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Dog breeds that don't stink

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

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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Poodle

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The experts at PetPlace.com 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.

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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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Collies

Collie

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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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Basenji

Basenji

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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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Maltese

Maltese

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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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Beagle

Beagle

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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.

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Boston terrier

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The experts at WhosYaDoggy.com 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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Pomeranian

Pomeranian

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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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Samoyed

Samoyed

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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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Dalmatian

Dalmation

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Another low- to no-odor breed according to WhosYaDoggy.com, 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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