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8 Big Dog Breeds That Don’t Drool: History, Pictures, & Info


For some, their love of certain types of dogs is strong enough that the drooling isn’t a big deal. For others, it’s just not something they’re prepared to deal with at all due to personal preference or allergies. If you are in the latter category but love big dogs, you might consider adopting a dog that doesn’t slobber much.

In this post, we’ll introduce you to some of the possibilities.


How Are Non-Drooling Dogs Classified?

Some breeds are notorious for drooling because of the type of mouth they have. Some dogs have jowls, and the slobber tends to collect them. Examples include Bloodhounds, Bulldogs, Saint Bernards, Dogue de Bordeaux, and Great Danes. This kind of facial structure is especially common in large breeds.

On the other hand, some breeds are known for being minimal droolers. That said, just because a dog doesn’t drool much doesn’t mean they won’t ever drool at all—it happens to pretty much every dog now and again. It can happen during eating or drinking or when a dog is stressed, excited, or has just exercised.

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Top 8 Big Dog Breeds That Don’t Drool

1. Afghan Hound

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Origin: Afghanistan
Lifespan: 12–18 years
Height: 25–27 inches
Shedding: Minimal
Temperament: Dignified, comical, sweet, independent

As one of the world’s oldest breeds, the Afghan Hound has been around so long that it’s impossible to know exactly when they first came about. We do know, however, that they were developed in the area that is today made up of three countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India, but Afghan Hounds are most commonly associated with Afghanistan. Here, they’ve long been developed in mountainous regions.

Afghan Hounds aren’t known for being big droolers, and they don’t shed much, either, but they do need to be brushed regularly to prevent their long coats from getting matted and tangled. The elegant and dignified Afghan Hound exterior hides a sweet nature and a real sense of fun.

2. Doberman Pinscher

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Origin: Germany
Lifespan: 10–12 years
Height: 24–28 inches
Shedding: Moderate
Temperament: Loyal, alert, affectionate, courageous

Doberman Pinschers originated in Germany in the 19th century where they were developed as protection dogs. The idea came from a breeder named Louis Dobermann who was also a taxman and needed a dog of impressive size and awe-inspiring appearance to make sure people paid up and didn’t give him any trouble on his rounds.

In spite of their imposing looks, Dobermans are known for being very affectionate, devoted dogs that get along well with everyone in the family when properly socialized. They’re moderate shedders but don’t need to be brushed often and don’t tend to get smelly easily. Dobermans also have a low tendency to drool.

3. German Shorthaired Pointer

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Origin: Germany
Lifespan: 12–14 years
Height: Up to 25 inches
Shedding: Moderate
Temperament: Friendly, eager to please, energetic, playful

German Shorthaired Pointers were originally bred as gun dogs, and, after generations of work, the breed was finally considered “finished” in the 19th century. As hunting dogs, GSPs were developed to be agile, energetic, and eager to please—traits today’s GSPs have inherited from their ancestors.

As such, if you’re looking for a dog with moderate exercise needs, a GSP isn’t the breed for you; these athletic, smart dogs need a lot of physical exercise and mental stimulation on a daily basis. They give an awful lot back, though—GSPs are often said to be very affectionate, happy-go-lucky dogs, and they’re not big droolers. However, you can expect them to shed moderately.

4. Briard

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Origin: France
Lifespan: 12 years
Height: 22–27 inches
Shedding: Minimal
Temperament: Courageous, loyal, alert, adventurous

A French pasture dog, the shaggy Briard was bred as a dependable herder and guardian. The breed’s name was inspired by Brie, a region famous for dairy—especially cheese. Though they may appear heavily set, Briards are remarkably agile and have stamina to spare, so they need to be with a family who will keep them busy.

With a committed family, the Briard is faithful and loving, but with an independent streak. Since their long, wavy coats are prone to matting and tangling, Briards need frequent and thorough brushing, but they don’t shed much and they’re not typically slobbery.

5. Poodle (Standard)

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Origin: Germany
Lifespan: 10–18 years
Height: Over 15 inches
Shedding: Minimal
Temperament: Intelligent, energetic, versatile, family-oriented

Though the Poodle is France’s national dog, Germany is the country of origin. Poodles were developed in Germany as water-retrieving dogs, which accounts for their water-resistant curly coats and webbed feet. They come in toy, miniature, and standard varieties, but the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) recognizes a fourth size: medium (moyen).

Standard-sized Poodles are over 15 inches according to the American Kennel Club (AKC), and they can grow up to around 24 inches. Poodles are considered to be hypoallergenic because they shed so little and are less likely to drool than some other medium-large dogs. Poodles are highly intelligent and are good-humored, spirited, and devoted when socialized.

6. Goldendoodle (Standard)

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Origin: Australia & United States
Lifespan: 10–15 years
Height: 20–24 inches
Shedding: Minimal (usually)
Temperament: Fun-loving, gentle, curious, goofy

We shouldn’t forget that there are also plenty of mixed breeds that are medium or large in size and don’t drool or shed much. The Goldendoodle—a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle—is a fine example of this. Neither the Golden Retriever nor the Poodle are heavy droolers, but the Golden Retriever does shed year-round and more heavily during shedding seasons.

Goldendoodle breeders tend to aim for a Poodle-like coat, which sheds very little, but some Goldendoodles are straight-haired, so this can vary. Goldendoodles were originally developed as service dogs, but they quickly became popular family companions thanks to their often gentle, patient, and fun-loving personalities.

7. Borzoi

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Origin: Russia
Lifespan: 9–14 years
Height: At least 26 inches
Shedding: Moderate to heavy
Temperament: Majestic, calm, elegant, independent

The magnificent Borzoi comes from Russia where these dogs were commonly put to work as wolf hunters during the Romanov period. They were highly valued by the Russian royals, even to the extent that they were occasionally offered as special gifts by the Tzar. Queen Victoria of England may have been the recipient of Borzoi, which could explain how they came to Britain.

Appearance-wise and in manner, this gigantic hound truly lives up to its regal reputation. After all, you can’t expect such a royal dog to be a big drooler, can you? That said, they do shed a moderate to heavy amount. The Borzoi tends to be quiet and dignified with plenty of independence but a lot of love to give.

8. Irish Wolfhound

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Origin: Ireland
Lifespan: 6–10 years
Height: 28–35 inches
Shedding: Moderate
Temperament: Graceful, calm, sensitive, loving

The Irish Wolfhound is another ancient breed that was around before the Roman conquest of Britain. Like the Borzoi, Irish Wolfhounds once specialized in wolf hunting in addition to hunting large game. Today, however, the breed is one of the gentle giants of the dog world with a graceful, calm disposition, but their hunting instincts and prey drive are still present.

If you’ve ever been lucky enough to meet an Irish Wolfhound, you’re sure to have been awe-struck. Appearing to be more around the same size as a small pony than a dog, a male Irish Wolfhound is a minimum of 32 inches tall, though females are slightly shorter. They do not drool much, and they shed moderately year-round.



And there we have it—eight very lovely and large breeds (and mixed breeds) that aren’t heavy droolers. If you’d like a big, non-drooly dog to join your family, we recommend looking into adoption from a shelter. Shelters are full of dogs big in both body and heart—pure breeds and mixed breeds—waiting for the perfect home.

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