The Perfect Grooming Clippers For Dogs With a Double Coat

By on March 13, 2017

Do you have a double coated dog that you want to groom yourself but you are unsure of what tools you need? Double coated dogs such as sheppards, huskies, and cattle dogs have a thick heavy undercoat and a lighter top coat. So you will need a really good set of clippers and a fur thinner such as a Furminator. There are many clippers you can choose from and we can help you to know which ones are best for your double coated dog.

The best choice of clippers for this category is the heavy duty Wahl Switchblade Professional Variable Speed Pet Clipper Kit. One of the most popular models on the market, the Switchblade, is a professional clipper with plenty of power and ergonomic styling. It runs about $149.00. Yes it is more expensive than some but it is worth the extra money in terms of power, ease of use and durability.

Wahl Switchblade Professional Variable Speed Pet Clipper Kit Review

As all dog grooming clippers are evaluated by their features and benefits, let’s take a look at these for the Switchblade. There are certain categories of features that all clippers have and these are what we will use to judge the Switchblade as well.

The features we are evaluating include:

  • Speed: Single or double
  • Noise
  • User-friendly
  • Corded or cordless
  • Durability
  • Maintenance required
  • Price
  • Other


The Wahl Switchblade is a powerful corded set of professional dog grooming clippers. It was designed to be quiet, lightweight but tough. When it comes to your double coated dogs, you need a clipper that is tough enough to get to the undercoat while it is comfortable enough for you to groom your entire dog without tiring out your hands. This versatile clipper will do a great job with a full body groom on a double coated dog if necessary  to trimming paw hairs or whiskers.

The Switchblade is A Duel Speed Clipper

The Wahl Switchblade has improved speed and blades. It runs about two and a half times faster than the previous version. This allows it to glide through your dog’s fur. It also stays cool throughout the grooming. Even the toughest of double coated dogs can be groomed efficiently with the Switchblade. The variable speeds allow you to run at up to 4500 strokes per minute (SPM) when cutting through the rougher coats and use the slower speed around the face and ears. You can groom your dog quickly with this clipper. The blades are sharp and the clipper is fast so that no hair is pulled, your dog is comfortable and no fur gets caught in the clipper.

The Wahl Switchblade is Very Quiet

If your dog is afraid of loud noises or a little nervous about the grooming process, a quiet clipper is a must and the Wahl Switchblade is extremely quiet. It is also a benefit to you, the groomer, to have a quiet yet powerful set of clippers.

User Friendly And Ergonomic Design

More than most clippers the Wahl Switchblade has a user friendly ergonomic design. One look at the Switchblade tells you it is different. It has a curved casing to keep the dog’s fur from clogging, a smooth rubber tip with easy replacement, and a curved design. It fits comfortably in your hands and is easy to hold even for longer periods of time.

In addition to its ergonomic design, it is lightweight and easy to use. You never have to take the clipper apart due to its patented easy to replace drive tip.

Professional 16 Foot Cord

The Wahl Switchblade has a strong professional 16 ft cord that is flexible and allows you to move comfortably around your dog. This cord will not wear out before the clipper does.

Durability – Revolutionary Drive System – Long Life

The Switchblade has a “revolutionary” new linear drive system with no gears that greatly reduces the amount of wear and increases the life of the clippers. The motor is heavy duty and durable so don’t expect it to die but last many years.

Little Maintenance Required

As previously mentioned there is little to no maintenance that you need to do with the Wahl Switchblade. There is no greasing or oiling and no taking the clipper apart.

Price – $130-150

This clipper is not cheap but it is worth every dime. With its power, two speed motor, no maintenance and ergonomic design it is unlike anything else on the market for working with double coated dogs. This clipper will work on fur as soft as cotton or as course as burlap.

Other Various Features of Note

  • Ultimate Competition Series Detachable blades can cut clipping time for your dog in half because of the cutting ability. They are guaranteed 100% to cut any type of fur but especially your double coated dog right out the box. They don’t leave and clipper tracks and they are more durable. They cut two and one half times faster than the previous Wahl Competition Series blades.

These blades are constructed of high grade steel to make sure they are durable and tough. In fact they are so revolutionary that the manufacturing process that is patented and guaranteed to cut tough coats quickly and efficiently. They are designed and manufactured in the United States.

  • Your Wahl Switchblade carries both a 30 day no questions asked guarantee and a 12 month warranty on defects. The Wahl Switchblade made in the United States.
  • The Switchblade can be used in Europe and Australia as it does allow for 220 volts

Among Amazon customers the Wahl Switchblade is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars. What are customers with double coated dogs saying about this clipper?

One professional groomer of cats felt the Switchblade was lightweight and quiet. They felt that nervous animals would benefit from how quiet it is. This cat groomer had hers for several years and it was still working great. They highly recommended it.

Another was a professional groomer for over 10 years. This groomer loved the length of the chord and sturdiness of the Clipper. They used them on both a heavily matted double coated dog to a very fine almost skin only dog like a Weimeran, or a fluffy cut like a puppy cut.

So if you have a double coated dog and you are looking for the right tools for caring for and grooming her properly – don’t pass on the Wahl Switchblade.