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Dogs That Drool the Most

Young English Mastiff that droolsThis Young Mastiff is an example of Dogs that Drool

Dogs 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 those breeds.

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.

What is Drool?

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.

Dogs can Drool

  • When stressed, tired, anxious
  • In anticipation of a treat
  • When they have a medical condition
  • If they are prone to car sickness
  • As a way to cool down during panting
  • As a result of eating something they should not have eaten

Dogs that Drool

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.

I remember when I brought home my first bulldog puppy.  So sweet and loving—just the best breed, but as the puppy grew, so did the amount of drool. 

Drool on my best outfits, trails of saliva all over the hardwood floors, and a slimy mess in her bed. 

You always knew where she was simply by following the trail of drool. I would never have traded her in for a second, but it did require extra time to clean. 

I also learned that I could keep a small washcloth (my drool rag) handy when she was around.  Cloth baby bibs worked well and we always kept a supply of large bandanas.  She wore a colorful bandana for every day of the week. 

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Dogs that Drool:  The Biggest Slobbers

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.

Dogs that Drool
(Listed in Alphabetical Order, not in the order of drool production)

Basset Hound

Bernese Mountain Dog

Black and Tan Coonhound

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Bulldog (all bulldog breeds)


Clumber Spaniel

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Dogue de Bordeaux

Dogue de BordeauxDogue de Bordeaux

Great Pyrenees

Labrador Retriever

Mastiff (most Mastiff Breeds)


Neapolitan Mastiff


Saint Bernard

Spinone Italiano

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