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Am new to the forum but here goes...

I have a new cairn (5 months) and had him for 6 weeks. Always had my previous cairns clipped...am attempting the stripping routine. Fantastic breeder showed me "how" once but lives a bit far for monthly "updates". I'm trying.....

Question....Furminator vs. Mars Coat King? I have the hand tools, furminator and "work the coat" weekly. Back and sides are terrific; head needs work. So far, furminator seems to be doing the job BUT as his hair really grows in I see an opportunity (around the neck and hind quarters).


Also, live in the north Denver area and if anyone knows of a groomer who hand strips, I'll take referrals!!!!


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There are a lot of excellent breeders in your general area and you are lucky enough to have an active regional club. You might hook up with the Cairn Terrier Club of Denver. Likewise, you may want to look into the Rocky Mountain Earthdog Club - many of the eligible terrier breeds are double-coated like the Cairn, and you might find a Westie or Border or Lakie or similar person who takes on grooming on the side. I know we have a local Cairn breeder who has a side specialty grooming Borders, so the reverse is certainly possible :)

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Mars Coat King works great but doesn't do much as far as the head and tail goes. Never tried the Furminator but sounds a lot like the MCK.

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The furminator and its cousins look more like a flea comb than a rake. It's one fast way to get out undercoat, but there are many ways to do so. Unless one has a particular problem with undercoat I tend to stick with the MCK for a quick tidying up of the jacket. I still don't know any better way to do the final shaping of the fiddly bits like head, tail, or legs other than fingers (or *gasp* scissors).

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Thanks for the feedback. I see several posting sites on this topic. I am going to get the mars coat king just to compare.

I see preferences from 12 through 16. My pups coat is really terrific now....perfectly coarse. Bradl....which size mars coat king do you recommend?

Thanks so very much everyone.

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:thumbsup: We use #12 of MCK and it works well. You can get it at Grommers mall or other online places.

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