Some dog breeds naturally drool more than others, particularly those with larger, more jowly cheeks and lips where bigger pockets of saliva can gather. For some people, this just adds to the dog's character, and for others, they can't imagine anything worse than having to clean up globs of dog slobber every day. Below are a few dog breeds that are known for their drooling capabilities.
Excessive drooling can sometimes be a sign of an underlying problem. Dogs can drool more when they are stressed out, or if they are too hot. Drooling can also be the sign of dental problems, an allergic reaction, or that your dog is feeling nauseated. If your dog is not normally an excessive drooler, or other worrisome symptoms accompany the sudden excessive drooling, then it is time to seek veterinary advice.
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These jowly, large, gentle giants originate from the Swiss Alps. They are lovable, protective and loyal companions, and despite their size, can be excellent with children.
The breed thrives in cold climates, but they don't do so well living in very hot regions. You may find that they drool even more in hot weather while trying to stay cool. If you've seen the movie "Beethoven," with a Saint Bernard in the starring role, you will have seen just how slobbery these dogs can be.
Height: 28 to 30 inches (males), 26 to 28 inches (female)
Weight: 140 to 180 pounds (male), 120 to 140 pounds (female)
Physical Characteristics: Short and smooth or long and silky coat; colors include white with red, brown or brindle markings; a black "mask" is typically seen
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Also sometimes referred to as the French Mastiff, the Dogue De Bordeaux is another big dog with big slobber potential.
These dogs are loyal and, in the home, they can be playful and generally docile. They are powerful, though, and have been bred to be protectors, so they must be well-socialized and receive ongoing training to prevent excessive guarding traits when it comes to new people or other dogs.
The Dogue De Bordeaux is a brachycephalic (short-nosed) breed, and this means they can be more prone to overheating in hot weather or during vigorous exercise. This also contributes to their more wrinkly, jowly muzzle, which can be a gathering spot for lots of slobber.
Height: 23 to 27 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 99 to 150 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Short muzzle with wrinkles; short coat in various shades of fawn, ranging from light to dark red; small patches of white may be present
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Famous for their highly sophisticated sense of smell, their droopy, almost melancholic look, and their docile temperament, Bloodhounds are also expert droolers.
Their natural scenting instinct and sometimes stubborn nature mean you may have to work harder on mastering a reliable recall, but they make gentle companions, well suited to family life. They have long, wrinkled faces with very loose skin around their mouth and they can store up a lot of saliva in those cheek pockets.
Height: 25 to 27 inches (male), 23 to 25 inches (female)
Weight: 90 to 110 pounds (male), 80 to 100 pounds (female)
Physical Characteristics: Large and powerful breed with folds of skin across their body, and particularly around their face. Their coat is short and smooth and the colors are black and tan, liver and tan, and red
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Often known as the English or British Bulldog, this breed is instantly recognizable with their wrinkled brow and grumpy expression. Looks can be deceiving, though, as they tend to be very sweet-natured and full of character.
Unfortunately, Bulldogs have been aggressively bred to give them their distinct appearance, and this means they are more prone to health issues than your average breed. Their short, wrinkled snout means they can have respiratory issues and are prone to overheating. This also gives rise to an increase in slobber.
Height: 14 to 15 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 40 to 50 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Short coat that comes in red, white, fawn, or fallow (pale brown), or any combination of these colors; stocky, muscular bodies, a short snout and skin foldsContinue to 5 of 10 below.
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This iconic Canadian large bred is renowned for their slobber capabilities. They are also known for being calm and affectionate family members with a great love of the water.
The Newfies large size and, at times, excessive shedding, combined with their slobbery chops mean that you could be in for a lot of cleaning.
Height: 26 to 28 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight: 100 to 150 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Thick double coat in brown, black, gray or black and white
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This is another giant breed that has unconditional love towards their family. They are known for being protective, though, and can be wary of strangers.
Known as a National Treasure in their native Italy, they gained even more popularity globally when a Neapolitan Mastiff portrayed 'Fang', the gentle companion of Hagrid in the Harry Potter series of movies. Neapolitans can have a lot of excess skin, and they often have very large and droopy jowls, so this makes them experts when it comes to drooling.
Height: 26 to 31 inches (male); 24 to 29 inches (female)
Weight: Approx. 150 pounds (male); 110 pounds (female)
Physical Characteristics: Large, heavy boned dog with an abundance of loose skin across the body; short coat that comes in black, blue, mahogany, and tawny in color
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Like the Saint Bernard, the Bernese Mountain Dog is another giant, fluffy breed with a gentle temperament and a tendency to drool that hails from Switzerland. They can make great family dogs that act as gentle protectors to children, without showing excessive guarding traits.
They are another breed that thrives in cold weather conditions. If they live in a region that is not too hot, this will also help to minimize the amount of slobber you encounter, while also helping them to feel more comfortable.
Height: 25 to 28 inches (male); 23 to 26 inches (female)
Weight: 80 to 115 pounds (male); 70 to 95 pounds (female)
Physical Characteristics: Noble-looking large breed with a thick double coat that is tricolored (jet black ground color with white and tan markings)
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While the powerful Bull Mastiff has its origins as a dog that guarded against poachers in 19th century England, today they are known for being protective and gentle family dogs.
This protective instinct does mean that they need early and appropriate training and socialization to avoid their guarding traits from becoming a problem.
The breed has a lot of facial skin folds, and this means they are often drooler extraordinaire.
Height: 24 to 27 inches
Weight: 110 to 130 pounds (male); 100 to 120 pounds (female)
Physical Characteristics: Broad and muscular with a short snout and facial folds; short and dense coat that comes in fawn, red, or brindle colorsContinue to 9 of 10 below.
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The often goofy Boxer is one of the most popular breeds on this list. They are known for being loyal, fun-loving, full of energy and friendly.
They are another brachycephalic breed, and their short snout and longer than average jowls mean they can be prone to a spot of slobbering. They aren't always as prolific with their salivating as the likes of the Saint Bernards or the Bull Mastiff, but you do still need to be prepared for a bit of clean up.
Height: 23 to 25 inches (male); 21 to 23 inches (female)
Weight: 65 to 80 pounds (male); 50 to 65 pounds (female)
Physical Characteristics: Medium-sized, square-built dog with a blunt muzzle; short, shiny and smooth coat that is most commonly seen in fawn or brindle coloring; white boxers sometimes seen
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The Great Dane is one of the most popular of all the giant breeds, and one of the biggest too. Despite their size, their shorter than average lifespan and the fact that they are known to be bounteous slobberers, they can make great, easy-going family companions if you have the space for them.
They are known for being people pleasers and form strong bonds with their family, including children, who they are generally very gentle with.
Height: 30 to 32 inches (male); 28-30 inches (female)
Weight: 140 to 175 pounds (male), 110 to 140 pounds (female)
Physical Characteristics: Regal and muscular, with a deep muzzle; short coat in brindle, fawn, blue, black, harlequin (white with black patches), or mantle (black and white)
While all these breeds are known for being capable of a lot of drool, making sure that you keep them cool, hydrated and well-nourished will help to minimize the amount of slobber that you have to contend with, along with keeping them more comfortable.
Still, be prepared with drool towels and lots of wipe-clean surfaces around your home, and accept that you will have to get used to a bit of slobber, no matter what additional steps you take.