My friend's late husky always smelled like grass, but she used natural oils on him rather than traditional flea product, so I always attributed it to that. But I was very familiar with the smell, every time I'd show up at her house, he'd be by my side or on my lap. He wasn't like that with anyone else, but he absoultey loved me.
My uncle's Great Pyranees dogs always smelled good too. And boy did they ever have hair. I remember blowing coats and pulling out handfuls of hair. Rodney loved it, Karla tolerated it, but they both had a spring in their step when Sis and I got done picking out chunkies.
I second the velocity dryer comment. At the salon, we'd have huskies and malamutes that would come in once a year for de-shedding treatments when they were blowing their coats. The groomers would wear towels on their heads for the pre-bath blow-out and new towels for the post-bath blow-out. There was one giant malamute and we'd be able to collect enough hair to make a pomeranian every time he came in. The thing is, I don't remember short of being skunked that any of the double-coated breeds like that ever smelled really bad. Even the ones who lived outside all year, they'd just have a faint odor to them. It wasn't bad, it was just like the smell of outside, if that makes sense.