I just bought a mini schnauzer and I have had them all my life, but this is a first. They told me to strip the hair, not to use clippers. They told me to use a professional groomer. I asked my groomer and she didn't know what I was talking about, and at Petco they just talked about clipping and pulling the hair out of the ears. So my question...Why strip vs. Clipping. Where can I learn how...What are the benefits. Please help, I want my dog to be healthy, pretty, and happy!
I have a border terrier, and I strip him. I was told by my breeder to strip. It's a process of pulling out the hair by hand, I think there are some stripping instruments you can get, not sure though. Stripping takes a looong time, the good thing for me is that he doesn't shed as much when I strip him, and I just think he looks "cuter". I don't know about schnauzers specifically, but for border terriers and cairn terriers, if you don't strip the fur and just cut/clip it, it grows in differently and does not have that harsh, wiry texture. The first cairn terrier my family had, we did not strip him. His fur grew to be thick and soft, instead of wiry. There is nothing wrong with that, of course. I think it's up to you how you want to groom your dog. Most show terriers are stripped. I thought schnauzers had to be clipped, at least they always look like they've been groomed prof. I'd just ask a reputable prof. groomer for advice., and if you don't like how they do it, it'll grow back!
I know with cutting hair if you use scisscors you get a cleaner, blunt cut, but with a straight razor you get a more natural look, because not all your hair is exactly the same length, or grows at the same pace.
Westies are in the same family as Schnauzers. The show dogs are stripped for the traditional wiry coat texture. In their natural environment bramble bushes ans sharp branches would do the stripping. In this day and age many people prefer the easier/cheaper clipping as it creates a soft texture. The only problem with this is that it can make for an itchy dog because the new and old hairs will sometimes end up sharing a follicle. Extra rigorous and often brushing should nearly get rid of that problem though.
I would look in the phone book for groomers that do show grooming they are going to know what stripping is and should be willing to explain it to you. Mostly what it does is keeps the brisly (sp) and not soft. It is a pain to do, but it takes longer for the hair to grow back in and it comes in evenly. A lot of people don't do it because they think you are pulling the hair out by the roots, but you are mostly just pulling the lose dead hair out. Once in a while you may have some that is attached, but the dogs don't really seem to mind that much. If you do it right and not jank out a whole fit full of it at a time. I did two ten week old scotty puppies and they didn't seem to mind me pulling their hair. They looked a lot better when I was done. That was their first groom job so they had all kinds of fluffy hair. Once its done for the first time it will be easier to do. They also sell stripping equipment like in Foster and Smith some pet store have them too. I would first talk to a breeder or a groomer on how to do it the right way before doing it yourself though. Good luck. It mostly comes down to the looks of the dog. If you have always clipped then there souldn't be any reason you can't keep doing that, but I would ask a groomer about it. I would have it done once and see if you like it or if you like the clipped hair better. Some like the clipped coat better some like the stripped coat better.
Even the schnauzers on the dog shows are clipped. My mother inlaw has hers clipped. I have her old clipper set. Stripping is for thinning the hair and making the dog have that spiky wirey haired look that the terrier breeds are known for. I don't believe that person is right.
I also have had miniature schnauzers. I've never heard of stripping one. I always clipped mine. I guess it would come down to a personal preference. I like the softer hair so clipping worked best for me.