The dirtiest dog breeds most likely to collect mud on a walk have been revealed – and Yorkshire Terriers have taken the top spot.
As part of a scientific study by Jeep, a sample of 30 breeds was tested to see which collected the most dirt while walking. Rain, muddy ground, and storms can make daily dog walks a challenge, but some puppies are more prone to clutter than others.
The survey of 2,000 dog owners found owners spend about an hour and 20 minutes each week cleaning their muddy, furry friends. In fact, 61% of owners give their dog a thorough brushing at least once a week, while 35% clean their car one or more times after a muddy walk.
While Yorkshire Terriers took the top spot, other muddy breeds like Bearded Collies, Border Collies, St. Bernards, and Cocker Spaniels. After three long walks, it turned out that these puppies are among those who pick up the most soil.
“Dog breed and size, environment and weather conditions all affect the amount of tracks found,” said Lorna Dawson, who worked on the research Email online. “We are excited to be working on this interesting experiment with a range of dogs and their owners. Using approaches similar to those used in our forensic casework, we were able to single out and provide some insight into the many factors involved in interactions through both primary and secondary transfer.”
Take a look at the full study below…
The 15 Muddy Dog Breeds
- Yorkshire terrier
- Bearded Collie
- border collie
- Saint Bernard
- Cocker spaniel
- Sproodle (cross between a Miniature Poodle and an English Springer Spaniel)
- Bernese Mountain Dog
- Miniature Pinscher
- basset hound
- Lhasa Apso Cross
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