what is the best blade for clipping a shih tzu?

I raise shih tzu's. They stay in a 1 acre lot chain linked behind our house. I don't clip them til spring. When I do, I go through a set of clippers on each dog. Sometimes I don't even get finished before the blades totally stop cuttung their hair. Am I maybe using the wrong blade size?

The only reason I can think of that is causing this, is perhaps you've bought a pet store cheap brand of clippers (cheap for clippers could be around 70 dollars). You would need to get a professional set of clippers, like Oster A-5 and depending on how short you take them down to, get either a number four blade or a number seven blade. If you are not used to using blades and you are using something like an extension, then you'd need to have someone show you how to use them and maintain your equipment.
Non-professional dog clippers are a waste of money because they keep catching in the hair. It's worth buying the clippers that Vets or Dog Groomers get. In the long run, it would be cheaper than throwing away a set per dog!

  • the new mrs j

    i use a 3 keeps them cool and keeps those darn stickers from sticking all over mine!
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  • Miss Cream

    A 5FC is usually recommended. Its not so short that they look silly, but its short enough to keep them cool.

    Yeah a good set of clippers is going to run you about $150 – $300. We sell Andis in my store and the professional line are really good.
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    Pet store employee

  • Jo

    The only reason I can think of that is causing this, is perhaps you've bought a pet store cheap brand of clippers (cheap for clippers could be around 70 dollars). You would need to get a professional set of clippers, like Oster A-5 and depending on how short you take them down to, get either a number four blade or a number seven blade. If you are not used to using blades and you are using something like an extension, then you'd need to have someone show you how to use them and maintain your equipment.
    Non-professional dog clippers are a waste of money because they keep catching in the hair. It's worth buying the clippers that Vets or Dog Groomers get. In the long run, it would be cheaper than throwing away a set per dog!
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The Shih Tzu Manual