Why Do Male Dogs Drool Around Female Dogs?

By Tom •  Updated: 08/11/22 •  3 min read
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Why Do Male Dogs Drool Around Female Dogs?

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Drool is something that can be adorable or gross in a dog! Some dog breeds do tend to drool more than others. Then there are male dogs that seem to drool around female dogs. But why?

We got this question and wondered why a male dog would drool around a female dog. So, we did the research and found some information that may surprise you! Let’s get started!

Why Does a Male Dog Drool Around Female Dogs?

Dogs drool around female dogs for many reasons, including:

  1. Excitement

When a female dog’s in heat, a male dog becomes very excited and driven to mate. A male dog smells the female dog’s pheromones, which can cause the major excitement he feels.

The amount of drooling may be a little or quite a bit. This may depend on how excited the male dog is or even what dog breed he is (some dog breeds salivate more than others).

  1. Anxiety or Fear

A male dog may also drool around a female if he’s afraid of her or fearful/anxious about the environment he’s in. It can happen that a female dog is in heat, and the male wants to mate. However, the female may not want to mate with that particular male dog. So, the female may act out in a fierce way that can cause fear and anxiety in the male dog. This can also cause him to drool.

  1. Nausea/Illness

Another reason a male dog male drool around a female dog is if he’s nauseated. Maybe he ate something he shouldn’t have, or he has an upset stomach because he’s sick. Either way, this can cause a dog to drool.

In this case, you may notice other symptoms, including lack of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, and lethargy.

How to Help Your Dog

Is drooling anything to worry about? Yes, it can be. If your dog is showing signs of nausea and being ill, you may need to take him to the vet. Your fur baby could be experiencing a stomach ache, a stroke, kidney disease, or other conditions that could cause him to drool quite a bit.

If your dog is drooling from excitement, this is normal and nothing to be concerned about. When the excitement passes, your male dog will more than likely stop drooling.

And if your dog is showing signs of fear or anxiety, try to figure out what’s causing him to feel this way. Once your dog has been calmed down and soothed, his drooling should subside.

So, there you have it! These are the most common reasons a male dog may drool around a female dog!

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Tom has always loved to write since he was little - he wanted to be either a writer or a veterinary doctor, but he ended up being a professional writer while most of his works are based on animals. He was born in San Francisco but later moved to Texas to continue his job as a writer. He graduated from the University of San Francisco where he studied biotechnology. He is happily married and a soon to be father!