They snore, snort, sneeze, sniff, and slobber…. but we love our Frenchies!
Just like other Bulldogs, Frenchies have a tendency to drool… a LOT! Especially when they are a little puffed out or overheated.
Why do French Bulldogs Drool?
The short answer is because of the shape of their jaw and the arrangement of their lips. The Bulldog’s snout is shorter and wider than other dogs, with many folds that cover their lips. In addition, their lips are thick and tend to droop downward. The breed also suffers from prognathism in the jaw, meaning that their lower jaw comes out in front of their upper jaw.
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.
What Are The Health Concerns Related to French Bulldog Drool?
The anatomy of the French Bulldog can also cause breathing problems for the breed, which typically can coincide with excess drool, causing even more issues. The breed suffers from a syndrome known as Laryngotracheomalacia or Brachycephalic Races Syndrome. The syndrome causes their nasal passages to be very narrow, and as a result, tends to cause the dogs to snore. Because of this, they may be unable to close their mouths at night or breath through their noses, causing them to drool excessively during the night. The result is similar to what happens to us humans when we have a cold or a runny nose.
How Do I Manage Excess French Bulldog Drool?
It is important to take your Bulldog to your vet immediately if you notice an increase in the amount of their drool. Make sure to note when the increase began, if you have been cleaning the house with something new, or if you think they may have been chewing on something. It is possible that the drool could be the result of your beloved pet ingesting something poisonous like plants, cleaning disinfectants, or shampoo.
French Bulldogs also typically drool more in the summer as their bodies natural way of lowering their body temperature. Offer them some cool water to drink, or take them for a swim, and you should see a decrease in the drool.
What Causes French Bulldog Drool?
Increased stress levels can also cause an increase in drool. Dogs can become stressed in a number of situations, with the most common causes being car or air travel, or leaving them for extended periods of time. Some dogs suffer from increased anxiety in these situations. When this happens, not only will drool levels increase, but the dog may become aggressive as well. If this happens to your dog it is important for you to discover the underlying cause and either help your pet better handle those situations with shortened trips, or avoid what is causing their anxiety altogether.
Another cause of excess drool for the French Bulldog is the sight of food. The breed loves to eat and will drool and beg if they see something that looks especially tasty! They may also drool when they see water on an especially hot day. Some additional special dog treats offered throughout the day should cause a reduction in the drooling associated with food.
Despite the drooling and snoring, French Bulldogs make wonderful pets that are social and playful and are sure to become a beloved member of your family in no time!
Will is the proud co-owner of Frankie, a Female Brindle French Bulldog, with his wife Michelle. We share our Frenchie experiences with the world to help health-conscious French Bulldog owners who want a happy, healthy, and long-living dog.