Everyone should be able to read the body language that dogs use to communicate how they feel and what’s on their mind. Unfortunately, not enough people can tell if a dog is angry, friendly, timid, scared or indifferent. On the other hand, pet owners who know their dog well can tell by looking at them if they are sad, happy, confused, frightened, surprised, pouting or not feeling well. How? By watching their body language and facial expressions. Dogs also have a more subtle language they use to communicate with us, which includes their eyebrows and ears.
For the most part, dogs don’t have well defined eyebrows like we do. However, some breeds – German Shepherds and Rottweilers for instance – do have markings above their eye where we perceive eyebrows should be. But dogs don’t have actual eyebrows; instead, they have a ridge above their eyes that can be manipulated in much the same way we use our eyebrows to express certain emotions.
When your dog raises his brows, he’s indicating he sees something of interest. Lowered eyebrows means he’s confused by a sound, or trying to figure out what you want. It can also suggest your dog is a bit angry. One eyebrow raised says your dog is questioning or puzzled. A pouting dog will lower his eyebrows, which says his feelings are hurt. An angry or suspicious dog will have his eyes partly closed, with his eyebrows pulled down.