Dog grows world’s longest eyelash after groomer asked to not trim it
A California couple’s decision to not let their dog’s groomer trim her unusually long eyelashes ended up earning the canine a Guinness World Record.
Coco, the newfypoo — a mix of a Newfoundland and a poodle — was awarded the title after one of her eyelashes was measured at 7 inches (17.8 cm) long, according to a Guinness World Records release.
Rachelle Parks, who is jointly a proud dog parent alongside her husband Michael Babich, said she had the lovable pooch’s eyelash measured three times by her veterinarian — who confirmed that the head-turning hair had grown naturally.
"When we go out she gets a lot of attention, not just because of her lashes but also her size -- she's a big girl," she explained. "People are amazed at her lashes. A few years ago they were like 5 1/2 inches long and when I checked on Guinness World Records the current world record [at the time] was longer."
To put that into perspective, the length of an average human palm is about 3 inches.
Parks, who specifically instructs Coco’s groomer to not trim her lash, realised it had grown enough to finally break the record that has changed many hands (or eyes) since being introduced by Guinness in 2000 — and it did.
Measured from the tip to the eyelid, the 7-inch long eyelash was found to be officially the “longest eyelash on a dog ever”, outgrowing Australian labradoodle Ranmura’s 6.69 inches (17 cm ) long lash, which held the record since 2014.