CHOOSING BLADES FOR EACH BREED

 

 


Here is a list of blade sizes suggested for each breed.

The table lists blades required NOT how to groom a specific dog.

More specific information may be available from the breed society.

Consider temperature & the animals comfort first with appearance second.

 

All Breeds & Mixed Breeds

Sanitary Prep

#10

Very Heavy Coats

#7

Pads

#15

Legs

scissor

Slightly Matted

#5 & #5F

Feet (except poodle)

scissor

Very Matted

#9

 

 

Airedale Terrier

Body, sides & tail

#7F or #5F

Ears

#10 or #15

Head, throat

#9 or #7 & #7F

Underbody

scissor

Bearded Collie

Puppy Trim - Body

#3 & #3F

 

Bedlington Terrier

Body

#5 & #5F

Head, ears, tail

#10 or #15

Bichon Frise

Plush Look - Body

#3 & #3F

Pet Trim, Short - Body

#4 & #4F or #5 & #5F

Bouvier Des Flandres

Body, sides

#3

Cheeks & Throat

#4

Legs, underbody, face

scissor

 

 

Briard

Puppy Trim - body

#4

Face, legs, underbody

scissor

Cairn Terrier

Head, face, legs, underbody  body

scissor
#4 or #3

Ears

#10 or #15

Cats

Very Matted

#9

Some Matting

#7F

Cocker Spaniel

Body, sides, back, tail

#7 & #7F or #5 & #5F

Underbody, feet, legs

scissor

Face, ears, throat, head

#10 or #15

 

 

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Body, sides, back

#4

Legs, underbody

scissor

Head, tail, feet

scissor

Top of ears

#10 or #15

English Cocker Spaniel

Body, back, sides

#7 & #7F

Head, neck, ears, face

#15

Front of forelegs

#7 & #7F

Underbody, legs

scissor

English Setter

Body, sides, back

#7 & #7F or #5 & #5F

Top of Ears

#10 or #15

Head

#9

Underbody, tail, legs

scissor

English Springer Spaniel

Body, sides, back, tail

#7 & #7F or  #5 & #5F

Underbody & legs

scissor

Head, neck, ear tops, throat

#10

 

 

Irish Setter

Body, sides, back, tail

#7 & #7F or   #5 & #5F

Underbody, tail, legs

scissor

Head, ears, throat

#10

 

 

Irish Terrier

Body, sides, back, tail

#5

Head, ears, throat

#10

Kerry Blue Terrier

Body, sides, back, tail

#4 & #4F or
#3 & #3F

Neck, ears
Head

#10 or #15
#8-1/2

King Charles Spaniel

Stomach - (groin to navel)

#10

Pads

#15

 Rectal area

#10

Lakeland Terrier

Body, sides, back, tail

#4 or #5

Neck, ears

#10

Head

#8-1/2

 

 

Lhasa Apso & Maltese

Puppy Trim

#3& #3F

Head, face, tail, underbody

scissor

Shorter Pet Trim

#5 & #5F or  #4 & #4F

 

 

Old English Sheepdog

Shorter Pet Trim

#4 & #4F or #3 & #3F

 Head, face

 scissor

Pekingese

Short Pet Trim - Body

#5 & #5F or   #4 & #4F

Stomach #10

Pads 7/8

Poodle - Puppy Clip

Stomach - groin to navel #10

Face, feet & under eyes #15

Tail #15

Body scissor or 4F

Poodle - Kennel Trim

Face, feet, base of tail

#10 or #15

Body

#7 & #7F or #5 & #5F or #4 & 4F

Top knot, tail piece

scissor

Legs

Scissor

Stomach

#10

 

Poodle - Lamb Trim

Face, feet, base of tail

#10 or #15

Body & legs

 #5For #4F

 Legs

Scissor

Top knot, tail piece

Scissor

Stomach

#10

Poodle - Summer "Bikini" Trim

Face, feet, base of tail

#10 or #15

Body & legs

#7F & 5F

Pompoms, Top knot & Tail porn

Scissor

Stomach

#10

Poodle - Dutch Trim

 Face, feet and tail

 #10 or #15

Body pattern 

 #10 & #15

 Top knot, tail piece & body

Scissor

Stomach

#10 

Portuguese Water Dog

Body

#3 & #3F

Head, tail

scissor

Shorter Pet Trim

#4 & #4F

 

 

Schnauzer

Body, back, sides

#7 & #7F

Head, ears, cheeks

#10

Legs, underbody

scissor

 

 

Scottish Terrier & Sealyham Terrier

Body, back, sides of face

#5 or #4

Top of head

#8-1/2

Ears, throat

#10

Tail

#3 & #3F

Shih Tzu

Puppy Trim

#3& #3F

Head, tail & ears

scissor

Shorter Pet Trim

#4 & #4F

 

 

Silky Terrier

Puppy Trim

#3& #3F

Head, underbody

scissor

Shorter Pet Trim

#4 & #4F

Ears

#10

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Body, tail

#3& #3F

Legs, underbody

scissor

Shorter Pet Trim
(body, throat)

#4 & #4F

Head, ears

scissor

Spanish Water Dog

Body, legs, neck and face

#5 or #3

 Inside rear legs and tummy to second nipple

#10 

 Pads

#10 

Welsh Terrier

Body, back, sides, tail

#5

Head, ears, throat

#10

West Highland White Terrier

Body, back & sides

#4 or #3

Ear tips

#10 or #15

Head, tail, underbody

scissor

 

 

Yorkshire Terrier

Puppy Trim

#3-3/4 & #3-3/4FC

Face, head

scissor

Shorter Pet Trim

#4 & #4FC

Ears

#10