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We love these dogs for their large size and noble expressions. But this group of canines all have something else in common — they drool. It's a messy side effect that is caused by their deep jowls and looser lips. If you’re planning to live with one of these dogs, any house-proud attitude is going to have to take a back seat to the dog’s natural saliva production. Some breeders may claim to produce dogs with “dry” mouths, but that promise should be taken with a grain of salt. No dog of this type is truly drool-free. We showcase the canine kingdom’s top five drool-dripping breeds.
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The amount of drool a Mastiff produces is on par with his giant size. Most Mastiff owners learn to distribute hand towels throughout the house to wipe the dog’s mouth, especially after he has lapped up a large amount of water. Take a cue from experienced Mastiff owners and always be ready with a wipe!
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Nicknamed “slobberhound” by this breed’s friends, the Bloodhound’s deep lips store untold quantities of saliva. He is known for flinging long strings of drool onto walls and furniture and sliming his owners’ clothes, usually just before they are ready to walk out the door to work. A deep lip is important in this breed because it keeps the nasal area moist, allowing the olfactory membrane to function well.
You know a person owns a Newfie when you see her drinking from a mug that declares, “Slime flies when you’re having fun.” Like their fellow Molosser (Mastiff-type) breeds, Newfies have deep lips that collect saliva, which they then fling with abandon, often as high as the ceiling. Drool bibs are an essential accessory for the well-dressed Newfoundland. Even with a bib, owners find themselves constantly mopping up the goo dripping from the dog’s jowls.
Sally Anne Thompson, Animal Photography
Originally created by crossing the Mastiff and Bulldog, the Bullmastiff is a drooler par excellence, streaming saliva after eating and drinking, during obedience class or after any physical activity, when the weather is on the warm side, when he’s stressed or when he’s excited about the possibility of getting a treat. In other words, most of his waking hours. Keep those drool towels handy, as well as a supply of stain remover safe for clothing and furniture.
Eva Maria Kramer, Animal Photography
When the Saint Bernard shakes, drool flies from side to side. He drools when he’s sniffing something interesting, when he’s excited or stressed, after drinking and eating, while you’re eating something he’d like to have and when he’s hot. Be sure to warn friends and relatives to wear old clothes when they come to visit because the Saint will slime them as a matter of course.
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