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Which Pet Clippers do you use and why?

Good afternoon. I am in the market for a pair of clippers to do maintenance grooming on Sir Henry and I'm looking for a little help. Which clipper do you use on your Havanese friend/s. I ask specifically because Sir Henry appears to have two types of hair, if that's possible. His dominant black coat tends to be silky and wavy but his white seems to be cottony and matts easily. My local groomer has recommended shaving him down but this is not something I want to do as his matts are manageable, for the most part, and he's good about allowing me to work them but...I think a slightly shorter coat might be better. Any help you folks can offer would be greatly appreciated.

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Good afternoon. I am in the market for a pair of clippers to do maintenance grooming on Sir Henry and I'm looking for a little help. Which clipper do you use on your Havanese friend/s. I ask specifically because Sir Henry appears to have two types of hair, if that's possible. His dominant black coat tends to be silky and wavy but his white seems to be cottony and matts easily. My local groomer has recommended shaving him down but this is not something I want to do as his matts are manageable, for the most part, and he's good about allowing me to work them but...I think a slightly shorter coat might be better. Any help you folks can offer would be greatly appreciated.
I don't think you can do a slightly shorter coat with clippers. If you want to just take a little length off, it needs to be done with scissors. Even with a clipper guard and going with the hair, I don't think you can get it longer than about 3" with clippers.

Kodi is in long coat, so I only need clippers for "around the edges" (sanitary and pads) so I use a tiny battery operated "peanut" clipper. It costs under $20 from Amazon, and I just bought my second one recently, after 5 years.


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Thank you Karen, I will look into the 'Peanut' clipper. What are your thoughts on trimming shears? Have you ever used them with Kodi? I was thinking they might be the answer to getting rid of the bulk but keeping him trimmed up too.

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Thank you Karen, I will look into the 'Peanut' clipper. What are your thoughts on trimming shears? Have you ever used them with Kodi? I was thinking they might be the answer to getting rid of the bulk but keeping him trimmed up too.
Kodi is in full coat. He has never been clipped at all. These are the ones I use:




I think the shears meant for clipping the whole dog are awfully big for just feet and sanitary on a little dog. (at least they would be for me) Kodi does not have an overly bulky coat, so that has never been an issue. But I don't think you could thin a coat with clippers either. I think it needs to be done by hand with thinning shears.

Also, be careful with this. If the reason you want to thin is to prevent mats, you may find that you actually make more doing this. The longer hair wraps around the growing, shorter pieces, causing the mats. You are much better off with a coat that is all one length if you are trying to prevent mats.

These are the clippers I use on my horse, and I know many professional groomers use them on dogs too. there are cheaper clippers, but these are a life-time purchase. You will need new blades from time to time (or need to learn to sharpen them yourself, which is what I do) but they will last you forever. They run cool and quiet and are indestructible if you care for them properly.




As I said, I've never had the need to use them on Kodi, but they are the only clippers I'd bother to own.


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