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Old 07-21-2010, 08:04 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I have had 8 gsd's over the years, and none of them 'smelled' unless they decided to roll in something stinky

They DO SHED ALOT, yes you get a couple of big 'blows' twice a year, but they are constantly losing 'some' fur. They don't call them German Shedders for nothing
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Old 07-21-2010, 09:28 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I have had long coats aka plush and regular short coat GSD's over the years. IMO long coats shed less than short. In my picture the 2 big dogs are Shiloh Shepherds and the little white is a GSD there is a lot more little white hairs around than black or brown.
If you have wall to wall carpet you will have more problems with the "doggy smell" when it rains or after baths. We took out the wall to wall years ago and put down pergo floors. You will find "tumble weeds" in the corners of the floors. You can't expect to have no hair around, it just comes with the territory. I probably give them a bath once a month and brush, brush, brush and more brushing. I don't think my house smells but I guarantee you will find lots of hair, but I have 3 dogs & 2 cats in my house and I wouldn't give it up for anything in the world.
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Old 07-21-2010, 10:53 AM   #23 (permalink)
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IYou will find "tumble weeds" in the corners of the floors.
and behind fridges and TVs and beds, and chairs...and.....LOL

This is how I picture it. Sure they smell doggy when they are wet. Yeah they blow their coats, etc.

But years down the road when they go to the Rainbow Bridge, you look back and realize all that didn't matter and you would do anything to get it back
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Old 07-21-2010, 11:08 AM   #24 (permalink)
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I feed my dog Origen fish and can honesly say that I do not notice a stinky smell to her, unless she is wet. Even when wet the smell is not that bad. Our English Setter smelled really bad just before grooming time, and I groomed her once a month. I think this could have been because of the food. I feed her what I thought was a good food but now I know it was not.

Shedding. Constantly. I brush her three to five times a week. My sister wanted to get a GSD and changed her mind when she saw the dog fur. I just vacuum more often and up the brushing when I notice more hair than normal.
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I agree with all. My 2 shephards do not smell, even after a wash or swim, it's not bad. The food is very important, since I switched to Orijen we see less shedding and no stinks at all. I have 1 short hair and 1 longish hair. I have noticed that their shedded fur tends to clump and marginate along the walls and corners so it is really easy to clean up. My dogs have a dog door and free access to their yard and no smells. Our breeder said they wet their dogs down very often but don't use soap more often then once every couple of months. My dogs get wet down almost every day in the summer while I'm out spraying the orchids, they love it, they shake off the excess water and off they go. Again, no smell. Now my hound dogs were very odiferous and if one didn't love them to death, there could have been a problem. Our short hair gets brushed once a week and the long hair, 2-3 times a week. I only need to vacumm once a week with my 2 dogs and I'm a clean freak so it can't be too bad. LOL
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I was snuggled in bed last night with my head on Gustav's shoulder (he snuggles every night at bedtime for about 15 minutes before he retires to his bed lol) and he has no bad smell. Good dog food is definitely the key; however, I also think it depends on how much your dog stays inside. Our dogs are inside unless we are home even then they are inside mostly with us. But shredding...omg..I live in the south and within two days of vacumming I have tumble weeds. But my house does not smell, its just hairy! My GSD is only one two shredders and I have 4 dogs in the house total..
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DJ sheds year round and in the spring and early summer it seems like he sheds in clumps. I've checked his skin and find no disorder, but I can stuff a twin sized mattress with what he sheds in a week
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I have to agree with the posts that say german shedders, I mean shepherds shed a lot. Compared to most breeds, they shed a lot. They shed year round, but blow their coats twice a year (as previously stated). By a lot...it depends on what you are used to. Regular brushing keeps the shedding under control. Or as I say, the hair I get on the brush is the hair that won't be on my floor blowing around.

The stinky smell...as stated previously, diet, activity and the amount of time they spend outdoors can be factors in smell. Also, if you are petting your dog w/ dirty hands all the time, that can be a factor as well. I have to bath Phoenix every month or two because of his environmental allergies. I use a colloidal oatmeal shampoo. With the regular brushing, that help distribute the oils in the coat and reduce build-up.

But let's face it...a wet dog, unless bathed recently, smells like wet dog.
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My GSDs have all been raw fed but they still smell more doggy than the Belgians. Go to any conformation show and hang out where they are grooming GSDs - they have a kind of distinct smell, even when clean. Obviously they shouldn't stink unless there is something else going on such as an outdoor dog, dog with skin or ear issues, etc. But sorry, they do tend to have a stronger natural dog smell than some dogs.

And again if shedding bothers you, GSDs are one of the worst breeds you could get. I think only the Northern breeds are worse.
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Go to any conformation show and hang out where they are grooming GSDs - they have a kind of distinct smell, even when clean.

And again if shedding bothers you, GSDs are one of the worst breeds you could get. I think only the Northern breeds are worse.
Distinct is a good word. I loved the way my shepherd smelled. Okay makes me odd. I definitely agree that you have to be agreeable to their coat blowing!
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