How Often Should a Cairn Terrier be Stripped?
Every Cairn Terrier dog is different. But as a rule of thumb I completely strip my Cairns when their coats just begin to part down the middle of their back. (I use the Mars Coat King stripping knife.) For my Cairns this timing varies but is approximately every 3-4 months.
However, I brush my Cairns at least twice a week with a slicker brush. The experts will tell you to brush a Cairn Terrier every day. That is difficult to do unless you set a specific time every day to brush your Cairn while you are doing something else you normally would do every day like watching TV in the evening.
If you are a Cairn Terrier pet owner and not raising show dogs, I highly recommend using a Mars Coat King stripping knife.
Brushing a Cairn makes their skin healthier by removing mats, dead hair and skin cells, and my Cairns love to be brushed too. I think this is because when they were puppies I made it a daily routine of 2 minutes or less and made it a fun task. Now when I pick up the slicker brush, they both come running.
Read my related articles, "Grooming a Cairn Terrier (not for Show Dogs)" and "The Hard Coat of the Cairn Terrier".
Filed under Grooming Cairn Terriers
We just discovered your site and think this is a great resourse for those of us who own cairns for the love of the dog. We have two cairns,one which is a registered female and the other is a rescue male. We have owned the female (Shots) for about 4 yr's and the male (Casey) for about 8 months. Even though we will not be showing these dogs I still want to keep their coats as close to standard as possible. You recommend the mars coat king stripping knife, but I was wondering what model is the right one for cairns? Both of our dogs have kinda long hair on their chest and legs. Will the mars do a good job in that area or do we need a different tool to bring that area back to the short wirey texture that is associated with cairns.
Posted by: joe & linda hoy | February 4, 2008 10:05 PM
I got my first Cairn, she is 4 months now and I have been reading up on the breed on the internet. Its says not to bathe them, so what do you do? She stinks!
Posted by: Cheryl | April 19, 2008 04:16 PM
I got my first Cairn/Jack Russell from a shelter two weeks ago. He's my tenth friend (all from shelters) so I named him Tenner. He's about 1 year old and pretty well behaved. He's the first dog I got that was not a puppy that I trained from the start. He does walk on a leash, but keeps pulling. If I stop and say "here" he will come to me, but he really doesn't want to stop. He's far too interested in looking for "prey" or anything that moves. Will I ever be able to walk him without his instinct kicking in? Thanks to all who read this and respond.
Posted by: Marci | October 30, 2008 07:23 PM
About bathing Cairns - the best way is not to bath them but take them for a long walk in the pouring rain!!
If you live in an arid climate inprovise with the garden sprinkler ;)
Posted by: Neil | November 27, 2008 02:48 PM
What Mars Coat King blade size is best for all around grooming of my 3-year old cairn? He is 19 lbs., fairly coarse, long hair. I don't think he has been heavily groomed in a while since we got him 2 months ago. His hair is not yet parting fully on his back but he has a lot of hair on sides and around his legs and rear areas. Thanks.
Posted by: Robert | May 8, 2009 08:55 AM
Hello, this is a great Site. I have a couple of questions....My Cairn named Toto is going to be 6 on September 6th. He has been getting groomed for the past three years and I had no idea about the stripping. He now has a very soft coat. BUT, he seems to pull out his fur on his own. Could this be because his coat is not getting stripped and what season should it be done?
Also, he has severe alergies to beef and airborn pollen etc... we live in Florida and the pollen is unavaoidable. His vet said he should be bathed more often. Do you agree.
Posted by: Mike | June 9, 2009 09:16 PM
I am confused. I have a six month old female carin terrier and am having trouble finding a groomer, so I have decided to go for it. I will have to get the correct tools but is it the long top hair that curls on top or the down undercoat that has half way grown to the top layer that I pull out? She is just starting to part down the middle.
Posted by: Tracy Colado | July 10, 2009 09:47 PM
My Cairns 'Smudge' is coming up to his third birthday but has always been groomed by a so called professional, but he has never been 'stripped'.
I have just brought a stripper as suggested by your site, but would like information on how to use it, and how to keep smudge still while I am working on him.
Posted by: Dave | August 31, 2009 07:56 AM