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Hair cut for a terrier mix?
4Watermonkeys posted:
One of our dogs, Teddy the Terrier, is a terrier mix (wire-haired, looks like a schauzer, but taller). She's about 9 years old, and recently her hair has been changing - it's finer, longer (about 4-5 inches), and wavier. As a result she's been getting dingleberries. Also, her hair gets in her eyes due to the length. We'd like to have her hair cut so this isn't as much of an issue. She loves to be brushed and is VERY grateful to have the dingleberries removed and to have the hair on top of her head combed back so she can see what she's chasing.

So, our questions are 1) is it a good idea to start hair cuts on a dog that age since she's never had that done before, and 2) is it a good idea for a hair cut given her hair type? We had heard that certain breeds shouldn't have hair cuts because the hair actually helps keep them cool in the summer months, and since we're not exactly sure what breeds she's mixed with we aren't sure how to gauge that.

Thank you!


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