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"Dog Clipper Blade Sizes Chart
There are lots of options when it comes to the size of blades that you will want to use.

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"Dog Clipper Blade Sizes Chart
There are lots of options when it comes to the size of blades that you will want to use. The most common sizes are 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 15, 30, 40, and 50. Sizes 3, 4, 5, and 7 generally come in both fine-tooth or skip tooth designs, while the sizes 9 and higher only come in skip tooth. Blade #3 will leave your dog’s hair at 13 millimeters long, while the #30 blade will only leave it at 0.5 millimeters in length. In general, the higher the blade number, the shorter your dog’s hair will end up.
The closest shave will come from the 40 and 50 blade sizes, but these are usually used only by veterinarians who need a very close shave for surgical procedures. There are also fractional sizes like 5/8, 7/8, or 8 ½ size blades that are usually used for trimming between toes and feet.
You should use different sizes of blades for different cuts and different areas of your dog’s body. Generally, you will want a closer shave around your dog’s face and longer hair on his back and tail. There are specific recommendations for each breed available, but I have combined some of the most common breeds into a few recommendations below.
Keep in mind, that these are general recommendations, but you might find several other acceptable options. There are also multiple options for the type of cut that you are using. Dog owners who live in climates with extreme temperatures often leave their dog’s coat longer in the colder winter months but cut it short during the hot summer months. As long as you are not worrying about cutting your dog’s hair to show standards, a few blades will usually get the job done, and you can decide which lengths you like best.
Many dog owners have mixed breed animals, and if that’s you, there is no need to worry. You can still cut your dog’s hair on your own. It is just harder to find blade size recommendations for mixed breeds. The first thing you need to identify is what type of fur your dog has.
There are three main types of fur, smooth, curly, or wiry. Smooth coats should use 7F blades for the body and legs and shears for other body parts. Curly coats should use 3F or 4f for the body and 10 blades for the face. Wiry coats should use 5F or 7F blades for the body or tail and 10 blades for the ears.
Wahl Dog Clipper Blade Sizes
Wahl is one of the three most popular names in the dog clipper market. They have a wide variety of quality products, including some blade options that the other main brands don’t carry. In addition to the most common blade sizes, they also have 5-in-1 adjustable blades.
The Wahl 5-in-1 blades are adjustable so that you can use one blade for the entire grooming process. They include 5 different sizes that you can adjust throughout the grooming session. They have 5-in-1 blade options that include sizes 9, 10, 15, 30, and 40 in both fine-tooth and coarse blade sizes. They also have MiniArco blade that specifically fits their MiniArco trimmer that is recommended for trimming your dog’s face and ears.

Andis Dog Clipper Blade Sizes
Andis is another one of the three best brands of dog clippers. They have a wide variety of options including their UltraEdge and Ceramic Edge lines that each come in the most common sizes. But they also have additional sizes available too. Here are some lists of sizes that come in each of the Andis product lines.
UltraEdge Blades: 40, 30, 15, 10, 9, 8 ½, 7, 7F, 6F, 5, 5F, 4 ½ F, 4, 4F, 3 ¾, 3 ¾F, 5/8, 5/8 Wide, 3/4, T-10.
CeramicEdge Blades: 40, 30, 15, 10, 9, 8 ½, 7, 7F, 5, 5F, 4, 4F, 3 ¾F, 5/8, 3/4.
EGT or EGT+ Blades: 40, 30, 15, 10, 7F, 5F. (Some sizes may not be available in both EGT and EGT+, but some will).
Proper Blade Maintenance
It doesn’t matter how great your blades are; if they are not properly maintained, they will deteriorate over time. Blade maintenance has three basic components: cleaning, oiling, and sharpening. There are several methods available for each type of blade maintenance, but it is important to know that you will most likely need to buy oils and cleaning products for your blades separately.
Cleaning your blades is a two-step process. The first step is to remove large debris. You can use blade cleaning brushes or even high-pressure air cleaners to get the hair out of the inner parts of the blade. Depending on the type of blade it is, you can usually move one part of the blade to the side so that you can clean out the area before repeating on the other side.
The second step to cleaning your dog clipper blades is to run through a blade wash. There are several options for blade wash products available from Wahl, Andis or Oster. The easiest way to clean your blades with a blade wash is to pour a small amount of the liquid cleansing product into a small bowl, glass, or jar. Then dip the blade into the liquid while running the clippers. Just be sure that you never submerge the handle portion of the clippers because that is where the motor is. Once you have let the blades run through the wash for ten to twenty seconds, turn the clippers off and dry them off with a towel.

To apply oil to your blades, you should put a drop on each end of the blade and at back rail. Then let the blades run until the oil is soaked in and evenly distributed along the length of the blade. This process should only take about ten seconds. If you would like to add a cooling spray or lubricant to your blades, you can use the same process as the oiling.

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