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Diana
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Sep 12, 2016 at 04:08
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After a conversation on Facebook I am interested to know if your Westie puppy was stripped the first time he/she went to the groomer or just clipped?

My last 3 girls were all stripped for the first grooming and from then on I had the choice of whether to pay xxx to have them stripped or less to have them clipped. While I love the stripped look and it seems easier to maintain I couldn't afford to have 3 of them stripped. 






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Patti and Molly
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Sep 12, 2016 at 09:11
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I love a hand-stipped Westie or Cairn.

My breeder, God love her, hand strips all of her dogs. We took Allie back to her for her first 2 groomings, and she hand-stripped her both times.

Unfortunately she lives 6 hours away from us. We love her, we love traveling to her, we love the area she lives in....but she's busy and so are we. :(

So I do have a local groomer who I trust (which is the most important thing to me in a groomer) - but she doesn't do hand stripping. So Allie got clipped the last time. Made me so sad to lose that beautiful hard coat.

May just have to bite the bullet and travel every other month or so.

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Deb, Emmie, and Angel Kelsie
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Sep 12, 2016 at 09:53
• Deborah
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All of our girls have had a "puppy clip" their first go round. It's not as close and doesn't take as long to do--perfect for a little one who isn't used to being groomed.
Love, Deb, Emmie, and Angel Kelsie

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MacNMe
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Sep 12, 2016 at 15:35
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My show dog is obviously hand stripped. I roll his coat, which takes an hour three days a week. His mother, who has been retired for some time, has switched to clipped. And she is REALLY cute clipped.

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Sir William
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Sep 13, 2016 at 06:45
• Allen
(New Jersey)

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If you are not showing then clipping is fie. We use to strip our welsh terriers but some of them we clipped.

Hand stripping leaves the courser coat and removes the softer undercoat. It is easy to do although time consuming and takes a while to build strength in your thumb and hand

Love Sir William ^--^

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Mr.Willie
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Sep 13, 2016 at 10:30
• Sandra
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I hand stripped Maddie and Willie for years and then switched to giving them clipper grooming's. The same when Emily joined our clan. I loved the way the hand stripping made their coats look and feel but the clipper grooming was so much quicker and since they were not show dogs clipping was fine.

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NimbySue
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Sep 13, 2016 at 15:15
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My Cairns were all stripped their first cut when younger...Hugs Annie and Gang xxxxxxxxxxx

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Roo'S mOM
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Sep 14, 2016 at 10:01
• Cheryl
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Roo had a nice, hard coat when he came to me as a youngster (about one year old). I didn't even know about hand-stripping way back when and even if I did, I don't think anyone around here does it so he's been clipped for the last 14 years and obviously, all his coat is now undercoat -- very soft and kind of cottony, which is harder to maintain because it mats so easily, especially on the top of his head and on his legs.. 

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Diana
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Sep 14, 2016 at 20:35
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I spoke to our groomers and they both said that it was the way they were taught that the first grooming was to strip the puppy and from then on it was up to the owner. She also said she's not sure that they are taught that way now and that very few groomers offer the service of stripping a Westie.

I personally don't like the feel of a stripped coat but I will admit when Maddie & Izzy were stripped it was easier to care for their coats and it probably would have lasted longer between grooming's. But the cost is pretty much prohibits me from doing it, one groomer said between $200-$250 each and the other charges around $150 each from memory, not to mention the time factor.

I am quite happy to pay the groomer to do all the hard work and I just brush them in between that's enough for me. I couldn't groom them myself I can't even cut my own fringe straight. I did try to clip my miniature poodle once and that was a disaster.

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