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Dog Clipper Blade Guide

Posted by: Nick Pearse  Date: 24/03/2014   Category: Expert Advice

This is a general guide to help professional groomers and enthusiasts choose the correct blade for your breed. See the following breed and blade to suit a particular coat. This guide applies to all Oster and Andis clippers.

When trying to clip your own dog it is really important that you choose the right blade otherwise it means the clipper has to work a lot harder than normal. Please see the suggested blade for different breeds below.

If you need any help or advice choosing the correct blade then please call us on 01785819507.

All Breeds & Mixed Breeds
Sanitary Prep #10
Pads #15 or 5/8” wide
Slightly Matted #5 & #5FC
Very Matted #7 & #7FC
Very Heavy Coats #7 or T84
Legs #3 3/4 FC, 5/8” HT, SC or Scissor
Feet (except poodle), Beards, Moustaches, Furnishings Scissor
Airedale Terrier
Body, Sides, Tail #7 or #5
Head, Throat #9 or #7
Ears #10 or #15
Bearded Collie
Body #3 3/4 & #3 3/4 FC to 3/4” HT or 1 1/4 “ SC
Bedlington Terrier
Body #5 & #5FC to 3/4″ HT
Face, Ears, 2/3 of tail end #10 or #15
Bichon Frise
Plush Look – Body #3 3/4 & #3 3/4 FC to 3/4” HT
Short Look – Body #4 & #4FC or #5 & #5FC
Bouvier Des Flandres
Body, Sides #3 3/4 to 3/4″ HT
Legs, Underbody, Face Scissor or 1 1/2″ SC
Cheeks, Throat #4
Ears #10 or #15
Briard
Body 3/4″ HT
Legs, Underbody, Face Scissor or 1 1/2″ SC
Cairn Terrier
Head, Face, Legs, Underbody Scissor
Body #4 or #3 3/4
Ears #10 or #15
Cats
Very Matted #10
Some Matting #7FC
No Matting #7FC to 3/4″ HT
Cocker Spaniel
Body, Side, Back, Tail #7 & #7FC or #5 & #5FC
Face, Ears, Throat, Head #10 or #15
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Body, Side, Back #4
Head, Tail, Feet Scissor
Top of Ears #15 or #10
English Cocker Spaniel
Body, Side, Back #7 & #7FC or #5 & #5FC
Front of Forelegs #7 & #7FC
Head, Neck, Ears, Face #15
English Setter
Body, Side, Back #7 & #7FC or #5 & #5FC
Head #7 & #7FC
Top of Ears #10 or #15
Underbody, Tails, Legs Scissor
English Springer Spaniel
Body, Sides, Back, Tail #7 & #7FC or #5 & #5FC
Head, Neck, Ear Top, Throat #10
Fox Terrier & Irish Terrier
Body, Sides, Back, Tail #5
Head, Neck, Throat #10
Gordon Setter & Irish Setter
Body, Side, Back #7 & #7FC or #5 & #5FC
Head, Ears, Throat #10
Underbody, Tail, Legs Scissor
Kerry Blue Terrier
Body, Sides, Back, Tail #4 & #4FC to 3/4″ HT
Cheeks, Throat #10 or #15
Top of Head #4 or #5
Lakeland Terrier
Body, Sides, Back, Tail #4 or #5
Head #8 1/2
Throat, Ears #10
Lhasa Apso & Maltese
Body #5 & #5FC to 3/4″HT
Head, Face, Tail, Underbody Scissor
Old English Sheepdog
Body #4 & #4FC to 3/4″HT
Head, Face Scissor
Pekingese
Body #5 & #5FC to 3/4″HT
Poodle
Face, Feet, Base of Tail #10 or #15
Body #7 & #7FC to 3/4″HT
Top Knot, Tail Piece Scissor
Pattern set 5/8” wide
Portuguese Water Dog (Lion Clip)
Body – Last rib forward 3/4″ HT or Scissor
Last rib backwards, legs, ¾ of tail & face #10
Portuguese Water Dog (Retriever Clip)
Body #3 3/4 & #3 3/4 FC to 3/4” HT
Face #4 & #4FC
Head, Tail Scissor
Schnauzer
Body, Sides, Back #7 & #7FC or #5 & #5FC
Head, Ears, Cheek #10
Scottish Terrier & Sealyham Terrier
Body, Back, Forechest #4 or #5
Ears, Throat #10 or #15
Top of head, cheeks #8 1/2 or #7
Tail #3 3/4 or Scissor
Shih Tzu
Body #4 & #4FC to 3/4″ HT
Head, Tail, Ears Scissor
Silky Terrier
Body #4 & #4FC to 3/4″ HT
Head, Underbody, Tail Scissor
Ears #10
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Body, Tail #3 3/4 & #3 3/4 FC to 3/4” HT
Cheeks, Throat #4 & #4FC or #5 & #5FC
Head, Ears Scissor
Welsh Terrier
Body, Back, Sides, Tail #5 or #7
Head, Ears, Throat #10
West Highland White Terrier
Body, Back, Sides #5 to 3 3/4
Head, Underbody, Tail Scissor
Ear tips #10 or #15
Yorkshire Terrier
Body #4 & #4FC to 3/4″ HT
Face, Head Scissor
Ears #10

 

We really hope you have found our clipper blade guide useful, please feel free to contact us if you are still unsure about which is the right blade to choose.