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adrian139
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Mar 16, 2018 at 11:50
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Hi! I am a former Cairn owner, but now I have a feisty Norfolk. He has been hand-stripped his whole life and it's really kept the allergies down for him. But last year he took on a pack of coyotes (and as far as he is concerned, he won) and the vet had to shave him to perform surgery.

His coat is finally blown again but my groomer told me it's harder to hand strip once he's been shaved. Is this true? I've gotten the feeling she would rather cut him than strip him, so I just want to make sure this isn't an excuse. We live in the South, and the allergies for my poor Cairn were terrible because he was cut rather than stripped. Thanks!


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Willie
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Mar 16, 2018 at 12:47
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I don't know if that is true or not Adrian as I have never hand stripped any of my westies. If I was in your boots, I'd give it a try and see what happens with his coat.

He is a very lucky boy to have lived through a battle with coyotes
Good luck and please give us an update on how his coat is doing

Theo and Willie


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MacNMe
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Mar 16, 2018 at 13:13
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Hi.  I have been there - shaved a dog, then didn't like it and stripped again.  If his coat has blown, then you have enough hard hair to start rolling the coat.  Just go over him once a week and remove all the blown hair until he's back to "normal".  I have westies, an affenpinscher, and a wire dachshund, so I spend a lot of time on coats!  I used to have a miniature schnauzer - I would clip him in the summer to get the hair really short, then let it grow out starting in August, and strip as it blew through the winter.  His coat actually stayed hard due to the work it got in the winter, and it was not too difficult.  What is difficult is if the dog is shaved for a full year, and then the hair grows in all one length.  It sounds like you are in good shape to start back stripping, and I so agree with how much better the skin is when the resting follicles are not clogged with dead blown hair.

Hope this is not too long!


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Diana
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Mar 16, 2018 at 15:42
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My girls were hand stripped only once as puppies on their very first grooming so I can't comment. But wanted to say I am so glad to hear your little guy survived the coyotes. 

I've not found here in Australia many groomers are willing to hand strip and if they do it is very expensive.

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adrian139
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Mar 16, 2018 at 23:20
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I have been very lucky. One of our local groomers does it, and it's only $75 a visit. Since I only do it twice a year, it's the same price as 3 or 4 cuts a year that I used to get for my Cairn. But it has made a huge difference in the allergies. Our Cairn breeder suggested it when my Cairn passed and I contacted her to let her know (while we were waiting on our Norfolk pup). Just the fact that I'm not paying $1000 a year in allergy meds makes hand stripping worth it!

It's a miracle he survived. The coyotes drug him out of our yard and we didn't notice he was missing for at least 10 minutes. The got him in the neck and the hind end, but the worst wound went from this back to his belly, like they were tearing him in half. Just the fact that I found him at all in the words is a miracle in itself. But like I said, he really thinks he won. He's never shown any fear since! I loved my Cairns (my family has had three), but I've never seen anything like the confidence and rebelliousness of a Norfolk!

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Riley
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Mar 17, 2018 at 10:56
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I bred Welsh Terriers for 20 years. I hand stripped and also clipped them.

It takes a while for the coat to come back so two stripping a year will not give you the results you want. The coat has to be done regularly to show results. I would say about every 8 to 10 weeks then the rough coat will return.

I clip my Westie now because it is easier. Sorry to hear about the attack.

Love Riley

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Diana
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Mar 17, 2018 at 01:00
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That is a very reasonable price. I paid $100 for my 16-week old puppy to be hand stripped but since then I've seen prices $120-$150 and upwards. Wouldn't be so bad for just 1 but not when you have 2 or more. I do like the way hand stripping looks but too expensive for my girls.

Wow he is a miracle boy. 



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