Poodle Odor?

I am going to get a Toy Poodle in a couple of days so I just wanted to know a couple things about it. For example do Poodles really smell a lot? Why?


I'm very worried because my whole family finally decided on a dog we liked and I hope we can get it even if it smells. Please tell me as much as you can, mostly about the odor. Thanks a lot.

By Maureen from Miami, FL

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January 26, 20100 found this helpful
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In my experience, the smell coming from poodles is related to the ears. If you check out their ears you'll see they're very hairy. Groomers pluck the very inside of the ears. This doesn't seem to really hurt but can sort of disturb (scare?)them.


A groomer also will usually shave the rest of the inside (floppy part) of the ears. Vets have products for cleaning and drying ears. I don't really know about home remedies for this. Floppy eared dogs have this problem, not just poodles.

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March 15, 20160 found this helpful

I have a toy poodle and found that sometimes his ears and eyes have a very distinctive smell. This isn't a smell that you can smell across the room, but when simply near the dog an oder comes from the dog's tear stains from unwashed eyes and ears. Clean your dog's eyes daily with warm water to get rid of any tears stains from building up causing an oder, and also clean its ears daily to prevent infections.

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September 29, 20170 found this helpful

My toy multipoo has been checked out by my vet,got groomed on tues. and stank on Wed. His smell after a bath never lasts more than a day.


Teeth are fine, ears are good. What causes this. I'm going to get ferret spray tomorrow.

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January 31, 20100 found this helpful
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I have had Poodles my entire life.You must keep the hair pulled out of the ears or they will get not only smelly but infected.It's not hard,use a pair of tweezers(make sure they are rounded tips until you get the hang of it).As you and the new puppy get use to it you can actually use your fingers for a lot of it but will still need to get the inside hairs.
The biggest reason Poodles have an odor is the eyes.

They are known "runners. "Wash the face with baby shampoo or baby wipe.Also keeping the hair cut away from the eyes is a big plus. If it's stuck in the hair it's going to smell worse.nIt's not bad as it might sound.


A little time and effort is all it takes. Also, keep the hair cut out from the pads of it's feet. If you will be dealing with a groomer they can take care of the ears and feet when it's clipped.

Also a lot of them empty anal glands now days also. Good luck and please don't allow any of these comments to intimidate you. It's not hard, promise! I got to the point that I clipped on my own and actually scissor cut the entire dog after she got to many of the old ages spots to run a clipper over. They are wonderful dogs and a very good choice. Best wishes to you.

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January 27, 20100 found this helpful

I've worked at an animal hospital for 10 years and I have not experienced horrible odors specifically with poodles. I can give you some incite though! I first concur with glenn's mom poodles do have a tendency to hold moisture in their ears from hair which causes the natural yeast that we all have on our bodies to go out of control which causes an odor. But with basic hygiene maintenance this shouldn't be an issue.


With that sometimes we do see at the animal hospital a poodle or any dog with longer hair for that matter, that hasn't been groomed or even brushed. Certain breeds need more grooming than others and poodles are one. Now you don't have to get a poofy cut but regular trims, whether you do them or bring them to a professional is needed. With regular grooming ears would be taken care of as well. However never chalk up a bad smell to "just" ears. Any new or strange smell that doesn't go away with a bad should be seen my a vet.

Skin infections can cause odors in any breed of dog. Skin and ear infections can be painful, uncomfortable, and costly if not taken care of quickly. One other thing I'll mention some times bad odor can come from the mouth, People chalk it up to old age but there have been tremendous moves in pet dental care. Small dog breeds, including poodles, can have more dental issues because their teeth are squished into a smaller mouth.


There a bunch of preventative care measures that you can do to keep their teeth clean and their breath fresh. And again with any new, horrible odor from the mouth should be checked out by a vet because it could be a tooth abscess (pus filled pocket) or a cavity. Both which can be painful and cause the animal to stop eating. Also any infection from the mouth can drain and/or seep into the blood stream affecting all major organs. To wrap it up poodles don't smell or stink anymore or less than any other well loved well taken care of pet!

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November 24, 20141 found this helpful

Brown Poodles smell the most. Black the least. The fur has a different texture and maybe that is why. I have had all colors, but the Brown's (used to be called chocolate), are the loud bad smellers.

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January 21, 20180 found this helpful

W/Dolly I don't pull her hair any more. After each bath or swim, I use a warm dry towel & clean her ears. She's never had any problems. I use a warm washcloth w/ mineral oil for her nasty tears. It removes them so easily. When we bathe her depending on the season, dawn is our go to for the high flea tick season. In the winter we use horse shampoo. But after we massage her w/ aloe Vera gel for her coat. It's good for the whole family.

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