Grooming Terriers: A Guide to blades and clipper sizes

Which blade for which dog? From giant Airedale to dainty teacup Yorkie, here are the blades you need for your terrier

If you’ve been searching terrier grooming forums and reviews for blade and equipment tips, there’s a good chance you’re even more confused than before you began.

Finding the right equipment to groom your terrier at home is not as clear-cut (pun intended) as it should be, but really, is that so surprising? You know your pooch is special, so why wouldn’t his coat be too?

This partly explains how come different groomers often suggest different blades for the same breed. Simply put, there is no perfect, one-size-fits-all solution, which is why the Scottie News has come to the rescue to put together the best possible guide for grooming your terrier. First off, a couple of tips:

Tip number one: Blade Size

The higher the blade number, the closer the cut.

Tip number two: Oster or Andis?

Truthfully, it’s six of one,half a dozen of the other. Some people choose Oster while others opt for Andis. To the knowledge of the Scottish Terrier and Dog News, no scientific poll has ever been conducted, but based on our readers stated preferences and all the other info out there, we’re calling it a  50/50 split, which is why we’re featuring both of the big two dog clipper brands.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s begin in alphabetical terrier order.

Airedale Terrier

Best clippers:

Oster 78005-140 Golden A5 2-Speed Clippers or Andis 22360 AGC Super 2-Speed Professional Animal Clipper with Locking Blade

Best blades:

Cairn Terrier

Best clippers:

Oster 78005-140 Golden A5 2-Speed Clippers or Andis 22360 AGC Super 2-Speed Professional Animal Clipper with Locking Blade

Best blades:

Jack Russell Terrier

Best clippers:

Oster 78005-010 Golden A5 Single-Speed Clippers or Andis 22215 2-Speed Detachable Plus Pet Clipper

Best blades:

Scottish Terrier

Best clippers:

Andis 22340 AGC 2-Speed Detachable-Blade Small-Animal Clipper or Oster 78004-011 Powermax 2-Speed Clippers

Best blades:

West Highland Terrier

 Best clippers:

Oster 78005-140 Golden A5 2-Speed Clippers or Andis 22360 AGC Super 2-Speed Professional Animal Clipper with Locking Blade

Best blades:

Yorkshire terrier

Best clippers:

Oster 78005-140 Golden A5 2-Speed Clippers or Andis 22360 AGC Super 2-Speed Professional Animal Clipper with Locking Blade

Best blades:

8 thoughts on “Grooming Terriers: A Guide to blades and clipper sizes

    1. Amen! Lol! My poor Yorkie has long pretty hair but she’s a tomboy! She hates topknots which I adore, her hair is thick and long which makes it so hard to care for her skin! She’s got skin allergies of some sort, and it’s hard to know when she’s broken out or if she’s scratched so much she’s cut herself up, I just cry! She’s terrified of noises, so this will be interesting as I’ve tried to clip her before and they make that noise and she tried to bite the clippers which is dangerous, as well as scissors when I trim around her eyes and ears, she can hear the scissors cut the hair and she turns her head thank god I’m faster than she is, I use rounded scissors but still I’m sure it can hurt or damage their eyes of they turn into them. I’ve recently bought a restraint to hold her head safely and I have my husband and son to help talk to her and keep her calm while I’m the bad guy. 😔😢

    1. Thank you. I have been combing websites to find this exact info. Was about to give up. Then I came across this site. Am so appreciative.
      Thank You.

  1. Thanks so much for this! I have a 16 month old Westie and have been grooming her with a 50 year old Oster set. I’ve replaced some of the plastic pieces, but they keep cracking. It’s time for a new set.
    A question? I’ve seen some groomers use a small lightweight clipper for ears. Is there one you recommend? My girl’s not fond of having her ears done, and I think this might make the job easier.
    Donna

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