How To Choose The Best Dog Clippers For Your Pet
All too often people ask; “What are the best dog clippers?”.
However, unfortunately, there isn’t one easy answer. As each dog is different, each will require different levels of grooming and different grooming accessories. So, to help out, here at Groomers we’ve put together a guide on what to look for in dog clippers, so you can find the perfect pair for you and your pooch.
What level of grooming are you planning?
The first thing to consider is the level of grooming you are planning – what do you need your clippers for? Perhaps your dog regularly visits the groomers and you need to touch up between visits? If so, a lighter, inexpensive pair of clippers is a great option. Or maybe you attend dog shows and are looking to style your dog yourself at home? In that case, look for a pair of professional dog clippers and invest in a variety of blades and attachments to help you achieve different looks.
What is your dog’s hair type?
Next, and equally important to consider, is your dog’s coat and hair type. The length, texture and thickness of your pooch’s coat will all affect the level of grooming they require, and which clippers will work best. For example, a fine haired dog or a dog with a short coat will require a completely different level of grooming to a dog with a longer or wiry coat.
If your dog has a long or especially thick coat, opt for a clipper with attachments. This will allow you to alter your grooming routine to suit your preferences and the seasons, eg. to cut the hair shorter in summer.
If you are dealing with extremely matted or tangled hair and you aren’t a professional yourself, we would recommend taking your dog to a groomer for the first session, then step in yourself for the upkeep.
Consider your pet
Anyone who has ever had a pet understands how difficult grooming can be. Much of the time, dogs don’t enjoy being groomed. They may become anxious or restless and have trouble standing still, which can make your job even harder. If your dog tends to move around a lot during grooming, opt for cordless dog clippers. These rechargeable clippers do away with the need for a cable, offering you full flexibility while grooming.
Dogs in an uneasy state can also become even more stressed by loud noises, so if your dog is particularly anxious during grooming, a quiet clipper is the best choice. It may also be worth investing in some calming grooming products; start your dogs grooming routine with the Groomers Performance Calming Dog Shampoo, then treat their coat with the Groomers Aromatherapy Fragrance Spray, scented with lavender and mint to relieve stress.
Look at accessories and blades
If you’re looking at higher end, professional clippers, these usually come with attachments including additional clipper blades and brushes to suit different varieties of coats. If you’re new to grooming or feel uneasy about clipping your dog yourself, you can opt for a clipper with an attachment guide comb to help keep the cut neat and even.
With clipper blades, generally, the higher the number, the shorter the cut. Each blade will be labelled to detail the length of the cut, and specific numbers may vary between brands, so double check the details of your blade when purchasing.
Choose a quality brand
You want clippers that won’t just get the job done fantastically, but will continue to do so for years to come. For this, you need to ensure you’re choosing clippers from a trusted brand.
Andis is well known throughout the industry as producers of high-quality hair clippers, and their grooming collection is no different. From their Andis single speed clippers through to the Andis lithium ion clippers, you’re sure to discover your new go-to pair.
Wahl, too, is a tried and trusted brand throughout the industry, with a history spanning back to 1919. Explore standard Wahl corded clippers and Wahl brushless motor clippers to find the right option for you and your pet.
Of course, these are only two of the fantastic brands we stock here at Groomers. Be sure to take a look at our full collection of professional clippers and My-Pet clippers and trimmers for all your pet grooming needs.