Dogs give us so much — unconditional love, companionship, a sense of security, joy… and drool.
Sometimes a lot of drool.
Many dog owners are cool with drool. Others, less so. In most cases drool or slobber—call it what you will—is as natural for a dog as a wagging tail. In this article, we’ll discuss why dogs drool, breeds that drool the most, when drooling might indicate a medical problem, and what you can do about drool.
The first thing to understand is that all dogs, no matter what breed, drool. Drooling helps dogs (and puppies) digest their food. The reason some dogs drool more than others has to do with their head and/or lip conformations, according to an American Kennel Club article. Specifically, “these dogs have extra skin around their lips and muzzle, which allows saliva to collect in the folds. Then it either drips from their flews (large, pendulous upper lips) or is flung into the air when they shake their heads. Water can also get trapped in all that loose skin after they take a drink.”
To reiterate, this type of slobber is natural and nothing to be alarmed about.
Sometimes drool isn’t cool and indicates a medical problem. Heavy or excessive drool in particular are indicators of potential illness, heat stroke or exposure to toxins. This article from Pets.WebMD—illustrates what might cause problem drooling and how best to treat the condition. (Hint: Prepare for a vet visit!)
Top 10 Droolers
If you’re looking to get a dog and don’t particularly like drool, or if you’re just curious about which dog breeds drool the most (or maybe you love doggy slobber and can’t get enough?), look no further than this list compiled by iheartdogs.com:
1. Saint Bernard
2. French Mastiff
4. Great Dane
7. Boxers8. Bulldogs
Sopping up slobber
Okay, so your beloved pooch slobbers a lot. Probably the simplest way to avoid a shower of drool is to keep a small towel or handkerchief handy to wipe your dog’s mouth. If your dog has a legitimate salivatory gland problem, there are medications to help cure the condition.
Do you have a dog that slobbers a lot? What do you do to keep the slobber at bay? Do you have any funny slobber stories? If so, we’d love to hear them!