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Do Dobermans Drool More Than Other Dogs? Breed Facts & FAQ

Written by: Kit Copson

Last Updated on April 26, 2024 by Dogster Team

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Do Dobermans Drool More Than Other Dogs? Breed Facts & FAQ

Dobermans are popular family dogs thanks to their often sweet natures, loyalty, and patience with younger family members. There’s an extra bonus for Doberman parents—these dogs don’t drool much compared to some other breeds like Bloodhounds and Saint Bernards. That said, in some cases, a medical issue can cause a light drooler to suddenly start drooling excessively.

Read on to find out more about why dogs drool, which medical issues may cause excessive drooling, and when drooling should be checked out by a vet.

Why Do Dogs Drool?

Dogs drool because saliva helps with the digestive process. Their salivary glands get to work when a dog is preparing to eat, so don’t be surprised if your dog starts to drool when you’re weighing out their food or heading for the treat drawer.

Some dog breeds drool more than others due to having large upper lips and a lot of skin in this area. This makes it difficult for them to retain saliva in their mouths, so the saliva pools in the lip skin folds.

With nowhere else to go, the drool eventually falls out onto the floor (or you or your furniture if you’re unlucky) or sprays everywhere when your dog shakes their head. Lovely, we know, but hey—they make up for it by being so adorable.

Dog breeds with larger upper lips and that are known for drooling more than other breeds include:

Do Dobermans Drool a Lot?

Fortunately for Doberman parents, they’re not typically big droolers. That’s not to say they never drool, and you might well spot a bit of “excitement drool” at mealtimes. It can sometimes happen when your dog dislikes the taste of something, too. This is perfectly normal, but what isn’t normal is excessive drooling, which could be caused by a medical condition.

black and tan female doberman pinscher dog standing on the bench
Image by: Michsa, Shutterstock

What Is Abnormal Drooling?

So, we know that some dog breeds drool more than others and that Dobermans don’t drool a whole lot, but what constitutes abnormal drooling for a breed that isn’t a heavy drooler?

Abnormal drooling for a Doberman would be excessive drooling possibly accompanied by bad breath and other symptoms. This can sometimes indicate a medical condition that requires veterinary attention.

Causes of excessive drooling include:
  • An upset stomach
  • Gastrointestinal conditions
  • Bloating
  • Neurological conditions
  • Dental disease
  • Heat stroke
  • Anxiety and nervousness
  • Mouth injury
  • Poisoning (i.e. toxic plants)
  • A foreign object in the mouth
  • Motion sickness

Some of these conditions are minor—like an upset stomach that clears up on its own—whereas others are more serious and can even be life-threatening in some cases.

A red Doberman Pinscher dog with natural uncropped ears standing outdoors
Image By: Mary Swift, Shutterstock

When Should I Call a Vet?

If your Doberman has started drooling excessively and is showing any of the following symptoms, please get in touch with your vet straight away.

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Regurgitation
  • Lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Bleeding
  • Appetite loss
  • Head tilting
  • Loss of coordination
  • Dizziness
  • Behavioral changes (i.e. aggression, vocalizing with whines/whimpers)
  • Panting
  • Restlessness
  • Uneven pupils
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Pawing at the mouth

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Final Thoughts

To recap, Dobermans don’t typically drool much, and if your Doberman only drools while waiting for their dinner or a tasty snack, there’s likely nothing to worry about. In some cases, a minor stomach upset, nervousness, or motion sickness may cause your friendly family Doberman to drool more than they usually would.

However, if they begin to drool excessively—something which is unusual for Dobermans—or show other symptoms of being unwell, they need to be seen by a vet as a medical issue could be causing the sudden change.

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Featured Image Credit: Jaydn Serrano, Shutterstock

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