In the international standard, the Scottish Terrier is described as a short-legged, active and strong dog. The task of trimming an adhesive tape terrier is to emphasize the main typical signs of the body structure of this dog and even the properties of its character.
Wool scotch terrier is processed as a haircut and trimming, that is, plucking.
Scotch terrier haircut scheme
The terrier tape should be trimmed from the back of the mound and moves to the brow ridges with thick eyebrows. On the crown of the head, hair is clipped with special scissors rather shortly. The hair on the cheekbones and throat (from the sternum up to the chin) is also cut short. This whole site can be pulled out.
If the dog is preparing for the show, then it should be done about 14 days before the event. Above the eyes you need to leave thick eyebrows, parting them. The eyebrows are also trimmed slightly so that they remain long (5 cm) at the inner corner of the eyes, and the outer corner of the eyes are short. Long eyebrows left above the eyes should have a triangular shape when viewed from above.
Also, the front of the root of each ear is left on a bunch of longer hair. On ears are formed beautiful brushes with sharp tips. When cutting or scraping hair on the head of scotch tape, it is necessary to remember the requirements of the standard. They say that the head of a dog of this breed should be long, with an almost flat skull. In this case, the muzzle and the skull should be the same length.
Anything that breaks the clean lines of the head, sticking out wool, must be removed. On the back of the nose, the hair is clipped very shortly. Only on the lateral parts of the nose remains the wool of the greatest length, forming a mustache. Together with a beard, they are combed in the forward direction. The hair on the back, upper part of the neck and sides, as well as on the tail is completely plucked with the help of a quality trimming knife 8-10 weeks before the show.
Although English dog handlers recommend plucking this wool with your fingers. However, this technique can only be used with full maturation of wool and in individual individuals. On these parts of the body, the coat should be hard, moderately long and fully fit to the body, not bristling with a slight stroking of the dog against the growth of the coat.
There should be a well-marked transition between elongated hair on the neck and short on the top of the head. Also between the ears, immediately behind the occipital protuberance, it is necessary to leave a few longer hairs than on the crown. The hair on the tail is plucked so that it acquires a cone-shaped, well-pointed form.
Eight weeks before the show, the tail is strongly plucked out, and in order to have a good shape, the treatment is repeated approximately 14 days before the show. Near the anus, the wool is trimmed shortly with special scissors or a machine. At the same time, the transitions between the plucked and clipped planes on the thighs and the croup, especially in their rear part, should be very carefully designed.
On the hips, the fur is shortened by plucking to the line that can be mentally drawn from the groin to the hip joint. Long hair is left on the chest, abdomen and lower parts of the sides. It should be thick, free to fall down and smoothly into the long hair at the bottom of the paws. If necessary, this section can also be trimmed, but no later than six months before the exhibition.
Long hair is here to remove the dying undercoat, you just comb from the top down. On the paws, the wool is clipped in a circle with ordinary sharp scissors so that there is no hair left on them, which stick out like feathers to the sides. The shape of the paw does not need to be modeled. Wool, growing between thick pads, should not be too much. To do this, from time to time it is cut with great care with ordinary sharp scissors.
To keep the coat in good condition on the paws and lower parts of the body, it should be brushed regularly. Almost all transitions between plucked and sheared surfaces should be smooth, and the border between them should be invisible. Only eyebrows should be clearly separated from the short hair on the forehead and crown, and the beard and mustache - from the throat and cheekbones. The terrier tape also necessarily removes excess hair on the elbows, shoulders, hips and knees, so that the rest of the wool sags strictly down.
If the dog does not participate in exhibitions, it should be cut according to the rate of growth of the hair, that is, two or three times a year. The growth rate is significantly affected by the quality of the feed.