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    Default Do they all have crazy whiskers?

    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?

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    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:
    Angie, Katie and Lexi

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    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.

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    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!

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    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
    You can see them in this pic at about 12 weeks old. They were way longer than this when I trimmed them.

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    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.
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    Just came across this on a dog owner's guide online....

    Whiskers
    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.
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    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.
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    "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.

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    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.
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