Why Dogs Have Whiskers

Whiskers help dogs gauge openings and navigate tight spaces to avoid injury and get unstuck.


Whiskers send signals that help dogs maintain equilibrium and body awareness.


Whisker sensation helps dogs detect and judge objects near the face and head. 

Object Detection 

Forward facing whiskers convey mood. Curious dogs point them forward. Stressed dogs slick them back.


Never cut your dog's whiskers! This removes their sensory input and guidance system.

 Whisker Trimming

Exercise care around whiskers. Even slight damage impairs their sensitivity.

Proper Handling  

Whisker length and thickness varies in breeds. Sighthounds tend to have longer whiskers.

Breed Differences

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