Corgis aren’t supposed to smell bad. However, it’s pretty common for them to smell bad sometimes. A lot of Corgi owners are confused about this.
There are many scenarios of why your baby smells bad. I’ll try, based on my experience with my Corgi, to help you understand the situation. And what you can do to get rid of the bad odor.
Are Corgis Smelly?
Smelling is a normal thing in dogs. All dog breeds smell. That’s how they are.
When it comes to bad odors, Corgis are actually on the bottom of the smelly dogs’ list.
They aren’t as smelly as many other breeds, especially big ones. Corgis’ smell, if they did, is bearable.
Corgis are relatively clean due to their coat, which helps them get rid of dirt. They don’t emit an odor like other dogs.
Smelling bad is the exception in Corgis, not the norm.
If your Corgi smells, then it’s one of these exceptions. There are different explanations for why your dog smells:
Why Is My Corgi Smelly?
There are many reasons why a Corgi would smell. Some of them are worthy of your worry. Some are not and you can get rid of them at home easily in no time.
These are the most common reasons why Corgis may smell bad:
1. Your Dog Was Playing Outside
This one goes without saying. You probably already thought about and rolled it out.
Playing outside in dirt will definitely make your Corgi dirty and consequently smell bad. Corgis are clean, but if they get dirty playing outside with other dogs, they can become smelly.
Even if your dog doesn’t go outside a lot (which is bad), it could be that your dog sneaked out of the house.
Before reading on, you should make sure it’s not a matter of “dirt”.
2. Your dog has Skin Issue You didn’t Notice
I’m not trying to scare you. Hopefully, this is not the reason why your baby is smelling bad.
There are a lot of skin conditions in dogs that can cause a bad smell.
One of the most common skin conditions in dogs is canine seborrhea. It’s a condition that causes flaky skin and greasiness of the dog’s skin and hair. Which if not detected early can lead to a bad smell in the dog later.
Luckily, it’s nothing dangerous. It can be easily treated.
Check your dog’s skin, if you notice anything unfamiliar; then that’s the reason you dog smells bad.
3. Ear Infections
Another possible reason for bad Corgi smell is ear infection.
Ear infection can sometimes cause a bad smell in dogs. Infections, especially inside the ear, can go unnoticed by a lot of dog owners until they start smelling bad.
The solution depends on how bad the infection is. If it’s mild, a quick clean at home would do the trick.
If it’s advanced, you should visit a veterinarian for it.
Why Does My Dog Smell Like Fish?
4. Anal Glands
Do you mean fishy odor by “bad smell”? Then anal glands are definitely the reason.
Anal glands are also known as anal sacs.
How Can I Get Rid of my Corgi’s Smell?
Luckily, you can get rid of the bad smell in your dog, at home, in most cases.
There are many ways to bring back your corgi’s pleasant smell.
If there are no signs of any infections or skin conditions, then bathing regularly is the best solution for your dog’s bad smell.
Try bathing your dog at least once a month properly.
Corgis are highly energetic and stubborn at times. Bathing them can be challenging.
Make sure you are doing it properly and that you take your time. Most people bathe their dogs quickly and in a poor way.
Also, make sure you don’t leave him wet after the shower. Dry your dog after you finish.
Wetness is one of the reasons that lead to a bad smell in dogs. Bacteria live in wet dog fur.
2. Invest in a High Quality Dog Shampoo
Bathing alone is not enough.
You need a high-quality shampoo and conditioner. They are important if you want your dog to smell good.
Expensive dog shampoos tend to have different formulas than cheap ones. They are also better for your dog’s coat, in order to keep it nice and shiny.
Read the instructions and ingredients.
3. Visit a Veterinarian
In case you notice any infection or skin condition, your number one plan of action should be paying your veterinarian a visit.
As I always repeat, never underestimate any health issue with your dog.
Long Story Short:
There are different reasons why your Corgi smells bad. It could be simply the lack of proper bathing or the result of a skin condition or ear infection you haven’t paid attention to.
In the case of the former, regular proper bathing with high-quality shampoo is the way to go. Anyway, if the former is the case, a visit to the veterinarian is a must ASAP!