Do dog eyelashes grow back

dog eyelashesYes, if your dog’s eyelashes have been cut by the groomer, they will grow back. On average it takes around 5 to 6 weeks for them to grow back to the length they were. Generally, it is best not to cut a dog’s eyelashes as they serve an important function. However, a groomer may trim them if they are excessively long or they have started to curl back towards the eye which may cause problems. Sometimes a groomer may cut a dog’s eyelashes by accident while they are trimming the fringe.

A dog’s eyelashes are designed to protect the eyes from dust and debris and to also help filter the sun.


Do dogs have eyelashes

Yes, dogs do have eyelashes on their upper eyelids. They usually don’t have lower lashes. However occasional eyelash can sometimes appear on the lower lid also.

Sometimes you may see a dog who has white eyelashes. This is the result of when a dog stops forming melanin. Melanin is the pigment that affects the color pigment in a dogs fur and even their nose. A reduction in melanin production is generally a cause for concern and occurs with age. However, there are other potential causes involving medical conditions. check with your vet if you have any concerns regarding your dog’s health. Read “What dogs have pink noses” to learn more about the function of melanin.

Some dogs may actually have a double set of eyelashes. This is a form of eyelash abnormality wherein the lashes grow from an abnormal location on the lid. This is known as  Distichiasis. Refer to this article to learn more if your dog has double eyelashes and consult your vet if you are concerned.

On most dogs, they are generally quite short. However, some breeds have do have quite long eyelashes. Often people will ask the groomer to ensure they don’t cut the eyelashes as they like the cute look, particularly on girl dogs. This is often easier said than done when grooming a dogs face.

Dog breeds with long eyelashes

A dog’s eyelash length is determined by the length of their fur. Dogs with long coats tend to have longer eyelashes to help protect against dirt and debris from the long fur around their eyes. A number of long-haired breeds are genetically predisposed to long lashes including the Old English Sheepdog, Cocker Spaniels, and the Maltese.

The world record holder for the longest eyelashes on a dog is Prince Albert, a Lhasa apso from Canada. An eyelash on Prince Albert’s left side measured 5.35 inches.

2 Replies to “Do dog eyelashes grow back”

  1. my toy poodle had a condition where her eyelashes grew inwards. we got her when she was 1 years old and because her eyes where watering we took her to our old dogs vet. we then found out about her problem and two days later they had the laser operation, but this meant before they operated they shaved off all her face hair. and also her eyelashes (on the outside)
    do u know if they will grow back too?

    1. David Barker says:

      It is probably best to check with the vet. I assume the eyelashes should grow back unless the laser operation was to kill the roots.

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