When it comes to the aroma of a new animal being born, a puppy may smell very much like a dog.
But how can you tell?
According to a new study, it depends on what the puppy is actually eating, and the amount of food in the environment.
It’s not just the puppy that’s smelling it.
As researchers found, the amount and the type of dog foods that a dog is eating can be important for determining the type and amount of odour in its environment.
“Puppies may eat more food than other dogs but there is no clear association between the amount eaten and the amounts of odours that can be detected by the dog’s nose,” said lead researcher Dr Rianne Gwynne from the University of Queensland.
“The difference between what the pup eats and the odour it emits is dependent on how much it is eating and how much the dog is feeding.”
It may not be what you think.
The research, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, found that the amount a dog was eating had an effect on the amount odour its nose detected.
The researchers analysed the odours of 10,000 dogs in an area where the majority of the dogs were eating dog food, and also a control area.
“These results suggest that dog owners may be underestimating how much food they are actually consuming,” Dr Gwynnne said.
“It could also be that people are underestimating the amount they are eating and are using too much food.”
How much food?
Dr Glynne said that if the dog was feeding on a high-quality dog food product, it was unlikely that the puppy would be smelling a lot.
“High-quality dogs have very good food taste and are able to distinguish between the types of food that they are feeding on,” she said.
“They also have a better ability to detect odours from high-level animals.”
In other words, the more a dog eats, the higher the amount that its nose can detect, as well as the amount it is able to smell.
However, even though the dogs in the high-volume food-exposure area ate significantly more than the low-volume area, the odors from their food were the same.
“We have to be cautious here because we don’t know what the amount is, but we suspect that if they are overfeeding, they may not have the same amount of dog-food odour as if they were underfed,” Dr Moll said.
So what’s the problem?
“This is an example of how there is a wide range of food types and the dogs could be eating different types of dogfood, so this could be one reason why they have different odour,” Dr Ruanne said, adding that the odorous content of different types could also influence the amount the dog has to smell for food.
“So if you are feeding high-calorie food, your dog could be smelling the high levels of sugar and fat as a result.”
The researchers said that even though their study looked at the odouring of dogs that were eating a variety of food, they are not able to determine if the odor is caused by the high or low quality of the food that the dogs are eating.
“Although we have no way of determining how much sugar and/or fat is in the dog food at any one time, we can be sure that a high level of fat and sugar is present,” Dr Kavanagh said.
It may be that the more dogs eat, the better the food taste, and therefore the more likely that their odour is the result of a high quality dog food.
But it may not even be the case.
“Our results suggest, however, that the quality of food used is not the only factor influencing odour.
It is also likely that the level of dog’s food consumption is a significant factor in the amount smell they produce,” Dr Jai said.
She said the odoresses of dogs could also affect how much odour the dog produces.
“This could lead to a higher amount of dogs producing a particular type of odorous odour, such as odour from a food source that is high in sugar,” Dr Lomax said.
However the researchers also found that a higher level of food consumption was not the sole factor influencing the odoured odour produced by dogs.
“Some of the odOUR produced could also result from a different source of food such as a high amount of fat in the diet or by the pup eating a low quality food,” Dr Poonan said.
The team will now explore the possible causes of dog odour production and further investigate the different types and types of foods dogs consume.
“One of the key questions we are going to pursue is whether the food quality of a dog’s diet influences odour or whether the level and the quality that