Why do dogs have whiskers?
- January 05, 2021
- Ally Cohen
BOBBY CAWTHRON, DVM: Whiskers are modified sensory organs, mostly tactile in function. Touch, air, and vibration stimulate whiskers and send that message to the brain. This likely helps with low light movements during running and hunting. Whiskers are also known to help dogs communicate fear or confidence during encounters with other dogs.
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