Hand Stripping

Handstripping

Hand stripping a dog’s coat means that you are removing the dead hairs. Some breeds need to have their coats stripped as part of their regular grooming routine.

Most suitable coats have two types of hair, the softer undercoat and the harsh longer outer coat. It is the longer outer coat that dies and needs to be removed with the fingers. The longer hairs, when they are plucked out, are replaced quite quickly by new growth and so retain the correct colour and markings of the dog’s coat.

Many terrier breeds traditionally have their coats hand stripped.





UK Champion Carradine Night Listener At Harkinleigh (Archie)

UK Champion Carradine Night Listener At Harkinleigh (Archie)

Clipping Versus Stripping

Many people prefer to clip as it is quick and less time consuming and therefore cheaper too. However, if the dog is shown or if you want a more traditional looking coat then hand stripping is right for you.

A clipped coat is usually lighter in colour, with a silvery base to it and has a soft texture and isn’t as water proof either. A hand stripped coat is much easier to clean. The hard coat does not retain as much dirt neither does it smell as quickly.

If you start stripping a dog’s coat when it is around four to six months of age he will soon get used to the procedure.

In order to ensure that he is comfortable with this procedure, groom the puppy regularly so that he is used to being handled and will not wriggle and protest while you are stripping out the coat.

It is advisable to train the puppy to stand on a table whilst this is being done as it is easier for the groomer to work at this level rather than on the floor. A stripping session can take over an hour or more so both dog and groomer should be comfortable.

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Stripping

Hand stripping a dog’s coat means that you are removing the dead hairs. Some breeds need to have their coats stripped as part of their regular grooming routine.

Most suitable coats have two types of hair, the softer undercoat and the harsh longer outer coat. It is the longer outer coat that dies and needs to be removed with the fingers. The longer hairs, when they are plucked out, are replaced quite quickly by new growth and so retain the correct colour and markings of the dog’s coat.

Many terrier breeds traditionally have their coats hand stripped.

Certain breeds of dog require their coat to be stripped by hand. The most common hand stripped breeds are:

Terriers
Spaniels