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Old 12-10-2012, 04:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am a beginner groomer and when my dog's hair gets too long, he usually gets shaved down, with either a 10 blade or a 7 blade. It is time for a haircut, but since it is colder now, and it's only going to get colder, I don't want to shave him down completely because I obviously don't want him to freeze his little butt off. At petsmart, I recently bought plastic attachment combs, because those would leave some length on him, but those didn't work at all for me so I ended up returning them. Last week I ordered a 4 blade so that should be arriving in couple days. A 4 blade will leave some hair on him right? Was that a good decision? What do you guys do as far as grooming your poodles in the winter?
Any advice would be much appreciated!
Here is a picture of Nicky that was taken a few days ago.. so you know what I'm working with.
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Ahhh he looks so cute and cosy in his hair now. Doesnt look too long to me. But then again mine has 4" + on him. I am not a groomer but to me he looks just about right.
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#3 blade is cute. It's short but still fluffy.


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Yeah I used to hand scissor her, now it's a half inch all over. Basically a 3f or 3&3/4f same length different brand. Short but fluffy. Great length on the smaller dogs


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I like a bit of length on the coat and tend to grow my older dogs out in winter the young ones get done with the #4 or the 13mm blade both are reasonable lengths for easy care.
If you want the coat longer look at getting the metal snap on combs from wahl, I've never found a plastic one I could use but I love the metal ones you do have to do more prep work though as it will snag if there are any knots in the coat.
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Walter still hasn't started growing his adult coat and as yet does not mat ealily at all. I keep him about 2 inches,with a clean face and is neck about 1/2 inch so it does not catch in his collar. When he is older and a more willing pup at being clipped I may try some other clips but for now he and I are both happy with his length and that it keeps him warm.
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