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The following information is from the Andis Small Animal Grooming Guide. Please be advised that this list does not break down each breed individually. Check back soon for a printable PDF version of this information.

All Breeds & Mixed Breeds

  • Sanitary Prep: 10
  • Pads: 40, 15 to 5/8" Wide Toe (Clean Feet)
  • Slightly Matted: 5, 5FC
  • Very Matted: 7, 7FC, 10
  • Very Heavy Coats: 7
  • Legs: 3-3/4FC, 5/8"HT, 3/4"HT, Combs or Scissor
  • Feet (Except Poodle): Combs or Scissor
  • Beards or Moustaches: Combs or Scissor
  • Furnishings: Combs or Scissor

Airedale Terrier

  • Body, Sides, Tail: 7, 7FC to 4, 4FC, Combs
  • Head, Throat, Cheeks: 9 to 7FC
  • Ears: 10 to 15

Bedlington Terrier

  • Body: 5FC to 3/4"HT, Combs
  • Face & Ears: 10 to 15
  • 2/3 of Tail End: 10 to 15

Bichon Frise

  • Plush Look - Body: 3-3/4, 3-3/4FC to 3/4"HT, Combs
  • Short - Body: 4, 4FC to 5, 5FC

Bouvier Des Flandres

  • Body, Sides, Throat: 3-3/4 to Combs
  • Legs & Underbody: Combs or Scissor
  • Ears: 10 to 15
  • Top of Head: 5, 5FC

Cairn Terrier

  • Head & Face: Scissor
  • Legs & Underbody: Scissor
  • Body: 5, 5FC to 3-3/4FC, Combs
  • Ears: 10 to 15

Cats

  • Very Matted: 10
  • Some Matting: 7FC
  • No Matting: 7FC to 3/4"HT, Combs

Cocker Spaniel

  • Head: 7, 7FC to 5, 5FC
  • Body & Side: 7, 7FC to 5, 5FC
  • Tail: 7, 7FC to 5, 5FC
  • Face, Ears, Throat: 10 to 15

Dandie Dinmont Terrier:

  • Body: 4, 4FC, Combs
  • Head: Scissor
  • Legs & Feet: Scissor
  • Tail: Scissor
  • Top of Ears: 10 to 15, 30

English Cocker Spaniel

  • Head: 7FC
  • Body, Side, Back: 7, 7FC to 5, 5FC
  • Front of Forelegs: 5, 5FC to 4, 4FC
  • Cheeks, Ears, Face, Neck: 10, 15

English, Irish & Gordon Setter

  • Body, Side, Back: 7, 7FC to 5, 5FC
  • Head: 5, 7FC
  • Top of Ears: 10 to 15
  • Throat: 10 to 15
  • Underbody, Tail, Legs: Scissor

English Springer Spaniel

  • Head: 7FC
  • Body, Sides, Back, Tail: 7, 7FC, 5, 5FC, Combs
  • Face, Ear Top, Throat, Cheeks: 10, 15

Fox Terrier and Irish Terrier

  • Body & Side: 5, 5FC, Combs
  • Back & Tail: 5, 5FC, Combs
  • Head, Ears, Throat, Cheeks: 10

Kerry Blue Terrier

  • Body & Sides: 4, 4FC to 3/4"HT, Combs
  • Ears, Throat, Cheeks: 10 to 15
  • Top of Head: 5, 5FC to 4, 4FC

Lakeland Terrier

  • Body & Sides: 7, 7FC to 4FC, Combs
  • Back & Tail: 7, 7FC to 4FC, Combs
  • Head: 8-1/2
  • Ears, Throat, Cheeks: 10

Lhasa Apso & Maltese

  • Body: 5, 5FC to 3/4"HT, Combs
  • Head, Face, Ears: Scissor
  • Underbody: Scissor
  • Tail: Scissor

Poodle

  • Face & Throat: 10 to 15, 30
  • Feet & Base of Tail: 10 to 15, 30
  • Body: 7, 7FC to 3/4"HT, Combs
  • Top Knot & Tail Piece: Scissor
  • Legs: Combs or Scissor

Portuguese Water Dog (Lion Clip)

  • Body - Last Rib Forward, Legs: 3/4"HT, Combs or Scissor
  • Last Rib Backward, 3/4 of Tail and Face: 5, 7, 10

Portuguese Water Dog (Retriever Clip)

  • Body: 3-3/4, 3-3/4FC to 3/4"HT, Combs
  • Legs & Tail Pattern: 3-3/4, 3-3/4FC to 3/4"HT, Combs
  • Face: 4, 4FC, Combs
  • Head & Ears: Scissor

Schnauzer

  • Body, Sides, Back: 7, 7FC to 4, 5, 5FC
  • Head & Ears: 10
  • Throat & Cheeks: 10

Scottish Terrier & Sealyham Terrier

  • Body, Back, Forechest: 7, 7FC to 4, 4FC, Combs
  • Ears, Throat, Cheeks: 7, 10 to 15
  • Top of Head: 8-1/2 to 7, 7FC
  • Tail: Scissor

Shih Tzu

  • Body: 4, 4FC to 3/4"HT, Combs
  • Top of Head, Cheeks: 4, 4FC to 3/4"HT, Combs
  • Head & Ears: Scissor
  • Tail & Legs: Scissor

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

  • Body & Tail: 3-3/4, 3-3/4FC, Combs
  • Throat & Cheeks: 4, 4FC to 5, 5FC
  • Head & Ears: Scissor

Welsh Terrier

  • Body & Sides: 7, 7FC to 4, 4FC, Combs
  • Back & Tail: 7, 7FC to 4, 4FC, Combs
  • Head, Ears, Throat: 10

West Highland White Terrier

  • Body: 7, 7FC to 3-3/4, 3-3/4FC, Combs
  • Back & Sides: 7, 7FC to 3-3/4, 3-3/4FC, Combs
  • Head: Scissor
  • Underline, Tail, Legs: Scissor
  • Ear Tips: 10 to 15

Yorkshire Terrier

  • Body: 4, 4FC to 3/4"HT
  • Face & Head: Scissor
  • Ear Tips: 10

Still have questions?

Still have questions about at-home dog grooming? Jeffers Pet Specialist, Renee, is here to help. Renee can be reached via email at rsjones@jefferspet.com or by phone at 1-800-533-3377.

All information in this blog was provided by Andis and serves as a guide to clipping your small dog or cat. If you have any questions prior to clipping your pet at home, please contact Jeffers Pet Specialist or your veternarian.

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