Which Dog Breed Has the Longest Canine Lashes?

by Christy Ayala Google
    Long eyelashes help keep those long furry tresses from getting into your pup's eyes.

    Long eyelashes help keep those long furry tresses from getting into your pup's eyes.

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    Dogs, like people, have eyelashes to protect their eyes from tiny particles of debris. The longer eyelashes that some long-hair breeds sport also serves another purpose -- to hold those furry bangs out of the eyes. Of these dogs, the long-haired Lhasa apso, according to Guinness World Records, is the world record holder for the longest eyelashes on a dog.

    Prince Albert

    As of November 2004, the Guinness World Record holder for longest eyelashes on a dog, Lhasa apso Prince Albert of Saskatchewan, Canada, was batting lashes that measured up to 5 inches in length.

    Unusual Dog Eylashes

    Unlike humans, dog eyelashes grow only on the upper lid. Some breeds, however, especially those with long hair, are susceptible to medical conditions like distichiasis, a condition that causes abnormal eyelash growth. These extra lashes can grow as single hairs or extra rows of lashes; they have been known to grow on the lower eyelids.

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    About the Author

    Christy Ayala writes about recreation, sports, aquatics, healthy living, family and parenting, language development, organizational change, pets and animals. Ayala holds a master's degree in recreation administration from Aurora University’s George Williams College, a graduate certificate in organizational change from Hawaii Pacific University and a bachelor's degree in Spanish from the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

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