My new puppy is very smelly

by George
(South Carolina)

We just got our Springer Spaniel pup, and we are quite put off by the strong doggy odor, even after a bath.


Is this normal for this breed? What can we do to neutralize this strong odor which is coming from her fur. Ears seem healthy and she shows no signs of discomfort as in an ear infection.

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Nov 28, 2010
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Mine too did it get resolved
by: Anonymous

We just got a ESS and he too is very smelly.
Have bathed him and washed his bedding etc but still stinks.
Getting to the point where we dont want visitors as it is embarrassing.
Did you find a cure for your dogs smell?

please help!!!!

Sep 21, 2009
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THANKS FOR THE INPUT
by: George

Thanks for the information. We have weaned her from the puppy chow she was on when we adopted to a high quality food. She has started being more playfull (when she is awake, this pups likes to sleep more than I do I think we'll get along well). I've started looking for classes and plan to enroll us. Thanks again.

Sep 20, 2009
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smelly puppy
by: Estie

We got Cassy from the springer rescue. She was about 18 months old. She had an odor about her when we got her - and it wasn't because of being a rescue because she had been adopted into a loving home and had been there 6 weeks before the wife was allergic to her, so they turned her back into rescue.

We have had her since October, 2005. Once her food got adjusted, and she settled in and got used to our household, and there was no stress, the odor went away. Once in a great while if she is really stressed out, the smell will come out, then goes away.

I think as your puppy adjusts to you, gets all settled into your routine, gets on good dog food, the odor will go away. I don't think it's permanent, and I don't think you should worry about it too much at this point. It's just a "wierd" thing for certain dogs, but we have had several foster springers through our home, and we adopted our first springer, Sammy, and none of them had any kind of odor problem.

Sep 20, 2009
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Smelly Puppy
by: Anonymous

I know you will love your Springer! They are such great dogs, but very HIGH ENERGY! Do yourself and puppy a favor and find a good obedience class! You'll both be glad you did!

Sep 20, 2009
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THANKS FOR THE INPUT
by: George

Thanks for the comments. We will be taking her next week to the vet for her 1st vet visit so we will discuss it with the vet. I am relieved that this will probably be a problem that can be taken care of. We just brought her home this weekend and this is our first Springer Spaniel, so we were not real sure what was normal. She is adjusting well to her new home. Thanks everyone.

Sep 20, 2009
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Smelly puppy
by: Anonymous

Puppies are known for terrible smelling breath, often referred to as "puppy breath." Could this be where the smell is coming from? If so, it does go away after a few weeks!

Although you said the ears don't seem to be a problem, I'd double check. Ear infections are something that Springers, and any long-eared dog, are prone to. An ear infection can have a horrible odor, in addition to being bad for their health.

The only other thing I can think of could be anal glands. They too, are very foul smelling. Maybe a trip to the vet could help find the problem. Or a groomer.

Sep 20, 2009
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They are not a smelly breed
by: anna@love-springer-spaniels

How unusual, they are far from a smelly breed, I have never have trouble with stinking springers.

Sometimes if George is a bit wiffy I wash his bed as well as him and that helps.

Usually if he does smell he has an ear infection but you say you have checked that.

How is her skin? she may have a skin infection that is causing her to smell.

As I said they are not a smelly breed, so you may have to get her checked with the vet.

Sorry I can't be more help but let me know how you get on and what helps.

Sep 20, 2009
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New puppy
by: Betsy Kiehl

I have a 3 month old ESS now, and I have not noticed any smells withher. However, regarding our older spaniel, she developed a smll coming from her ears when she was about 6 years of age. we took her to the vet, and as it turned out, she had an infection deep wthin her ears. Because of the way the ears are, it is easy to get infections. we had her on meds often.

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