It's not required by any breed or show standard for the whiskers to be removed. Oftentimes they are removed by the handler to give a cleaner look to the face, but it has no bearing on how well they will preform in the ring.They do use them, which is why I think it's silly that these shows require them to be removed solely for cosmetics.
I remember seeing a comedian do a skit about people who had cut their thumbs off to give themselves an elegant looking hand - no more of that short fat thing sticking out to the side etc. It was quite a funny parody of what people do to themselves for reasons of vanity or whatever. People have a right to do whatever they want to themselves, but doing things destructive to dogs for cosmetic reasons is not right. You'd think the organized dog people (shows etc) would take the lead in discouraging that sort of thing.Oftentimes they are removed by the handler to give a cleaner look to the face.
Perhaps we should stop letting people trim their dogs into those hideously adorable teddy bear/puppy cuts as well. I'm it's not like we've domesticated dogs to the point where they don't need their hair for protection or thier whiskers to feel their way through the house.People have a right to do whatever they want to themselves, but doing things destructive to dogs for cosmetic reasons is not right. You'd think the organized dog people (shows etc) would take the lead in discouraging that sort of thing.
The thing is, YOU'RE the one protesting it...so really it's on you to prove such actions are as you say. You can't really make a statement based on no fact and wait for other people to either prove or disprove it...that's not how things usually work.If you can be 100% sure that the whiskers serve no useful purpose and the dog does not miss them at all, then go ahead and lop them off if that makes you happy. But I don't see how you can be so sure.
So someone should be able to do whatever they want to a dog until somebody else proves it is harmful, rather than having to prove something is not harmful BEFORE doing it to a dog?The thing is, YOU'RE the one protesting it...so really it's on you to prove such actions are as you say.
In the absence of either i) a repudiation of Wolfiee's explanation or ii) some explanations of how removing whiskers is of a benefit to the dog, then it seems that cutting the whiskers is simply a bad thing and should not be done.... a dog's whiskers are used for not only sensing, but for protection as well. A dog's whiskers are as sensitive as our fingertips and respond to air vibrations for a sense of perception. They allow the dog to judge upcoming objects and help to make the decision of whether or not to pursue it (like to stick their head in something that's too small). They also protect the dog's eyes due to their response when touched. The follicle of dog whiskers are also lined with a thin layer of cells that line the surface of blood-vessels.