleasant.

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The Maltese is going on a two-fer when it comes to its smell. It’s a lovely dog that doesn’t smell particularly bad on a regular basis, but it doesn’t help that the dog is known for suffering from oral health issues that need attention. Additionally, this is a breed that does need frequent grooming, which will help to make sure that the dog does not smell any worse than it needs to on a regular basis.

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