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Hand stripping is a specialist grooming process that involves removing dead hairs from the coat by hand instead of clipping. By clipping a wire coated dog you can change the texture and it may not be possible to handstrip in the future.

Before you consider hand stripping for your dog you need to consider a number of factors. Neutering a dog will change its hormones and therefore over time it will affect the coat. Most coats will become softer and harder to strip out once they have been neutered. As dog's age, their hormones will change and again this can affect the texture of the coat meaning it may become softer and harder to strip. It’s also important to consider whether it is fair to put an older or more active dog through the time it would take to strip it as opposed to clipping which takes much less time.