What Is Hand Stripping?
Hand stripping is the process of removing the dead top coat of wire haired breeds. Common breeds that require stripping are: Schnauzers (all sizes), most terriers, Wire Haired Pointers, Affenpinschers, Brussels Griffon, Wire Haired Dachshund, Wolfhounds, PBGVs, Otterhounds, and any other dog with wire hair. Hand stripping wire coated dogs is extremely important to their skin and coat health. Some people choose to shave or clip these breeds, which can be very detrimental to their skin/coat health. The results of clipping a wire coated dog can include itchy skin, hot spots, bald spots, lack of hair growth, and other skin/coat issues. A properly maintained wire haired dog should be stripped 2-4 times per year, or every 2-3 months for show dogs. Hand stripping removes the dead, over-grown hair from a dog's coat, leaving the shorter, newly grown coat behind. Here, you can see some photos of the hand stripping process.
Here is a Border terrier
before being hand stripped.
Here, you can see where the coat has been stripped
away, revealing the new, shorter coat underneath.
And after, a fully stripped, much neater looking border Terrier!
Here is another Border Terrier
who has been hand stripped.