All dogs have an odor, but some dog breeds are generally less odorous than others.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) chief veterinarian, Dr Jerry Klein, told Newsweek that “some breeds tend to be ‘more fragrant’ due to the higher oil production.”
According to him, these breeds need a higher oil production for the function for which they were bred, “like retrievers who need smooth, water-repellent coats to swim.”
The AKC vet also noted that dogs with longer hair can sometimes retain the smell of urine, so “be sure to groom your dog well to prevent this,” he added.
Dr. Klein also advises that any dog that gives off a strong odor should be examined by a veterinarian “because often the odor can come from underlying issues.
“Skin problems, ear infections, bad teeth, fungal infections between the toes and under the tail can all contribute to a bad smell.”
Here are 10 breeds that tend not to have a strong odor:
The hypoallergenic Bichon Frize is one of the great personality dogs in the world and a great choice for those who prefer a small dog that doesn’t shed much or has a strong odor.
That said, no dog is 100% hypoallergenic, but the possibility of having allergies with this type of dog is quite low.
Their velvety fur needs regular maintenance with good brushing at least 2-3 times a week, “but it’s better every day,” says the AKC.
An easy-to-maintain breed when it comes to grooming, this is one of the cleanest dogs in the world and known for their feline ways: intelligent, independent, and a bit reserved.
Basenji has little to no body odor, but it is a light droppings, so brushing your teeth every few days is recommended.
Each type of Chihuahua requires little maintenance on the grooming front and is also virtually odorless.
However, the Chihuahua likes to be brushed regularly as it appreciates the attention, it will also help keep their coat and skin in peak condition. Just like other breeds, they will shed more in the spring and then again in the fall.
The lively and cheerful dachshund is one of the least fragrant dogs; However, they may not be the best breed for someone with allergies.
Known to be big barkers, Dachshunds have an unusual body shape that adds more character to their tall personalities.
The only dog breed native to Cuba, the Havanese is not only odorless, but a super friendly, intelligent and outgoing dog with a big heart.
The Havanese shed little and has a silky, double-layered coat that should be brushed daily with a soft brush. The AKC also recommends to “bathe Havenais from time to time as needed”.
A small companion dog designed to coexist with humans, the Maltese is ideal for living in a small apartment. They smell little, are small and hardly fall.
The white coat requires gentle daily brushing and combing of the skin to prevent matting and tangles. Maltese also have fast growing fingernails that need to be clipped regularly.
The Papillon is a hypoallergenic pint-sized dog with a great personality and low stench factor.
The breed is also low maintenance when it comes to grooming despite their long, silky hair, and it’s easy to keep their fur odorless. The AKC recommends grooming every month or so, but they recommend a good brushing between grooms to prevent mat formation.
Schnauzers are also one of those breeds that do not emit a doggy smell, so they are ideal for people with dog allergies and reacting to pet dander.
They need regular grooming to keep their distinctive double coats in good condition, but they shed very little by nature.
The gentle and sleek Whippet is very similar to a greyhound except that the Whippet is a medium sized dog that rarely barks.
Their smooth, short coat is low-maintenance and when it comes to smell, Whippets are virtually odorless and perhaps the least smelly of dogs.
Another small dog with a great shedding or barely smelling personality and very popular in the United States.
They have been bred for generations to create the perfect dog, so unsurprisingly, they don’t smell.
Their coat is very similar to human hair and if the coat is kept long the AKC recommends daily brushing. Yorkies love their owner and will always show them infinite love, although they may surprise you with their nasty attitude towards strangers, dogs, or other family members.