Every dog drools a little, but some breeds drool more than others. A lot more than others. If you own a drooly dog, chances are you have a slobber rag on your person at this very moment.
There’s not much you can do about drooling if it’s just a part of your dog’s DNA, but it helps to be prepared with plenty of wiping rags for your clothes, car, walls, and your pup’s face. Is your dog on the list of top droolers?
Bulldogs are infamous for their drooling. Thankfully, bulldog owners and lovers never seem to mind — it’s one of the things that makes them so cute and unique. According to Daily Treat, this breed drools so much because of their extreme underbite. “When your mouth’s not all the way closed, the natural trajectory for salivation is right down your chin,” says writer Chona Kasinger.
Next on the list of top droolers is the pug. Pugs have the tendency to get a little drooly when they get excited, when they’re eating, and when they’re giving you sloppy kisses. They shouldn’t be drooling all the time, though. So if you notice that they are, you should contact your vet right away.
3. Dogue de Bordeaux
This active, stubborn, lovable breed also makes the list of top droolers. The dogue de Bordeaux has quite the talent for snoring, slobbering, and drooling. The drooling increases when they’re eating, drinking, and shaking off, so be sure to keep a few towels around the house to wipe up the extra saliva when these instances occur.
4. St. Bernard
You can find all you need to know about the St. Bernard’s drooling tendencies from the movie Beethoven. Remember the scene when Beethoven shakes his head and gets mud, slobber, and drool all over the house? That’s what it’s like to live with a slobbery — but lovable — St. Bernard.
5. Basset hound
According to Just Basset Hounds, this hound dog has a big tendency to drool and slobber, especially when eating and drinking. They don’t just walk around drooling, but you’ll definitely notice more slobber when it’s hotter outside, when they shake their heads, and when food’s around. The site warns anyone who isn’t sure if they want a drooler to really consider whether a basset hound is the right choice, as their surprising amount of drool can sometimes lead them to shelters.
6. Old English sheepdog
Old English Sheepdogs also make the list of top droolers. In fact, Old English sheepdogs can drool so much that the coat around their mouths sometimes turns yellow. If this happens, Dog Time advises washing them regularly, especially after meals. You can also try applying cornstarch to their beard. Once the cornstarch is completely dry, brush it out.
7. Great Dane
Great Danes are famous for their size and lovable floppy jowls. But thanks to those long, loose flaps of skin around their mouths, Great Danes have a huge tendency to drool and slobber. I Heart Dogs advises Great Dane owners to “keep drool rags handy to wipe down walls and furniture.”
8. Clumber spaniel
Clumber Spaniels are sweet, gentle dogs who like to live life in the slow lane. That is, until they smell something to hunt. They’re also big-time droolers. Vet Street says owners should expect to find drool in odd places, like the roof of your car, for instance, as this breed has been known to fling saliva up to 5 feet up and 6 feet out.
In many ways, bullmastiffs are a clean breed. They have short, manageable coats, and they don’t shed very much. However, the time that you would have spent vacuuming up fur will probably be spent wiping down slobber. Dog Time lists them as having a high “drooling potential,” and advises owners to keep multiple rags handy around the house for cleaning up their drool.
10. Black and tan coonhound
Black and tan coonhounds are strong, active hunting dogs. They were originally bred to track foxes and raccoons, so they like spending a lot of time outdoors. When they’re indoors, though, they have a tendency to get drool all over your home. Dog Time suggests investing in some wood floors or something else that’s easy to clean if you’re a coonhound owner.
Newfoundlands (or Newfies, as they’re sometimes affectionately called) are lovable, loyal dogs. They’ll love you and your family as hard as they possibly can, but they’ll also drool as hard as they possibly can. A lot of rookie Newfoundland owners aren’t prepared for how much their new dog drools. They don’t really look like a slobbery type of dog, after all. But make no mistake, they slobber with the best of them. Just be sure to hang towels near your dog’s food and water dishes so you can easily wipe up the drool.
Bloodhounds made I Heart Dogs’s list of most slobbery breeds. Sweet and sleepy, bloodhounds like to cuddle up to their owners to rest. “Some like to lay their heads in the nearest lap, leaving behind a puddle of drool when they decide to find another place to rest their weary head,” says the author of the article, Renee Moen.
Boxers made Dog Guide’s list of “Breeds that Drool and Slobber.” They’re friendly, active dogs that make great family pets. Dog Guide says that some boxers drool more than others, but when they do drool it’s because “their pendulous lips contribute to this wet habit.”
Mastiffs are large dogs that produce a large amount of drool. Though they tend to drool throughout the day, mastiffs are especially slobbery when lapping up water. Vet Street says that “most owners learn to distribute hand towels throughout the house to wipe the dog’s mouth. Take a cue from experienced mastiff owners and always be ready with a wipe!”
Because Rottweilers are very loyal to their families and have strong, muscular bodies, they make excellent guard dogs. But because their bodies are so muscular and stocky, they tend to have huge heads. A big head mixed with loose lips will get you a drooler. One of the ways you can keep your Rottweiler from getting drool all over himself and your home is to tie a bandana around his neck to catch the slobber.