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15 Dirtiest Dog Breeds According to a Very Muddy Test

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 were tested to find out which collected the most soil when out on a walk. Rain, muddy ground and storms can all make the daily dog ​​walks challenging, but some pups are more prone to mess than others.

The survey of 2,000 dog owners revealed that owners spend around an hour and 20 minutes each week cleaning up after their muddy furry friends. In fact, 61% of owners give their dog a thorough clean at least once a week, while 35% clean their car on one or more occasions after a muddy walk.

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While Yorkshire Terriers took the top spot, other muddy breeds include Bearded Collies, Border Collies, Saint Bernards, and Cocker Spaniels. After taking three long walks, it was found these pups are among those who pick up the most soil.

“Dog breed and size, environment and weather conditions all influence the amount of trace evidence recovered,” Lorna Dawson, who worked on the research, told Online Mail. “We are delighted to work on this interesting experiment with a range of dogs and their owners. Using similar approaches to that which is used in our forensic case work, we were able to tease out the many factors at play and show some insights into those interactions by both primary and secondary transfer.”

Take a look at the full research below…

Top 15 muddiest dog breeds

  1. yorkshire terrier
  2. bearded collie
  3. Border Collie
  4. saint bernard
  5. leonberger
  6. Cocker spaniel
  7. Cavapoo
  8. Cockapoo
  9. Sproodle (cross between a Miniature Poodle and an English Springer Spaniel)
  10. bernese mountain dog
  11. miniature pinscher
  12. Beagle
  13. Basset hound
  14. lhasa apso cross
  15. chihuahua
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