Do All Big Dogs Slobber?

If you can’t stand dog slobber, certain dog breeds may suit you best.


Q. Is there a large dog breed that doesn’t coat your house in slobber?

A. I must agree; slobber is pretty gross but some dog lovers have no problem overlooking it. It seems as if the dogs that slobber just love to shake their heads and send it flying – all over the house, the car windows, your clothes, your hair and your mother-in-law when she comes to visit. Other than outfitting your large-breed dog with a bib, and keeping a bottle of spray cleaner and serving towels at the ready, there is really not much you can do about it. 

The worst offenders seem to be Newfoundlands, St. Bernards, Bloodhounds, Bulldogs, Basset Hounds, and Mastiffs. Bear in mind that all dogs salivate when they become stressed or overheated, so at some point if you own a dog, you will most likely encounter dog drool. The good news is there are many large-breed dogs that will not normally shower you with slobber. As always, I recommend doing research before bringing any dog, large or small, into your life. Consider how much food, room to run, and grooming big dogs will need as well. But any dog owner will tell you, dog slobber comes with the territory.


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Susan   Souris, PE

1/10/2010 11:56:06 AM

Boydd is my first Basset Hound. I have never experienced a drooling dog before and like to keep a clean house. HOWEVER I would not give this dog up to get back to a clean house. He is the most affectionate and personable animal I have ever had in my home. He is a great deal of care and it takes work to keep things clean around him but the trade off is worth it.....I was just wondering if there is a way to train him not to shake his head.

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Abby   new york, NY

7/1/2009 12:31:41 PM

My dog Hernry, a newfoundland will slobber on anything under 4 feet including small children. I love him anyway.

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Paula   Mableton, GA

2/18/2009 3:14:07 PM

Don't forget Great Danes...they slobber a LOT and it is very nasty. We have globs on the ceiling from our 4 year old Dane named Tank. He pretty much slime coats everything!

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Pat   St Louis, MO

1/7/2008 7:18:39 AM

There's drool and then there's slobber. My border collie will drool on me when I'm giving her a tasty treat. But at least she can shake herself without bathing the walls in slime. Slobber pretty much grosses me out, in addition to the snotty-nose snorting and grunting that usually accompanies these breeds. I'd look for a tight-mouthed breed as opposed to the droopy jowls. Is a German Shepard big enough to qualify as "big?" Or a Russian Wolfhound? If you're looking for a musclebound giant, you're probably going to get a slobberhound.

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