What is handstripping?

Handstripping is the removal of undercoat of a wire or broken coated dog.  Many Terriers and Spaniels may be handstripped such as the Border Terrier, Affenpinschers,  Cairn Terriers, Fox Terriers, West Highland White Terriers, Jack Russel Terriers, Schnauzers, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons and Bruxellois Griffons. Hand stripping maintains the wire coat of these breeds to keep the show like coat texture and colour.  Clipping these breeds is also fine but will result in a soft downy coat and loss of colour.

Does it hurt? If done from a puppy and not been clipped before, it does not hurt the dog.  These hairs can be easily pulled out.  Naturally, you may notice some darker regrowth where you terrier licks itself, this is the wire coat.

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