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Feathered Sat 11-May-13 13:58:39

Hello . . .
I'm just at the beginning of researching getting a dog. I had a really solid english setter when I was a child and I adored him. My husband has always had cats. I've been trying to persuade him to have a dog for years. His main reason for not having one is the smell. So - any advice on this? I'd love something like a golden retriever personality wise, although I think they can be a bit stinky.
We have a seven year old and five year old twins so we really want a good family dog.

TheCunnyFunt Sat 11-May-13 14:11:31

Greyhound or Whippet, I have a Greyhound and he doesn't smell doggy at all. My mum really doesn't like dogs for the same reason as your DH and even she comments on how non-smelly he is. Whippets are the same, they don't smell either. Also Whippets especially make great family pets.

MagratGarlik Sat 11-May-13 15:57:30

I'd second what Cunny has said, though I think it is ironic that a cat person doesn't want a dog because of the smell - I think cats smell awful.

D0oinMeCleanin Sat 11-May-13 16:00:16

Greyhound or Staffy.

Greenkit Sat 11-May-13 16:45:47

Whippet smile

I have two and they never smell that doggy smell. They are very clean and quite easy to look after

Greenkit Sat 11-May-13 16:47:03

In fact to add, we have two dogs, a cat, a rabbit, fish and a bird, and our house doesnt smell.

My mother would tell me if it did wink

nooka Sat 11-May-13 17:10:52

I think any dog with smooth short hair would be likely to be less obviously doggy smelling, but I'm not sure how you would test that out!

EasyToEatTiger Sat 11-May-13 17:28:29

All our dogs smell delicious. Just think of fresh baked bread...

finickypinickity Sat 11-May-13 17:32:03

Dont get a Labrador or a Terrier.

Febreze is my best friend at the moment!

Shybairns Sat 11-May-13 17:36:59

I think the stinkiness can depend on a.) what they are fed on and b.) how often they are washed.
I have found that dogs who are fed on wet food i.e. tins are far stinkier than ones that have dry food.
Our goldie never had a strong smell. (unless she'd rolled in shit wink)

finickypinickity Sat 11-May-13 17:39:06

I want freshly baked bread smelling dogsenvy

superfluouscurves Sat 11-May-13 18:24:13

poodle or poodle cross

my sil has one and I don't want to sound unkind but she herself would freely admit that diligent housekeeping/hygiene is not her strong point when it comes to herself/house/or dog

but her dog doesn't smell of anything - really nothing - doesn't shed either - dh and I can't believe it!!

the last one reeked - it was a cocker spaniel which stank frankly you had to take a deep breath before getting in to her car

clam Sat 11-May-13 18:35:10

I have a poodle cross (spaniel/poodle)
He sheds a tiny bit at this time of year, but I've not been aware of him smelling. Nothing that a quick spray with the shower wouldn't fix, anyway unless he's rolled in a cowpat or foxpoo

I too have always loved golden retrievers, but am allergic to them. My cockapoo ticks the scruffy fluffy box, but without the snuffles.

VirtuousVamp Sat 11-May-13 18:40:18

Another for greyhound! We have a lurcher. Greyhound cross. And he's fabulous with children of all ages and no smell except his breath but I don't tend to go too near an open mouth of any animal!!grin

Foosyerdoos Sat 11-May-13 18:43:14

I also think poodle or poodle cross. PIL's have standard poodle and I have a doodle, neither shed (not guaranteed with a cross) and they don't smell overly 'doggy'. I think food also plays a part, we only feed dry food and I think that keeps smells down. Also poodles are really lovely dogs.

MagicBaguette Sat 11-May-13 18:51:52


Honestly the best family dogs. So so gentle and loving, and great personalities! They don't smell as they have short hair.

Google trailhound welfare smile

PuppyMummy Sat 11-May-13 22:12:27

We have a cocker spaniel, very good family dog. She only smells when she rolls in poo or has not been bathed for a while, day to day she doesnt smell.
Decent quality food helps them not to smell, keeping the coat reasonably short and regular brushing.

GROOVEYCHICK Sat 11-May-13 23:07:07

my husky pup smells of nothing no smell at all
my golden retriever is bathed every 4 months and smells of cheesy wotsits no matter what i do but crazy me loves his smell lol

EasyToEatTiger Sun 12-May-13 11:34:19

I don't think our dogs smell of anything other than gorgeous. It helps to keep them vaguely groomed and free of fox shit... My nose is probably de-sensitised.

KittensoftPuppydog Sun 12-May-13 20:50:21

Staffy/whippet cross. There's a lot of them about. Abolutely adorable tiny puppy smell. Have to get really close to smell it. Yummy.

TheCunnyFunt Sun 12-May-13 21:12:09

Kitten that would be a Whiffie then wink grin

lougle Sun 12-May-13 21:29:43

My Whiffie is really whiffie right now hmm

I've just taken him off burns and put him on a cheap as chips dog food, because he's so very skinny on burns. So far, he stinks!

I may need to go back to the drawing board.

Apart from that, I agree, Whiffies grin

Turniphead1 Sun 12-May-13 22:00:52

My friend has a miniature schnauzer and he really doesn't smell.

We have a labradoodle and she smells - but not overly. Also we keep her in our large kitchen/diner with a tiled floor so our house doesn't smell doggy. Dogs plus carpet = whiffy IMHO.

tanfastic Sun 12-May-13 22:03:05

I have a Lhasa Apso. He stinks to high heaven.

MagratGarlik Sun 12-May-13 22:05:57

Lougle, have you tried raw tripe to put some weight on your whiffie? When it's raw it doesn't stink too much and the dogs love it - they don't smell like they do on cheap find either (and it's cheaper than tins).

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