that drool may not be an issue for you
when choosing the perfect breed, but if all that saliva dripping from a dog’s
mouth has your stomach woozy, you might
want to know what dogs are the biggest droolers so presumably you would avoid
But before you turn your noses to these dogs, let me “bore” you with a little extra information about drooling.
Now we’re not talking about a medical condition such as hypersalivation or ptyalism. This condition can occur in any breed and is due to some medical problem such as a mouth disease or dental problem. Other issues that can cause a dog to drool excessively include heat stroke, motion sickness, and, of course, the more uncommon, rabies, and distemper.
Just what exactly is drool?
Drool is simply saliva—we all have it. Saliva, from the salivary glands, mixes with the food we eat to aid in digestion. When a dog has loose, droopy lips or jowls, saliva is more likely to drip out of the mouth or in some breeds, pour out and onto anything close by such as you.
Remember, all dogs drool. There is a psychological component to drooling. Dogs drool in response to fear, but also in response to food. Have you ever noticed your dog’s reaction when he is aware that he is going to get a treat? Just the thought of or the appearance of a treat will cause salivation in a dog. Remember Pavlov’s dogs in Psychology 101? You may notice many dogs licking their lips in anticipation. They are salivating but removing the evidence. Now, those dogs that drool may not be able to do this because of the shape of their faces.
When faced with the decision of which dog breed is best for you, many people don’t think about drooling, but if this is an issue for you, it is likely to be a deciding factor.
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Just who are the big droolers? The following list of dog breeds represents those that have the potential to drool a lot.
Even though the breed of your choice may be on this list, it does not mean that they will be heavy droolers.
Talk to the breeder and request to see the parents, at least, the mother. The potential to drool can be viewed on a continuum from just a little drooling to waterfall emerging from the dog’s mouth. But none is drool-free.
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