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James Holberry, The Northern Dog Barber

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Meet James Holberry a.k.a the Northern Dog Barber. James is an award-winning dog groomer from Huddersfield and a proud ambassador of Stalwart Crafts.

When did your passion for dog grooming start? 

So I’ve always loved animals and dogs in particular after growing up in rural West Yorkshire on a family farm! It was around 2019 when I saw some clips of dog groomers doing their thing and I just thought “I have to try that!’ So I signed up for an evening class at a local college and after day 1, I was hooked! Being a Dog Barber has completely changed my life and has brought me so much joy and such a sense of achievement!

What’s in the pipeline?

Where to start?! When I first started as a dog barber I never imagined I’d be doing the things I have planned! I’m currently preparing for the dog grooming competition season where I’ll be taking my Stalwart apron with me all across the country!

I’ve also just hosted a seminar and workshop in Ireland where I’ve had the privilege of sharing my work and educating like minded dog groomers as to how I work. Hopefully there will be many more to come both in the UK and abroad in the very near future, watch this space!

What makes you a Stalwart?

A Stalwart defines strength and vigour, this exactly what my apron provides. As a dog barber it can be hard to find protective clothing but once I found my Stalwart, I had to look no further!

Why choose a Stalwart apron?

I wanted quality and longevity, I found Stalwart Crafts and I was not disappointed! From the style to the strength, there is honestly no other product that can even come close to a Stalwart apron! Stalwart Crafts products just scream class and quality!

What’s your life motto?

Mistakes are just lessons, make them and learn from them. Don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself to be perfection!


If you haven’t seen James’ instagram channel with over 23k followers – check it out here.


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