The dog clippers you need for fine, thin or short hair are usually going to be different to the ones you might need for coarse, thick, long or matted fur.
You won’t need as much torque and power through the clipper motor and drive shaft.
With this in mind, we’ve put together a guide on the Best Dog Clippers For Fine, Thin Or Short Hair.
We’ve included one more versatile option that has heavier duty capabilities, as well as a cheap option.
Let’s take a look!
(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)
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Best Dog Grooming Clippers For Fine, Thin Or Short Hair
Our top picks for the best dog clippers for fine hair, and short or thin hair are:
- oneisall Dog Shaver Clippers (on Amazon) – Affordable cordless clipper that comes with a kit. 1 running speed. 4 clipper guard combs or different coat lengths. Has a rechargeable battery.
- PetTech Professional Dog Grooming Kit (on Amazon) – Affordable clipper. for fine to medium coats. Comes with different sized coat clipper comb attachments, scissors, and nail clipper items
- Andis AGC2 2-Speed Detachable Blade Pet Clipper, Black (on Chewy)
- Andis ProClip 2 Speed Detachable Professional Blade Clipper (on Amazon) – 2 speed corded clipper. Designed for all coats and breeds. Make sure to check when you buy this clipper if you have to buy blades or not (as it may or may not come with some)
- Wahl Bravura Lithium Ion Cordless Dog & Cat Clipper Kit (on Chewy)
- Wahl Professional Animal Bravura Lithium Clipper (on Amazon) – a cordless and rechargeable clipper. Has an adjustable 5 in 1 blade. Runs at up to 5,500 SPM. Best for touch up and light work
- Wahl Motion Lithium Ion Pet Clipper (on Chewy)
- Wahl Professional Animal Motion Lithium Ion Clipper (on Amazon) – a cordless and rechargeable clipper. Has an adjustable 5 in 1 blade. Runs at up to 5,500 SPM. Best for touch up and light work. Designed to charge slightly quicker than the Bravura
Some other popular or commonly used clippers that might draw more mixed reviews, or varying experiences using them might include the:
- Andis AGC2 UltraEdge 2-Speed Detachable Blade Dog & Cat Clipper (on Chewy)
- Andis AGC2 UltraEdge 2-Speed Detachable Blade Dog & Cat Clipper (on Amazon) – 2 speed electric clipper that runs at 3400 spm and 4400 spm. Has detachable blades. Works with most Andis and Oster blades
- Oster A5 Turbo 2-Speed Professional Animal Clipper (on Chewy)
- Oster A5 Turbo 2-Speed Professional Animal Clipper (on Amazon) – 2 speed electric clipper that runs at 3000 spm and 4000 spm. Compatible with all Oster CryogenX detachable blades
If you’d like to check out other pet hair clipper options, including cordless clippers but also other corded clipper brands and models, you may like to read this guide:
Best Dog Grooming Clipper For Fine, Thin Or Short Hair: Reviews
Check out review guides here:
Best Dog Grooming Clipper For Fine, Thin Or Short Hair: Buyer’s Guide
Which Dog Clipper Blades To Get For Fine, Thin Or Short Hair, And In General?
Different clippers are going to be compatible with different blades.
Read the product description for the types of blades that come with and work with that clipper.
On top of this, some blades are going to better for fine, thin or short fur or hair than others.
Manufacturers should have a blade grooming chart, or tell you in the blade or comb product description what type of hair it is good for and what length it cuts to.
For example, with the Andis you might use an 10 blade for fine, short or medium length hair. A 7 or 7FC might be better for matted or heavy/thick hair.
You can read more about the detachable Wahl, Oster and Andis blades and combs here:
What Features & Things Should You Look Out For In Dog Hair Clippers?
You may like to look out for the following considerations and questions about a clipper you buy:
What thickness of fur is the clipper for? Thin, medium or thick hair?
What types of coats and dog breeds can the clipper be used on? Poodles, terriers, spaniels, all breeds?
How many speeds the clipper has (SPM/strokes per minute)
What the maximum and minimum speeds of the clipper is
How much does the clipper weigh
How long is the clipper
What shape is the clipper when you grip it – circular, or squarer?
How long is the clipper cord
How long is the warranty that comes with the clipper? What is the duration, and what are the conditions of the warranty and return policy?
What sort of motor does the clipper have – rotary, electromagnetic, brushless?
What sort of blade drive system does the clipper have?
Does the clipper have any technology that keeps the power and torque of the drive motor consistent through the cuts?
What comes in the clipper kit – does it come with a blade, blade oil, storage case etc.?
What extra blades might you need to buy with the clipper
What blades the clipper is compatible with
What guide combs the clipper is compatible with
Does the clipper come with any extra features like an ON locking switch?
Is the clipper a 2 in 1 corded and cordless clipper?
Additionally for cordless clippers, you might ask:
What type of battery does it have – rechargeable lithium ion, rechargeable NiMH, or replaceable AA?
How long does the battery last for on full charge?
How long does the battery take to charge?
Does the battery charge on a charge stand or directly through a charger cord?
Is the battery in built into the clipper, or is it removable?
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