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# Clipper Blade For Poodles? Very short for travelling

#1 User is offline   Poodle wrangler 

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 10:51 AM

I'd normally do #5 body + #30 face, feet, tail.
Have #15 and #7F blades, too.

Thinking of buying an extra # 7skiptooth or # 8.5 for body and legs?
Plan to travel in summer with a camper trailer- so won't be able to clip them whenever I like.
Plan to keep them extra short all over to make it easier to check for ticks, grass seeds etc.

Charlie- apricot standard- has a thick coat, grows very quickly.
Oscar's a black mini with an average coat.

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 10:56 AM

#7F is fine for the bodies PW - that's what my black boys get in summer.

Use the #5 on the legs. It won't take long before they have a bit more length.

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 11:03 AM

I have a quick question for you guys, I want to buy a new blade for my wahl clippers (kmss) is a #5 blade about a 3/8 of an inch cut?? I have to order on line and i dont wanna get the wrong one. I am currently using a 10 blade with a 3/8 of an inch stainless steel comb attachment, So I want eqivalent in a blade for a neater clip, the guide combs tend to make the fur a bit choppy looking and I want them to be more even all over. Also wanting to keep them shorter in summer as we are out and about all the time and grass seeds are a worry this time of year.
Also what size blade would give a 1/2 inch clip length?

Ps sorry to high jack thread just thought you guys would know. Thanks

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 11:43 AM

Thanks, pf.

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.

TLC,
#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.
see http://clipperblades...ipperblades.htm
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


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Posted 17 November 2009 - 11:48 AM

For a body clip, anything from about #4 to #7 would be OK. Unless the coat is very thick, I'd not use a #7 except in summer.

I love the leg blades you can buy now. I have the Oster one and it has the comb built into the blade. With a bit of scissoring, it gives a very even finish.

I do the same as you PW, clip the body, wash and blow straight then reclip with the same blade. It speeds drying time. :)

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 12:16 PM

Another hijack here. Poodlefan, can you post a link for the leg blades you are taliking about, thanks. :)

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 12:37 PM

yes please do! what are leg blades? are they just slightly longer normal blades? or actual comb attachments?

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 12:50 PM

View Postfrufru, on 17th Nov 2009 - 01:16 PM, said:

Another hijack here. Poodlefan, can you post a link for the leg blades you are taliking about, thanks. :mad


Yep. I lied though, its an Andis blade. See below. They basically have the comb and blade in one. They give a pretty good finish for pet clips. They certainly speed up the grooming process too. I've got the 1.6cm one but I think theres' a 1.9 one too.

Andis leg blade Wooferwares carries them.

ETA: Clipper world has the 19mm leg blade

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 07:16 PM

PF and PW what do you do for Canberra Winters? My guys are inside but what is a comfortable length for them for walking and outside play?

BTW this thread is great - I too have been doing things the hard way with snap-on combs and PW you are right the dogs have to be clean, blow dryed and knot free for them to work well and they are very difficult to use around the lower leg area.

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 08:23 PM

I still do #5 body in winter, though I let it grow for about 6-8 weeks in winter.
More like monthly clips in summer. Face, feet tail more like fortnightly, though I tend to be slack with brushing/combing.

The dogs are very good about finding the best places: Warmest or coolest, depending on the weather.

They also slept outside in #5 body with longer legs during winter on the South Coast, but would rarely be much below 10degrees.

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 08:51 PM

View Postshells, on 18th Nov 2009 - 08:16 PM, said:

PF and PW what do you do for Canberra Winters? My guys are inside but what is a comfortable length for them for walking and outside play?

BTW this thread is great - I too have been doing things the hard way with snap-on combs and PW you are right the dogs have to be clean, blow dryed and knot free for them to work well and they are very difficult to use around the lower leg area.


I do #4 for the black boys and 5# for the white girl. I coat them if the days are very cold (they have access inside) and at night.

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 09:04 PM

What blade do you guys use on and between feet? I use the 10 blade this doesn't give a totally close shave but good enough For my guys for the summer. I dont tend to clip around and between thier feet really short in winter. So many grass seeds this year already where ever we go, so much easier for the day to day upkeep on thier coats if they are short!!

Shells are the guide combs you are using Stainless steel or plastic? I used to have the plastic with the first clippers I had but when i got my new ones the ss combs came with them. I found the plastic ones not good at all, they bent easily and didnt go back into shape especially on my oldest coat, it is a lot thicker than the younger 3.

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 07:29 AM

View Posttlc, on 18th Nov 2009 - 10:04 PM, said:

What blade do you guys use on and between feet? I use the 10 blade this doesn't give a totally close shave but good enough For my guys for the summer. I dont tend to clip around and between thier feet really short in winter. So many grass seeds this year already where ever we go, so much easier for the day to day upkeep on thier coats if they are short!!


I use a 30# on feet and a toe blade on the underside for between toes. Even then they still get the odd seed between toes. :confused:

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 08:06 AM

View Posttlc, on 18th Nov 2009 - 10:04 PM, said:

What blade do you guys use on and between feet? I use the 10 blade this doesn't give a totally close shave but good enough For my guys for the summer. I dont tend to clip around and between thier feet really short in winter. So many grass seeds this year already where ever we go, so much easier for the day to day upkeep on thier coats if they are short!!

Shells are the guide combs you are using Stainless steel or plastic? I used to have the plastic with the first clippers I had but when i got my new ones the ss combs came with them. I found the plastic ones not good at all, they bent easily and didnt go back into shape especially on my oldest coat, it is a lot thicker than the younger 3.


tlc - a #10 on the feet is fine - as long as you maintain them. Most groomers/poodle folk would use a #30 (and some even a #40) but you need to be quite confident and quick doing the job to avoid clipper rash.

Re: plastic combs - they are really only useful (in my opinion) on a coat which has been groomed-through, bathed and dried; then you DO get a nice finish. If used on a knotty/dirty coat they will make the coat look 'choppy'.
You are better off using a #5 or #4 on them if you clip before bathing and then once bathed & dried thoroughly, finish off with a #5F or #4F. In the summer I used to like using the #8.5 blade which leaves coat short & sleek without the "shaved" look of a #10. LOVE the #9 on cockers but may be too short for your lot, Barb.
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Posted 19 November 2009 - 08:15 AM

View Postjerojath, on 19th Nov 2009 - 09:06 AM, said:

View Posttlc, on 18th Nov 2009 - 10:04 PM, said:

What blade do you guys use on and between feet? I use the 10 blade this doesn't give a totally close shave but good enough For my guys for the summer. I dont tend to clip around and between thier feet really short in winter. So many grass seeds this year already where ever we go, so much easier for the day to day upkeep on thier coats if they are short!!

Shells are the guide combs you are using Stainless steel or plastic? I used to have the plastic with the first clippers I had but when i got my new ones the ss combs came with them. I found the plastic ones not good at all, they bent easily and didnt go back into shape especially on my oldest coat, it is a lot thicker than the younger 3.


tlc - a #10 on the feet is fine - as long as you maintain them. Most groomers/poodle folk would use a #30 (and some even a #40) but you need to be quite confident and quick doing the job to avoid clipper rash.

Re: plastic combs - they are really only useful (in my opinion) on a coat which has been groomed-through, bathed and dried; then you DO get a nice finish. If used on a knotty/dirty coat they will make the coat look 'choppy'.
You are better off using a #5 or #4 on them if you clip before bathing and then once bathed & dried thoroughly, finish off with a #5F or #4F. In the summer I used to like using the #8.5 blade which leaves coat short & sleek without the "shaved" look of a #10. LOVE the #9 on cockers but may be too short for your lot, Barb.
:laugh:


What blade do you use on the Vizslas Jerojath.. I have access to two I can practice on. :laugh:

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