The Kennel Club is aware that the removal of dogs' whiskers
(vibrissae) is carried out by owners of some specific breeds of
dog. Whilst there appears to be no clear scientific evidence that
this causes harm or discomfort to the dog in the same way that it
has been shown to affect some rodents, there are those who believe
that it may be detrimental to dogs.
The practice of removing coat - and thereby whiskers - from the
muzzles of Poodles and some other breeds has long been carried out
in the interests of hygiene and is now commonly performed by
groomers of such breeds as Shih Tzu, Bichon Frise and Lhasa Apso
for the same reason.
The Kennel Club is concerned however that the practice seems to
be becoming more common in 'clean faced' breeds. The Kennel Club
does not believe that any breed should have its whiskers shaved for
purely cosmetic reasons and urges owners not to carry out this
practice on dogs for any purpose other than cleanliness.
Last updated - November 2013