When choosing a dog, each owner takes into account their individual preferences. In some cases, the presence of a smell is the reason for refusing to purchase a pet.
Whether this is really the case and whether you will have to give up a pet with a beautiful coat because of the possible formation of a smell, we will consider further.
Groups of breeds that have no smell
Dogs that do not have a specific smell exist and can be divided into four groups:
- glabrous or hairless breed of dog;
- breeds with long hair without undercoat;
- short haired with coarse hair without undercoat;
- breeds with short or long hair, but no undercoat.
The pros and cons of the breeds, grouped by the presence of coat
Naked (bald) dog breeds have become the most widespread not only because of their exotic appearance, but also because of the lack of a specific smell of the dog. The advantages of this breed include:
- no smell;
- exotic view;
- don’t shed;
- do not suffer from fleas;
- warm the body.
The disadvantages of naked (bald) dogs include:
- vulnerability of the skin to damage and contamination during walking;
- sweat glands are located all over the body, and when a dog sweats, the skin emits an unpleasant smell;
- the fat released by the skin mixes with the dust and remains on all surfaces that the animal touches;
- availability of insulated clothing during the cold season;
- use of protective creams in the hot season;
- use of moisturizers due to dry skin;
- regular epilation of hair growing in the wrong places.
Popular representatives of this group of dogs are the Mexican and Peruvian naked, Chinese crested, American naked Terrier.
Breeds with long hair without undercoat
Features of these breeds: the outer coat is as similar as possible to human hair. The advantages of these breeds are in the following details:
- Lack of undercoat, which is usually the source of the smell. During active walks or classes, the dog sweats, while the undercoat, soaked in physiological secretions, begins to smell unpleasant.
- The absence of molting.
The disadvantages include the following features:
- Due to the structural features, wool is able to absorb environmental odors, which are not always pleasant.
- The need for frequent bathing. With rare bathing procedures, the wool can emit accumulated unpleasant odors, although different from the smell of a dog.
- After water procedures, the wool needs to be dried to avoid colds of the pet.
- Careful grooming is required.
The most famous representatives of this group are Yorkshire Terriers, Maltese, Shih Tzu.
Short haired with coarse hair without undercoat
The advantages of the group include:
- easy grooming.
The disadvantages include:
- molt once or twice a year;
- shedding a small amount of wool during the year.
Representatives of this group are Basset hounds, dachshunds, Dobermans. Also, the owners of such wool are dogs whose habitat is the southern regions.
Breeds with short or long hair but no undercoat
The advantages of such breeds include:
- due to the lack of undercoat, there is no permanent loss of fluff;
- the absence of molting.
The disadvantages of such breeds include:
- careful grooming: combing, haircuts (to avoid molting);
- frequent bathing.
This group includes the Irish water Spaniel, poodle. Excellent qualities differ and recently derived breed: Labradoodle (Labradoodle) and the Cockapoo (Cocker-poodle).
Let’s take a closer look at the brightest and most recognized representatives of each group.
The most popular breed, which can be completely naked or with hair only on the tail, paws and head.
The best friend for the owner, has a friendly and sociable disposition. But if necessary, despite its small size, it behaves like a guard dog.
When skin care does not require regular use of creams: moisturizing and sunscreen.
To maintain the dog’s vegetation in accordance with the standard, regular hair removal is required, especially in the area of the muzzle, which is periodically overgrown. The owner will have to use grooming services or independently master cosmetic tweezers or other hair removal products. It should be remembered that you need to teach your pet to such procedures from the age of a puppy.
The American hairless Terrier
Breeding of this breed began in America in the second half of the twentieth century. This was facilitated by the appearance of an unusual naked puppy in rat Terriers. The hairline of the naked Terrier is the eyebrows and mustache. The breed is distinguished by spotted skin, which has a certain resistance to UV rays and sub-zero temperatures.
Dogs are very active: they require long walks and sports exercises. The character is characterized by friendliness, sociability. Curious, well amenable to training.
It belongs to the group of long-haired dogs without undercoat. They are smart and cheerful Pets. Dogs are easy to learn, friendly to other Pets, very attached to the owner. It is necessary to train and educate a dog from the first days of its appearance in the house. When parenting, you will need to be strict, although it is not easy to apply it to a puppy that looks like a live toy.
The peculiarity of York is that he does not rate himself as a small dog. Hence may be the waywardness of the character, extraordinary (for its size) courage, masculinity and independence. It is a vigilant watchman and a good companion. The breed is distinguished by good health, which allows Pets to live up to 20 years.
This breed belongs to the short-haired dogs with no undercoat. Small in size with an elongated body and black beady eyes, the Dachshund is a favorite of many families.
This is an energetic, unpretentious breed, capable of showing waywardness. It is easy to train, has artistry, easily learns the technique of “standing in a column”, especially when it comes to treating a treat.
With proper care and selection of shampoo, the dog will not smell. With frequent water treatments, he feels uncomfortable and tries to get more smells on walks, lying in any piles.
This breed is distinguished by a subtle nature: dachshunds do not like to be shouted at, but they respond positively to a gentle voice, intimate conversations, and even reproaches.
The Basset hound
This is another representative of short-haired breeds, has a smooth and dense coat. The Basset hound has a memorable appearance: long drooping ears, excess skin on the head, large sad eyes and short paws.
This hunting breed has endurance and likes long walks. Training should be started from an early puppy age, as Pets are prone to stubbornness. A thinking dog: if it is interested, it will follow commands. When offended, it may show disobedience.
Character good-natured, friendly. The dog is affectionate, gets along well with children, and behaves like a guard with them.
Bassets are responsible and loyal, so they are often used as a caretaker. The pet has a loud voice.
To avoid the appearance of smell, bathing should be carried out at least twice a month with a specially selected shampoo. To water procedures, the dog should be trained from puppy age, since such procedures are not to the liking of the pet.
The poodle is distinguished by a thick curly coat with no undercoat. From the four sizes of this breed: large, small, dwarf, toy – you can choose a pet based on individual preferences.
Poodles are active, well-trained, focused on communicating with people and love to spend time with their family.
Poodles practically do not smell. Frequent washing of the dog will avoid the slightest hint of smell. The dog’s coat does not shed, but requires careful care, and it must be combed frequently. If not properly cared for, the hair may become tangled. To facilitate care, you can turn to grooming services and a short neat haircut will allow you to keep your pet’s fur in order.
Some of the most popular dog breeds are considered. They are mostly hypoallergenic and do not have a pronounced dog smell.
But the absence of a specific smell does not mean that the dog does not smell anything at all – it can be the smells of the environment or the consequences of its rough run.
In any case, the owner will need a certain amount of time, proper pet care and specially selected safe hygiene products for animal care.
For the rest, it remains to choose only the breed that is closer in character and appearance to the person who wants to find a four-legged friend.
Hi, my name is Mike Fletcher. I am 36 years old and a veterinarian at a veterinary clinic in Granby Colorado. And this is my blog about Pets. I hope I can answer your questions here.