|Barked: Wed May 31, '06 4:33am PST |
|Well first off I love my groomer. She's truly one of the best groomers I've ever met. But....
It's now getting to be summer and where we live it regularly gets to be 117 outside. Which is quite hot. So since the dogs have to be shaved down during the summer, I just assume save the $80.00 each time for the poodle and do it myself, and the lhasa apso I refuse to take to get any more vacinations (other than the required rabies ever 3 years) because according to the most recent studies it's really not healthy at all for him to keep getting vacinations every year since the core vacinations actually show more harm by being done every year instead of every 7 years once they have taken. Anyway...... Because he's old and isnt' vacinated every year now, shops refuse to take him in, so be it, thats their perogative. I mean heck he's got all his core shots as well as the shots for any outbreaks but anyway, not really important........
The dalmatian in our house loves the heat and being a short haired breed is fine, but we also have a 16 year old lhasa apso and a 6 month old standard poodle.
Im not vain, so I have no problems having either the lhasa or the poodle shaved down for the summer heat. Plus I have no vain or sissy dogs in my house, they are all rough and tumble dogs which go hiking, swimming etc. So having a short coat during the summer months is a benefit for both the dogs and ourselves in that a shaved short coat allows the dogs to go on hikes or swimming and have minimal amount of time taken to either brush out the coats from plant material that has gotten caught in the coat or to brush out the coat from swimming.
So with that out of the way, I picked up an Andis clipper, but even with the stock 10 blade and a blade comb it can't make it through the poodles or the lhasas coat. Even with what appears to be no matting the Number 10 blade wont cut through the coat of the poodle and does very little to cut through the coat of the lhasa apso. So I assume that I have to get a different blade to shave down these dogs. But which blade size do I get?
I certainly dont want them completely bald, but I want their coats to be short enough to offer them some relief from the heat as well as minimal brushing after taking our morning walkies through the desert and mountains around our house.
The next part of the question is which clipper? I can take the Andis clipper back if people think the Oster is better. I have the Andis AGC clipper *one speed*, and have been looking at the Oster Golden A5 two speed clipper. Sure it would cost more but it does offer a faster spm than the Andis one speed clipper.
1. Which blade size to get to shave down a standard poodle as well as a lhasa apso
2. Which clipper to get, the Andis AGC Professional Kit, or the Oster Golden A5?
3. If you have a poodle and have him shaved down in the summer, what length do they shave you poodle down to? My mothers older standard poodle is always shaved down now because of his age, but my mother has someone from her office take him in so hasn't a clue what size blade they use or even where he goes for his grooming.
Edited by author Wed May 31, '06 4:37am PST
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