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Why do dogs have whiskers?

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Why do dogs have whiskers?

There are some rigid and strong hairs that are deeply embedded in the skin on the muzzle of the dog. These whiskers are also called vibrissae. Why do dogs have whiskers and for what those are used for, you will get to know in this article.



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The vibrissae provide an important sense of touch for dogs. They help dogs to better sensing through the world. The whiskers are much stronger and deeper anchored in the skin, like the other hair on the dog's body. At the starting point of the whiskers there are many touch-sensitive nerve cells.


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Whiskers an early warning system

The whiskers are a kind of an early warning system, which act to avoid collisions with objects, so that approaching things or objects do not injure the face or the eyes of the dog.

If you tap delicate against the whiskers of the dog, the dog will close protectively his eye and turn away his head.

Other animals such as cats, seals, bears and rats also have whiskers. Many animals use whiskers, like a blind man his stick. If the dog approaches a subject, then the whiskers directed forward and begin to vibrate slightly. Dogs gain data about the shape and texture of objects in the vicinity of her head.

Because dog’s eyes can not focus well on things that are close to them, they get helped with the information by the vibrissae to locate and identify objects.




Do not cut whiskers

Many dog owners and dog hairdressers are unaware of the importance of the vibrissae in dogs, so that these are simply cut off as part of the grooming. Removal of whiskers is very unpleasant and stressful for the dog and reduces his ability to fully sense his environment.

In particular, at dusk or at night dogs, whose vibrissae were cut off, feel uncomfortable. In low light, such dogs then move slowly because they do not get the information they need to run around obstacles.

In undamaged vibrissae, the dog must not touch the subject, to notice that something is there. These sensitive hairs can register slight changes in the air flow itself.

When the dog approaches a wall, the air that is set in motion is reflected from the wall, so that the whiskers will bend slightly. This is for the dog an information that something is in front of him, without touching it.

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