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Mars Stainless Steel 10-Blade Coat King Pet Stripper with Wooden Handle, Medium/Coarse
Size Name: 10-BladeChange
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97 of 99 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2007
Size Name: 10-BladeVerified Purchase
We have two 5-year-old cairn terriers who have always been clipped. In the last year or so I've been doing it myself because most groomers don't know how to clip cairns, but it's such a long process and neither dog enjoyed it. Then I read online that cairns are supposed to be hand-stripped rather than clipped to keep their coats healthy, but that hand-stripping is difficult to learn and very expensive to have done professionally (if you can find someone to do it).

Fortunately I noticed that many cairn owners who don't show their dogs were praising something called a Mars Coat King in lieu of hand-stripping their pets, so I investigated and decided to try it. What a difference! You simply rake the dog's coat with this tool, and all the dead hair comes out. There's very little pulling, about the same amount as brushing. In fact both dogs yawned and laid down after a while while I raked them! In just an hour I had a pile of hair from both dogs that equaled the amount I usually clip off them -- but this was dead hair, roots and all, that NEEDED to come off. And it's easy and fast compared to using the clippers.

This tool can cut hair depending on how you use it, but it's best for pulling dead hair (or "stripping"). Our two look as if they've been clipped, but without the hassle and heartache. They just need a little scissor trim around the feet, ears, rump and whiskers to finish them off.

I bought the MCK 10 blade medium and also the MCK 16 blade fine. The 10 blade works the best on my two, even though the boy has medium coarse hair and the girl has fine hair.

If you have a terrier, especially a cairn, I can't recommend the Mars Coat King enough. Treat yourself and your furry friend to this wonderful product! You might never need to break out the clippers or visit a groomer again.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2010
Size Name: 10-BladeVerified Purchase
I was using a Furminator on my Cairn terrier, Max, for about two years now. It did an adequate job but Max HATED it and I was noticing that it wasn't getting as much hair as I thought it should. It's a good tool but I don't think it's perfect for dogs with a top-coat and an undercoat. It just doesn't reach deep enough. I didn't want to clip Max and lose his top-coat, so after some research I found the Coat King. It seems expensive at first because it's such a simple tool, but after the first few strokes through his coat with this stripper I realized it would be worth twice as much.

First of all, the Coat King pulls an amazing amount of hair out. After about twenty minutes I had a huge pile of dead hair. This was only about a week after using the Furminator on him. One stroke loaded up the head of the Coat King with old hair, and after about twenty minutes of use my dog looked like a healthy young pup again. The other HUGE benefit of this tool is that Max actually seemed to ENJOY this. It pulls through smoothly and effortlessly tugs the hair out with almost zero discomfort for the dog (there were a few small areas around the belly and chest that Max didn't seem to like this, though). I think the blades (which aren't sharp or dangerous for the dog) give a back-scratching sensation. The quality seems exceptional as well- it has a wood handle and solid construction with what appears to be high quality steel. It's made in Germany, so this should be expected.

The benefits of the Coat King- living with a dog that doesn't leave piles of hair behind, looks youthful, and actually enjoys grooming, FAR outweigh the cost of this tool in my opinion. It's a wonderful investment for both you and your dog. Highly recommended.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Size Name: 20-Blade
I use this on my Persians if they develop a heavy mat.

It is easy to use and gets easier the more you use it.

My Persians (with a few exceptions) don't mind it at least they don't complain. They are very used to it and when used correctly doesn't hurt them.

Recommended for heavy coated dogs and cats with a double coat.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2009
Size Name: 10-BladeVerified Purchase
I bought this because of the people who recommend it for cairn terriers. Cairns are not supposed to be cut, but stripped (the complete hair pulled out). This item might be good for other breeds, or for cairns if you don't mind that the hair is cut. But the blades do cut. The individual little blades are like little sharp razors, so yes they do "cut" the hair. It takes off big wads of hair, but if you look at the hair it is cut, not stripped out. If you like this for your cairn that's fine, (some people clip their cairns--to each his own). But I wanted something that pulled the whole hairs out. This is not that tool. The product description does say "The Coat King cuts, but is better used to strip" Well, cutting is not stripping, so I'm not really sure what they mean by that. They do not give different instructions for stripping. If you follow their instructions the hair does get "cut".

I was able to find a stripping knife at Petsmart which does help you to "pull" out the whole hair.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2007
Size Name: 20-BladeVerified Purchase
For dogs with long coats who are prone to getting mats, this is the best tool. The blades cut the hair with out pulling.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2007
Size Name: 20-BladeVerified Purchase
This item was fantastic for grooming my wire haired dachshund. Easy to use, and my finicky dog loved being combed with it!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Size Name: 16-BladeVerified Purchase
This is a tool no dog owner should be without. I've known about it for years, but resisted buying one for fear of using anything with a blade or blade-like cutting edge. But there's nothing to fear in this tool -- the cutting edges are well out of reach of adult fingers and never come in contact with the dog's skin. What they DO do is cut (gently) through matted, tangled hair and (again, gently) loosen it, freeing it from the healthy, growing hair. The result is a dog who looks clean and feels wonderful, whose coat isn't thinner or shorter, but just healthier looking. We joke about "making another dog" from all the dead hair we're able to free up from our long-haired spaniel's coat; that's how dramatic the change is. We also use it on a more thinly-coated spaniel, and while we get less hair, she still looks lovely and clean. Neither dog sheds much, but I have to say that when I use the Coat King regularly, we see little to no shedding in the house.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2010
Size Name: 12-Blade
I have two westies and they both tolerate this type of stripping very well. I kept a previous westie groomed using electric shears and it revealed the soft undercoat. Westies are earth dogs and they love to play so she did not stay clean. The two I have now have never been sheared and stay very clean unless they jump in the lake. We went out in the snow last weekend and after a shake at the door most of the water was gone. A quick towel on the feet and they were set. This stripper keeps the hard top coat intact and natural looking. I am sold. Use it every other week or so and the dogs never get restless.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2009
Size Name: 10-BladeVerified Purchase
I have a Border Collie. My Mars Coat King arrived today so I wanted to see how it worked. I had just groomed my dog yesterday. I could not believe the ammount of under coat I was able to remove in less then 5 minutes. I am getting a German Shepherd puppy soon and I know this will help keep my house much cleaner.
I was also amazed at the speed of the shipping. Thank you
MT
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on May 12, 2007
Size Name: 16-BladeVerified Purchase
I can't believe I'm taking the time to do this, but this coat stripper is wonderful. Your dog will be more comfortable and your house will be cleaner. I wish I'd had this 20 years ago when I had a Samoyed who could cover the house in hair in a few hours, but it works great on my Airedale as well.
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