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Smelliest Dogs 2023: Here are the 10 most stinky breeds of adorable dog - including the loving Labrador Retriever 🐕

Some dogs just smell - no matter how much you bathe them. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
Some dogs just smell - no matter how much you bathe them. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

A huge number of us decided to welcome new puppies into our homes over the last two years – Kennel Club figures show dog ownership soared.

There are a whopping 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, alongside numerous crossbreeds, so there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your family’s latest addition.

There’s even academic guidance to seek out, with Psychologist Stanley Coren’s book ‘The Intelligence of Dogs’ ranking breeds by instincts, obedience, and the ability to adapt.

Labrador Retriever owners quickly get used to their pet's doggy pong, in fact many even like it, but to an outsider visiting your home the odour will be immediate and obvious. Particularly strong when they are damp, the Labrador also adores rolling in smelly stuff and proudly bringing the stench home for you. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
Labrador Retriever owners quickly get used to their pet's doggy pong, in fact many even like it, but to an outsider visiting your home the odour will be immediate and obvious. Particularly strong when they are damp, the Labrador also adores rolling in smelly stuff and proudly bringing the stench home for you. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

One thing to take into consideration is that some dogs are essentially self-cleaning, needing little more than a quick rinse if they get really mucky, while others have tend to get quite fragrant if they’re not bathed regularly.

And some just smell, no matter how many baths they have – flatulence can be a problem – but that doesn’t make them any less adorable.

Here are the 10 smelliest breeds of dog, according to the American Kennel Club.

The combination of a naturally oily coat and plenty of loose, folded skin means that the Bloodhound is a fairly smelly breed - regular bathing can help but will never completely get rid of the doggy odour. They are also prone to ear infections that create other ripe smells. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
The combination of a naturally oily coat and plenty of loose, folded skin means that the Bloodhound is a fairly smelly breed - regular bathing can help but will never completely get rid of the doggy odour. They are also prone to ear infections that create other ripe smells. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

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The Yorkshire Terrier's luxurious coat quickly builds up dirt, as do its hairy ears, while the skin around their mouth is prone to infection. Regular grooming and bathing will minimise any unwanted smells though. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
The Yorkshire Terrier's luxurious coat quickly builds up dirt, as do its hairy ears, while the skin around their mouth is prone to infection. Regular grooming and bathing will minimise any unwanted smells though. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

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Bulldogs are particularly susceptible to bad breath, due to plaque and decay caused by misaligned teeth. They also have face wrinkles that can catch food particles, with the skin under their tail stub can easily become infected causing a nasty odour. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
Bulldogs are particularly susceptible to bad breath, due to plaque and decay caused by misaligned teeth. They also have face wrinkles that can catch food particles, with the skin under their tail stub can easily become infected causing a nasty odour. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
There can be a number of reasons for your Pug smelling unpleasant - their pushed-in snouts can cause flatulence, their facial wrinkles can collect gunk, while it's common for the breed's anal glands to become blocked creating a powerful pong. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
There can be a number of reasons for your Pug smelling unpleasant - their pushed-in snouts can cause flatulence, their facial wrinkles can collect gunk, while it's common for the breed's anal glands to become blocked creating a powerful pong. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
The Saint Bernard's thick double coat is perfect for keeping warm in its native snowy Alpine environment, but does tend to lock in smells as well as heat. They are also prolific droolers, and the collecting slobber can also be a bit whiffy. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
The Saint Bernard's thick double coat is perfect for keeping warm in its native snowy Alpine environment, but does tend to lock in smells as well as heat. They are also prolific droolers, and the collecting slobber can also be a bit whiffy. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
The Beagle naturally has a strong odor that helps them keep track of other pack members when on a hunt. Their oily, short coat is the main source of the smell. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
The Beagle naturally has a strong odor that helps them keep track of other pack members when on a hunt. Their oily, short coat is the main source of the smell. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
There's no delicate way to put this - the Boxer is a breed that has a major problem with flatulence. They also often suffer from food allergies, causing itchy and smelly skin infections. Being very careful about what you feed them can mitigate the situation somewhat. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
There's no delicate way to put this - the Boxer is a breed that has a major problem with flatulence. They also often suffer from food allergies, causing itchy and smelly skin infections. Being very careful about what you feed them can mitigate the situation somewhat. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
With long droopy ears and an oily coat, the Cocker Spaniel is another pooch that requires plenty of pampering if it isn't to pong. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
With long droopy ears and an oily coat, the Cocker Spaniel is another pooch that requires plenty of pampering if it isn't to pong. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
Another breed whose hygiene problems stem from folds of skin, to keep a wrinkly Shar Pei fresh you'll need to give it a clean every day and a full bath at least three times a week. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
Another breed whose hygiene problems stem from folds of skin, to keep a wrinkly Shar Pei fresh you'll need to give it a clean every day and a full bath at least three times a week. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)