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How to Handstrip a Cairn Terrier Using the 50/50 Method

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43 minutes, 33 seconds



The look you are going for when grooming a Cairn Terrier is ‘scruffy.’ The best way to get the correct look is with handstripping. Clipper cutting a Cairn Terrier normally leaves the dog looking ‘too groomed’ and destroys texture of the coat. Handstripping is the correct grooming method for this breed. It maintains the color and texture of the coat. It’s been done for ages, way before the use of electric clippers!

The Cairn Terrier is a great breed for a beginner to practice their handstripping skills. Out of the many breeds that are handstripped, the Cairn is one of the easier breeds to learn on. When the coat is ready to be pulled, it comes out easily. The pattern on a Cairn is simple: scruffy.  There isn’t much of a pattern line to follow. However, you do have choices on what method and/or technique will work best for individual pets.

In this lesson, Michell Evans demonstrates how to apply the 50/50 method of handstripping to this Cairn Terrier. This technique leaves the dog with correct look forthe breed profile while promoting proper coat texture and color.

In this video you will learn:

• How to decide what grooming method to use.

• What type of pattern you should aim for when grooming this breed.

• Which tools to use.

• Simple tricks to use to maintain the correct coat texture on a pet.

• How to get the correct expression on the head.

Michell Evans

Certifications: NCMG, CMG

Michell Evans is a multi-Best in Show and Best All Around groomer. She is Certified Master Groomer through National Dog Groomers Association of America (NDGAA) and the International Professional Groomers Incorporated (IPG) and International Society of Canine Cosmetologists.

She is the proud recipient of the 2011 Barkleigh Honors Competitive Groomer of the Year Award. She is also the first competitor to have the honor of earning a spot for her name on the John Nash Memorial Trophy.

She earned the Liz Paul Memorial Trophy for 2011 and Liz Paul Best Scissored Poodle Award.

She was a nominee in 2011 and 2012 for the prestigious Crystal Grooming Awards, Competitive Groomer of the Year.

Michell is a judge, speaker and demonstrator at the top trade shows around the country.

She was a GroomTeam USA member 2009-2012 and was the hand stripping member of the Silver Medal winning team at the World Team Championships in 2011. She represented the United States again in Barcelona, Spain in 2013.

For more information about lessons with Michell please contact her at or (505) 830-9123.


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