At a whopping 13.6-cm (5.35-in), Prince Albert of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada currently holds the world record for longest eyelashes ever measured on a dog. If you’re looking for a breed with beautiful long lashes, Lhasa apsos are certainly the breed to buy; or, perhaps, you’re reading this because you think your dog may have the longest lashes. If you think your dog can give Prince Albert a run for his money, you’ll need to first measure his lashes and determine they’re longer than 13.6-cm and give Guinness World Records a call, so they can send someone out to verify the length truly wins. Prince Albert has held his record since November 27th, 2004.
Breeds with the Longest Lashes
Lhasa apso are predisposed to thick, long lashes because they have such long hair. The lashes grow to keep their long tresses from falling into their eyes. Any dog that is predisposed to long hair is also going to be predisposed to long lashes. Cocker spaniels, Old English sheepdogs, and Maltese are a few breeds that are predisposed to very long lashes.
How to Get Your Dog’s Lashes to Grow
Although it’s never recommended by groomers to let your dog’s hair grow too long (because of matting and other issues), you can encourage lash growth by choosing a longer hair cut especially around the eyes. This doesn’t guarantee your dog’s lashes will grow longer, but it could help. The most important thing is that you don’t allow your dog’s hair to grow so long it irritates the surface of his eyes. His eyes are extremely delicate, and it’s essential they’re kept free from hair, particles, and debris.
You can avoid matting by regularly brushing your dog and by washing with high-quality shampoos and conditioners. A great choice is Tora Honey & Oatmeal Shampoo and Conditioner. Follow up with the Wild Orchid & Almond Detangler when you go to brush his fur. Be careful not to let any of the products you use get into your dog’s eyes, although Tora products are safer than most because they’re formulated with no volatile organic compounds and no questionable preservatives or toxic chemicals, such as parabens, sulphates, and formaldehyde. You can view the full range of Tora’s grooming products by clicking here.
Long eyelashes are beautiful on a dog and they’re harmless; unless, they somehow become entangled in his fur. If they become entangled call your veterinarian to schedule a visit or get his advice before you trim the lashes. You can choose to trim your dog’s lashes at any time, but be careful if you do because a single scratch or poke could cause permanent damage. If you’re worried, ask your groomer to do the trimming for you.
Finally, it’s important to be aware of trichiasis (aka distichiasis), which is a rare eyelash disorder. These eyelashes should never be trimmed, and instead your veterinarian should be contacted immediately. Trichiasis is when one or more eyelashes grow from an abnormal spot, such as higher on the eyelid or inside the eyelid (ectopic cilia). Your veterinarian is the only one that should remove these lashes.