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Lovedyoumore posted 6/5/2013 13:23 PM

I am considering a dog. I cannot believe I just wrote that. After our 15 year old lab died I never thought I would do it again.

Does anybody have a dog that does not smell like a dog? We got used to it, but every time our daughter came home she said the house smelled like a dog. So, any body know that your dog does not smell like a hound?

RyeBread posted 6/5/2013 13:30 PM

Hard for me to tell anymore. I don't think my dogs do but they stay inside mostly so I could be just as used to it as you were.

Now all I smell is love, devotion, and loyalty, with a hint of mischievousness :)

NotDefeatedYet posted 6/5/2013 13:33 PM

My dog has short hair, so as long as he gets the bath every few weeks, he usually smells pretty decent. He also stays inside too. The big pillow things that dogs sleep on keep smells, so my dog has a couple of blankets that we keep washed. He loves his blankets.

million pieces posted 6/5/2013 13:50 PM

To me, labs are the worst smelling because they have an oily coat for swimming. Stay away from most water dogs.

Shelties and Border collies and Aussies have very little odor if washed. But these dogs have very distinctive personalities, may not be a match.

TattoodChinaDoll posted 6/5/2013 13:57 PM

Boxers do not have a doggie odor. But their farts can be deadly! You know how you pet a dog and your hand then smells like one? Boxers don't have that. And after being outside they don't have it either. I can put my nose right on my boxer and smell nothing. But seriously...the farts...could kill a man.

lieshurt posted 6/5/2013 14:09 PM

My best friend has had min pins, a poodle and a chihuahua and none of them ever smelled badly.

tryinghard2013 posted 6/5/2013 14:12 PM

I have a sheltie and she has no offensive odor at all but boy o boy shes a rocket her energy is unbelievable

KeepCalm_CarryOn posted 6/5/2013 14:19 PM

Our pit doesn't smell unless she's been running around with other dogs in which case she gets a bath. My parents also have a pit and he doesn't smell.

h0peless posted 6/5/2013 15:03 PM

I vote that you go to the pound, smell all of the dogs, let them all lick your face and then adopt the least smelly, most cuddly one you can find.

KeepCalm_CarryOn posted 6/5/2013 15:05 PM

^^^YES! Do that! Insta-therapy too!

sadtoo posted 6/5/2013 15:24 PM

spritz them with Fabreze and tell them they're pretty.

Sad in AZ posted 6/5/2013 15:29 PM

Mastiffs don't have a doggie smell... if you want a 200 lb lap dog

soverybetrayed posted 6/5/2013 15:35 PM

I got my sweetie from a rescue for yorkies and she doesn't smell unless I do not keep her bathed. I try to give her a bath and get her groomed every few weeks. She has a short coat from summer now and she looks like a little teddy bear. I keep her coat long in the winter but she doesn't do cold well. Yorkies don't shed either so that is another bonus for me as I do not like dog fur floating around the house.

She is full of love and she is the best thing I ever did for myself. I think getting a dog from a rescue group is a good idea since they need love and so do you. My little one is deaf and she has the sweetest ways about her since she can't bark, she talks. These dogs give you such love once they trust you and are so happy to see you when you come home.

debbysbaby posted 6/5/2013 16:10 PM

I work with several dog rescues. I also own several different breeds of dogs. I have found many of the hound/hunting dog breeds do have a very strong dog smell even right after a bath. You seem to never be able to get that smell out of their bedding either. The vizslas I owned were some of the worst.

The most important thing you need to consider is what type of personality you're looking for in your pet. Different breeds as you know were bred for very different purposes and those tendencies definitely show in their personalities. If you're looking for a dog to relax with you and occasionally take some walks then you don't want a working breed. If you want to get into an activity like rally or agility, then many of the working breeds like collies or shelties etc. are wonderful for these activities.

Obviously if you've owned labs you know that especially the first two years you can't just coop them up in a house or apartment.

For the last six years I have owned what I consider the most fabulous dog breed around. The Cavalier King Charles spaniel. They range from 13 to 18 pounds. They are considered a toy breed. They are definitely an indoor dog though they love to do outside activities as long as they are sharing those activities with you. They love to be a couch potato with you but at the same time they are a spaniel with a bird-dog heritage so they love to play fetch and do activities like Lure coursing or agility.

They are in extremely friendly dog and love children. They love to be with you. I promise, you'll never go to the bathroom alone again, ha ha. They're not a good dog to have if they will be alone for long periods of the day. For the last several hundred years they have been bred as a companion animal; in fact they are referred to as comforter spaniels. For this reason they need someone around most of the time or they need to be with another dog. A warning about these dogs. They are like potato chips. Very few people I know that have them only have one. I have four. They do not smell unless you let them go without bathing them for a long time.

But again, your primary criteria should be what lifestyle the dog will lead and pick a breed that matches this lifestyle. There's nothing worse than having a poor match which is why so many dogs end up at the pound or in rescue.

Good luck with your search!

Clarrissa posted 6/5/2013 17:37 PM

We have a rescue. She's part Shepard, part beagle and part who knows what else. She doesn't have a strong odor unless she's been in the pond. The first time she did, the water level was low so the contents were more concentrated (it's a natural pond, not landscaped). Boy did she *stink*! But once she got a bath, the odor went away.

Rescues seem to be more affectionate than pet store dogs, at least from what I've read and heard, probably because they seem to know they were rescued. We got Roxy from a no-kill shelter so at the very least she knew she wouldn't live out her life in a kennel with no real chance to run like she has with us.

SisterMilkshake posted 6/5/2013 17:44 PM

We rescued a cairn terrier/skye terrier mix. Didn't shed, didn't smell. Very sweet temperment. Small dog about 15-18 pounds. Does need to be groomed and bathed, though. He loved to roll in smelly stuff he found, then he would stink.

Lovedyoumore posted 6/7/2013 09:29 AM

Thanks all. We had a Jack Russell Terrier we called a Jack Russell Terror. He had no smell, but I want a more sedate dog now no kids are around. I do not want a big dog because we literally had to carry our old lab up steps or into the car. In ten years I will be too old to be lifting a big old dog around.

roseguide posted 6/7/2013 09:36 AM

I vote that you go to the pound, smell all of the dogs, let them all lick your face and then adopt the least smelly, most cuddly one you can find.

This is brilliant advice.

idiot85 posted 6/7/2013 09:37 AM

West Highland Whites (westies) they don't smell and don't shed, not oily, not to big and cute- or like SisterM said- Cairn Terriers...Skyes are cute too or Yorkshire Terriers!!

Yorkies are little and convenient- not all are yappy and at least they don't think they're a little dog like chihuahuas do- chihuahuas have a permanent "oh shit" expression.

Or like someone else said- the little spaniels...

tushnurse posted 6/7/2013 09:40 AM

I was going to say Boxers, and Danes lack that stinky dog smell. But since you are looking to smaller breeds....
A lot of small dogs have a smell about them it usually stems from their mouths. Smaller breeds tend to have more issues with dental stuff, plaque tarter etc.

Any poodle mix is good, no shedding, usually pretty bright, not too high energy, but fun.

My MIL has westies, and they don't smell, usually, but she bathes them several times a week, she lives on a lake, and they get in the water, and roll in the dirt. She has a big mud sink she washes them in. They don't mind it, and they are quite the characters.

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