Do French Bulldogs Drool A Lot? In this guide, I will reveal to you 13 reasons and what you must do to stop it. if you are new to this website, consider bookmarking our site to enable you to learn new skills in training your dog.
Drooling can be a big problem with certain dogs. Some owners don’t mind it, but most people don’t want to have to deal with being slobbered on.
A lot of people have actually put off some types of dog breeds like English Bulldogs or Rottweilers because of how much they drool. Knowing how much a French Bulldog drools can be a deal-breaker on whether someone gets one or not.
Due to the shape of their skull, French Bulldogs do drool quite easily.
Like English Bulldogs, drooling can be brought on by a variety of things like being excited for the food, being stressed, or doing some exercise.
You can’t stop your French Bulldog’s drooling, but there are ways to help it.
Why do French Bulldogs Drool?
The simple answer is that the bulldog’s jaw shape and lip arrangement are the reason they drool a lot. Also, Bulldogs have wider and shorter snout compared to other dog breeds, and their lips are covered with many folds.
Also, the lips of Frenchies are thick and they droop downward. Also, this breed suffers from jaw pragmatism, which means their lower jaw covers their upper jaw.
9 Reasons Your Frenchie Drools
Frenchies drool… it’s just a part of being a dog!
What even is drool?! It’s just saliva, spit, or whatever you wanna call it.
A little bit of drool, especially around mealtimes, is completely normal, however, if you notice that your Frenchie has recently started to drool more than usual, it’s important to rule out any other medical condition that may be to blame.
While there are certain breeds that are known for excessive drooling, Frenchies thankfully isn’t one of them.
1. Excitement for Food
As strange as it sounds, dogs seem to drool after they get excited. They literally drool with excitement. It’s similar to when us humans salivate when we smell some delicious foods!
Dogs can also drool when they see something that excites them, like seeing their friend walking down the street while looking out the window.
2. Mouth disease & tooth decay
Any issues in the mouth or throat may cause drooling as they struggle to swallow the saliva so it’s held in their mouth until it drips out. If something is stopping a French Bulldog from swallowing properly, the only place for saliva to go is out of the mouth.
Problems like infections, tumors, objects stuck in their teeth/throat, or plaque build-up can all cause excessive drooling.
To help with possible dental problems, you should be brushing your French Bulldog’s teeth every day or at least three times a week. Do so with a dog-appropriate toothpaste and toothbrush.
3. Heat Stroke
Heatstroke is a serious concern for French Bulldogs, especially when in hotter climates. If you notice any of the following symptoms along with excessive drooling, cool down your Frenchie immediately!
Symptoms of Heat Stroke
- Excessive drooling
- Heavy panting
- Frequent breaks lying down
- Fast or irregular heartbeat If you are unable to cool down your Frenchie by using a cool, wet towel and by moving to a cooler area, take them to your local vet emergency room to prevent serious complications.
4. Anxiety and Fear
Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease and is one of the more common reasons for excessive drooling in French Bulldogs.
The reason for this is similar to why your dog drools when it’s exciting. Dogs drool in response to emotional stimuli.
If possible, check your dog’s mouth for brown teeth; swollen, red, or bleeding gums; or anything else out of the ordinary. Anything
5. Injury to the mouth
When a dog’s mouth is injured in any way, there may be more saliva production as a way to help heal the damage. Closely examine your French Bulldog’s mouth for signs of cuts, inflammation, and redness as a way to identify any problems.
To prevent further mouth injuries you need to stop your French Bulldog from chewing on anything sharp or anything that could split, like a cooked bone. Instead, only allow your dog to chew on things that you know are safe.
6. Organ disease
If a French Bulldog is very sick and suffers from liver or kidney disease, they can develop a bad case of hypersalivation. They are likely to drool an excessive amount if they’re suffering from either of these diseases.
If you have any reason to believe that they may be suffering from an organ disease, visit your local veterinarian as soon as possible.
Rabies is a deadly viral disease that causes inflammation of the brain. The rabies virus is usually spread through a bite from an infected animal such as a bat, coyote, fox, raccoon, skunk, etc.
Your Frenchie should have a vaccine for rabies, but if they don’t and you suspect that they’ve been bitten by an infected animal, it’s crucial that you see a vet. By the time symptoms of rabies manifest, death is almost certain.
8. Motion sickness
Just like us humans, dogs can get motion sickness in the car. If you’ve been noticed your Frenchie is having excessive drool while riding in the car, motion sickness may be to blame.
Other Symptoms of Motion Sickness
- Constant licking of the lips
- Excessive drooling
- Whining or crying
- Immobility or afraid to move
- Vomiting or regurgitation Luckily, there are many treatments for a dog suffering from motion sickness. Ginger has been shown to calm stomachs and should be given 30 minutes prior to a car ride. Ask your vet about other treatment options for motion sickness.
9. Poisonous plants & Other Toxins
When a dog ingests certain foods that are poisonous, it can start to salivate quite a lot and drool. There are all kinds of foods and plants that can cause them to drool, so be sure you know what they’re eating.
Don’t feed your French Bulldog anything if you don’t know that they’ll be completely fine after eating it. Either do your research or consult your veterinarian before you feed them foods you’re not sure about.
10. Respiratory Infection
Dogs that have an infection in their nose, throat, or sinuses are suffering from a respiratory infection. This infection can cause them to drool a lot. A French Bulldog is more at risk of getting a respiratory infection if they live with other animals or have been around other animals.
There’s nothing you can do to help your French Bulldog’s infection at home, so you should visit your local veterinarian for help and advice.
11. Too Much Exercise
Having them exhaust themselves too much can lead to overheating, which can cause the production of more saliva as a way to cool themselves down. Since they’re producing so much saliva and can’t keep it in their mouths very well, it falls out as drool.
Try not to overwork your French Bulldog. Allow them to exercise comfortably and always provide them with rest and water when they need it.
Of course, there are many more possible causes for your French Bulldog to drool more than normal, but there are too many to list all here.
These are just common reasons for drooling, so it doesn’t mean that they are causing excessive drooling in your Frenchie.
Visit your local veterinarian if you’ve noticed your French Bulldog drooling excessively and they should be able to take an examination and tell you what the actual cause is.
12. Shape Of Their Jaw
Due to French Bulldog’s having a flatter face than most dogs with many thick folds covering their mouth, it makes it much more difficult for them to hold saliva in their mouth, meaning that they drool easily.
Frenchies also tend to drool in their sleep. Since they can’t breathe through their nose very well, they breathe through their mouths and drool.
There’s nothing you can do about a French Bulldog drooling in these situations. It’s just the way they are and something that owners have to deal with.
13. Stomach Problems
If your French Bulldog eats anything that doesn’t quite settle in his stomach, it may lead to the production of additional saliva.
It could be that they’re eating too much cheese or decided to chomp on a sock you dropped on the floor, but if their body doesn’t like it, it produces saliva in response.
Do your best to avoid feeding your French Bulldog anything that they shouldn’t be eating and making sure they can’t eat objects that aren’t food.
Is It Normal For French Bulldogs To Drool?
Although you might find it annoying to have to deal with a French Bulldog’s drool and slobber, it is something that’s completely normal in the breed and you’ll have to deal with it.
Keep in mind that the amount of French Bulldog drool is different for each one. Some will naturally drool a lot whilst others will drool very little.
The amount a French Bulldog drool is dependent on their activity levels, hunger/thirst, overall health, etc. so it’s something that is brought on by many things, and there’s not always much you can do to help it.
It’s important to know how much your French Bulldog drools so you can watch out for excessive drooling. Too much drooling could indicate that there is a problem that shouldn’t be ignored.
What Are The Health Apprehension Connected to French Bulldog Drool?
The structure of the French Bulldog may cause breathing problems, which generally can concur with excess drool that may cause more problems.
This breed, in general, suffers from a condition known as Brachycephalic or Laryngotracheomalacia Races Syndrome. This condition may occur when their nasal passages are very narrow, and that can cause the dogs to snore a lot.
Also, because of this condition, these bulldogs may not be able to close their mouths at night or unable to breathe through their nose. This can further make them drool a lot during the night time. The condition is similar to humans when they have a runny nose or cold.
Why Is My French Bulldog Drooling More Than Normal?
If you’ve noticed that your French Bulldog is drooling much more than they normally would, it could mean that something is wrong.
There are all sorts of different causes of excessive drooling in dogs and some could be due to quite serious underlying health conditions. Excessive drooling shouldn’t be ignored for this reason.
Remember that just because your French Bulldog is drooling now, it doesn’t mean that there is an immediate problem.
It could just be something like hunger or over-exertion, so don’t stress about it. Figuring out what’s causing your Frenchie to drool excessively should be your no.1 objective.
Can I Stop My Frenchie From Drooling?
In an ideal world, French Bulldogs wouldn’t drool or make a mess, but we’re not in an ideal world. Drooling in French Bulldogs is completely natural and it’s common in every single one of them.
Unfortunately, it’s not something you can train out of them or get them to stop, so you just have to put up with it.
The good thing is that you now know the potential causes of drooling in French Bulldogs, so you’re more likely to be able to identify when/why it’s happening.
There are certain things you can do in an effort to help reduce how much your French Bulldog drools, so keep reading.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why is my French Bulldog drooling while sleeping?
If you’ve been noticing your Frenchie is drooling excessively while sleeping, luckily, there isn’t much to worry about. This is usually caused by your dog’s sleeping position.
When they’re sleeping with their heads to the side, their mouth sometimes opens, causing them to drool.
I’m sure we’ve all woken up with some saliva on our pillows after a much-needed night’s sleep; it’s the same thing with our dogs.
Why is my French Bulldog drooling and vomiting?
There are a few reasons why your Frenchie would be drooling and vomiting. The more common reasons for this would be an upset stomach or nausea. If you notice this at times where they’ve been riding in the car, motion sickness is likely the culprit.
If your Frenchie is showing other symptoms, you should see your vet as soon as possible to rule out the possibility of a more serious illness.
Why is my French Bulldog drooling and shaking?
Shaking or trembling is one of those symptoms that can be caused by a few conditions. The more common, benign cause would be anxiety. Anxiety is usually caused by something that frightens your dog such as fireworks, thunderstorms, etc.
If your dog is not anxious, this drooling and shaking may be indicative of something serious. This could be caused by poisoning, kidney disease, or neurological problems.
If your dog’s drooling and shaking are not from anxiety, it’s extremely important that you take your dog to an emergency vet hospital as soon as possible.
What Can I Do To Limit The Amount Of Drool?
Once you’ve identified what it is that’s causing your French Bulldog to drool, you then need to know what you can do about it.
Discussing your situation with a veterinarian and asking for advice will help point you in the right direction for what you need to do with your French Bulldog.
Although there’s no way to completely stop your Frenchie from drooling completely, you should remember that drooling is natural and it shouldn’t be something that bothers you too much.
You can’t help stop a French Bulldog from drooling from everything, but in a lot of cases, there are some basic things you can do in these situations that can make a big difference in how much your French Bulldog drools.
Let’s go through what you can do to help limit how much your French Bulldog is drooling. These are the most common causes of excess salivation and how they can be helped:
- Too Much Exercise/Overheating
When a French Bulldog is exhausted and hot, they drool in an effort to help cool themselves off. The hotter and more exhausted they get, the more drool they produce, so it should be in your best interest to keep them cool, hydrated, and avoid overworking them.
Take regular breaks in the shade, bring a bottle of cool water, and don’t go out for too long during periods of very hot weather.
- Being Hungry
When they’re hungry and especially excited about food, they will begin to salivate in preparation for the food. This saliva will easily build up in their mouth and they’ll turn into a drooling mess.
Try to feed them small amounts of food regularly so they don’t get hungry too often. Leaving them hungry and waiting for food for too long can easily lead to drooling.
Any kind of activities or situations that cause your French Bulldog to become uncomfortable, stressed, or anxious can lead to a lot of drooling.
You’ll notice that your French Bulldog isn’t quite right if they’re yawning, licking, and drooling excessively.
You need to find a way to make them completely comfortable when they’re feeling this way. This might mean taking them out of the situation, picking them up to make them feel safe, or even treating them. The less stressed they are the better.
- Having An Upset Stomach
When a French Bulldog has eaten something that doesn’t quite sit right in their stomach, there tend to be some problems. These could be pain, gas, bloating, and drooling.
Do your best to only feed your French Bulldog foods that they can easily digest. Feed them digestible foods in small amounts so it doesn’t upset their insides too much.
Living with a French Bulldog that drools excessively can be messy and a lot to deal with. There are lots of things you can do to help your Frenchie stop drooling, but the best thing you can do is to visit your local veterinarian.
A vet will be able to tell you if there’s anything wrong with your French Bulldog and/or what you can do to help them stop drooling as much as you can.
How Do You Manage Excess French Bulldog Drool?
If you have noticed an increase in your bulldog’s drool quantity, then it is vital to take your Frenchie to a professional veterinary doctor immediately.
Not down when your bulldog having excess drool, if you are using any new product to clean your house, or if it is chewing something different.
It is also possible that your French bulldog drools by inhaling something strong or poisonous like cleaning disinfectants, plants, or shampoo.
Also, in the summer months, French Bulldogs drool a lot as it is their natural way of keeping their body temperature cool.
You can give them some cool water during the summer months or take them for a swim; this can help them decrease their drooling.
Which dog breeds drool the most or least?
As with a lot of my research on the French Bulldog Owner website, I also like to see how Frenchies compare to other dribblers.
Below you can see a table where I have ranked the best and worst dribbling dogs with a column for those that drool the least and most.
It’s not a scientific study by any stretch – I simply saw what other bloggers and dog owners were saying online so I could try and assemble a league table!
|Drools the Least||Drools the Most|
|Australian Cattle Dog||St. Bernard|
|Cardigan Welsh Corgi||Great Dane|
|Schipperke||Bernese Mountain Dog|
How Much Do French Bulldogs Drool?
While the French Bulldog is a typically clean dog, they are also known to slobber and drool quite often. In fact, they drool a lot!
This is common with the breed and only becomes a problem if your pet begins to drool in excessive amounts, which could signify a larger underlying issue.
Conclusion On Do French Bulldogs Drool A Lot
Despite all the drooling, snoring, and farting, Frenchies are very lovable and make for amazing pets.
These characteristics would certainly be a turn-off in a human, but with this breed of dog, it just adds even more to their personalities.
Is it normal for French bulldogs to drool?
French bulldog dribble is just something you will have to get used to.
However, if your French bulldog has sudden drooling a lot, that is much more than usual, and you can’t pin it down to food, excitement, heat, or anxiety, then you should act and take him to the vets.
It could be the sign of poisoning, something he ate, mouth disease, internal organ problems, or internal blockages.
You know your Frenchie best, so take care of him or her, but do keep an eye out for dribbling more than usual.
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