You are here:

Dog Grooming/Cairn terrier fluff


I groom my cairn terrier bi weekly, and recently nought a stripping comb (furminator). However her head always looks so small compared to her body! She's not overweight but she is fluffy, even after I continually strip her. I'm worried she's going to overheat or something.

Hi Athena,
A furminater is not stripping but cutting her hair, rather more like tearing it. They are awful pieces of junk and will ruin the wire jacket. Toss it. If you want a tool that will rake and remove hair you are best advised to used a Mars Coat King- the wide head 32 blade type.  Stripping needs to be done by hand with a knife but the Coat King will remove the undercoat and dead wire better than nothing. It will do nothing for the head and legs but from the looks of the picture the reason the head is too small is because there is too much hair on the body.
YouTube has some good videos if you have the time to watch some. Look up Cairn Terrier grooming- hand stripping.
Shaving the belly in the summer often helps to keep them cool since they like to lay on cool floors but if she does over heat then put an ice pack on her chest between he front legs to cool her down and keep her out of the sun.
Hope this helps some
Good Luck

Dog Grooming

All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


ElizaBeth CRONK (Horch)


Professional Dog Groomer-How to groom dogs- all breeds but specialize in the Art of the Hand Plucked Terrier, Bichon and Portugese Water Dog. Scissoring, clippering, and most known for hand plucked terrier skills. I am well known for my private business in Manhattan. I train owners and professionals looking to upgrade their skills Trained at NY School of Dog Grooming and apprenticed with several Internationally known expert breeders, handlers, and judges, assisted many years Westminster and Montgomery Kennel club shows.


28 years private residential dog grooming service- I have groomed over 30,000 dogs I teach professionals and private clients

Member Twin Brooks Kennel CLub- NJ Morris and Essex Kennel Club American Fox Terrier Club

Publications DVD Splish Splash the Doggies Bath- a how to for basic dog bathing Terrierific Facebook Fan page consultant for various pet publications and manufacturers of pet products

New York School of Dog Grooming/ worked with many professional handlers, assisted many dog shows, bred my own dogs, private tutoring

Past/Present Clients
private listing over 250
video now available on website testimonials on website

©2017 All rights reserved.