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Dogs That Drool the Most

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. 

Dogs that droolThis Young Mastiff is an example of Dogs that Drool

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

Click HERE to read more about the Basset Hound, a loveable fun dog.

Bernese Mountain Dog

Click HERE to read more about the Bernese Mountain Dog, a big and strong yet calm dog.

Black and Tan Coonhound

Dogs that droolBlack and Tan Coonhound

We don't have a page on the Black and Tan Coonhound yet.


Click HERE to read more about the Bloodhound, an interesting and fun dog breed.


Click HERE to read more about the Boxer Dog. This is an energetic and excitable breed.

Bulldog (all bulldog breeds)

Click HERE to read more about the Bull dog breeds in the world.


Click HERE to read more about the Bullmastiff, a British dog breed with an interesting breed history.

Clumber Spaniel

Dogs that droolClumber Spaniel

Click HERE to read more about the Clumber Spaaniel, another British Dog Breed from the North of England.

Dogue de Bordeaux

Dogs that droolDogue de Bordeaux

We don't have a page on the Dogue de Bordeaux yet.

Great Pyrenees

Click HERE to read more about the Great Pyrenees dog breed. A strong mountain dog with an instinct to protect.

Labrador Retriever

Click HERE to read more about the Labrador Retriever, the most popular dog breed in the USA.

Mastiff (most Mastiff Breeds)

Click HERE to read more about the Bullmastiff, bred by British gamekeepers to help them catch poachers.

Neapolitan Mastiff

Click HERE to read more about the Neapolitan Mastiff, a massive and powerful dog.


Click HERE to read more about the Newfoundland breed, with a strong instinct to rescue anything in the water!

Saint Bernard

Click HERE to read more about the Saint Bernard, a big yet calm dog that is great with kids.

Spinone Italiano

Dogs that droolSpinone Italiano

We don't have a page on the Spinone Italiano yet.

So that's my list of dogs that drool! If you think I've missed out an important breed, please let me know via the Contact Me link. Thank you!

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