If you have a dog, and it is a hound, then you have most likely noticed some bad smell come off it sometimes, right? It's okay. You can admit it, this is a safe space, and the fact that we are writing about it means you are obviously not alone.

Hounds have a lot of loose skin and big ears and are always ready to take on the next adventure. It's so natural to want to give them big, long cuddles and let them gush over you for some minutes, but then that smell…

So, why are these dogs so stinky? Is there a scientific backup for this occurrence, or did you just choose the wrong dog? That is what we are here to tell you!

Goofy beagle smiling

What Is the Science Behind the 'Doggy Odor'?

If there is one common feature that hounds share, it is the presence of oily coats. Now, these coats were very useful in the times when hounds were more popular for being outdoor dogs. The coat is naturally slick and oily, thereby helping them repel dirt and water. With the coat, water could easily glide down the body of the dogs, and they did not have to stay wet.

However, now that hounds are spending more time indoors with people, that skin coat is not so desirable anymore as it can produce unpleasant smells from time to time.

Another general feature of the hound is the presence of excessive skin folds. The hound is one chubby dog, and this is great for cuddles, but their skin tends to trap water, food, and dirt and keep these materials hidden. When the hound drools, its saliva also gets trapped in parts of the loose skin. Also, with the big, droopy ears, the hound can scarcely pass through nooks and crannies without getting particles of food and dirt rubbing off on it.

All of these trapped particles will begin to produce odor after a while. Also, this can make the dogs susceptible to certain diseases and infections that can also increase the bad smell.

OMG! It's a basset hound running! Look at him go!!!

The basset hound is genetically predisposed to developing a certain skin condition called Malassezia dermatitis. Which causes itching and redness, musty odors and scales and crusty, flaky skin.

Certain smells are a result of proven conditions. For instance, a fishy smell in the hound might be emanating from the hound's anal glands. The mouth can also produce a bad smell when the dog has dental disease. The ears of the dog are also prone to yeast and bacterial infections.

What Breeds of Dogs Are Likely to Produce Odors?

These five dogs are top on the list of the most likely to smell.

  • Basset Hounds
  • Beagles
  • Bloodhounds
  • Boxer
  • Bulldog

The basset hounds are top on the list. The predisposed skin condition and the droopy skin are core contributors to this smell. Fortunately, their goofy, charming, and lovable nature does a lot to make up for this bad smell.

Tackling the Hound's Smell

Remember that the hound is susceptible to infections, so if you must have a hound dog, then you should keep it regularly checked up. Keep an eye out for anything abnormal with the dog. If the smell gets stronger than it usually is, and you are sure that the hygiene is not the problem, get the dog to the vet for proper checking.


Since you know that the hounds are susceptible to bad smells, you should double the hygiene practices they get. Use an appropriate dog shampoo, clean the ears regularly to get rid of any dirt, and do not miss under the folds and other hidden areas. Also, ensure that you dry the hound properly afterward.


Pay attention to what the dog eats. This could also be a contributing factor to the bad smell of the dog. Check with a vet to confirm that the food it eats is healthy for it.

Hound Hygiene Products:

There are several products that you can purchase to improve the smell of the hound. There are special brushes with rubber bristles, healthy deodorizing dog shampoos, pet deodorant sprays, and grooming wipes. All of these products can improve the smell and general hygiene of the dog.

Your hound's smell is normal and can be reduced with the right practices. Remember that if the smell becomes unbearable, there might be some underlying conditions that require immediate attention, and a vet should be consulted.