Posted 27 February 2009 - 09:36 AM
I have found a wonderful Cairn breeder in our province and have been corresponding with her. I've contacted the local groomer (who refuses to hand strip), and was told I should be satisfied with a 'terrier clipper cut' if my dog was not going to be shown. We live in a rural area and they are the only groomer we would have access to. I couldn't even cut my daughters bangs straight, when she was a child! Am I capable of grooming a Cairn?
Years ago I had owned a sheltie. He needed a good thorough brushing 2-3 times a week, and a trip to the groomers about 3-4 times a year. From what I'm reading, it seems like this smaller, non-shedding bundle of fur is going to need an even greater commitment to his grooming needs. Am I misinterpreting this mass of info? How many hours per week do you devote to grooming your dog?
Thanks for any help you could offer on the subject!
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Posted 27 February 2009 - 09:49 AM
I use a Mars grooming tool which "strips" the outer coat. I use a Furminator for the under coat. I probably do this once a week while we watch TV.
I use blunt grooming scissors to trim around the ears and other scraggly places. The hardest part is his feet - especially the nails. I usually take him to a groomer to cut his nails - I always nick him when I try.
Does he look like a Cairn? yes, and a very cute one if I do say so myself!
Truthfully even after I brush him and trim him, once he shakes it all out and rolls around in the yard for a bit, he still looks like a scruffy dog - which is what I love about Cairns. I'm kind of like that myself!
Posted 27 February 2009 - 10:05 AM
Don't let a fear of grooming keep you from getting one of these wonderful little dogs!
Posted 27 February 2009 - 11:23 AM
Posted 27 February 2009 - 11:36 AM
Posted 27 February 2009 - 02:37 PM
It helps to know ruff-n-ready is an acceptable look, as long as the coat & skin is healthy!
Posted 27 February 2009 - 03:00 PM
It's not very tough at all to keep these guys/gals groomed.
And you would be missing out on one of greatest dogs on this planet!
Posted 28 February 2009 - 10:12 AM
Posted 28 February 2009 - 11:04 AM
And, yes, I must admit I do believe CAIRNS RULE!!!!!
Posted 28 February 2009 - 12:46 PM
However, for major grooming I would use a groomer.
Edited by Holly&me, 28 February 2009 - 12:47 PM.
Posted 05 March 2009 - 06:58 AM
Posted 05 March 2009 - 07:50 AM
I too was nervous about grooming a cairn. But, really I find it very relaxing when we do it, and a good way to bond. And I love my scruffy rough and tumble guy. His scruff is what makes him so cute!!
Posted 05 March 2009 - 08:13 AM