If you are inexperienced when it comes to dog grooming, it is important to know the proper tools and their accessories. When purchasing dog clippers to remove excess hair, you must figure out the correct blades to utilize. This is common for dog owners to show uncertainty, but with this guide, you can find out the best blades to use to help your dog look his or her best.
1. Blade Size
When researching blade sizes, you must understand how each size is categorized. Blades are assigned by a corresponding number or a numerical/alphabetical combination. For example, blades that will create the hair length of half of an inch (½”) are assigned with the number 3. #5F is a blade that measures hair at a quarter of an inch (¼”) in length. A #7F blade will leave hair of ⅛”.
The dog breed and area you will be cutting are the determinants of the blade size. For example, to trim the hair off of a cocker spaniel’s neck, you will need a #9 (5/64”) blade. If you wanted to trim the face of the same dog, you will either need a #10 or #15 blade.
As a dog owner, you want the best for your canine companion. When researching for the best blade, you need to pick the brand that you believe is most suitable. Choose a trusted brand such as Oster, Andis, or Wahl. These brands will have clippers that come with lubricant and include blades that are sanitized and sterilized. Make sure to look up reviews of each brand and model to be sure that your money will be well-spent.
3. Blade Categorization
Besides the size and brand, it is vital to understand the myriad categories of blades styles. If your pet has a coarse, matted coat, you may use a skip tooth blade. This blade is used prior to bathing and is perfect for blending; it is called a skip tooth blade due to its uneven teeth. Finishing blades (also known as full cut or finish blades) have even teeth to create a smooth coat. A complete shave-down is an example of when to use this blade; a finishing blade can be used before or after bathing your dog. T-Blades (or wide blades) have a wider cutting area and is perfect for large dog breeds. These are a few examples to choose from.
After doing research and buying the supplies you need, you may feel more confident and certain about clipping your dog’s hair. Be sure to learn how to carefully and slowly trim specific areas and be sure to have some assistance, if necessary. By choosing the right blade, your dog will look well-groomed and the both of you will be pleased.