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When you come in contact with a Goldendoodle – have you ever noticed those long goldendoodle eyelashes?…

In my opinion they are so distinctive. Simply striking.

The Boys have only had a few groomers in their lives but on that first visit, every one of them will ask me the same question –

You don’t want his eyelashes trimmed, do you?

I – along with most of the doodle parent population will quickly respond with an immediate “no.”

Th majority of us seem to like them long.


Dogs need eyelashes to protect their eyes from debris like humans do. No one specific breed is known for having the longest lashes.

However –

a dog’s eyelash length is determined by the length of his fur. Source: Pets.thenet

Long haired dogs tend to have longer lashes to keep the strands away from the surface of their eyes.

On rare occasions you may see short-haired dogs with long lashes, but often it’s his size and shape that make the lashes “appear” longer when they’re really average length.


There is such a thing!

From –

  • Trichlasisin-growth of the eyelashes
  • Distichiasisgrows from an abnormal spot on the eyelid
  • Ectopic cillasingle or multiple hairs that grow through the inside of the eyelid

All of these conditions are commonly seen in younger dogs, but dogs of any age or breed can be affected and left unattended may cause damage with the cornea of the eye.

To learn more about these disorders and their symptoms, visit pet disorders in dogs by PetMD


For me that is the question!

Saturday they are both scheduled for haircuts.

While Jaxson’s lashes are between 2-3 inches long, they do not bother him.

Since his hair grows longer and flops in his face, I’d rather keep his lashes long to protect his eyes…

Harley’s lashes however, are shorter – yet he can barely see…

Lately his lashes seem to have changed direction and are now growing sideways. It’s as if he has a veil in front of his eyes…

He’s not bumping into walls or anything, I just wonder if it’s obstructing his vision.

I’ve examined Harley’s eyes well, and with the exception of his lashes facing one another, there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong. They’re just doing their own thing!


I am uncomfortable with my ability to “safely” trim Harley’s eyelashes myself. Therefore, I will leave it up to the professionals.

Periodic eyelash checks for loose eyelashes in or around their eyes will be a new part of my life. A loose eyelash in your eye – can make a grown person cry. Can’t imagine how painful that must be for a dog with only a paw at his disposal to remove it.

If you notice your dog pawing at his eye, or the eye looks swollen, increased tearing or abnormal eye twitching, consult your veterinarian immediately.

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  • Shadow and Ducky's Mom
    March 15, 2018

    Definitely let the the groomer trim Harley’s lashes if you want it done!

    When we first brought Callie home from her breeder, she had an ingrown eyelash on her lower lid. The vet did a little “nip-n-tuck” surgery; and by the next day the redness in her eye was just about gone. (The breeder wanted to give us a different puppy, but we said no way. So she refunded our deposit. She also wanted to pay for the surgery – we said no to that too.)

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 18, 2018

      WOW! I’m so glad you said “no” to the offer of another puppy. Callie was meant to be with you! The Boys have a grooming appointment this coming Friday. I can wait….

  • Emma
    March 16, 2018

    We have eyelashes, but they are not so noticeable. Our eyebrows are super long. Mom does trim the furs around our eyes frequently. She has an rounded scissors, and we are real good about sitting still for her.

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 18, 2018

      For me, it’s kind of like trimming their nails. Something I just don’t feel comfortable doing. So I will wait until the end of the week when they go to the groomer. Yep – call me Chicken Doodle Mom LOL

  • Jan K
    March 16, 2018

    At least it’s good they don’t seem to be bothering Harley. I don’t think we’ve ever had a dog with long eyelashes, at least not so long as to be in their eyes, so never had to worry about that. Cricket’s and Luke’s are definitely very short, matching their fur exactly as said!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 18, 2018

      Jaxson’s are so long I want to braid them LOL But they’re not in his way. Harley definitely needs a trim, but that’s a job for the groomer.

  • Monika & Sam
    March 16, 2018

    Some of us women would kill for eyelashes like that!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 18, 2018

      Ain’t that the truth Monika!

  • The Daily Pip
    March 17, 2018

    I don’t blame you for leaving the eyelash trimming to the professionals. That would make me a nervous wreck! They do have gorgeous eyelashes – heck I would love to have eyelashes like that!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 18, 2018

      I think the scariest part would be – even with the slightest injury – it’s not like they could tell me anything. They would be in some degree of discomfort and I would never know. Gives me chills just thinking about it. Yep – gonna wait for their grooming appointment.

  • Ruthie Barros
    September 22, 2021

    My Goldendoodle is 2 1.2 yrs old. She had full long/thick eye lashes a year ago and not she only has a couple of hairs. I’ve researched the web to identify what could be the problem. Any help you can throw my way would be helpful,

    • Cathy Bennett
      October 12, 2021

      Hello Ruthie –

      There’s no problem at all. The lashes will come and go. Harley (he’s 12.5 now) has had two lashes for years. He’s never gained more since he was 8 years old. I think it has to do with the “grade” of hair based on which generation the Dood is. Hoped this helped – thanks for reading 🙂