do Cane Corsos drool a lot

Do Cane Corsos drool a lot? (Why?)

The Cane Corso is a fantastic dog. We have a 2-year-old female, Cane Corso. They are incredibly cuddly dogs that love children and have a high guarding and protective instinct. Some of you may wonder if Cane Corsos drool a lot.

Do Cane Corsos drool? Unfortunately, the answer to this question is YES. Cane Corsos do drool – and not a little. This is simply due to their head shape and hanging lips. Saliva collects on the lips and cannot be swallowed from there. At some point, so much has accumulated that it runs out.

Why do Cane Corsos drool a lot?

Cane Corsos are a large breed and belong to the Mastiff type breeds. They are also called Italian Mastiffs. So Cane Corso are big dogs that can reach a height of 65 – 70 cm and a weight of 40 – 65 kg.

Like all Mastiff breeds, the Cane Corso has the “problem” of not having his salivation under control.

This is primarily due to the hanging lips in which saliva accumulates and can not be swallowed. At some point, so much saliva has been collected that it just runs out. It’s not pretty – but that’s just the way it is.

However, I must say that a Cane Corso still does not drool as much as an English Mastiff, for example.

However, it must be said that all dogs “drool” or salivate. The saliva serves to keep the mouth moist and aids in digestion.

When does a Cane Corso drool?

The Cane Corso well controls the normal flow of saliva. It’s not like they are running around drooling all the time.

But there are situations in which your Cane Corso drools more. There it runs out of his mouth.

Food/treats lead to salivation

.Just like us, dogs also drool when standing in front of their food or waiting for a treat.

The production of saliva is additionally stimulated. In addition, your Cane Corso’s mouth is usually open, and the drool flows freely out the sides.

We sometimes have a small puddle under Malou when we train her or make her wait in front of the food.

Cane Corsos drool when drinking.

Especially when Malou drinks, she drools. The water dilutes the existing saliva, which can run out of the mouth unhindered and thin.

We often have “drool puddles” when our Cane Corso has drunk at or around the water bowl.

Cane Corso drools during exertion.

Panting also causes your Cane Corso to drool more. So if you are running with your Cane Corso, you will notice longer threads of drool hanging out of his mouth while running.

Cane Corso drools extremely – when you should be worried

Besides normal activities such as eating, drinking, or running that stimulate your Cane Corso’s salivation, there are situations that you should watch more closely.

Tooth or gum problems

Tooth or gum problems may be why your Cane Corso is drooling excessively. Cane Corsos are some of the strongest biting dogs around. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, a piece of the tooth may be broken off, which is why they drool.

That was the fact with Malou. She chewed so hard on a bone, which on the one hand, is suitable for dental care, that she broke off a tooth.

But gum inflammation or an object like a small stick stuck between the teeth can cause drooling.

A visit to your veterinarian can quickly remedy this.


When your Cane Corso is too hot, he tends to drool. When it’s hot, you should avoid exercising with your dog.

Dogs cannot sweat or can only sweat minimally to regulate their body temperature. They try to cool themselves down by panting. This is usually accompanied by more drooling.

Read next: Are Cane Corsos for first-time owners?

Try to protect your dog from the heat in the summer by washing him with cool water.

Cane Corso also needs regular exercise. Move the walks to early morning or evening and ensure he always has fresh water.


Stress causes many dogs to drool a lot. If your Cane Corso does not like to be left alone, this can cause stress, and he will drool a lot.

Make sure you slowly familiarize your Cane Corso with the situation from the beginning, even if you think it is unnecessary. At some point, you may have the case that you have to leave your dog alone, and then you don’t know how he will react.

Also, driving a car can cause stress and be the reason why your Cane Corso drools. Again, it’s called getting used to it.

Before you plan hour-long trips with your dog, you should repeatedly drive small distances with him and familiarize him with going.

Malou our Cane Corso drools
Malou our Cane Corso drools

Diseases/poisoning can lead to extreme drooling.

Unfortunately, illness or poisoning can also be why your Cane Corso drools a lot. Especially if your Cane Corso is vomiting simultaneously and has diarrhea, action is called for.

Go then directly to your veterinarian to avoid worse.

Avoid drooling with your Cane Corso.

Unfortunately, you cannot prevent your Cane Corso from drooling. It is pre-programmed due to the shape of the head.

Looking closely at the picture, you can see that Malou has a drool bubble coming out of her mouth. She is waiting for a treat.

However, you can make the world as easy as possible for yourself.

Before you wait for your dog to drool over everything (it’s not that bad now), you can routinely have a cloth in your pocket that you briefly wipe off as soon as it hangs out of his mouth.

This might be a bit awkward, but with small children, you do it with a runny nose as well. This costs a few seconds but saves the later wiping.

Of course, it is a little more effort than with breeds that do not drool. But you get a lot in return because of the unbelievably great character of a Cane Corso.

If you have a garden or balcony, feed your Cane Corso there. We feed our dogs in the garden and move the biggest mess outside. And there, it doesn’t matter if and how much they drool.

Conclusion: Do Cane Corso drool a lot?

Cane Corso drool more than many other breeds. This is simply due to the hanging lips in which saliva accumulates, and they cannot swallow. And eventually, it runs out. You must expect increased salivation and drool before feeding or on hot days.

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I am Marco with my Cane Corso and my Broholmer


I am Marco, and I am very lucky to live with 3 big Mastiff-type dogs. In this blog, I want to share all my experiences and knowledge about dogs.

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