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What Dog Clippers are Best for Your Pet?

Updated on February 21, 2010

If you’re looking for dog clippers to groom your pet at home, you can heave a sigh of relief. There are many pet clippers available in the market today. Some of the clippers are specially designed for certain breeds of dogs. There are also several categories. Depending on your needs, you can find decent options to choose from in manual clippers, electric clippers and cordless dog clippers.

Having too many dog grooming clippers to choose from can make selecting the best dog hair clipper for your pet confusing. The best models are those that professional groomers use. They are designed for safe use on your pet and you can use them without worrying about causing injuries to your pet. Most of the professional clippers come with different cutting blades that will handle an assortment of hair cutting jobs. If you need a cutting blade that does not come with the unit you have selected and can most likely buy it separately. Most professional models offer a wide range of accessories so it shouldn’t be too difficult to locate a cutting blade that will do a great job on your pet coat.

Time to Trim the Dog Again!
Time to Trim the Dog Again!

Important Clipper Features:

  • How Powerful is the Motor? Heavy duty dog hair clippers get the toughest jobs done fast!
  • Cool Running - will the clipper heat up in your hand?
  • Cordless clippers are more convenient but they are not as powerful as corded models
  • If Cordless does it come with an additional battery?
  • Ergonomic Design - Is it comfortable to hold for extended periods?
  • Break Resistant Housing - Will the housing crack if it slips out of your hand?
  • Blade Selection - The closer you cut and higher blade number you will need.

If you are keen on a brand name clipper, you can check out the Oster dog clippers. These are easy to use and even a beginner can use them without any difficulties. The complete set will consist of clippers, guards, cleaning brushes, and the oil to prevent rusting. A kit like this is very well suited for small dogs. However, if you have a large dog with long hair or a think coat make sure you select a heavy duty model or you may just find that it just is up to the task.

Whichever brand of dog clippers you choose, ensure that the blades are sharp enough. Pets are not very patient during the trimming process and sharpened blades will lessen your work. With a cooperating dog, you can finish the trimming within an hour or so. Also, ensure that the clipper does not heat up too much. It will be a Herculean task to groom a dog with a hot clipper in your hands.

Different types of clippers operate on different speeds. Speed also becomes an important consideration when buying a clipper since it will determine how much time you will have to spend on your pet. Single speed clippers usually produce about 3000 cutting strokes in a minute. You may also want to consider two-speed clippers that operate at a speed of 3500 cutting strokes a minute.

Maintenance-free dog clippers are probably the best, since you can repeatedly use them without worrying about breakdown. Some of the clippers available in the market today stay oiled for almost 100 hours! This is good enough for more than a year of grooming time for your pet.

When choosing dog grooming supplies it is often best to consider the features that benefit both you and your pooch. If you take a second look you may find that the cheap dog supplies aren’t really a bargain at all.

How to Compare Dog Clippers


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      steve 5 years ago

      hi, im the webmaster of I too was a victim of cheap dog clippers, it just wont get the job done! dont be cheap and invest in a professional dog clipper! btw great hub! very useful information.

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      chardee42 7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      It definitely seems like dog clippers are like a lot of other things. You can buy the really cheap ones, but you get what you pay for.

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      razor ground force electric go kart 7 years ago

      nice hub man! thanks for the info.. will help in doing my dog's nails

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      maguijo 7 years ago from Ohio

      Great hub. As an owner of a very fluffy dog, I appreciate the information!