Some dog breeds dribble more than others, especially those with prominent jowls and loose lips. While some people avoid getting a slobbery canine companion, others embrace the trait as part of the dog’s charm.
If you’re among the latter group, you may want to mark your calendar for National Slobber Appreciation Day, which is taking place on November 16. This special day, which started in 2012, is an opportunity for proud pet parents to show off their drooling dogs. In celebration of National Slobber Appreciation Day, here are 8 dog breeds with unmatched slavering capabilities!
Everything about the Mastiff is huge, including the amount of drool they produce. These gentle giants are typically clean house dogs, but Mastiff parents usually have a towel on hand to wipe the saliva off their pup’s face and their own clothing. If you can look past the slobbering, you’ll find a loyal, protective companion in the Mastiff.
#2. Saint Bernard
The famous dog of the Swiss Alps, Saint Bernard excels in many things — search and rescue work, nanny duties, and drooling. Aside from spittle, Saints tend to leave fur, mud, and dirt around the house. While they’re not exactly the cleanest roommates, they have a lot of other good qualities that have made them one of the most beloved canines in the world.
One look at Newfoundland will leave a mark on your heart. Getting close to one will leave a slimy mark on your hands and clothing. The Newfie is a notorious drooler and shedder, so they’re not the best choice for folks who like to keep a spotless house. Those who don’t mind cleaning after a Newfie, however, will be rewarded with plenty of affection.
Often called a nose with a dog attached, the Bloodhound is famous for their powerful sense of smell. They’re also known for drooling excessively, earning the nickname “slobber hound”. In addition to a wiping cloth, Bloodhound parents must always have a leash for their pup when walking outside as these canines will wander off to pursue a scent if not restrained.
#5. Dogue de Bordeaux
An ancient French breed, the Dogue de Bordeaux is well-known for their drooling capabilities. The DDB gained popularity in the United States after starring in the 1989 comedy film Turner & Hooch. Despite their large size and powerful appearance, the Dogue de Bordeaux makes a sweet and docile family dog when trained properly early on.
#6. Basset Hound
Despite being low-key and laidback, the Basset Hound isn’t a dog for everyone. This breed’s tendency to drool will have you reaching for a towel frequently, and they shed a lot as well. Nevertheless, their relaxed and sociable disposition makes them great members of the family, including those with children and other pets.
#7. Great Dane
Also known as the “Apollo of dogs,” the Great Dane is sweet, easy to housetrain, eager to please, and patient with kids. They do have a slobbering issue, so it’s a good idea to have a stockpile of drool rags at the ready for wiping down furniture and handing it to guests who come over.
#8. Bernese Mountain Dog
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large breed that comes with a whole lotta love and a whole lotta saliva. Originally employed to work on the farmlands of Switzerland, Berners make excellent family pets thanks to their friendly and gentle nature. They tend to drool more when it’s hotter outside, so expect to find more wet patches around the house during summertime.