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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Sea, Mar 31, 2017.


  1. Sea

    Sea PetForums Newbie

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    Hello everyone.

    I am a newbie and seeking advice....

    I am wanting to clip my westie and as an old aged pensioner, I am finding the cost horendous. I am quite adapt at turning my hand to most things and thought I would give clipping a whirl. Can anyone suggest what reasonable price clippers to buy for a beginner. I do not want to spend a lot in case I am absolutely useless at it. If I can mange to do this (having watched a load of tutorials) I would then go on to buy a better pair.

    I do not mind buying used ones, as long as the blades etc are okay. All suggestions welcome

    Thank you
     
  2. steveshanks

    steveshanks PetForums VIP

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    Don't go buying them on my say as more knowledgeable people will be on here to advice you........BUT.........we just clipped our Yorkie with standard mens clippers, in fact i used to borrow them to shave my head LOL
     
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  3. Sea

    Sea PetForums Newbie

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    Funny you should say this, I know lots of folk that use ordinary clippers. It is something I will consider, but if there is little price difference, then I might as well purchase proper ones...I also red to know what setting, I have read a FIVE is the best...I don't want to scalp the poor little chap, but righ now he is similar to a woollie sheep...lol x
     
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    I have a set of Oster clippers that I've had for donkeys years and they're great. They weren't cheap but have gone the distance.

    For a budget set, I would look at Wahl.
     
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    Sea PetForums Newbie

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    Yes, I understand 'oster' are one of the best. Do you think to begin with a pair of Wahl for around £30-£40 would be okay....and do you know the setting I should use, I would like at least an inch left on his back, I can cut the skirt with thinning scissors I think..x
     
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    I use Wahl ones and Timber is a little scruff but I like him that way. You realise you will have to put on before and after pics!
     
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    Sea PetForums Newbie

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    Hahahah...my Teddington (Tedi) is always a scruff..he runs with the horses and often when the neighbours sheep break into our land, one has to really search to tell the difference or he would be rounded up with the sheep...I am happy to post pics...but cannot promise I will do a great job...wish there was something I could practice on...perhaps I best buy a summer coat, just to be on the safe side...I don't want to embarrass him at all...lol x
     
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    Steve as a one time Yorkie owner..you disappoint me...what do Yorkies have that no other dog have...their fur is more hair like than any other dog.(ok silky terrier, Australian terrier, biewer terrier included) So using human kind clippers would be great idea for a Yorkie. They would be less likely to burn out, and less likely to become blunt so would be a good investment! Might not be cost effective, for something like a Westie who needs clipping....Just my two pennies and yes Steve people are happy to buy for 'humans' and keep replacing.
     
  9. Sea

    Sea PetForums Newbie

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    Actually, that's a very good point...westies are more fluff like wool than hair...having to rethink here...
     
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    Ahh! this was 30 years ago and my Mums dog. Never needed to clip a dog since :) I just had a look on Ebay, loads of dog clippers for £15 ish
     
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    Wahl should be great...as already mentioned! Wahl dog clippers that is!

    They are built for purpose after all!
     
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    I think a £30 Wahl set would be fine to start out with. Have a look on eBay, lots of people purchase clippers and end up taking the dog to the groomers anyway!

    I use either the Oster 2 or 3 blade, but then I do not go for the traditional Westie look - just short all over, with slight furnishings on the head and tail. He's a country dog - a skirt sounds like hell.

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  13. Sea

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    Thank you...I will take a look, but am mindful that if they are really cheap, there maybe a problem with them...but I will most certainly look...thank you x
     
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    Sixstar, Alfie looks brilliant! Lovely picture thanks for sharing!
     
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    I bought a set of Wahl clippers err.... about 20 something years ago. Used to use them on my old dog- big hairy crossbreed, he died in 2002. Got them out again a couple of weekends ago as I'd like to have a go at clipping Obie myself. They still work. not tested them on the dog yet, tested them on OH's hairy legs. :)
     
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    Thanks :)

    Yes @Sea I always clip him. He's blind and a vile little beastie really, I wouldn't subject him to a groomer (nor a groomer to him!)
     
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    My westie often looks like this, even when I pay £50 at the parlour. I have tried several, but none of them seem to be able to do tradional westie clips. I don't mind the look as he runs round the stables and this cut is easier to bath and dry quicker..did you clip him here..good job
     
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    Hahahahahah how do you add an icon roaring with laughter x
     
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    Alfie does look brilliant...and still enjoy life that's the main thing, which is brilliant to have captured...i have pictures of Gem who I lost at 17...and she still was full of zest at his age...so lets hope Alfie still has his passion for life for a few years more!
     
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