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    What's a good length to start on a 8-10 month old Airedale? Usually I just go straight to a 10 like i was taught but I was curious if I'll damage then coat going that short so fast. Should I do a 7 then go from there If the owner says it's not short enough? I have not the slightest clue on how to strip, even though I'd love to learn. Clipper is my go to tool for this.

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  • #2
    I use a 5f....never shorter. A ten is not used on airedale...
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    • #3
      I think a #10 is too short.........the body should be #5, the ears should be #10, the head should be #7, the chin, from the front of the neck to canine teeth should be #10 (leave the hair from the canine teeth to end of chin, forming a goatee). You should purchase the Jodi Murphy's DVD on Airedales.

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      • #4
        Yes, I'd say a five. No shorter. Tell the owners that is correct and they'll believe you.

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        • #5
          They always have had Airedales.. (3 passed away in the last year) and they always had gotten a 10 on. The back.. I'll break out the book "notes of the grooming table" and show them.. Wish I had it at home with me so I can read it tonight and mentally prepare. I'll do what I can since this will be their first real hair cut..
          I have been just taking an attachment comb and going over them to knocked it down to get them used to the clippers.

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          • #6
            If theyve had airedales in the past, have them bring in a pic of one of them after grooming. Itll show you how they like/want them done. Otherwise they can get your version of an Airedale trim

            http://www.petgroomer.com/grooming10...s/airedale.htm

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            • #7
              Here's one Airedale done, her name is Georgia



              How'd I do?? And i used a 5 on the body, 7 on the head, 10 on the ears and a/c 0 on the legs.

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              • #8
                I would start at a 2 comb and go down to a 4 comb if the people wanted it shorter, but I doubt they would.

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                • #9
                  And here's Gabby...



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                  • #10
                    I don't do many Airedales anymore...

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                    • #11
                      Try to make the head brick shaped. These guys need more fill over the nose and under the eyes.

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                      • #12
                        We have one Airedale where the owner wants a #10 on the back, so a #10 she gets.

                        We have another Airedale where the owner wants a #10 all over with an Airedale head, so that's what she gets.

                        We normally just do a #7 on the backs because there is squawking if we do them longer, about how fast they grow out.

                        If the owner wants a #10, do a #10. Why should" the books" dictate what the owner should want and get, or what is "too short/no shorter than" when the owner pays the bill and wants a #10?

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