All dogs have an odor, but some dog breeds are generally less odorous than others.
American Kennel Club (AKC) chief veterinarian Dr. Jerry Klein told Newsweek that “some breeds tend to be ‘smeller’ due to higher oil production.”
According to him, these breeds need higher oil production for the function they were bred for, “like retrievers who need smooth, water-repellent coats to swim in.”
The AKC vet also noted that dogs with longer hair can sometimes pick up the smell of urine, so “be sure to groom your dog well to avoid this,” he added.
Dr. Klein also advises that any dog with a strong odor should be checked out by a veterinarian “because often times the odor can stem from underlying issues.
“Skin problems, ear infections, bad teeth, fungal infections between the toes and under the tail can all contribute to bad odor.”
Here are 10 breeds that tend not to have a strong odor:
The hypoallergenic Bichon Frize is one of the most gifted dogs in the world and an excellent choice for those who prefer a small dog that doesn’t shed heavily or has a strong odor.
That said, no dog is 100% hypoallergenic, but the chance of getting allergies from these types of dogs is quite low.
Their velvety fur needs regular maintenance with good brushing at least 2-3 times a week, “but everyday is better,” says AKC.
An easy-to-care-for breed when it comes to grooming, they’re one of the cleanest dogs around and known for their feline mannerisms: intelligent, independent and a little reserved.
The Basenji has little to no body odor, but they are light shedders, so brushing their teeth every few days is recommended.
Each type of Chihuahua is low maintenance on the grooming front and they are also virtually odor free.
However, the Chihuahua likes to be brushed regularly as they appreciate the attention, this will also help keep their coat and skin in top 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 smelly dogs; however, they may not be the best breed for someone with allergies.
Known for being big barkers, Dachshunds have an unusual body shape that adds more character to their big personalities.
The only dog breed native to Cuba, the Havanese is not only odorless, but also a super friendly, intelligent, and outgoing dog with a big heart.
The Havanese sheds little and has a silky, double-layered coat that should be brushed daily with a soft brush. The AKC also recommends “occasionally bathing the Havenese as needed.”
A small companion dog designed to coexist with humans, the Maltese is ideal for small apartment living. They do not smell much, are small and practically do not fall off.
The white coat requires daily gentle brushing and combing over the skin to avoid knots and tangles. Maltese also have fast growing nails which need to be trimmed regularly.
The Papillon is a hypoallergenic, pint-sized dog with a huge personality and a low stink factor.
The breed is also low maintenance when it comes to grooming despite having long, silky hair and it’s easy to keep their fur odor free. The AKC recommends grooming about every month, but advises giving a good brushing between groomings to prevent mats from forming.
Schnauzers are also one of those breeds that don’t give off dog odor, so they’re great for people with dog allergies and reacting to pet dander.
They need regular grooming to keep their distinctive double coat in good condition, but by nature they shed very little.
The sweet and elegant Whippet looks a lot like a greyhound, except the Whippet is a medium-sized dog that rarely barks.
Their short, smooth coat is low maintenance and when it comes to smell, Whippets are virtually odorless and probably the least smelly of dogs.
Another small dog with a big personality that hardly sheds or smells and is very popular in the United States.
They’ve been bred for generations to create the perfect companion dog, so unsurprisingly, they don’t stink.
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 endless love, although they may surprise you with their mean manner towards strangers, dogs or other family members.