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    • July 12, 2015 8:28 AM CDT
    • Right blades for shave downs

      So my instructor had me shave down a lab mix with really smooth coat and he said we are using a 15 blade to shave him. Do you guys think a 15 is to short to shave a smooth coated dog? Do you think he should of used a 10 blade? He told me a 7 wouldn't cut the hair well. I don't know why the owner wants him shaved. Poor dog. He also had me shave a pug with a 10 blade. I don't get people. These dogs already have short hair, why do the customers want them shaved?
    • July 12, 2015 9:00 AM CDT
    • Right blades for shave downs

      I've shaved a lot of short haired dogs and cats over my grooming career.  For some it's for shedding, others because they have allergies and need to be able to quickly and easily do frequent bathing to keep their allergies under control.

      There's really no right or wrong blade for it, as long as the dog's skin can handle it.  Some groomers would refuse to do it. Some would only use a particular blade length.

      If the dog's skin doesn't become irritated, a short shave isn't a horrible thing. Competitors and show people (and some pet groomers) shave poodle feet with 40 blades.  One of my poodles can handle a 30 on his face and feet. One I can't do shorter than a 10.

      My preference would be a 5 or 7 against the grain, which would leave it very short. I would use one of those because I think it would be easier to get a smooth shave that way.

       

      Barb

       

       

       

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