Why does my basset hound stink?

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Do you love your basset hound but dread being around him because he smells so bad? Maybe it’s been a while since your last vet visit or maybe you’re just dealing with that notoriously stinky breed of dog. Whatever the case may be, the excessive doggy odor was never part of the package when we adopted them (or rescued them) in the first place! 


So why does Petey stink up a room even after his post-walk bath? Let’s take a look at what could be causing such an unpleasant scent from our furry friends and explore some possible solutions to combat this odorous problem.

Are Basset Hounds smelly?

Basset Hounds are certainly cute, but can they be smelly? Well, the answer is yes and no. A well-groomed Basset Hound will typically have little to no odor, as long as their coat and ears are kept clean. 


Unfortunately, just like any other breed of dog, if a Basset Hound isn’t brushed or washed regularly, their coats can become matted and soaked with bacteria that gives off an unpleasant odor. It’s simply a matter of ensuring that your pooch is kept healthy and properly groomed to keep them smelling fresh!

Why does my Basset Hound smell like Fritos?

Have you ever encountered a Basset Hound and thought it smelled like Fritos? Believe it or not, you aren’t alone. While there isn’t an obvious answer why our beloved canine companions sometimes have a subtle snack food scent, some theories suggest that Basset Hounds are natural hoarders and have a tendency to store items in their long fur without us realizing it. 


As a result, pieces of Fritos or other snacks can get caught beneath the many layers and become part of their odor profile- so sniff away with confidence! Of course, keeping your pup’s grooming routine up to date can help this issue as well!

How do you fix a Basset Hound smell?

Damp Basset Hounds smell worse than wet dogs, and if your pup is of this breed, you’ve probably noticed. To get rid of the smell, try giving them a bath with a gentle cleansing shampoo that’s meant for their sensitive skin, like one with oatmeal in it. 


Then, use an enzyme cleaner specifically designed to eliminate pet odors, and make sure you scrub each area where they might have had a scent accident on any furniture or carpets. Afterward, give them plenty of fresh water and decide on the best routine to keep up hygiene and minimize future odor. With some effort, your Basset Hound can stay sweet-smelling!

How often should I wash my basset hound?

Keeping your basset hound clean can be a challenge. With those long floppy ears and folds of skin, dirt, and grime tends to find their way into places where they really shouldn’t go! The good news is that you don’t need to wash your pup every day. 


Generally speaking, baths for dogs should only be done when necessary. If your basset hound has rolled in something stinky or is showing signs of a skin condition, then it’s time for a bath. Otherwise, simply wiping them down with a damp cloth occasionally should suffice – just don’t forget their paws and face!

What causes my dog to smell so bad?

It’s no secret that dogs smell…sometimes worse than others! There are a few common causes of this foul odor. First, the dog may need a bath since regular grooming is the best way to keep a pet smelling good. Additionally, bad breath can be caused by bacteria on the gums, so getting your pup’s teeth cleaned regularly can help keep their breath fresh. 


Other reasons for smelly dogs include skin irritation or allergies, as these can cause itchiness and increased oil production in the fur leading to a bad smell. Finally, certain medical conditions such as liver disease or diabetes can also make pets smell unpleasant. Taking your furry friend to the vet for a regular check-up will help ensure they stay healthy and smell great!


All in all, while owning a basset hound is not always the easiest of tasks due to the odors they give off, it makes up for it with its endearing face and lovable personality. A good rule of thumb with any pet is to be aware that they may smell more as they age, and regular grooming is essential to ensuring your pet remains healthy and comfortable.


Additionally, always checking with a veterinarian if any strange smells arise can help avoid any potential health risks for your beloved four-legged companion. Remember to take the extra steps and care when necessary, so you can both enjoy those beautiful moments together without questioning why my basset hound stink!


John McCaine

John McCaine

I've been caring for hound dogs for all my life. My parents had a beagle when I was born - he was my babysitter as a toddler LOL.
So out of love for hounds I started this blog to share what I know with dog lovers everywhere.

About Me

I’ve been caring for hound dogs for all my life. My parents had a beagle when I was born – he was my babysitter as a toddler LOL.
So out of love for hounds I started this blog to share what I know with dog lovers everywhere.

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