For some people, the thought of owning a dog that slobbers drool all over the place is enough to make their skin crawl. To others, the amount of drool a dog produces isn’t much of a concern at all. The one thing is for certain: All dogs drool. It’s just that some do it more than others.
Dog drool is dog saliva. Dogs produce it, as do humans, to help with the digestive process, and according to veterinarian Dr. Jill Lopez, breeds of dogs with large upper lips are known to be the biggest droolers.
Regardless of their breed, however, the amount of drool a dog produces varies from dog to dog. And as veterinarian Dr. Rory Lubold explains, “Some breeds of dog, and some dogs within a breed, can produce a higher-than-average amount of drool.”
Even dogs that don’t usually produce excessive amounts of drool can, at times, drool more than normal. Anyone who has owned a dog will know that when a dog is anticipating a tasty treat, they will often start drooling.
Here’s an alphabetical list of 10 dog breeds that drool the most.
1. Basset Hound
This popular breed of dog is a favorite of dog owners all over the world. They’re good-natured and easy-going dogs that are quite small in stature but large on personality.
The breed is best known for their powerful little legs, massive paws, and an outstanding sense of smell. They make loyal and affectionate pets, and with big upper lips, they’re also great droolers.
These big slobbery dogs were originally bred as hunting dogs and used to track deer and wild boar. They’ve also been used with great success for many years by police agencies to track wanted criminals or find missing people.
Loved for their personality, affection for children, and ability to get on with other dogs, the bloodhound is also known to be a serious drooler.
Originally from Germany, these proud and loyal dogs have a reputation for their calm, patient, and protective nature. They’re great with kids and make excellent family pets and guard dogs.
The Boxer’s large, overhanging top lips, however, are a dead giveaway that these dogs are also champion droolers.
Bulldogs are stout, muscular dogs that have an appearance reminiscent of a rough no-nonsense teamster from the 1940s. In fact, Bulldogs are big softies at heart — definitive proof that appearances can be deceptive.
These dogs have short, compact snouts, but it’s their distinctive large top lips that tell you these dogs really know how to drool.
5. Great Dane
Tall and lean, the Great Dane is a gentle giant that despite their name, was originally bred in Germany. These dogs make great family pets, but due to their size, they are not suitable for life in an apartment. Instead, they need a house with a yard or better yet, a rural property with acreage and plenty of open space.
Like most of the dogs on our list, the Great Dane has a large pronounced top lip that overhangs their mouth in such a way that it is almost impossible for them to contain their drool.
Described by the American Kennel Club as being imposing, impressive, majestic, massive, and mighty, it is no surprise to learn that the Hungarian Kuvasz was the hunting dog of choice for the rulers of the once-grand Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Snow white in color, they stand up to 30 inches tall at the shoulder and can weigh in at an impressive 110 pounds. Despite their size, they’re also quick and nimble on their feet. Of course, given their inclusion on this list, the mighty Kuvasz is also quite a drooler.
7. Labrador Retriever
One of the most popular dog breeds in the U.S., Labrador Retrievers make excellent family pets, companions, and even therapy dogs. They have a calm, warm, and friendly personality and are one of the most unflappable dog breeds.
Labradors are also known for their insatiable appetites. If you keep putting food in front of them, Labradors will eat continuously, stopping only when they get sick or you run out of food to give them. With all that eating comes a large amount of drool — you need only show a Labrador Retriever a snack to get them slobbering all over the floor.
One of the largest dog breeds, the Mastiff is best described as a colossus. Fully grown, the Mastiff stands over 30 inches tall at the shoulder, can easily out-weigh a man, and is not the breed of dog you want to bump into unexpectedly if you’ve taken a shortcut through your neighbor’s yard in the middle of the night.
Affectionate, loving, and loyal, Mastiffs make fantastic family pets, provided that you have both the time to care for them and the money to pay for their food. They’re wonderful with children but are also formidable watchdogs and guardians that won’t let any harm come to their family. These big muscular dogs also have big floppy jowls and upper lips, and they could probably drown a small mammal with the amount of drool they can produce.
9. Shar Pei
A Shar Pei puppy, with their coat that is at least five sizes too big for them and bunched up into rolls, is one of the most unique and rare looking dogs in the world. While they do eventually grow into their oversized coat, an adult Shar Pei is still a unique looking dog. Time Magazine and the Guinness World Records once listed this Chinese import as one of the world’s rarest dog breeds.
These medium-sized dogs are strong, intelligent, regal, and loyal guardians that are suspicious of both strangers and other dogs. They’re also amazingly good droolers, particularly when they get excited. So, if you do plan on getting one, you’ll need to get used to them drooling and slobbering all over the place.
10. St. Bernard
Originally bred in as a working dog in the region near the St. Bernard Pass in the Swiss Alps, these massive muscular dogs are another breed that will eat you out of house and home. They are one of the most well-known and beloved dog breeds in the world, but due mainly to their size and the cost of their food bill, they are not popular as family pets in the U.S.
The St. Bernard is best known for the myth that they once carried small barrels of brandy around their necks to warm up lost skiers in the Swiss Mountains. In reality, this didn’t occur, and the myth is based on an 1820 painting called “Alpine Mastiffs Reanimating a Distressed Traveler” by English artist Edwin Landseer. The St. Bernard is, however, a champion drooler, and it is far more likely that a lost skier would be covered in slobber than in brandy.
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