Dogs That Are Easy On The Nose

Have you ever walked into a dog lover's home and were hit with a strong dog smell that wrinkled your nose? If you don't want to be "that" dog lover and don't have the time or budget to make professional grooming part of your pet's life, consider the following dog breeds that are easy on the nose.



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The experts at recommend poodles for people who prefer dogs that naturally have low odor. These fluffy pups come in three sizes, from toy poodles that are ideal for apartment dwellers to the standard poodles that love larger accommodations, and have a hypoallergenic coat that may reduce allergic reactions.


Bichon frise

Bichon Frise

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Another dog that tends to be a good breed for allergy sufferers, the bichon is a low- to no-odor dog that doesn't shed much but requires regular brushing. These playful pups also have a load of energy and love physical activity.




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Lassie had more going for her than being a loyal life-saver. She was also a collie, a clean breed pleasantly noted for not having a doggy odor. Keep in mind, though, that collies do shed and need regular brushing.




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The basenji is an ideal pet for the dog lover who wants a breed that is quiet and easy on the nose. Basenjis, also known as the barkless dog, are energetic canines with a short coat that needs minimal grooming and doesn't have the typical doggy odor.




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These graceful, gorgeous pups have a full-body mane of hair that needs regular brushing, but they are easy on the nose and considered a clean dog breed. Their small size and gentle spirit make them ideal companion dogs.




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According to the American Kennel Club, beagles are one of the most popular dogs in the United States. If you, too, are a "Snoopy" fan and want a dog with no odor and low-maintenance grooming, beagles will make you a happy camper.


Boston terrier

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The experts at classify Boston terriers as having little to no odor. This small, gentle dog requires a minimal amount of grooming and makes a great house pet.




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Described by the American Kennel Club as energetic, cocky and animated, Poms are easy on the nose and delightfully eager to please their pet parents. Though they are energetic, because of their small size they don't require much exercise.




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These bright, alert, and high-energy dogs don't stink, but their long, luxe coat needs regular brushing to prevent mats. Make sure you have plenty of room and exercise for this fluffy, huggable pup.




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Another low- to no-odor breed according to, dalmatians, the iconic "firehouse dog," are intelligent, high-energy dogs that thrive in a family environment. Keep in mind that they do need regular exercise and brushing to minimize shedding.

An extra tip: Minimize the doggy odor

Regardless of breed, any dog can emit an unpleasant or strong odor, according to Kathryn Barkley, grooming salon manager at Petco in Encinitas, California. She recommends regular bathing and grooming, as well as feeding your furry friend a high-quality dog food. "A lower-quality food that contains a lot of fillers can often make a dog smell bad because the odors come out through the skin and coat," she explains. "In addition, feeding a formula with fish can sometimes make a pet's coat have a slight fish odor."

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Comments on "Dog breeds that don't stink"

Ed April 07, 2014 | 7:34 AM

The picture under Bichon Frise is definitely not a Bichon. I have two and can vouch for the fact that they do not have a strong smell.

Shauna January 25, 2014 | 4:59 PM

Belgian Sheepdogs have no smell at all! There coats are silky and beautiful, but need brushing. Have had three. Fresh as a breeze! People always commented on it., too. Nice because then your home never smells, or your furniture.

Mitch Ramsey January 19, 2014 | 7:49 AM

I have a mixed dog,,she is part DACHSHUND and BLUE HEALER,,the Dachshund was the dad,,and she has never smelt like a dog even coming in out of the rain,,nothing..very smart,,NO STINKING..

Heidi December 16, 2013 | 5:38 PM

We also had an Irish terrier, when I was a kid. I really don't think he ever stank. He also never needed to be bathed. Like our collies, he was healthy and gorgeous. (Note: this article is talking about natural overall bad smells, not about gas emissions ;-). If anyone has an Irish terrier, or knows about them, let me know if they have any odor problems. Thanks!

Heidi December 16, 2013 | 5:32 PM

FH: Humans stink if they don't bathe, but many dogs and various other animals do not. Cats, for instance, have a wonderful smell and do not need to be bathed. My sister's dog, on the other hand, a rottweiler, was a loving, friendly, terrific dog . . . but she really had a bad stench sometimes, and there wasn't too much anyone could do about it. This is why I came to this article. I want to get a dog, but definitely need one that does not have a bad odor.

Heidi December 16, 2013 | 5:26 PM

Virginia, me oh my. First of all, not all breeders are bad. Many treat their animals VERY well. It is puppy mills and morally and ethically depraved breeders we must avoid, and hopefully shut down for good. Secondly, growing up, we always had pure-bread collies, and we did not get them from breeders. Many people give away puppies and pounds end up with pure-bread dogs all the time. Thirdly, our many collies never stank in the slightest and never needed to be bathed either. They kept themselves completely clean and their white furry collars were white as snow. Wonderful family dogs.

Karin October 20, 2013 | 12:58 PM

Sorry Virginia, but there are some dogs that DO NOT SMELL. Most Spitz dogs (Husky, Samoyed, Pomeranian, etc.) do not omit an odor. I have a Samoyed and he's only taken one bath this year. I have two toy poodles that don't smell, but still need to take a bath once every month because they're coat is actually hair, not fur.

Keith September 29, 2013 | 7:24 AM

What about French Bulldogs? How do they compare with the other breeds? Thanks

Virginia September 28, 2013 | 3:53 PM

This list is absolute rubbish. This article was written for a lazy dog owner. Dogs need to be bathed and see a vet regularly - period. Dogs have anal glands that need to be expressed - some more frequently than others. But to suggest these dogs don't stink is nothing but irresponsible. In addition to anal glands, dogs can get gas just like people. Most times it can be corrected by diet, but if your dog gets probiotics on the regular, you can cut the problem in half, and eliminate table scraps. And BTW - nice way to promote breeders! People - please adopt from your local shelters, be responsible and groom your pets and see that they get proper medical attention and a healthy diet. Thank you.

Barbara September 27, 2013 | 10:32 PM

the Japenese Chin no odor very clean little dog

FH September 27, 2013 | 12:10 PM

To Tibby: you obviously have never had a full/pure breed schnauzer, miniature or otherwise; the picture labeled "Bichon" is not a schnauzer. Realistically, all dogs have a bit of a smell unless you bathe them weekly which is not recommended for their skin/coats.Humans smell if they don't bathe.

LG September 27, 2013 | 11:20 AM

Whoever said Boston Terriers can't clear a room with their butts' is a filthy liar,

Carrie September 27, 2013 | 9:38 AM

I have 2 Boston Terriers, so I know from experience they do stink! Their short noses make them sometimes take in gulps of air and causes them to be gassy. Check out Dogs 101 Boston Terriers on the Animal Plant and they tell you all about it. They are a great breed tho and I wouldn't trade mine for the world... gassy or not! :)

Tibby September 16, 2013 | 9:35 AM

For one, a great deal of these breeds are not going to help you "avoid professional grooming". Poodles, Maltese, Bichons, all need to be well-maintained because they grow matted, and their long hair gets to be a shaggy, snarly mess if not either trimmed or properly cared for, which most people can't or won't do on their own. Also, that's not even a picture of a Bichon. That's a Schnauzer.

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