By Carol Bryant
To drool or not to drool. For some breeds, there doesn’t really seem to be an option. If you own any of the dogs that the American Kennel Club considers top dogs in the drooling department, then a slobber blotter is likely in your pocket right now.
According to Gina DiNardo, vice president of the AKC, “Dogs with flews such as Newfoundlands, St. Bernards, Mastiffs, and Bullmastiffs can’t help but drool because of the design of their lips."
She says that while there is no way to prevent drool in these breeds, owners should instead be prepared to constantly wipe it from their clothes, walls, and their own dogs' faces. Drool bibs are also helpful to help keep a dog’s chest and legs free of saliva, and in order to help keep your dog’s coat clean, try a rinse-free shampoo that you can spray on to the drool covered area of the coat and comb through.
So, which dogs really are the biggest droolers? Here are 10 dog breeds that the AKC says are most likely to be “full of liquid love,” as some would say.
Placid but active, the “Newf” was first recognized by the AKC in 1886. He comes in four color varieties and has a deep body, heavy bones, and is both muscular and strong.
Jen Costello is dog mom to two Newfs and founder of the popular My Brown Newfies blog. "Drool happens, she says, “Wipe it off and move on. A little bit of drool is good for the soul."
Sherman and Leroy have their slobber wiped frequently and they are used to it. Costello has learned not to wear black around the boys because slobber really shows up on dark clothing. Her secret weapon happens to be Mr. Clean Magic Erasers to remove dried slobber from the floors and walls.
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Good natured, easy going, and small to the ground but large on personality, Basset Hounds need regular walks to stay healthy and fit. This breed tends to be more laid back, but that does not mean he isn’t curious and astute. His coat does shed, but grooming care is minimal. This charmer is likely to win your heart, so his liquid love slobber is just a bonus to the breed.
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How does one part slobber mixed with two parts long walks sprinkled with a few romps on the lawn sound? The Saint Bernard is friendly, outgoing, and patient, with medium energy and powerful proportions. Dogs of all sizes need exercise, and the Saint Bernard is no different. Of course one cannot mention the Saint Bernard without noting one of the details this breed is best know for: the small barrel of brandy carried around his neck for avalanche victims during search and rescue operations of yore.
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The backstory on this adorable breed is not the most pleasant. He was developed in the 1600s specifically for bull-baiting, which pitted dog against bull. Today’s English Bulldog is gentle and docile, but he can be overly protective of his family. Thankfully, 19th century breeders rescued the English Bulldog from its violent history, and it has since made its modern mark as an adorable, slobber-inducing breed.
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Bred to hunt wild boar and deer, this dog’s nose knows what propels him forward. According to the AKC, the testimony of a Bloodhound's man-trailing results is acceptable in almost any court. The deep folds of this breed are just one of his many noticeable traits, with his love of other dogs and kids as another. One can accept the slobber factor for his amazing personality and function.
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Adopted as a French court dog in the 17th century, he was first recognized by the AKC in 1933. Bred to work independently, he is calm, patient, and smart. His primarily white coat may not be for the faint of heart, as white dogs do require regular upkeep to maintain coat beauty. His name originates from his task of guarding flocks on the mountain slopes of the Pyrenees.
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With a heavy brow, deep chest, and low body, the Clumber Spaniel was developed in the United Kingdom. One of the most easygoing of the sporting breeds, the Clumber is deemed mellow, gentlemanly, and amusing. Aficionados of the breed will recall the Clumber’s Best in Show win in 1996.
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One of only two breeds to have a blue-black tongue (the other being the Chow-Chow), the Shar Pei is an older breed that was not recognized by the AKC until 1992. The breed hails from China and in 1978 was named as one of world's rarest dog breeds by TIME magazine and the Guinness World Records. In addition to their slobber propensity, the Shar Pei is known for its trademark wrinkles, which must be maintained with regular cleaning.
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The Mastiff is a large, symmetrical dog whom Caesar described in his account of invading Britain in 55 B.C. He is both courageous and dignified and loves his long walks and spending time with his pack. The AKC notes his body structure as being one of both dignity and grandeur, with his short coat requiring minimal maintenance.
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One of the first breeds selected in Germany for police training, the Boxer is a popular family pet in the United States. He loves human affection and is delight around children who are aware of how to behave with dogs. Fun loving, bright, active, and loyal, his thick jowls are perfectly suited as slobber pockets. Prepared pet parents see past the drool and yearn for the love of this breed.
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Carol Bryant is the PR and marketing manager for BlogPaws, a Pet360 partner company. She also maintains her own canine-centric blog, FidoseofReality.com.