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General Instructions for Wire Coats

Many wire-coated breeds were developed to go through brambles and briars during a hunt. They needed extremely coarse, “wiry” outer hairs to protect them. Although most of these dogs are now house dogs, if an owner desires to retain the characteristic wire coat, the under coat should be hand-plucked, leaving the wiry outer coat. Leg hairs, called furnishings, can be softer and should be abundant and fluffy. Many owners prefer to have groomers shape the outer coat with clippers, leaving just the soft under coat. Although the wiry texture will not be felt, the Cindra texturizing products described below would still be appropriate.


1. Dilute shampoo in warm water (1-2 T/cup water depending on suds desired)
2. Always lather and rinse twice
3. Rinse thoroughly then rinse again
4. Rub conditioner through furnishings and wait 5 minutes
5. Rinse thoroughly
6. Towel dry
7. Mist with your favorite fragrance from the Spirit Collection when dry.


  • Texturizing Shampoo
  • Reconstructor - Conditioner


Dingy White Coat- Use Cleansing Shampoo on the first lather, wait 5 minutes then rinse. Follow with Texturizing Shampoo lather and rinse.

Thin legfurnishings/feathers - Spray daily with Maxicare and brush.

Soft Coat -Mist with full strength Texturizing Mist and brush.

Dry, damaged Coat- Our version of a hot oil treatment: Wet dog with warm water, apply Moisture Plus liberally.
Wrap in hot towel for 15-20 minutes. Shampoo with Moisturizing Shampoo and rinse.

Mustache and Eyebrows- Apply Sculpting Gel and comb into position.

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