Poor Charlie got a #15 on all 4 legs, so they're even after the op for luxating patella. Now looks like a spindly-legged poodle.
Fur grows so fast on him- vet had to double check he'd got all the staples out only 14 days after a surgical clip.
#5 is 6mm, but length also depends on HOW you clip- will be shorter if you go against the growth of the fur.
#3 is about 1/2 inch.
I buy my blades and have them sharpened there.
Great advice if you contact Colin, also.
I find those comb attachments hard to use unless the dog is washed, blow-dried and brushed out very well (zero knots/ tangles).
I think #5 looks very nice with legs scissored- like poodlefan's avatar.
On our standard, I normally use #5 body and #4 or #3 on the legs due to laziness (lot of fur to scissor).
I'm just looking for super-easy grooming when travelling.
If the dog's gone shaggy due to lack of brushing/ clipping, I do a quick #5 skiptooth all over, then bath, then a quick redo with an F blade.
Takes ages to dry the standard's thick coat, otherwise.
F= finishing= smoother look; Skiptooth is easier to get thru a dirtier/ longer coat with a few tangles, but isn't as neat.
This post has been edited by Poodle wrangler: 17 November 2009 - 11:45 AM