Why Do Dogs Have Whiskers? And What Do They Mean?

Why Do Dogs Have Whiskers? And What Do They Mean?

Dogs have whiskers, or vibrissae, on their faces. These are a special type of hair that is highly sensitive to changes in air currents. This allows the dog to sense if there is an animal or anything else close by.

Dogs use their whiskers for orientation and navigation, as well as sensing obstacles and dangers in their environment. Some dogs even use them to measure distances when jumping from heights!

Section 1: What are whiskers? Section 2: Why do dogs have whiskers? Section 3: The different types of whiskers Section 4: Why are dogs better than cats in the dark? Section 5: Conclusion

What are whiskers?

There are four main types of whiskers. The most familiar of these are found on the nape of the dog's neck. These "whiskers" are quite light and thick and extend from the base of the dog's ear to the tip of its tail. This part of the body is called the "dorsal region." There are a lot of differences in how these are different from other regions. For example, the base of the dorsal region of the tail differs in length from that of the nose region. Also, the whiskers on a dog's nose are significantly larger than the whiskers on its face. Why do dogs have whiskers? It is likely that dogs' whiskers have evolved in order to adapt to their evolutionary history. Not long ago, dogs lived as wolves and the rest of the animal kingdom did not know that dogs existed.

Why do dogs have whiskers?

If you've ever seen a dog take a drink of water, you've seen their tongue wag and the whiskers, or vibrissae, moving. Chances are, you've never noticed the whiskers on your own dog's face. These light-sensitive hair follicles are a small patch of hair growing from the base of the canine's upper jaw. The area where the hair becomes visible, or vibrissae, are often referred to as the 'whisker ridge'. During a dog's pupational period, when it first leaves its mother, its 'whisker ridge' is relatively short and stubby. These tiny whiskers quickly grow in length with age and then eventually disappear. This is probably to prevent other dogs from taking over its mother's nesting spot. Why do they grow out of the jaw?

The different types of whiskers

There are two main types of whiskers: Semi-retractable Retractable Semi-retractable whiskers are the smallest. Retractable whiskers are longer. They are found on the nose and on the face, but retract (become smaller) when the animal is scared or stressed. Their function depends on their shape and how they are oriented. When retracting, they act as the dog's ears. When pushing into the ground, they act like the dog's nostrils! What's interesting about whiskers is that they don't only function in the nose and mouth. The whiskers can be almost anywhere on the dog's body: under their chin, the throat, the face, the eyelids, and even inside their ears! Why do dogs' whiskers stay flat? Most dog owners can't believe that a dog's nose is flat.

Why are dogs better than cats in the dark?

You might think that cats are the only animals to find their way in the dark. This is not true, however. There are several species of mammals, such as whales, opossums and bats, that are able to navigate in the dark. Cats rely mainly on their acute sense of smell and their excellent hearing to find their way. They also use their sense of smell to search for food. Some cats may even try to take short cuts when it comes to searching for a food source. Being so well developed, cats' senses are not as useful as dogs' in the dark. This is why cats can sometimes become lost in the dark. Is there a reason why some dogs like to go out into the rain? Dogs have glands in their paws, called a tenaculum, that allow them to act as wipers.


Whether you love dogs or hate them, you have to admit that they’re a very interesting species. Here are a few facts about them that you might not know. This was just a small handful of facts that I found, but there are many more out there.