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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-30-2013, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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Does dog breed make a difference regarding how 'dirty' a dog is?

Does dog breed make a difference regarding how 'dirty' a dog is?

I constantly read that goldens and labs are oily and seem dirtier. I love labs and goldens but if I were to get another dog I'd definitely make the decision based on how 'clean' the breed is (if breed does matter).

I know for a fact that my husky is much cleaner than my GS. It seems like the dirt just falls off of his coat. And he doesn't like to roll around in gross stuff. I think he instinctually knows that a dirty coat = less insulation and coming from a cold climate, he needs all the insulation he can get.

Does breed size matter? My brother-in-laws rottie is a slobbery mess (great dog though).

What about little dogs? Is there a dog that is 'cleaner' in that realm?

Hypoallergenic dogs?

I only have experience with these breeds so I was wondering, for those of you with other breeds, what do you think? Does it depend more on the individual dog and his personality what his/her hygienic practices are or does breed play a role?
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-30-2013, 03:44 PM
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Beagles can be pretty dirty, ours was, she was always hunting for something, very durable and easy to wash though. I don't think you can judge the cleanliness of a breed based on one dog, of my three gsds, Tukes likes to be clean, avoids mud etc... Zoey is in the middle and Ranger loves mud, doesn't help that he's a coatie either. Our lab never felt oily, she had the best coat of any dog I've owned, she looked fantastic even at 14.
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I cannot imagine how dirty a Komondor or Puli gets between baths.

I think breeds that have naturally oily coats (such as those that are designed to shed water) can developed a rather nasty smell if they are not groomed regularly. Dirt just seems to cling to them too.
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Hmmm not sure your approaching your search the right way but its your search bounds of any variety and terriers tend to get dirty simply because they hunt go to ground and never give up (I can not get that swamp smell off my male hound Odin) good luck identity the traits you want in your dog and work your breed list off that is my suggestion

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Hmmm not sure your approaching your search the right way but its your search bounds of any variety and terriers tend to get dirty simply because they hunt go to ground and never give up (I can not get that swamp smell off my male hound Odin) good luck identity the traits you want in your dog and work your breed list off that is my suggestion
Oh no! Hehe. I'm not looking for another dog right now (far from it! I'm already so overwhelmed). Maybe in the far future but this thread was more to increase my knowledge and see what others have experienced.
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I've had a Lab and a Sheltie and the GSD's. I don't know about 'dirt' but I know about smell.

I had to wash my Lab every month or so or the natural oils in her coat would start making that definite 'doggy' smell in house. Particularly if she got wet in the rain.

I do not have the same issue with the GSD's, though can't say there is no smell it's not near as strong.




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It sounds like you already know first hand about huskies. Most of the northern breeds I've lived with have groomed themselves. I've also found their fur more resistant to dirt than some of the more popular breeds like the labs and goldens

As for hypoallergenic dogs, I usually see the curly coated breeds suggested there.
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My lab/boxerxretriever and labxbullmastiff smell pretty good to me. They hit the water pretty much everyday and never have the doggie smell. They also shed very little.

My friends GSDxMalamut who lives with me smells pretty bad most of the time due to locks in the hair. Also sheds alot. They need to be groomed alot to keep them clean as the hair gets tangled and traps dirt.

And 2 terrierx mongrels in my house smell grand. They also swim every day.
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All of my Siberian Huskies were very clean dogs....when they did get muddy, it would dry and fall off and poor they looked spotless again.

My Cairn terrier was a smelly boy with an oily coat that required alot of maintenance ie. stripping.

Samoyed Husky was very clean.

****zu was clean but required tons of grooming.

My last GSD was very clean but shed tons all year round.

Gus my current GSD is also very clean and doesn't shed much at all. He has never had a bath.

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My Dalmatian is a clean puppy, dirt drys up and falls off his fur and he doesn't have a doggy smell.

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