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    Does anyone have any experience with what type of clippers etc are best for these coats? I have good Wahl dog clippers but nothing seems able to cut the "fluff" on my little babe. Wahl were not able to offer any help so somebody must know how I should be doing this?
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    I have never been a fan of Wahls, they don't seem to have enough power to get through undercoats.

    I have a pair of Oster A5's... they are brilliant, but they are expensive, you are looking at around $200 for a new pair.
    I will check with my mum though if you like as she was thinking about selling some of her old pairs (still all in good condition) plus some blades.

    The Osters whizz through the poodles coats like butter, but you do have to make sure you get your blades sharpened regularly.
    I can recommend a good sharpening service in Victoria too, mum sends all her blades over there from Tassie because he gets them so sharp.

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    What size blade are you trying to clip your dog with? Make sure that his/her coat is free of any matts or tangles - a no7 should get through it even if there are a few wee knots, whereas a 5 or 3 won't like knots.

    Also check that your blade isn't dull, that will stop it cutting.

    I have Osters, but Wahl is a popular make, I'd suggest it's the blades first up causing the problem.

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    Yep good point greys. Knots make it hard to get through the coat.
    You should always clip the coat clean as well... a dirty/oily coat is hard for clippers to get through plus it always gives a 'choppy' result.

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    OK thanks guys.... I don't know the model of the Wahls but they are brand new and the next one down from the big air cooled pro ones so not little cheapies. They would be sharp. I always wash the dog first and make sure there are no knots or burrs and seeds (we are on a farm and she didn't ever realise she was supposed to be a house dog, she thinks she is a lion)

    Crested, if there is another pair of decent clippers going around I will definitely buy them....
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    I will see if she is still interested in selling them tomorrow

    As for the fun on the farm... well they are known as "little lions"

    When mine get a bit too long it does take a bit of effort to get the clippers through, I have to go over the same section a few times to get it smooth.
    Once the hair is shorter (after one run over with the blade) just keep brushing the hair and going back over it to get a nice smooth finish.

    When I had my Shih Tzu I used to go straight down her back from neck to tail making a strip a few inches wide and then start going down towards the ground lightly to get a feathered 'skirt' around her belly.

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    Cheers - don't care what it looks like, she does not seem to mind LOL! It really needs to be kept on top of so that she can enjoy herself without being wet or having knots and burrs.

    The clippers I have just won't go through her fur at all, well it is fluff really. They will do a good job on a dog with real fur or the horses but not little Biscuit.

    Keen to hear what your mum has to say....
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