Dogs are known to be the sweetest and the most loyal animals that exist. They are the domestic scions of the wolf family. There are over 450 dog breeds that are globally recognized. While dogs are the best animals to have as pets, they can also be a little troublesome due to their smell which can sometimes be unbearable.
The reason why dogs smell is that they are weather and water-resistant animals, and hence they have a larger sebaceous gland. The sebaceous gland is an exocrine gland in the skin that is responsible for the secretion of an oily and waxy substance, called sebum. This oily and waxy excretion is the major reason why dogs have a bad smell. Sebum helps in maintaining their silkiness and shine and it also protects their skin and keeps it waterproof. Other reasons for bad odor in dogs can be the folds on their skin, oil in their fur, or huge fluffy ears. Skin allergies can be another reason for strange odor in dogs. However, this problem can be resolved by maintaining hygiene, giving your pet a regular bath, using a good quality dog shampoo, and giving them an occasional scrub.
There are certain non-smelling dog breeds as well. These dogs have a comparatively smaller sebaceous gland resulting in secretion of less sebum and hence less smell. We have a list of the 10 best non-smelling dog breeds that might help you if you are looking for a pet.
Also known as the wiener dog, badger dog, and sausage dog, dachshunds are long-bodied and short-legged dogs with large paddle-shaped paws. They are playful dogs but can be aggressive and stubborn as hunting dogs. As per the American Kennel Club’s breed standards, “the dachshund is clever, lively and courageous to the point of rashness, persevering in above and below groundwork, with all the senses well-developed. Any display of shyness is a serious fault.”
Labradoodles are the crossbreed of Labrador retriever and Poodle. Labradoodles are hairy and fluffy dogs that have affection for water. Like their parents, Labradoodles are also playful, energetic, and intelligent pets and are good with humans. Their coats are of three different types – wool, fleece, and hair. They can be of three different sizes – miniature, medium, and standard.
3. Shih Tzu
Considered to be an independent and obedient dog breed, Shih Tzu is a little dog with a tiny snout and big brown eyes. They have silky, shiny, extremely long hair and very playful face. They are intelligent and energetic animals but can be a little aggressive at times. A Shih Tzu weighs from 4.0kg to 7.5kg and is about 27cm tall. They are comparatively less smelly and have floppy ears, long curly or straight fur, a highly furred tail, and a cute round face which makes them cuddly, stuffed dogs.
The Poodle is a breed of water dog. Poodles have four different types depending on their size – Standard poodle, medium poodle, miniature poodle, and toy poodle. The poodle sheds hair and thus needs regular grooming and styling. There are over 50 styles of coat clips for poodles. Their texture can vary from being rough and woolly to soft and wavy. They are considered to be very posh but friendly dogs and can be submissively aggressive as well at times.
Dobermanns are known for being excellent guard dogs. They are intelligent, masculine, attentive, and extremely loyal. They can be very strong, aggressive, driven, and stubborn at times but with proper and formal training, they can be very friendly and caring. Male Dobermann has an intimidating posture whereas females are more elegant. Dobermanns can grow 63-72cm in size and can weigh 32-45kg (can be differentiated depending upon their gender).
Have you ever heard of a country having a national dog? Well, this must be something interesting. Havanese is the national dog of Cuba. Also called “Havana Silk Dogs”, Havanese is a descendant of the bichon type dogs. It is small in size with a tiny, twisted tail and floppy, dropped ears. Havanese is a spirited, playful and curious breed. They are considered ideal family dogs and a great companion and are easily adaptable to all kinds of climates.
Maltese belong to the breed of toy group from the dogs of spitz-type, believed to have originated in Southern-Central Europe. It has silky, shiny, pure white fur; long, floppy hair; and a furry, curved tail. Despite being so hairy, Maltese do not shed, and therefore are an ideal breed for people who have dog allergies. Maltese are merry, cheerful, and playful dogs and can be extremely loyal and affectionate.
8. West Highland White Terrier
Commonly known as Westie, West Highland White Terrier is a Scottish breed with a medium size and long legs. Having a cotton-ball-like look, they have a white, furry coat that covers up their face. Westies are quick learners, intelligent, playful, and good with children but do not tolerate rough and tough handling. They have a high prey drive and were once rodent hunters.
Schnauzer is a Germany-based dog breed, which has a distinctive mustache. It was initially known as Wire-Haired Pinscher and was later given the name Schnauzer. This dog breed has three different types based on its size – miniature, standard and giant. Schnauzers are protective and caring and will be attentive about any potential danger.
10. Siberian Husky
The Siberian Husky has a thicker coat as compared to most of the other dog breeds. They have two layers of fur making them ideal for winters as well as summers as their fur protects them against cold weather and reflects heat in hot temperatures. They are usually friendly, gentle but can be a little impulsive and stubborn at times as they are ultimately a part of the wolf family.
Having dogs as pets can be a delight. They are loyal, loving, and affectionate animals and demand nothing but care and attention in return. You can have a dog as your pet without thinking about the strange smell and allergy-causing odor as several dog breeds are free from the foul smell. Dogs are admirable animals and they can be a great companion for you.