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post #1 of 64 (permalink) Old 10-12-2009, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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Do GSDs smell worse than other breeds?

You might have sees my other threads on here trying to choose a pup and a breeder but I thought this needed its own thread so here is the story:
We visited the breeder yesterday and we loved everything about her and her dogs, but after we left my wife threw this bomb at me: I dont know if I could handle this smell.
Now, I have allergies this time of year so I could not smell anything even if that dog pooped on my shoes. We both had dogs before and yes, there is some sort of dog smell and you cannot help it but according to her it was very bad inside this lady's house.
I told her that its most likely because there is not just one dog there but quite a few that go through. some of them are in the kennels outside so that may add to it. there was a lot of taxidermy displayed inside and that all of it could contribute, but now she is not 100% convinced.
I was totally off at her fist but since have cooled off and we will have to sort it out.
In the meantime I want to know whether GSDs actually smell worse than other dogs. My aunt used to have one and I dont remember her house being smelly, my boxer had some odor but nothing that would be considered bad, and the mutt my wife used to have did not bother her either.
Once we get a pup we are planning on feeding him/her RAW diet and I hear that will give us a less smelly dog anyway. We could give him/her baths more often (once a month or 2) but I know you are not supposed to do that too often. or is it Ok as long as you use soap/shampoo that will not strip the oils off their skin.
I read about wipes and other stuff to "deodorize" your dog but I dont know if that is a good thing since dogs may hate to smell anything but their natural scent.
she couldnt even describe to me what that smell was exactly but it sounds like it was an intensified "garden variety" dog smell.
Since we hadnt had a dog in a while maybe she simply forgot how it was. I know that even if the dog did smell a bit we would get used to it but I think her biggest fear is that our visitors would not like the "stink". We have friends who I hate to visit because they smoke inside sometimes and it bothers me so I sort of know where she is comming from if it really is that bad.

What do you think?

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Re: Do GSDs smell worse than other breeds?

None of my three GSDs smell.

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Re: Do GSDs smell worse than other breeds?

I haven't noticed a doggie smell stronger than others when they were on kibble, now that she's on raw I notice nothing but can SURE smell other dogs now!! Sometimes after they've been outside on a hot day for a while I can smell a little doggie odor, but it goes away.


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Re: Do GSDs smell worse than other breeds?

I would never think that the "smell" part may be a problem but it popped up and I need to address it. Could have been something specific in the woman's house that smelled and not necessarily the dogs but I could not cofirm it one way or the other myself.

Rosa, do you do anything specific to make sure they dont smell or its just the way it is?

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Re: Do GSDs smell worse than other breeds?

I have two GSD's, and neither of them smell, the only time I smell anything is if they are having a bout of bad gas then they are a bit smelly, ha ha!

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Re: Do GSDs smell worse than other breeds?

I only notice a smell when Dante's wet - Love that wet doggie odor not!

Dante's on high quality kibble.

Oh and when my mom visited recently I asked her when she first walked in my house and she said she didn't smell anything.

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Re: Do GSDs smell worse than other breeds?

A healthy dog should not have an offensive smell unless it rolled in something gross. Both of my GSDs smell fresh, I use them as pillows all the time.

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Re: Do GSDs smell worse than other breeds?

What does she feed the dogs? Dogs on crappy foods (pedigree/etc) tend to have more of a smell since their bodies excrete the byproducts through oils in their skin.


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Re: Do GSDs smell worse than other breeds?

Honestly, I think my GSD naturally smells better than our black lab or golden/malamute mutt.

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Re: Do GSDs smell worse than other breeds?

There you go Barb.
Maybe even better way to test it out is with the mother in law but your own mom usually is good enough. LOL

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