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Andis Blade Guide

Andis Blade Guide

If your not sure what blade you need for a particular breed or your own pooch! Andis have made this Blade guide to help you choose. Please note Blade cutting lengths listed are against natural lie of the coat. Cutting with lie of the coat leaves hair one size longer, for example #7 cut with lie of the coat = length of #5). All suggested body blades should be used with the lie of the coat.

Official Andis Blade Guide

All Breeds & Mixed Breeds
  • Sanitary prep
  • Pads
  • Slightly Matted
  • Very Matted
  • Very Heavy Coats
  • Legs
  • Feet (except Poodles)
  • #10
  • #15
  • #5 & #5FC
  • #7 & #7FC
  • #7 or #T-84
  • guard or scissor
  • scissor
Airedale Terrier
  • Body, sides & tail
  • Head, throat
  • Ears
  • Underbody
  • #7 or #5
  • #9 or #7 & #7FC
  • #10 or #15
  • scissors
Bearded Collie
  • Puppy Trim - Body
  • #3¾ & #3¾FC
  • or 1¼¨ guard
Bedington Terrier
  • Body
  • Head, ears, tail
  • #5 & #5FC
  • #10 or #15
Bichon Frise
  • Plush look - Body
  • Pet Trim, Short - Body
  • #3¾ & #3¾FC
  • #4 & #4FC or #5 & #5FC
Bouvier Des Flandres
  • Body, sides
  • Legs, underbody, face
  • Cheeks & Throat
  • #3¾ or 1¨ guard
  • scissors or 1½" guard
  • #4
Briard
  • Puppy Trim - Body
  • Face, legs, underbody
  • 1" guard
  • scissors or 1½" guard
Cairn Terrier
  • Head, face, legs, underbody
  • Body
  • Ears
  • scissors
  • #4 or #3¾
  • #10 or #15
Cats
  • Very Matted
  • Some Matting
  • #10
  • #7FC
Cocker Spaniel
  • Body, sides, back, tail
  • Face, ears, throat, head
  • Underbody, feet, legs
  • #7 & #7FC or #5 & #5FC
  • #10 or #15
  • scissors
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
  • Body, sides, back
  • Head, tail, feet
  • Legs, underbody
  • Top of ears
  • #4
  • scissors
  • scissors
  • #10 or #15
English Cocker Spaniel
  • Body, back, sides
  • Front of forelegs
  • Head, neck, ears, face
  • Underbody, legs
  • #7 & #7FC
  • #7 & #7FC
  • #15
  • scissors
English Setter
  • Body, sides, back
  • Head
  • Top of Ears
  • Underbody, tail, legs
  • #7 & #7FC or #5 & #5FC
  • #9
  • #10 or #15
  • scissors
English Springer Spaniel
  • Body, sides, back, tail
  • Head, neck, ear tops, throat
  • Underbody & legs
  • #7 & #7FC or #5 & #5FC
  • #10
  • scissors
Irish Setter
  • Body, sides, back
  • Head, ears, throat
  • Underbody, tail, legs
  • #7 & #7FC or #5 & #5FC
  • #10
  • scissors

Official Andis Blade Guide

Irish Terrier
  • Body, Sides, Back and Tail
  • Head, Ears, throat
  • #5,
  • #10
Kerry Blue Terrier
  • Body, sides, back, tail
  • Neck, ears
  • Head
  • #4 & #4FC or #3¾ & #3¾FC
  • #10 or #15
  • #8½
Lakeland Terrier
  • Body, sides, back, tail
  • Head
  • Neck, Ears
  • #4 or #5
  • #8½
  • #10
Lhasa Apso & Maltese
  • Puppy Trim
  • Shorter Pet Trim
  • Head, face, tail, underbody
  • #3¾ & #3¾FC
  • #5 & #5FC or #4 & #4FC
  • scissors
Old English Sheepdog
  • Puppy Trim
  • Shorter Pet Trim
  • Head, face
  • 1¼ guard
  • #4 & #4FC or #3¾ & #3¾FC
  • scissors
Pekingese
  • Short Pet Trim - Body
  • #5 & #5FC or #4 & #4FC or
  • #3¾ & #3¾FC
Poodle
  • Face, feet, base of tail
  • Body

     
  • Top knot, tail piece
  • #10 or #15
  • #7 & #7FC or #5 & #5FC, or
  • #4 & #4FC or #3¾ & #3¾FC
  • scissors
Portuguese Water Dog
  • Body
  • Shorter Pet Trim
  • Head, tail
  • #3¾ & #3¾FC
  • #4 & #4FC
  • scissors
Schnauzer
  • Body, back, sides
  • Legs, underbody
  • Head, ears, cheeks
  • #7 & #7FC
  • scissors
  • #10
Scottish Terrier & Sealyham Terrier
  • Body, back, sides of face
  • Ears, thoat
  • Top of head
  • Tail
  • #5 or #4
  • #10
  • #8½
  • #3¾ & #3¾FC
Shih Tzu
  • Puppy Trim
  • Shorter Pet Trim
  • Head, tail & ears
  • #3¾ & #3¾FC
  • #4 & #4FC
  • scissors
Silky Terrier
  • Puppy Trim
  • Shorter Pet Trim
  • Head, underbody
  • Ears
  • #3¾ & #3¾FC
  • #4 & #4FC
  • scissor
  • #10
Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier
  • Body, tail
  • Shorter Pet Trim (body, throat)
  • Legs, underbody
  • Head, ears
  • #3¾ & #3¾FC
  • #4 & #4FC
  • scissor
  • scissor
Welsh Terrier
  • Body, back, sides, tail
  • Head, ears, throat
  • #5
  • #10
West Highland White Terrier
  • Body, back & sides
  • Head, tail, underbody
  • Ear tips
  • #4 or #3¾
  • scissor
  • #10 or #15
Yorkshire Terrier
  • Puppy Trim
  • Shorter Pet Trim
  • Face, head
  • Ears
  • #3¾ & #3¾FC
  • #4 & #4FC
  • scissor
  • #10