Saturday, August 15, 2009

Which Dogs Drool the Most?

By Anna Lee

Most dogs drool a little bit, some dogs drool a lot while others have made it onto the list of “Dogs That Drool the Most.” If you are a neat-freak you may not want to own a drooler. At the least you need to be prepared to follow the drooling dog around with a towel. As they say, forewarned is forearmed!

My husband thinks our dog Abby should be on this list. Labs do drool, but not enough to make the list! Here are the top 5 dogs that drool, in no particular order:

Saint Bernard: I have no personal experience with this dog breed, but I have heard many ‘drool stories’ from my husband. His mother had a Saint Bernard and that dog, Ronnie, drooled day and night. Research contradicts that, saying they drool only after eating or drinking. They are large dogs that are extremely gentle, loyal and they want to please. Early on they need to be taught not to jump on people. The Saint Bernard will reach 200 pounds, which means a lot of CANIDAE® dog food!

Great Pyrenees: These are beautiful dogs with fantastic coats. Great Pyrenees are large dogs who are devoted to their family and love cats, but are wary of strangers. They are obedient and affectionate, and need a lot of exercise to stay in shape. They can weigh up to 100 pounds. There are two Great Pyrenees dogs that live not far from us, and it is a pleasure to see them run in their yard as their hair billows in the wind.

Newfoundland: I love most dogs, but of the large breeds the Newfie is a personal favorite. Years ago my parents owned a summer house on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. A family friend had a Newfoundland, and it was a beautiful sight to watch him jump in the Chesapeake Bay and swim without a care or worry. He was spectacular and as gentle as can be. The Newfie is noble, calm, loyal and trustworthy. Instinct allows them to recognize a dangerous situation and will protect the family. They love to drink lots of water and are not neat about it. The males can reach about 120 pounds. They prefer cooler climates which means one would not do well here in the south where I live.

English Mastiff are self confident, patient and gentle natured dogs. They seldom bark, and prefer gentle obedience. A male can reach 200 pounds. They drool heavily, and they snore and wheeze heavily too. They are prone to hip dysplasia and come across as lazy due to their size.

Bullmastiff: although a good watchdog, this breed is also docile unless provoked. They will knock down an intruder and pin him down, but be gentle and kind to a child. They are extremely powerful and need a strong, confident owner. The males will be about 120 pounds. They are prone to hip dysplasia and tend to be lazy.

Other dogs that drool a lot are the Boxer, Great Dane, English Setter, and most of the Bulldogs. If you want any of the above dogs in your life, you can expect to be drooled on frequently. Consider drool a kiss from your dog!

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