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I love my girl and I researched the breed a lot before I got her, so i was aware that they have an odor (hound odor) She is an awesomw dog, i can't even put it into words but she stinks horribly. I heard you should only bathe them once a month with shampoo and rinse them every week with plain water, and the vet told me to only use johnsons baby shampo, she's five months old btw. She wants to lay on your lap but it's enough to take your breath away and I can't seem to control it. Any tips on how to combat the odor and how do you guys keep your house smelling fresh?
 

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I'm also the proud owner of a hound named Daisy. To be honest i don't find that she has a very strong odor. just standard " dog smell"

Unless your hound is rolling around in something nasty all the time, she really shouldn't smell too bad.

however, any time i do find that Daisy has a bad smell to her , it usually just means she needs her ears cleaned. I clean my dogs ears once a week.

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My Copper has a stronger hound smell than my Dolly and Patty but I agree with Daisy's Lady it is alot worse when his ears need cleaning. He has had a couple of ear infection and that is when the oder is at its worst.

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Originally posted by Daisy's mama
I love my girl and I researched the breed a lot before I got her, so i was aware that they have an odor (hound odor) She is an awesomw dog, i can't even put it into words but she stinks horribly. I heard you should only bathe them once a month with shampoo and rinse them every week with plain water, and the vet told me to only use johnsons baby shampo, she's five months old btw. She wants to lay on your lap but it's enough to take your breath away and I can't seem to control it. Any tips on how to combat the odor and how do you guys keep your house smelling fresh?
i wouldn't rinse her so often - that's what is making her smell
 

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Have her ears and anal glands checked. Some bassets do have a bit more of a houndy smell... but it shouldn't be that offensive. Mine tend to smell more in the summer- but that is when I bathe them more often also. Usually I bathe only every 2-3 months and then a swipe with baby wipes on occasion for a freshened up appearance. Basset ears can get nasty inside - especially if they get water in them. I usually wipe out my dogs ear with the baby wipes but ask your vet if there is something they prefer. Good luck!
 

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Bassets are prone to a dermalogical condition know as sheborrhea which can be the cause of such an odor, which is usually caused by a secondary yeast infection

fromSeborrhea in Dogs"Bathing is necessary at least once a week. Some dogs may need a bath with a medicated shampoo twice or three times a week. Different shampoos and conditioners are used according to the infection present and the type of seborrhea. Some are good for dry skin (Allergroom®), while others are good for greasy skin (LyTar®). Some shampoos are antibacterial (OxyDex®), while others are antifungal (Selsun Blue® animals).

A contact time of 10 to 15 minutes is crucial for the success of shampoo therapy. Leave-on conditioners may be used after the shampoo to have a prolonged effect. Products available on the market are antibacterial (Resi-Chlor®), anti-itchy (Resi-Cort®) and antifungal (Resi-zole®)."

Shampoo Therapy

Frequent bathing can dryout a bassets skins and cause the sebacious glands to go into overdrive actually increasing the hound smell, However if the cause is a medical condition like seborrhea the freguent bathing is nessesary.

Other cause of smell include other cause of a secondary yeast infection of the skin such as atopic, food or flea allergies. The deep skin folds of a basset can create an ideal breeding ground for yeast and or bacteria which is called skin fold dermatitis Another frequent location is between the toes. Other cause of unusual odor include ANAL SACS , Peridontial Disease and Lip fold Pyroderma.
Because many of the secondary infections which can cause odor are not curable until the underlying cause is treated such dermalogical problems can be difficult to solve.
1. consult with your vet to confirm an odor problem an not you are just more sensitive to "hound odor" than others.

2. do not be afraid to cunsult with a vet specializing in dermatology, since the many veriables make finding a cure difficult for those not well versed in skin disorders.

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I agree with Mikey that you ought to have the vet have a look at her just in case something's wrong, but my guess is, it's just hound smell. I never had a hound before George, so it took a little getting used to but I hardly notice it now and trust me, he wallers us and we waller him all the time. LOL He sleeps on the couch and in the chairs and climbs up on our laps and so we ALL smell like hound and maybe that's why I don't notice it. I'll have to consider that possibility ...
 

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Mine smell when they need their ears clean also Baxter armpits smell and now I use gold bond cream on them and no more oder. I also heard that selsu blue shampoo like the humans use works great with Basset skin problems.
 
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