The band ZZ Top has nothing on Kalamazoo's The 'Old Dog Whisker Club'

Founded in 2017 by Andy Miller 'The Old Dog Whisker Club' is a group of men that grow beards and mustaches, raise money for charities, meet weekly and oh yea, they compete in National Beard and Mustache Competitions.

The Detroit Free Press reported that the 'The Old Dog Whisker Club' is more then just a group of men enjoy a cold brew at the Old Dog Tavern in downtown Kalamazoo on Sunday's. Andy Miller, President of the club said...

As a member of the North American Competitive Beard and Mustache Alliance, the group joins others across the country to raise money for nonprofits. Whisker Club chose the Grey Muzzle Organization, which aids elderly dogs. No old dog should die alone or afraid.

So you can see that this club is more then just how great of a beard or mustache you can grow, but how they can help out their community. That is the way it is in the world of beard and mustache competition, all of the clubs have a charity that they raise money for.

So what are the contestants judged on? Style, fluff, size?!?!

Well, here are the standard categories for a Beard and Mustache Competition from

  • Moustache– Natural, Dali, English, Imperial, Hungarian and Moustache Freestyle.
  • Partial Beard– Goatee Natural, Musketeer, Fu Manchu, Goatee Freestyle, Impartial Beard/Kaiser Beard, Partial Beard/Freestyle and Sideburns.
  • Full Beard- Full Beard Natural, Full Beard Styled Moustache, Verdi, Garibaldi and Full Beard Freestyle.

Also, noted that...

Although it is not a requirement, many competitors choose to wear a costume of some type when competing, usually related to the type of facial hair they are sporting.

At this time there is no word if 'The Old Dog Whisker Club' will be competing internationally this year, but we may have a chance to see the club at the Kalamazoo Do-Dah Parade 2019! Club Founder Andy Miller told the Press that...

The group plans to host their first competition this summer, he said. The “Parade of Whiskers” will hopefully be a part of Kalamazoo’s Do-Dah Parade in June.

I personally am hopeful that they will be part of the Do-Dah Parade and I wouldn't mind attending their competition This summer!

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