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Dogs that Don’t Drool a Lot

Want the hear the good news? Only a few dog breeds are known for continous, excessive drooling and slobbering. Drool and slobber isn’t everyone’s thing. As drool can stick to your clothes, arms and legs. If you're looking for a breed that does not drool a bit, you're in the right place. These include, for example, Dachshunds, Bichon Frises, Havaneses and Pembroke Welsh Corgis. You can find the whole list at the end of the article.

Why Do Dogs Drool?

All dogs drool - more or less. But why? These are the most common reasons:

• Digestion

Human saliva contains particular substances (enzymes) that help digest food. Dogs do not chew their food but just swallow it. Therefore, their drool does not contain any enzymes. It helps to swallow the food and let it slip into the stomach.

• Summer Heat

It could be a sign of overheating when a dog that otherwise doesn't drool a lot suddenly drools like the Niagara falls. The dog tries to cool off this way. This is similar to us humans trying to cool down by sweating. Dog breeds that cannot handle hot weather very well (and then start to drool) are e.g. Boxers, Bulldogs, St. Bernards, Pugs, Schnauzers, Bernese Mountain Dogs and French Bulldogs.

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• Stress

Visiting the doctor is just as stressful for us humans as for dogs. You know that your dog is totally stressed out if it starts to drool while being examined by the vet. Of course this won't last for long.
Think it over: Are there any situations, in which your dog is drooling a lot? If yes, try to calm down your dog, or find out how to avoid the stress.

• Medical Causes

If drooling slowly increases over time, a dental problem could be the cause. Tartar, for example, forms a rough surface, which boosts drooling. If your dogs teeth are brown and the gums are red, it is about time to visit the vet. But it it not always the teeth. Respiratory infections, stomachaches and organ diseases can be a reason, too. It is best to let your dog being examined by a vet on a regular basis.

• Breed

Some dog breeds just have larger lips than others, e.g. St. Bernards and Newfoundlands. Sorry, there is nothing you can do about it!

How Can I Get my Dog to Stop Drooling?

In a nutshell: YOU CAN'T. If your dog is healthy and feels fine, then it is drooling. You cannot teach it not to drool. This is not possible. The drool gathers in the cheeks of the dog. The bigger the lips or the more open they are, the more drool. A chew toy may help. Ok, granted, it stimulates the salivation. But the dog swallows more often while chewing, so the gathered drool does not spill out at once.

Are you curious about dog breeds that are known to drool a lot?

Dogs that Don't Drool a Lot: