Do whiskers serve a purpose?

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Do whiskers serve a purpose?

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    06-12-2008, 12:20 PM
Do whiskers serve a purpose?

I just clipped Jubilee's whiskers off the other day, to give her a cleaner look around the face. But I was wondering, should I have left them as is? Are whiskers there for a reason?

Thanks guys.
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    06-12-2008, 12:23 PM
I assume they are there to help them 'feel' what they are eating, but I don't really know....
    06-12-2008, 12:56 PM
I would imagine they are there for a reason.

When I was little, I would cut my dogs whiskers off (i wanted them to look like show dogs) and I got yelled at quite a few times because of it. My mom said they're there for a reason, but never gave a reason.

It could help them "feel" around, maybe when they're grazing or something.
    06-12-2008, 01:50 PM
Yeah so they can feel..although I highly doubt that she wouldn't be able to "feel" if she had no im sure itss ok
    06-12-2008, 02:11 PM
They are used to help them see how close things are to them. One of the reasons it's so critical to leave them on, on a blind horse or a horse with cataracts. Removing them really affects the natural way they have to get around and know how close their surroundings are.
    06-12-2008, 02:28 PM
I watch Henry drink and his whiskers seem to filter the stuff floating on the water so he doesn't suck it in.
    06-12-2008, 02:38 PM
Green Broke
I thought they were there to help them breath
    06-12-2008, 04:31 PM
Yeah, they're kinda like 'feelers' them smell & see I guess? They do serve some purpose.
    06-12-2008, 07:08 PM
Yeah I usually just give them a trim so they are all a neat 1" or so long. Removing them completely is supposed to mess them all up :)
    06-12-2008, 07:46 PM
They are feelers for the them feel their food and surroundings. Sonny will always have his...I never trim them

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