15 Dog Breeds That Don’t Smell

You love dogs and often think about buying one, but their smell and the shedding are just too off-putting and you just can’t imagine how your new family member would fit in in your clean apartment? Don’t worry; you’re not the only one!

We often get questions like:

Are there any dog breeds that don’t smell?

Well, if you’re living in an apartment, you’re probably looking for a dog that doesn’t smell or shed. Is there such a thing?

Fortunately, there are odorless breeds or non smelly dogs, that are just the thing you are looking for! Read more and discover the least smelly dogs!

If you are busy and planning to leave your dog alone, please be sure you read this blog post: 15 Dog Breeds That Tolerate Being Alone.

Here’s a list of dogs that don’t smell:

15. West Highland White Terrier



One of the favorite middle-sized terriers that have no trouble living in small apartment spaces is the West Highland white terrier.

Westies are common apartment pets for more than one reason:

They are wire coated and they shed very little. They are also gorgeous, intelligent and affectionate, and, get this – they do not smell.

14. Yorkshire Terrier


The fact that Yorkshire Terriers do not smell should not come as much of a surprise.

Yorkies are bred for generations with the aim to create the perfect lap dog. And nowadays, the Yorkshire terrier really fits into that mold – a small lap dog that enjoys human company, playful, does not shed a lot and does not smell.

That’s what they were going for!

13. Maltese

Much like the Yorkshire terrier, the Maltese is a very common indoor and small apartment pet breed, for all the same reasons.

This small dog breed is designed to coexist closely with humans, hardly ever leaving their presence. Therefore, most of the small lap dog breeds don’t smell or shed much, since humans never enjoyed those features much.

12. Shih Tzu


The Shih Tzu is one of the small lap dog breeds that make the top three of that category with Yorkshire Terriers and the Maltese, for exactly the same reasons.

They are all very affectionate and intelligent, small dogs that do not require too much exercise and that don’t shed or smell, which all combined makes them perfect pets for small apartment spaces.

11. Havanese

The Havanese differs from the miniature-dog trio fantastico of Yorkie-Maltese–Shi Tzu very little, since the Havanese is the only one of those breeds that has double-layered coat.

This means that they shed even less.

Regarding the issue of the unpleasant dog smell, the Havanese belongs to the category of those that do not produce it.

10. Kerry Blue Terrier


The Kerry blue terrier is a famously good middle-sized indoor pet breed for several reasons, aside from its amazingly attractive and exotic looks. First of all, having a thick, curly fur, they shed very little, and secondly, but under no conditions less important regarding the commodities of indoor life – they do not smell.

9. Bearded Collie


The Bearded Collie is one of the rare big dog breeds that are also excellent indoor pets, since they have a famously good character and, contrary to the common opinion regarding long-haired dogs, they shed way less than one would expect.

They also fit the criteria for a spot on this list. The Bearded Colie is a dog breed that does not smell.

If you love big dogs, but still want to keep your apartment clean, this breed may be the perfect solution for you!

8. Bichon Frise


The Bichon Frise, along with the Poodle, is a hairy dog breed that sheds almost nothing, due to a very thick curly coat that prevents either dandruff or hair to fall off.

In addition, the gorgeous and fun-loving Bichon Frise also doesn’t smell which makes it literally the perfect dog to keep as an indoor house pet…

However, keep in mind that they hate being alone!

7. Lagotto Romagnolo


The Lagotto Romagnolo is a middle-sized dog breed that reached the status of a famous indoor pet for various features, including the fact that they produce very little or no smell.

The Lagotto Romagnolo’s popularity is increasing, due to its easy temper, affectionate character and super-cute curly hair that prevents shedding.

6. Labradoodle


This cross-breed was specifically designed to give people allergic to dog dandruff a chance to actually have a company dog.

The Labradoodle also doesn’t smell or shed, which makes it a hypoallergenic dog. The cross-breed itself combines the best features of two insanely popular breeds – Labradors and Poodles.

5. Dachshund


Dachshunds are among the most lively and cheerful dog breeds there are.

Incredibly active, in constant search of something to hunt for and to play with, they are excellent family pets. They shed very little and don’t smell which makes them good indoor pets.

They really, really like to dig, though. However, that’s another issue. The reason why they’re on this list is that they are completely stink-free.

4. Basenji


This interesting, African breed was originally bred in Congo. Apart from their immaculate hunting skills, they’re known for their lack of a distinctive odor.

This is one of the qualities that makes it such a great huntsman, but also the reason why it will be a good dog if you want to avoid the smell.

Considering the fact that they’re very clean dogs who shed very little, the Basenji will fit in perfectly in your immaculate apartment.

3. Whippet


The Whippet is a middle-sized dog originally bred to chase the prey.

Bright and sensitive, less fragile than it may seem at first thought, they are one of the best possible choices of middle-sized indoor pet dog breeds.

The Whippet is short-haired, and shedding is not too excessive with them, but when it comes to the smell – Whippets are completely smell-free.

2. Schnauzers


Schnauzers are rough, double-coated dogs, which, if groomed regularly, shed very little, and have an amazing character which, depending on the size, makes them intelligent guard dogs, companions or lap dogs.

And guess what! They do not produce any unpleasant smell, and since they come in three sizes, they fit all kinds of criteria for great outdoor or indoor pets.

1. Poodles


Original hypoallergenic dog breed which was the “blueprint” for creating Labradoodle’s features regarding non-shedding and non-odor was the Poodle.

Even though they come in various sizes – from toy to giant, all of them were bred for only one purpose – to be companions for aristocrats. Poodles are the least stinky dogs. Today’s Poodles haven’t strayed from their original purpose, not a bit – they are still perfect indoor pets that do not smell or shed.

Poodles are also known for being great family dogs!

Even if you’re not an aristocrat, you’ll sure feel like one with your immaculately clean Poodle!

Having read our list of 15 different breeds that don’t smell there’s only one thing left for you to do… Decide which one you like the best and make room for it in your clean home!

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