Do all Big Dogs Drool? 15 Dog Breeds That Don’t Drool Much

Big dogs have so many great qualities such as they have the biggest hearts and not because of their size but because of their heartwarming personalities, also, they are the perfect size for cuddles.

However, there is one small thing that can be an issue for some people and it’s drooling, I mean drooling is a natural biological thing that even humans do because after all, it’s just saliva but at least we can control it, well, most of the time, so do all big dogs drool? And do they all drool as much? Let’s find out.

Do all big dogs drool? Yes, most big dogs tend to drool, drooling is a normal part of your pooch’s life, their drool is saliva that helps them to digest their food, however, if you think that your big dog drools excessively (more than usual), it indicates a health issue so maybe you should consult a vet.

Of course, there is a lot more to know about that matter and if you wanna know the whole subject then great, all you have to do is keep reading. You can also learn why Golden Retrievers drool here.

Do all big dogs drool?

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All big dogs drool but it varies from one dog to another, there are many factors that we should consider before judging who drools the most.

Drooling helps dogs to digest their food, however, drooling too much can be an indication of some dental problems.

Let’s dig a little more about what causes the drooling.

  • Injuries 
  • Food response 
  • Physical formation 
  • Dental problems 
  • Nausea 
  • Foreign bodies 
  • Excitement 
  • Growths 


It’s more likely if your dog chews on hard objects that can cause an injury in their mouth which can cause more drooling than usual. 

Food response

If your dog drools whenever they see food or hear the word food, treats, or anything that’s related to food then it’s probably just a food response.

Dogs have over 200 million scent receptors so they can drool as soon as they smell your food from a distance.

Physical formation

It could be just their nature, after all, some dogs have more production of saliva than the others or their mouths allow the liquid to dribble out.

Most big breeds have drooping jowls and saggy lips and it allows the saliva and any liquid to run out of their mouths such as st bernard, bloodhound, Newfoundland, and mastiff.

Dental problems

Excessive drooling can be an indication for some dental problems such as bacteria or tartar buildup which can lead to periodontal disease.

Most dental problems can result in hyper-salivation, so here are some other signs to help you know if your dog is suffering from a dental problem.

  • Drooling 
  • Bad breath 
  • Loose teeth 
  • Difficulty eating 
  • Swelling under the eyes 
  • Missing teeth 
  • Pawing at the teeth 
  • Tooth discoloration 
  • Bleeding gums
  • Discharge from the nose 
  • Visible tartar 
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Noticeable weight loss.

If you noticed one or a few of these signs, you should take your dog to the vet. 


Nausea can be the reason that your dog drools because it makes their salivary glands go into overdrive and they drool.

Foreign bodies

When dogs get something trapped in their mouth, they drool but in this case, all you have to do is brush their teeth regularly.


Most dogs tend to drool when they are excited and it’s totally normal so if you are scared that your dog may drool all over your guests, you can either train them not to jump on them or just keep them in a room till they calm down.


If your dog has any lumps in his mouth it can be the reason why they drool, however, lumps can be cancerous tumors so don’t hesitate to take your dog to the vet as soon as you notice lumps in their mouth.

15 dog breeds that don’t drool much?

  1. Old English sheepdog 
  2. Greyhound 
  3. Standard poodle 
  4. Irish wolfhound 
  5. Maltese 
  6. Leonberger 
  7. Bichon Frise 
  8. Doberman Pinscher 
  9. Borzoi 
  10. Papillon 
  11. Corgis 
  12. Basenji 
  13. Cavalier King Charles spaniel 
  14. Shiba Inu 
  15. Chihuahua 

Old English sheepdog

Old English sheepdog is one of the dogs that drool less than the other’s, they still tend to make a mess when they drink due to their beard.

Also, if they are drooling you may not know that because their faces are covered in hair.


Greyhounds are known for so many things such as their speed, sensitive and affectionate personality, and drooling less than most dogs is one of these things.

They may drool but it may indicate that they are sick but overall if you want a dog that will not drool then maybe you should get a greyhound.

Standard poodle

Standard poodles rarely drool, and if they do, it means that they are sick or scared.

Poodles are extremely intelligent and well-tempered, so it’s easy to take care of them in every way.

Irish wolfhound 

Irish wolfhounds were originally bred for hunting so they have slim jowls that prevent them from drooling excessively.

Did you know that there is an Irish wolfhound Golden Retriever mix? Learn more about it in the link.


Besides their adorable looks and personality, they also do not drool unlike other small dogs such as pugs who are known for their excessive drooling.


Even though Leonbergers are large and you can see them as droolers, they are not, these sensitive and gentle dogs don’t have big wide jowls so they don’t drool as much.

Bichon Frise 

Bichon Frise are great at many things and not drooling is one of the things, they are also not heavy shedders so they need little maintenance so they are perfect for busy owners who can’t brush or clean their mess every day.

Doberman Pinscher

Doberman pinschers are not droolers either because they don’t have massive jowls so naturally, they don’t drool as much. 


Borzoi is a hunting dog and they have so much in common with the greyhounds.

They have minimal drooling and don’t need much work normally, so raising one can be pretty easy.


This cute little dog doesn’t drool that much either, they are also perfect for apartments.

They have a lively personality and don’t forget they are in the top ten smartest dogs in the world.

Want to learn more about Papillion? Check out this post on the Papillon Golden Retriever mix.


Among their many many great qualities, they are not droolers too, this cheerful and delightful breed may be a whole package but they still need lots of training because they can be a little bit stubborn.


The Basenji - the only dog breed that doesn't bark
The Basenji – the only dog breed that doesn’t bark

Basenjis are already great due to their lack of barking and they also have a lack of drooling. They need lots of work and they are not easy to train so they are not the best option as a first pet.

Cavalier King Charles spaniel

Cavalier King Charles spaniels are royal dogs, I mean look at their magnificent name, so no royal being can possibly drool.

They are great companions and such loyal pets and great for apartments as well.

Shiba Inu

Shiba Inu is clean in everything, I guess this way their popularity has been increasing again lately.

They do not drool as much as other dogs, they have a great personality but are not easy to train, they just need some work and have to be socialized. Learn more about the Shiba Inu in this post on the Shiba Inu Golden Retriever mix.


This tiny dog has a tiny jowl so typically they do not drool as much, however, chihuahuas are one of the most important dogs to train.

Related Questions 

Is there a big dog that doesn’t drool?

Yes, there are a few big dogs that don’t drool, or they just drool less than usual, and these dogs are the old English sheepdog, standard poodle, Leonberger, Doberman, and borzoi, they drool less because their lips are close together unlike other big dogs.

Which dog breeds drool the most?

The dogs that drool the most are the saint bernard, Dogue de Bordeaux, bloodhound, bulldog, Newfoundland,  Neapolitan mastiff, Bernese mountain dog, bullmastiff, boxer, Great Dane, these dogs drool more than the others due to their large jaws and lips.

Do all dog breeds drool?

Yes, all dog breeds drool because drooling is saliva that every living being have, but how much each breed drools varies, for example, there are some breeds that have droopy and loose jowls or lips and in that case, they will drool more than other dogs but the dogs with small mouths and lips will drool less.

Helpful Resources 

Dealing with Drooling

Living with a Retriever: Recommendations and Sources

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