Hand Stripping


Full visual health checks, Ears cleaned, nails clipped, Sanitary areas clipped, Anal glands checked, full comb through, Handstripping to breed standard, bath and blow-dry with conditioner and finished off with some designer doggy pawfume.

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What is Handstripping

Some dogs can’t be groomed with a simple shave or a haircut. Instead, their coat need hand stripping. So what is this grooming method and what dogs need it? Well, that’s why we are here, isn’t it? Please read on.

When it comes to keeping your dog’s skin and coat healthy the best thing you can do is groom them on a regular basis. It’s kind of obvious, but it’s true. For some dogs, regular grooming means little more than brushing a few times a week. For other dogs, however, grooming is much more complicated and taxing. Some dogs have a coat that requires a specific grooming method called hand stripping. This is a complicated process (hey, that’s what professional groomers are for, right?). So, what is hand stripping? 

What is Hand Stripping?

Hand stripping is a type of grooming method that dog groomers use to remove excess hair from their dog’s coat. The most common method of dog grooming is clipping, this method involves the use of a pair of electric clippers which cut or shave the top layer of hair on a dog’s coat. The difference between clipping and hand-stripping is that not only is hand-stripping done by hand, but it removes coat from the root (not just the top layer) so a new coat is able to grow in. Each time you clip a dog’s coat instead of hand stripping, you are just taking off the top layer of dead fur rather than removing it from the roots. As a result, the coat may become duller in texture and colour with each clipping, which is why many people consider hand stripping to be preferable. Is it an ideal solution for every dog? Of course not, it all depends on the dog and the coat. For some dogs, it’s not just the best solution, but the only one as well.

What Dog Breeds Require Hand Stripping?

When it comes to hand stripping, it is more about the type of coat than the breed of dog. Of course, certain dog breeds have certain types of coats, so obviously you can identify some breeds that require hand stripping based on their breed alone. That’s just not a universal truth. The type of coat that requires hand stripping produces two types of hair: the undercoat (which is soft and dense) and the top coat (which is longer and wiry in texture). The process of hand-stripping involves removing the dead hairs from the top coat by pulling them out from the roots rather than simply trimming them down. By removing the hairs entirely, you will create room for the new coat to grow in. Dogs with wiry coats go through a specific growing cycle in which the hair becomes thicker and darker as it grows. If you do not remove the dead hair from the top coat, it will have a negative impact on the overall appearance of the coat. That’s why this process is so important for dogs that have this very specific style of coat that is tricky to work with. Hand stripping will need to be done more regular than clipping so that the coat and be kept rolling and looking good. 

Some of the breeds that have a coat that requires hand stripping include (but are not limited to):

Border Terrier

Welsh Terrier

Wire haired Fox Terrier



Wire haired dachshund

Italian Spinone

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