In this article, we’re going to list down some of the frequently asked questions as to when dog clippers are different from human clippers and the like.
The dog clipper is a type of grooming device that can be used not just by pet salon owners, but also by anyone who owns a dog. But what exactly are the benefits of owning this kind of grooming tool?
- First of all, it helps you keep your dog’s appearance neater, faster and less of a hassle. Grooming a dog can be a hefty task for owners, especially if they have a busy lifestyle. People and dogs share the same trait of growing hair as time goes by – and you need to manage that by clipping to make the pet more comfortable and look less messy.
- Some of these clippers can be taken with you on the go due to being cordless. There are a number of units out there that only need to be recharged with its batteries and then you can take it anywhere with you while traveling.
- Because most clippers come with a set of detachable blades, it’s easy to mix and match depending on the dog’s coat length. These blades have different lengths so if you own many dog breeds, or if you also own other pets like cats, you can use the appropriate blade length.
- Clipping your pet’s fur can also result in fewer allergens in the air. It is important for people with allergic rhinitis who react badly to pet dander to have their pet well-maintained with their fur/coat. Clipping a dog’s coat is important to reduce shedding and thus make the air less dander-filled.
Here are some frequently asked questions regarding dog clippers vs. human clippers:
Can you groom a dog with human clippers?
Most people ask the same question: “can you use human hair clippers on a dog”? The short answer is yes and no. The long answer is as follows:
Normally, most dog breeds have layers upon layers of coat or hair – one on the surface, known as the top coat, and one underneath, known as the undercoat. Thus, you should get a real dog clipper instead of a human clipper if you want to correctly trim your dog’s hair if your dog has an undercoat.
However, there are special instances when you can use human clippers for dogs, and this is only if you have a Yorkshire terrier or a similar dog breed. These breeds have a similar kind of hair structure as humans – with only one hair type (no undercoat). If you have this dog breed, then it might be okay to use human clippers instead.
What features make dog clippers different from human clippers?
The following chart compares the differences between the two types of clippers:
|Criteria||Dog Clippers||Human Clippers|
|Standard blade size||#10 blade, leaving 1/16 inch of dog hair||#000 blade, leaving 0.2mm-0.008 inches of human hair|
|Price||Usually more expensive than human clippers||Moderately priced, cheaper than dog clippers|
|Intended use||For dogs with undercoats||For humans and some dog breeds with no undercoat|
|Blade style||Has fine tooth blade styles and have a letter F||Does not have the letter F for their blade style|
|Included combs||Can be from 1/16 to 2 inches in size||Can be 1 inch or less|
|Plastic guards||Dog clippers do not have this feature because it might snag their hair||Human clippers have this feature for longer length hair clipping|
If I do want to buy dog clippers, what should I consider?
For those who are new to dog clippers, you should consider the following facts:
- It should be easy to hold and ergonomic. Having a unit that is too heavy can be stressful when you’re holding it for longer periods of time to clip your dog properly.
- There are specific units that come with the right set of blades that are more appropriate for certain dog breeds, so it’s best to consult which is more idea for your pet.
- Do consider if you prefer corded or cordless units. A corded one is great for unlimited power but if you’re frequently traveling, go for the cordless one.
- It shouldn’t be too noisy to help calm your pet. Having a noisy clipper can put off your dog and make him/her traumatized with the clipping session, so it’s best to keep the noise levels gently, while not sacrificing the speed and power of the clipper unit itself.
What about dogs with mats?
Most experts advise not to use (or minimize the use of) clippers for dogs with mats, because it might pull and snag their hair, causing a traumatizing moment.
For this type of scenario, it’s best to buy special mat combs when grooming them. Alternatively, if you need to trim their hair, set your clipper to the shortest possible setting and stay away from matted areas. If this fails, get a vet or pet grooming professional to do the job.
To conclude the article, there’s no direct answer as to whether you should use dog clippers vs. human clippers because it depends on the breed of dog that you have. But for general dog breeds that have an undercoat, it’s more suitable to use a dog clipper instead of the one you use.