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Expert Insights into Choosing the Right Clippers

Updated: Dec 4, 2023

Are you tired of spending a fortune on dog grooming? Want to take matters into your own hands and have your furry friend looking fabulous? Look no further! In this article, we delve into the art of dog grooming and provide expert insights into choosing the right clippers for your pup. Whether you are a professional groomer or a pet owner looking to keep your dog's coat in top shape, finding the right clippers is key. With a wide range of options available in the market, it can be overwhelming to make the right choice.

Expert guide to choosing the right dog clippers.
Choosing the right clippers is part of producing an excellent clip

But fear not, we've got you covered. Our experts share their knowledge and experience to help you navigate through the world of clippers and find the perfect fit for your four-legged friend. From understanding different types of clippers to considering the specific needs of your dog's coat, we provide insider tips to ensure a successful grooming experience. Ready to unleash your inner groomer? Let's get started!

Understanding different types of dog clippers

When it comes to choosing the right clippers for your dog, it's important to understand the different types available in the market. The two main types of clippers are corded and cordless.


Depending on your working environment will impact on whether you work with a mains clipper or a cordless machine. The benefit for a cordless machine is having the free movement without having to worry about the clipper lead. A cordless is also ideal if you are working mobile and have limited electrical supply.

The benefit from having a corded machine is having a direct electric current, which will always drive the clipper better than cordless.


Weight plays a huge part on what clipper you use. Do not consider a clipper that contains a heavy battery, this will over a period of time make your hand and arm ache. The average A5 style clipper with blade can weigh around 450 grams.


Strokes Per Minute. This is the speed that you clipper is delivering when the blade is in play. One area to be mindful, more strokers per minute, the quicker the clipper blade will heat up. To resolve the issue, you will need to lubricate your clipper blade more frequently with clipper oil.

A5 Compatible

A5 Style originated from Oster, which was the industry standard clipper back in the 80's. Other manufacturers like Andis, Wahl and Heiniger have over the years developed their clippers and detachable blades to be A5 compatible. The A5 style clipper normally comes with a #10 blade which is ideal for trimming around feet and face. It is also the blade that attachment combs can fit on.

Factors to consider when choosing dog clippers

Choosing the right clippers for your dog can be overwhelming, but by considering a few key factors, you can make an informed decision. The first factor to consider is the breed and coat type of your dog. Different breeds have different coat types, ranging from short and smooth to long and curly. Each coat type requires a specific type of clipper to achieve the best results.

Another important factor is the noise level of the clippers. Some dogs are sensitive to loud noises and may become anxious or stressed during grooming sessions. Opting for clippers with a quieter motor like the Clipit Quattro Cordless Clipper, can help create a more relaxed environment for your furry friend.

Additionally, the clipper's weight and ergonomics should be taken into account. Grooming can be a time-consuming process, so it's important to choose clippers that are comfortable to hold and use for extended periods. Lastly, consider your experience level. If you are new to grooming, it may be beneficial to choose clippers that are user-friendly and come with adjustable blade settings to help you achieve the desired length and style.

A dog being clipper with dog clippers.
The Clipit Quattro is Super Quiet!!

Tips for using dog clippers effectively

Using dog clippers may seem daunting at first, but with the right techniques and tips, you can achieve professional-looking results. Before you start, it's important to prepare your dog by brushing their coat to remove any tangles or mats. This will make the clipping process smoother and more comfortable for your dog. It's also important to start slowly and allow your dog to get used to the sound and vibration of the clippers.

Offer treats and praise to create a positive association with grooming. When using the clippers, go with the grain of the hair and use gentle, steady strokes. Remember to take breaks to give your dog a chance to relax and stretch. If you're unsure about the length or style, it's always best to start with a longer setting and gradually work your way down. And most importantly, be patient. Grooming takes time and practice, so don't get discouraged if you don't achieve perfection right away.

How to maintain and clean dog clippers

Proper maintenance and cleaning of your dog clippers are crucial for their longevity and performance. After each use, remove any hair or debris from the blades using a brush or a small cleaning tool. This will prevent buildup and ensure a clean cut for future grooming sessions.

How to maintain and clean dog clippers
Oil your clipper blades every 5-10 mins to keep the blades cool

It's also important to oil the blades regularly to prevent rust and keep them sharp. Simply apply a few drops off Easy Oil spray to the blades and turn the clippers on for a few seconds to distribute the oil evenly.

Additionally, check for any loose screws or parts and tighten them if necessary. If you notice any damage or issues with the clippers, it's best to have them professionally serviced or repaired to avoid further damage. By following these simple maintenance steps, you can keep your clippers in top shape and ensure they last for years to come.

Resources for learning more about dog grooming and clippers

If you're interested in learning more about dog grooming and clippers, there are several resources available to help you expand your knowledge and skills. Clipit online tutorials and videos provide step-by-step instructions and visual demonstrations on various grooming techniques.

Paula Bryan provides industry knowledge on clippers and scissors.
Learn more from Expert Paula Bryan, MD Clipit Grooming

Many grooming equipment manufacturers also offer instructional guides and videos on their websites. Additionally, there are numerous books and guides written by experienced groomers that provide in-depth information on grooming techniques, breed-specific grooming, and more.

Joining online communities and forums dedicated to dog grooming can also provide valuable insights, tips, and a platform to seek advice from fellow groomers. By exploring these resources, you can further enhance your grooming skills and stay up to date with the latest industry trends.


Mastering the art of dog grooming is a rewarding journey that allows you to keep your furry friend looking their best while strengthening the bond between you and your pet. Choosing the right clippers is a crucial step in achieving professional-level results. By understanding the different types of clippers available, considering your dog's specific needs, and following expert tips, you can confidently groom your dog at home.

Remember to avoid common mistakes, maintain and clean your clippers regularly, and seek professional help if needed. With the right knowledge and tools, you can become a skilled groomer and provide your dog with the care they deserve. So, go ahead, unleash your inner groomer, and give your beloved pet a grooming experience they'll love!


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