I decided Colby's groom training must be done early in his life. I have learned so much from my experiences with grooming Casey. Unfortunately, by the time I learned the proper technique of hand stripping a wire-fox terrier coat, Casey did not well-tolerate having his head or furnishing hand-stripped and shaped. Consequently, Casey's grooming was partly hand stripped, and partly clipped. The results of such a grooming were Casey's head colors had faded, and his furnishing on his legs and chest were soft in texture. This is not to say, Casey was not attractive in his grooming. He was it was simply not a complete wire-fox terrier grooming, as I would have preferred to give him.
I was determined that Colby's coat would receive only a full hand strip grooming to achieve that beautiful wiry coat texture, brilliant coat colors and distinguished profile. This was a gradual process of exposing Colby to little steps at a time. First brushing and combing the coat daily, then hand plucking the "baby fluff" off the coat, and eventually to introducing the stripping utensils. I took my time with this because I did not want this to be an unpleasant experience for Colby. Although we do not intend to show Colby in the ring, it was important to us that Colby maintain the beautiful appearance of the breed.
Stripping the wire-fox terrier coat is a time-consuming endeavour, but well worth the time and effort given to the task. I have received so much good advice and suggestions from others who are far more experienced with hand stripping than I, and encourage others to seek the same advice. The one thing I have learned about grooming is you are never finished learning, there is always something more you can learn.
You can see from the series of photos taken, how the groom has taken shape.
The ‘Magical’ Age of Two.