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cairn mix
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Hello,
I am considering adopting a cairn terrier shih tzu mixed dog.  My research indicates that a cairn needs hand stripping, but a shih tzu can be shaved in a puppy cut.....I can't tell what her coat is more like.  I have had a beagle the past many years, and never have had a no shed dog.  I understand the cairn needs a lot of grooming...can you tell if this dog leans more towards a cairn or a shih tzu when it comes to grooming.  I'd prefer to be able to keep the dog in a puppy cut....if I have to hand strip the dog...I may have to pass...I just don't have that much time to spend hand stripping with a busy schedule.  Thank you for your help in advance.

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Don't think twice about the cairn coat-there is no reason to worry. Go ahead and do a traditional puppy cut and you will be great. The dog will not shed and will look adorable once you start clippering. I would never strip a mixed breed  like that anyway.
Good luck!

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I am an expert in terrier grooming and have been the expert on the dog grooming site for well over a year. While I am trained as an all breed groomer my true expertise is in the art of terrier grooming. Hand plucking for pets, to be specific.

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23 years as a professional pet groomer, 20 of them specifically working with wire hair breeds. Private residential business in Manhattan with over 250 client and have done over 30,000 groomings.

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Twin Brooks Kennel Club, former Board member Metropolitan Dog CLub, regular contributer to Groomer Talk at petgroomer.com

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website: terrierific.net Allexpert.com educational DVD Groomertalk at petgroomer.com

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NY School of Dog Grooming, apprenticed with major professional show dog handlers and breeders.

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website has testimonials available- I do not list private clients terrierific.net

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