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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-02-2012, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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Whisker trimming

I apologize if this has been discussed somewhere else but I searched it and didn't find anything. Do you trim a shepherd's whiskers for the show ring? I have seen people do that in other breeds and I was just wondering.

Shepherds are meant to be a very natural breed with minimal grooming for the show ring, correct?
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-02-2012, 09:38 PM
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No, in all my 15 + years of showing I have never trimmed my GSD's whiskers.

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post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-02-2012, 10:28 PM
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Ok here is my experience.

I once trimmed my cat's whiskers. He was so disoriented and wobbly for the next 3-4 days that I thought I might have to take him to the vet. I know cats and dogs are different but the whiskers helps a cat stay oriented and whatnot. I would imagine dogs feel the same way about their whiskers?

I wouldn't do it. But I am no expert about showing...
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There are some dog breeds that have the whiskers routinely clipped off or plucked out--Poodles and Cockers, for example. But I've never known GSDs to need it, and I don't think I've ever seen anyone do it on their show dogs.

I've never seen a dog act disoriented when its whiskers were cut off, but I personally don't like doing it, so I leave them natural whenever possible.
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There are some dog breeds that have the whiskers routinely clipped off or plucked out--Poodles and Cockers, for example. But I've never known GSDs to need it, and I don't think I've ever seen anyone do it on their show dogs.

I've never seen a dog act disoriented when its whiskers were cut off, but I personally don't like doing it, so I leave them natural whenever possible.
Agreed same goes for tails, ears, dew claws, vocal cords and in most cases testicles.
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No, haven't ever done it. Don't know of anyone with a GSD that does.
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I've never seen a dog act disoriented when its whiskers were cut off, but I personally don't like doing it, so I leave them natural whenever possible.
Good to know...

I just thought MAYBE....
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NO . These are not useless hair , whiskers are vibrassae , an organ sensitive to touch . Same with the little hair above the eyebrow.
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post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-03-2012, 11:24 AM
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No, NEVER. And I worked for a GSD handler at one time, they NEVER trimmed whiskers.

Bunny has no front dew claws. Her breeder (NOT Julia/von Sontausen, Bunny was a stud fee puppy) removed them. I didn't even know until I went to clip nails and there was just a bump where the nail should be. Grabbed my cell phone and called Julia and said "They took off her dew claws!" There was several seconds of stunned silence followed by "YOU'RE *BLEEPING* ME!" Neither of us ever THOUGHT that an experienced breeder would remove front dew claws?! Bunny (a red sable) has a dark spot where each dew claw should be, so she was about 11 weeks old before we noticed.

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My reaction to the front dew claws would be the same as Julia's -- these are used in grip . Stud dogs hold and position , holding prey , Nature put them there for a reason.
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