szeptember 17

Cairns are non-shedding dogs that have 2 coats, a soft undercoat and a coarse outer coat, because they do not shed they need to be stripped to remove the dead hair. Ideally the dog would grow out the coarse coat and when it was time to be stripped they would have the soft coat underneath, but in some cases there’s no soft undercoat and so when the dog is stripped it’s like starting all over.

Cairns shouldn’t be bathed frequently, once a month or so if sufficient unless they really need it, this helps to prevent their skin from drying out.

If you’re not willing to do the grooming yourself, find a groomer who can do the stripping by hand, they will help you keep up with the dogs grooming schedule based on it’s needs. If you’re going to do the grooming yourself there’s a few tools that are helpful to have on hand, a grooming table, scissors, a slicker brush and clean hands, which are particularly important when dealing with hair near the dog’s eyes, especially if you’re stripping them by hand.