The Top 10 Gassiest Dog Breeds
July 6, 2019
Whether you’re here to learn a fun bit of trivia, or to make a decision on your future pet, we’ve put together a list of the dog breeds which have the tendency to be the smelliest.
While gassy breeds can be hilarious, it can become a serious issue for some dog owners, especially those who are more sensitive to smells! Alternatively, you can use this list to choose the gassiest dog breed just so you can get away with blaming it on the dog. Everybody gets a little gassy from time to time, it’s the same for dogs, it’s a fact of life that we all have to deal with. If we didn’t pass wind, we’d die from the build-up of gas in our digestive tract, so, when you put it that way, a bit of gas isn’t all that bad, is it?
While an article about dog farts should be relatively hilarious, we’ve also made sure to include some information on excessive gas in dogs, and how this can be an indicator of health problems.
Top 10 Gassiest Dogs
- The Neapolitan Mastiff
Of all the dog breeds on this list, it is the Neapolitan Mastiff which won’t come as much of a surprise to many people. As one of the largest dog breeds, it has the potential to make a lot of noise, and a lot of gas. Many people would struggle to deal with the Neapolitan Mastiff’s loud snoring and powerful smells on a day to day basis.
Boxer dogs aren’t just one of the loudest gassy breeds, their emissions can also be the most potent! You’ll need to make sure that you watch what your boxer is eating in their diet to limit the amount of gas which you have to deal with. It can only be funny for so long!
- Golden Retrievers
The world’s favourite best boy comes very high up on the list of gassy breeds. So, every time you see pictures of this adorable breed, you can be safe in the knowledge that they probably don’t smell as pretty as they look! Yet, it says a lot about the behaviour and temperament of the Golden Retrievers that they don’t smell like roses, yet they are the most popular breed of dog to own as a pet in many different countries all around the world.
Pugs always look fairly guilty, don’t they? And that’s probably because they are guilty of a fair amount of bad smells! Even though pugs are up there with some of the smallest dog breeds, on average they pass wind just as much as some of the other bigger smelly contenders on this list! Pugs have a habit of passing gas frequently both while they are awake and while they are asleep, they’ve also become fairly famous for being a breed that scares themselves awake when they pass gas.
- English Bulldogs
English Bulldogs look like they would be smelly, and they definitely are. Anyone who has ever spent any time in the company of a bulldog will tell you just how much they can smell! If you don’t want a gassy dog breed, take the English Bulldog off your list for potential pets immediately. You’ll have to crack a fair few windows to put up with the English Bulldog’s noxious gasses.
- Pit Bulls
If you’ve ever seen a Pit Bull eat, you’ll know that they don’t like to come up for air very often. Their tendency to eat their food so fast leaves them with a lot of excess gas! If it really bothers you, you can limit the amount of gasses your Pit Bull is emitting by feeding them smaller portions but feeding them more often. As funny as gas can be, wind can cause some serious discomfort to dogs.
Rottweilers are often known to stick to their owners like superglue, sadly, they are also one of the gassiest breeds which you can bring into your home which may stop smelling fresh with the addition of a Rottweiler. No dogs come with the manners to leave a room if they need to break wind, however, there is potentially no dog which is as proud of its odour as a Rottweiler, but the chances are, you’ll still love them all the same.
- Boston Terrier
You’ll start to wonder how the Boston Terrier came about its name “the American Gentleman” once you realise just how gassy this dog can be! There are two factors which can contribute to just how gassy a Boston Terrier can get, and they are their snouts and their diets. Problems with gas are a common trend for dogs which have shorter snouts – which is also how pugs ended up on the list. But you can attempt to do some damage limitation if you feed them the correct diet and refrain from giving them any table scraps.
- German Shepherds
The German Shepherd is a gassy dog, but they aren’t like the rest of the dogs on this list. Even they can’t stand the smell of their own gas. German Shepherds have habits of walking away from the scene of the noxious crime to escape their odour. But that’s not to say they will spare you of the smell, they’re only concerned about making sure that they are well out of the way. A top tip for anyone who wants to avoid hanging around the house with an ultra-smelly dog is to refrain from feeding your dog any foods which are high in carbs, corn, soy, or starch.
Last but certainly not least on the list of gassiest dog breeds is the Beagle. They may pass gas less frequently than other dogs on this list, yet, when it happens, it is hardly subtle. There are ways around this though, such as taking them for a stroll after feeding. There’s much less chance of you
Preventing Digestive Trouble in Dogs
As we said before, passing gas is completely natural. However, if you’ve noticed that your dog is suffering from gas more than usual, it may be time to do something more about it than buy candles and leave your window open.
While there are a great number of supplements, and dog treats available for sale on the market, these can be questionable at best. If your dog has excess gas, it needs to come out. But there are ways of ensuring that you don’t need to deal with your dog’s odour 24/7, even if your dog has made the list of gassy dog breeds there is hope!
- Make sure that their diet agrees with them. Food intolerances can either be subtle or severe. While severe intolerances can lead to vomiting and other stomach problems, mild to moderate intolerances can lead to wind. If you suspect that your dog has food intolerances your vet will be able to give you advice on trial diets. Generally, indigestible carbs and treats with a lot of meat in them can cause excess gas. Remember, it isn’t your dog’s fault if they have excess gas – you are the one that chooses their food!
- If you make any changes to your dog’s diet, this might lead to them passing gas frequently. So, always make sure that you make any changes to their diet slowly and give their digestive systems time to adjust.
- Take them for more walks! It is a fact of life that sedentary dogs fart more. Along with the walks in the park, also ensure that they get plenty of opportunities to go outside and have a runaround! Although, it may just be the case that your dog is passing gas away from the home. Either way, it’s a win-win situation.
- Give your dog a stress-free environment to eat their meals. Dogs who are on edge and wary while they are eating will try to eat their food as quickly as possible which can lead to gas. Always feed them in the same spot in your home at the same time of day. Ensure that after you have placed down their food bowl they are not disturbed. If your dog eats their food in the kitchen, don’t potter around doing the dishes – leave them be in a calm environment. If you live in a multi-pet household, you may want to make sure that your dog can eat alone.
- Give your dog meals in smaller portions. By splitting up your dog’s meals, you will be making sure that there isn’t as much to guzzle down! This will ultimately prevent your dog from getting gas in the first place.
Excessive gas can also be a sign of gastrointestinal illness. There are multiple disorders which make it hard for your dog to absorb their food.
If you have noticed any changes in their odour or the frequency of them passing wind, it’s recommended that you take them for a check-up. Irritable Bowel Syndrome isn’t all too uncommon in dogs, however, there are also more serious issues which will need to be treated as soon as possible. Excess gas could also be due to tumours, parasites, parvoviruses, colitis, and hormone imbalances.