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Grooming
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What should be considered about the wire-haired fox terrier, is the special care of the coat. The wire-haired fox terrier show dog must be hand-plucked or stripped to maintain the color and texture of its coat. This process of stripping the coat is a very time consuming and specialized technique to learn. There are many references as to how to strip or hand pluck the coat. I have included some very useful links below for your reference.

A pet, however, may be clipped if it is never to enter the show ring. Clipping eventually softens the coat texture and color but in no way adversely affects a dogs personality. I had discovered this first hand for myself. When we first got Casey, we had him clipped on two occasions at the dog groomers. We quickly noticed after the second clipping, his color of his coat began to fade and the texture was softening. My personal preference was I did not like the faded appearance of the coat. I then made a concerted effort to learn the stripping technique and once again began researching. After many hours of trial and error, we finally got it right. Although, Casey will never be entered into the show ring, it was important to me to have his coat look like it should. I included this in this section because I never realized that the care of the coat could be so time consuming. This may be a concern if considering a wire-haired fox terrier for your family.

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