How to Clip Lhasa Apso Hair

by Elton Dunn, Demand Media
    Clippers make your job easier and allow you to maintain the flowing shape of your pup's hair.

    Clippers make your job easier and allow you to maintain the flowing shape of your pup's hair.

    A silky-haired Lhasa has high-maintenance grooming needs, and learning to clip her hair yourself saves cash. To keep your Lhasa looking like a pampered pup and not a Wookiee, plan to trim her long hair every 10 to 12 weeks. Brush the hair regularly to avoid mats.

    Items you will need

    • Slicker brush
    • Detangler
    • Metal comb
    • Electric clippers
    • Number 10 clipper blade
    • Scissors (optional)
    • Tweezers (optional)

    Step 1

    Brush your Lhasa's hair before you clip, using the slicker brush. Work through any tangles you encounter by applying a detangling solution and combing through the tangle.

    Step 2

    Part your pup's hair before you clip, so that you get an even cut. Use your metal comb to part the hair down her back and brush it down each side.

    Step 3

    Select the right clipper blade for your Lhasa's coat. A 4F blade provides a short trim, and a 30 blade offers a gentle trim for a long coat. Fit the blade onto your electric clippers.

    Step 4

    Hold your Lhasa's skin back with your hand so it lies taut for an easier trim. With the clippers on, push against the direction of hair growth to trim facial hair. Work from the ear toward the eye, but do not clip the eye area. Work down toward the neck, then repeat on the other side.

    Step 5

    Clip the top of the head and snout in the same manner, again taking care to avoid the eye region.

    Step 6

    Trim your Lhasa's back, sides and legs using the same blade. Work the clippers in the same manner.

    Step 7

    Switch to a number 10 clipper blade. This blade is short and works best on the underside of your Lhasa and the anal region, where short hair helps with hygiene. With the clippers running, gently push the clipper blade up, against the direction of hair growth, to take off excess hair. Trim the anal area and the belly like this, taking care not to clip your pet's sensitive parts.

    Step 8

    Neaten up your pup's toes next. A little trim near the toe region will remove excess fur growing between your pet's paws.

    Step 9

    Pluck hair from your pet's ears, since excess hair growing there can trap wax inside and affect your dog's hearing. Use either your fingers or a pair of tweezers to pull the hair out.

    Tip

    • Follow this basic protocol to clip your Lhasa all over. If you prefer to keep the facial hair long so you can braid it, just use scissors or clippers to neaten up hair to keep it out of the eyes.

    About the Author

    A successful website writer since 1998, Elton Dunn has demonstrated experience with technology, information retrieval, usability and user experience, social media, cloud computing, and small business needs. Dunn holds a degree from UCSF and formerly worked as professional chef. Dunn has ghostwritten thousands of blog posts, newsletter articles, website copy, press releases and product descriptions. He specializes in developing informational articles on topics including food, nutrition, fitness, health and pets.

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