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TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL CLIPPING

TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL PET CLIPPING

Grooming your dog doesn't have to be a complicated process. A little information about the use of clipper blades will make the job easier and make your groomed dog look more professional.

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  • Different clippers are designed to clip different types of hair-coats. Heavily coated breeds or dogs whose coat is matted or heavily tangled require stronger, better quality clippers than light coated breeds.
  • The faster a blade moves, the easier and faster it will cut. Better quality clippers have faster motors.
  • How fast a blade moves is dictated by the quality and strength of the motor in the clippers as well as how well you lubricate the blade while you clip. Kool Lube lubricates your blade as you clip to keep its movement free and unimpeded.
  • When a blade is moving, friction creates heat which makes the blade get hot. Test the blade against your cheek or the inside of your forearm (like a baby bottle) to be sure it isn't uncomfortably hot for your pet. Kool Lube keeps your blade cool.
  • Different blades leave different lengths of hair. The lower the blade number, the longer the hair ie: a #4F blade leaves 5/8" of hair and a #10 leaves only 1/16" of hair. ie: The #10 is used for smooth or summer cuts, the #4F for "fuzzy" cuts.
  • Skip Tooth blades cut faster through dense, matted hair, but their clip is rough and not attractive. Use a skip tooth blade for the first pass "rough in" and then smooth your grooming with a full tooth blade.
  • Smooth faces, feet, the pads of the feet, groin and tummy areas and anal areas can usually be clipped very close with a #10, #15, or lightly with a #30 or #40 blade to clean them of hair.
  • Never clip a dirty dog. Dirt and products such as flea powders destroy the cutting surface of your blade.
  • Never clip a wet dog. It's too hard to get through the coat.
  • Clipping AGAINST the hair growth pattern leaves shorter hair than clipping WITH the hair growth
  • Store your blade clean, coated with Kool Lube, wrapped in a paper towel and enclosed in a plastic, air-tight baggie to prevent corrosion from humidity on the cutting surfaces.

Below are some suggestions for which blades to use on what type of dog.

Official Andis Blade Guide

All Breeds & Mixed Breeds
  • Sanitary prep
  • Pads
  • Slightly Matted
  • Very Matted
  • Very Heavy Coats
  • Legs
  • Feet (except Poodles)
  • #10
  • #15
  • #5 & #5FC
  • #7 & #7FC
  • #7 or #T-84
  • guard or scissor
  • scissor
Airedale Terrier
  • Body, sides & tail
  • Head, throat
  • Ears
  • Underbody
  • #7 or #5
  • #9 or #7 & #7FC
  • #10 or #15
  • scissors
Bearded Collie
  • Puppy Trim - Body
  • #3¾ & #3¾FC
  • or 1¼¨ guard
Bedington Terrier
  • Body
  • Head, ears, tail
  • #5 & #5FC
  • #10 or #15
Bichon Frise
  • Plush look - Body
  • Pet Trim, Short - Body
  • #3¾ & #3¾FC
  • #4 & #4FC or #5 & #5FC
Bouvier Des Flandres
  • Body, sides
  • Legs, underbody, face
  • Cheeks & Throat
  • #3¾ or 1¨ guard
  • scissors or 1½" guard
  • #4
Briard
  • Puppy Trim - Body
  • Face, legs, underbody
  • 1" guard
  • scissors or 1½" guard
Cairn Terrier
  • Head, face, legs, underbody
  • Body
  • Ears
  • scissors
  • #4 or #3¾
  • #10 or #15
Cats
  • Very Matted
  • Some Matting
  • #10
  • #7FC
Cocker Spaniel
  • Body, sides, back, tail
  • Face, ears, throat, head
  • Underbody, feet, legs
  • #7 & #7FC or #5 & #5FC
  • #10 or #15
  • scissors
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
  • Body, sides, back
  • Head, tail, feet
  • Legs, underbody
  • Top of ears
  • #4
  • scissors
  • scissors
  • #10 or #15
English Cocker Spaniel
  • Body, back, sides
  • Front of forelegs
  • Head, neck, ears, face
  • Underbody, legs
  • #7 & #7FC
  • #7 & #7FC
  • #15
  • scissors
English Setter
  • Body, sides, back
  • Head
  • Top of Ears
  • Underbody, tail, legs
  • #7 & #7FC or #5 & #5FC
  • #9
  • #10 or #15
  • scissors
English Springer Spaniel
  • Body, sides, back, tail
  • Head, neck, ear tops, throat
  • Underbody & legs
  • #7 & #7FC or #5 & #5FC
  • #10
  • scissors
Irish Setter
  • Body, sides, back
  • Head, ears, throat
  • Underbody, tail, legs
  • #7 & #7FC or #5 & #5FC
  • #10
  • scissors
Irish Terrier
  • Body, Sides, Back and Tail
  • Head, Ears, throat
  • #5, #10
Kerry Blue Terrier
  • Body, sides, back, tail
  • Neck, ears
  • Head
  • #4 & #4FC or #3¾ & #3¾FC
  • #10 or #15
  • #8½
Lakeland Terrier
  • Body, sides, back, tail
  • Head
  • Neck, Ears
  • #4 or #5
  • #8½
  • #10
Lhasa Apso & Maltese
  • Puppy Trim
  • Shorter Pet Trim
  • Head, face, tail, underbody
  • #3¾ & #3¾FC
  • #5 & #5FC or #4 & #4FC
  • scissors
Old English Sheepdog
  • Puppy Trim
  • Shorter Pet Trim
  • Head, face
  • 1¼ guard
  • #4 & #4FC or #3¾ & #3¾FC
  • scissors
Pekingese
  • Short Pet Trim - Body
  • #5 & #5FC or #4 & #4FC or
  • #3¾ & #3¾FC
Poodle
  • Face, feet, base of tail
  • Body

  • Top knot, tail piece
  • #10 or #15
  • #7 & #7FC or #5 & #5FC, or
  • #4 & #4FC or #3¾ & #3¾FC
  • scissors
Portuguese Water Dog
  • Body
  • Shorter Pet Trim
  • Head, tail
  • #3¾ & #3¾FC
  • #4 & #4FC
  • scissors
Schnauzer
  • Body, back, sides
  • Legs, underbody
  • Head, ears, cheeks
  • #7 & #7FC
  • scissors
  • #10
Scottish Terrier & Sealyham Terrier
  • Body, back, sides of face
  • Ears, thoat
  • Top of head
  • Tail
  • #5 or #4
  • #10
  • #8½
  • #3¾ & #3¾FC
Shih Tzu
  • Puppy Trim
  • Shorter Pet Trim
  • Head, tail & ears
  • #3¾ & #3¾FC
  • #4 & #4FC
  • scissors
Silky Terrier
  • Puppy Trim
  • Shorter Pet Trim
  • Head, underbody
  • Ears
  • #3¾ & #3¾FC
  • #4 & #4FC
  • scissor
  • #10
Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier
  • Body, tail
  • Shorter Pet Trim (body, throat)
  • Legs, underbody
  • Head, ears
  • #3¾ & #3¾FC
  • #4 & #4FC
  • scissor
  • scissor
Welsh Terrier
  • Body, back, sides, tail
  • Head, ears, throat
  • #5
  • #10
West Highland White Terrier
  • Body, back & sides
  • Head, tail, underbody
  • Ear tips
  • #4 or #3¾
  • scissor
  • #10 or #15
Yorkshire Terrier
  • Puppy Trim
  • Shorter Pet Trim
  • Face, head
  • Ears
  • #3¾ & #3¾FC
  • #4 & #4FC
  • scissor
  • #10

 
















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