View Full Version : Do they all have crazy whiskers?

My Wesley
3rd January 2007, 03:54 AM
Wesley seems to have crazy whiskers. Or at least my hubby thinks so. Do they always have these above their eyes? I can't really tell in anyone's pictures, but then again, I can hardly see them in his. Are they there on everyone?


3rd January 2007, 04:04 AM
I think they all go through some "spurts" of some sort (and then there are the show dogs who are always perfectly coifed). Katie, who is definitely an "au naturel" Cavalier, has always had wild hair, cowlicks and out-of-control whiskers. Here's one of my favorites:

My Wesley
3rd January 2007, 04:48 AM
Haha! Too cute! I love Katie's hair!

Do people pluck their eyebrows? I can't imagine that'd feel good on a pup! It's just so hard to see them in pictures that I can't tell if the few eyebrows are something they grow out of. Here's what I'm talking about.... This was at 8 weeks, but it's the best pic of them.


3rd January 2007, 04:56 AM
I'm not certain about wiskers on dogs but on cats they are like antennae.

They have a lot of nerve endings and prevent cats from getting their heads stuck in places.

Could be a "protective" thingy, something similar in doggies too.

I just "tested out" my theory on Mary Alice, must be right, she didn't like me touching them.

Back to sleep, lovie! :flwr: :flwr:

3rd January 2007, 05:09 AM
Uh Oh.....I trimmed the ones over Lily's eyes. They were so long they were poking her in the eye. Hope I didn't do something wrong :shock:
You can see them in this pic at about 12 weeks old. They were way longer than this when I trimmed them.


3rd January 2007, 05:31 AM
my Pumpkin has crazy whiskers too!! They are long and stick out like crazy. I think it's because she sleeps on them and they get bent or curled during the night. I try to "straighten" them out for her but she just runs away lol. I think the crazy whiskers make them even cuter lol.

My Wesley
3rd January 2007, 05:36 AM
Just came across this on a dog owner's guide online....

Whiskers are the stiff hairs on the dog's face. They occur in clusters and serve as sensory structures — anything brushing against these whiskers stimulates Rusty to close his eyes, pull away, turn his head, paw his face, or shake his head.

Some exhibitors trim the whiskers of their show dogs, but such trimming may limit the dog's response to his environment and detracts from the natural appearance of the pet.

My Wesley
3rd January 2007, 05:48 AM
In other searches, it looks as though a lot of breeds that are shown have their whiskers trimmed. If you do so, you're supposed to make sure to use blunt nosed scissors, as to not harm them.

Then I also found this on the ASPCA site saying to not trim the whiskers...

Reader/dog lover Wendy H. recently wrote in to ask us to resolve a disagreement she’s having with a pal. “My friend suggests that we shave our dogs for the summer to keep them cool,” says Wendy. “But she also insists that we cut the dogs’ whiskers! I don’t see how this can be helpful!”

We checked in with Dr. Lila Miller, the APSCA’s Veterinary Advisor and Vice President, Veterinary Outreach, who gave her ruling on the matter. “A dog’s whiskers are sensory organs,” explains Dr. Miller. “They alert the dog to move his head away from an aversive stimulus, and operate as feelers to help the dog navigate in darkness. Trimming them will not help cool a dog off. And although it would not be painful for a dog, whiskers should not be cut.”

Sounds like it's a personal preference sort of topic, but mostly just show dogs that get them trimmed. I think I'll wait for more responses before I decide what to do.

3rd January 2007, 06:38 AM
"Funny curly whiskers" along with an "odd tufty" coat and continued "dry eye" which your vet alone can test for are also strong indicators for a condition called "Dry Eye curly Coat"

This has nothing to do with a Curly Coat but this inherited genetic condition is on the increase within this breed and is an auto-immune illness. It requires constant medical attention and 24/7 care at home. It has no cure and needs to be caught very early on to help keep the dog comfortable.

My honey-Bee had it.

Might be worth the vet checking the eyes with a "Tear test" first to rule it out. If you want more info feel free to PM me.

Alison, Wilts, U.K.

3rd January 2007, 11:46 AM
My Maddy has the long curly whiskers too. Hubby said we should cut them but I said no. So glad after reading this post.
However, Alison's post is concerning.

3rd January 2007, 01:01 PM
Although not alot of information is readily available, for those interested or concerned good information for you and your vet/eye specialist can be found at:



under Curly Coat Syndrome or Eye Conditions.

Pups born with this condition look slightly different than other pups/siblings in the same litter and experienced, knowledgeable, caring breeders normally spot them and kindly PTS.
Many do however slip through and get sold into pet homes where constant care and attention is needed to keep the dog somewhat comfortable.
Dry Eye/Curly Coat is a nasty genetic inherited condition, both parents need to carry the genes and not neccessarily be affected themselves to have affected off-spring. The ratio of pups born in the litter which will be affected is totally unpredictable.
If at all concerned then you need to see your vet. The eyes are a very good indicator of this condition and can be tested with a tear test to start a diagnosis.

Alison, Wilts, U.K.

My Wesley
3rd January 2007, 05:06 PM
Well he doesn't have dry eye or a funky coat at all. Actually all is well in those places. Just funny whiskers thankfully!

3rd January 2007, 05:27 PM
Thats so good to hear :D

Hopefully the infornation that I have given will be of some use to others that are concerned or worried.

Alison, Wilts, U.K.

3rd January 2007, 05:46 PM
:lol: :lol: Cherrise went through that "grandma-ish/cat-ish" -looking stage too.. (even on my avatar you can still see the looong eyelash! )everybody called her grandma cher.. and EVERYBODY wanted to trim the whiskers but i said no.. :x she did look quite hairy but somehow it's all fine now.. :D The whiskers are much lesser and much shorter :roll:

3rd January 2007, 06:05 PM
She looks like she is all wiskers ...


4th January 2007, 03:00 PM
Awwww, i like the "all whiskers" look. It makes them look a bit like sea otters! :lol: And come on, who doesn't think sea otters are cute? ;)

Om's Mom
6th January 2007, 01:45 AM
MY Wesley: My little Dickens had the way-long odd whisker or two, as well as the way-long eyebrow hair or two. I trimmed the brow hair to keep it out of his eye. He outgrew both. Or caught up to them? :)

Katie: Dickens and Omlette had/have the funny mutton-chop effect on the side of their muzzle that you have. You look adorable in your "face feathers." 8)

If Karlin comes along and reads this...she may post a link that she sometimes uses for an adorable Tri on the agility course to illustrate the furry face look.

I have heard this may be a result of the dogs' being spayed/neutered.

Kdemars,the whiskers are cute, just like the otters'. :lol: Great pix angle, BTW.


6th January 2007, 07:38 PM
Brady is like that too. sometimes they touch his eye. my boyfriend cut them one time and i was kinda mad. he thought it was funny. they have grown back now. i think they are cute. :)

7th January 2007, 02:54 AM
Tripp has the long wiskers above his eyes too. I've often wondered if they have anything to do with his flycatching syndrome, maybe he's seeing the wiskers in front of his eyes and snapping at them???

9th January 2007, 02:59 AM
I was hoping someone would have some kind of comment about my post, any chance Tripp's flycatching has anything to do with the long whiskers in front of his eyes??

19th January 2007, 02:20 AM
We had a lady come to our house yesterday to look at our Chesapeake puppies, she noticed Tripp (our Cavalier) doing his flycatching, snapping at the air, she told us that he's seeing his whiskers above his eyes and snapping at them, she told us to trim them so they're not in his eyes and he'll stop, what do you think? is it worth trying?

19th January 2007, 02:26 AM
I trimmed Lily's, but they are growing back now. They were really in her eyes before the trim.

19th January 2007, 02:58 AM
My daughter and I were noticing Dottie's curly whiskers! We think they are adorable! I will have to try and get a closeup shot of them ... of course getting that wiggle worm to sit still for a closeup won't be easy! :roll:

Seanboy: I'm sorry no one has answered your question. I am new to this board and also to Cavaliers! I don't really know much about SM, but I *think* that the flycatching syndrome *might* be one of the symptoms??? Please don't take just my word for it, but look on the health boards for info on SM! Hopefully you are right, and your pup is just seeing his whiskers! ;)

EDIT: I wanted to make sure what I saw before I allowed my above comment to remain. Here is a quote I took from one of the SM resources here on this site.

Fly-catching, head shaking, lip-licking
Fly catching is a neurological condition in which the dog snaps at the air, as if snapping at flies, and has been reported in many syringomyelia dogs though it occurs as a separate condition on its own, as well. Dogs often will shake their heads and ears, yawn excessively (probably an attempt to clear pressure they feel in their heads), or lick at their lips excessively.

If your pup continues to do this, you probably should get a vet to check him / her! I hope it's nothing but WHISKERS!