As much as we love our dogs, they all have little quirks and habits that seem to annoy or bother us. With the British Bulldog, it's their never ending drooling. It's true that many dogs drool, but the bulldog seems to have it a little worse than most dogs. Many owners of bulldogs would like to know first of all why they have this problem and secondly, if there is anything they can do to help the problem.
The reason why British Bulldogs drool is because of the size of their face and all the loose skin that hangs on their face. The more loose hanging flesh they have, the more they drool. There really isn't enough "sturdy" flesh to hold the drool inside their mouth. Anytime the bulldog has anything to drink, they are going to drool and there really isn't any way to prevent that. Many owners will dry the dog's mouth after they drool to lessen the chance of them getting a pimply rash, which is common with Bulldogs.
With all the excess drooling the bulldog does, many of them end up developing lip-fold dermatitis, a disorder consistent with dogs with a hanging upper lip and lower lift folds. It is caused by dermatitis brought on by an accumulation of saliva and food. The symptoms are the lips and skin around the mouth becoming smelly and having a greasy brown look to them. Again, if you dry the loose skin often, you may be able to eliminate this problem.
Some bulldog owners believe that not all bulldogs drool, but most of them do. Some of the ones that do drool can actually get their owner wet; some have described it as being like someone had spilled a glass of water on them. Another "wet" habit the British bulldog has is coming up to his owner and shaking his head back and forth. The owner will often feel like someone threw some water on him! Others claim that when their bulldog walks through the kitchen, he leaves a trail of water behind him from all his drool. This is how bad the drooling is with some of the dogs.
In short, the more loose skin a bulldog has on his face, the more they are going to drool. Short of wiping the dog's face off all the time, there is very little you can do about the drool. One possibility is to try to train your bulldog to not shake his head while next to you. Some individuals, on the other hand, find this behavior of their bulldog quite endearing. Another thing you may try is never to feed the dog by your table or while you are eating. Each time he opens his mouth to get a treat or food, he is going to drool. Another method one family uses is to tie a bandana around the dog's neck with the triangle part on their chest. This is pretty efficient for catching the drool.