Hand Stripping

What is Hand Stripping?
hand stripping dogsWhen most dogs have too much fur or hair, they go off to the groomers for a little snip-snip. With a pair of clippers or scissors, groomers cut off the top layer of hair on a dog’s coat. But with hand stripping, the groomer needs to remove fur by hand; pulling it out by the root (not just the top layer) so a new coat is able to grow in.

Wiry coated dogs have a specific growth cycle where the hair becomes thicker and darker as it grows. You need to remove the dead hair from the top coat by the root; if you don’t, the coat won’t look as bright and vibrant, which is especially important when your dog is in the show ring.

The hair is removed with either a stripping knife or stripping stone, with the top coat removed to reveal the dense, soft undercoat. If done correctly, the procedure is painless. Many dogs are reported to enjoy having their hair stripped, especially when they are introduced to it as puppies but cannot be stripped if they have had coats clipped previously.

What Breeds Can Be Hand Stripped?

Not all dogs need to be hand stripped—it’s all about the type of coat rather than the breed of dog. Dog breeds have coat types, and certain breeds come with the coats that can be stripped. These coats have two types of hair—a soft and dense undercoat and a long and dense top coat.

Here are a few breeds that have a coat need hand-stripping:

  • Airedale Terrier
  • Affenpinscher
  • Dandie Dinmont Terrier
  • Border Terrier
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • German Wirehaired Pointer
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Schnauzer
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Westies
  • Wire haired Pointing Griffon
  • Wire haired Dachshund