What is hand stripping?
Why hand strip instead of clip?
Does it hurt the dog?
Not if you do it correctly! When done right, it is a relaxing feeling for a wire-haired dog and feels like a massage. It’s a long process which some might not like, but it is not painful. Wire hair is not attached like our own hair or breeds with other types of coats.
Many dogs even enjoy it. We do recommend clipping or scissoring the tender spots so it isn’t uncomfortable for them (eg. armpits, faces, nether regions).
What breeds are usually hand stripped?
Mainly terriers but some other breeds have an appropriate coat for stripping. There are
also many mixed breeds that have an appropriate coat for hand stripping, or partial hand
stripping to bring out their natural wire coat.
Here’s a list of dogs that could benefit from the process:
- Airedale Terrier
- Australian Terrier
- Border Terrier
- Cairn Terrier
- Dandie Dinmont
- Irish Terrier
- Lakeland Terrier
- Miniature Schnauzer
- Norfolk Terrier
- Parsons Terrier
- Scottish Terrier
- Sealyham Terrier
- Welsh Terrier
- Wire Fox Terrier
- Brussels Griffon
- German Wirehaired Pointer
- Spinone Italiano
- Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
- Dachshund (Wirehaired)
- Ibizan (Wirehaired)
- Irish Wolfhound
- Petite Basset Griffon Vendeen (PBGV)
- Scottish Deerhound
- Giant Schnauzer
My dog is just a pet, should s/he be hand stripped like show dogs?
How can I tell when the coat is ready?
A groomer who does hand stripping will be able to tell just by looking at the coat and touching it whether it’s time or not. If it is not quite ready, they’ll be able to tell you when to make the appointment to have your dog stripped at the proper time.
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