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    06-18-2012, 01:18 PM

I just bought a new pair of clippers for my gelding, but I realized that maybe I could use them on my dog too? He's a golden retriever with thick curly hair, and my question is what type of blade would I use for that?

Thank you!
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    06-18-2012, 01:30 PM
I clipped my husky with horse clippers. Same blade. I did buy a replacement blade for the owners of the clippers though ;)
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    06-18-2012, 02:27 PM
Green Broke
I have size 10 on my clippers for the horses, and a size 7 blade. I might be apt to start with the 7 and see how it works. Then finish with a 5/8 around the face and ears? I am not a dog groomer but those the size blades I own other than our Oster sheep
    06-18-2012, 02:32 PM
Wait Blades or guards? Sorry for my answer... Im pretty sure it was useless.
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    06-18-2012, 08:15 PM
Originally Posted by katbalu    
Wait Blades or guards? Sorry for my answer... Im pretty sure it was useless.
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Umm I have no idea... I have a number 10 blade and a 40 blade because they are brand new. So I don't really know what a guard is hahaha
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    06-18-2012, 08:28 PM
Green Broke
A 40 is pretty fine almost like what use for clipping before a surgery....I think.

Start with a couse blade first like the 10. If you want to buy a blade start coarser than that and see how it works. If you get too fine of a blade, depending on the speed of your clippers and the coarseness of the coat and thickness of the undercoat, it will be tough going.

You would think someone on here is a dog groomer could answer this! LOL

I am speculating!
    06-18-2012, 08:41 PM
How close would you go on the clip? My lab/shepherd is dying in this heat, and when I buy my body Andis AGC's I'd like to clip him to make him more comfortable.
    06-19-2012, 09:23 PM
I would not use a 10 on a dog that is going to be outside. That is too short and they will sunburn. A 7F is a good blade for a golden but do not use it in the tuck area. Use the 10 blade on the tuck (belly) and armpit areas. The 7F can slice them open in a hurry. A 5F is also a good blade for dogs. The trick to clipping a dog is making sure they are clean and 100% dry. If they are greasy with a lot of dead undercoat clipping is going to be a pain in the butt and look like you took a weed-eater to them. Good luck guys! I want to see pics after you clip them down :)

Oh and yes a 40 is a surgical length. Like the vet uses.
    06-20-2012, 07:02 PM
Green Broke
^^^ thanks! Muck more knowledgeable than what I attempted to!
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