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
Sproodle (cross between a Miniature Poodle and an English Springer Spaniel)
Bernese Mountain Dog
Lhasa Apso Cross
12 winter dog coats to keep your pups cozy
Quilted Jacket – Best Dog Winter Coats
Quilted dog jacket
Keep your pup cozy and safe with this thick quilted dog jacket from H&M. Perfect for a winter walk, it has topstitching, a stand-up collar with an open front and a Velcro belt at the back.
IDEAL FOR OLDER DOGS – The best winter coats for dogs
Brooklyn Waterproof Dog Coat – Graphite – Medium
Designed to withstand all weather conditions, this waterproof dog coat is ideal for older puppies with joint problems or less fur and has an extra warm lining.
Printed Coat – Best Winter Coats for Dogs
Olive green waxed dog coat
Keeping warm and cozy just got a whole lot easier thanks to this gorgeous waxed coat from Joules. In olive green it has a tweed lining and beautiful bee prints.
Shearling Dog Jacket – Best dog winter coats
Faux shearling dog jacket with pocket detail
This faux shearling dog jacket in gorgeous white with pocket detail is designed to add an extra layer of warmth on cold winter days. She has two small holes for her legs and a zipped pocket on the back.
Thermal self-heating coat – the best winter coats for dogs
Thermal Self-Heating Dog Coat – Black
This thermal dog coat is great for winter walks thanks to its self-heating technology.
“Our lining with reflective technology, combined with a hollow fiber core, maximizes the thermal properties of the dog’s coat,” says petslovescrufs.com. “The thermal dog coat has a fleece collar and chest pad to provide greater comfort, an improved fit and unrestricted movement.”
Ideal for short haired dogs – the best winter coats for dogs
Hurtta® Expedition Dog Parka
A warm pet coat is great for staving off the winter chill. Not sure which one to take? We love this technical dog parka, specially designed for short haired dogs and dogs without an undercoat.
Barbour Dog Coat – The best winter coats for dogs
Baffle Dog Coat – Olive Medium
This luxurious olive drab Barbour coat is ideal for dogs who love the finer things in life.
Cozy Sweater – Best Dog Winter Coats
Barbour Fairisle Gray Dog Jumper Small
Fluffy Coat – Best Winter Coats for Dogs
Teddy Bear Dog Hoodie – Large
Made from super soft fleece fabric, this blue fluffy coat has attached teddy bear ears to keep your pooch warm and cozy. It also has a stretch jersey fabric that makes it easy to slip on and off.
Best Dog Raincoat – Best Dog Winter Coats
William Morris at Home Blackthorn Reversible Dog Coat, Small
William Morris fans will love this adorable reversible dog coat featuring the brand’s classic print. With a water-repellent, waxed cotton outer fabric, it also keeps rain out.
Sleeveless Jacket – Best Dog Winter Coats
Medium faux leather sleeveless dog jacket
This sleeveless dog jacket looks so cozy! It has small holes for her legs and black snaps to keep her snug.
Microfiber Dog Coat – Best Winter Dog Coats
Microfiber dog coat
This vibrant blue microfiber dog coat is lightweight and absorbent while providing protection from the cold. It has a click closure at the back and openings for legs and tail.
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