Dachshund Christmas Cards "Hot Doggin' Holiday"

Dachshund News gets ready for Christmas

Dachshund Christmas Cards "Hot Doggin' Holiday"

"Hot Doggin' Holiday"

Dear Dachshund News subscribers.

It’s December so I can now officially use the C-word.

If you hop on over to the Dachshund News, you’ll see  some seasonal posts from the past, which feature lovely and sometimes funny Dachshund Christmas cards.

Put on some Xmas music and check them out. We’ll be back soon with some gift suggestions for (wiener) dog lovers. Get ready for a Hot Doggin’ Holiday.

Dog Clipper Reviews: Andis vs. Oster

Before buying dog clippers, read these reviews

Welcome to the Daily Dachshund and Dog News, a site I founded in 2007 to bring you high-quality dog news, reviews and information (and other Doxie stuff that’s just plain fun.)

If you’re trying to decide between Andis or Oster dog clippers, the Daily Dachshund can help. I put together these clipper reviews because when I searched for dog clipper info on the web all I found was sketchy, spammy stuff. I know how frustrating that can be and I wanted to help others avoid the big time-suck and, instead, quickly and efficiently find the dog clippers that work best for their breed.

Since Andis and Oster are widely considered the best dog clippers in the business, I’m sticking with them.

Andis Dog Clippers Reviews

Andis: Why dog groomers love Andis

I bought my first Andis Clippers after making the mistake of buying a cheap pair and driving both myself and my dog crazy. Once I invested in the right equipment it was smooth sailing. (Think of it as finally buying a good pair of kitchen knives)

I do a major grooming four to eight times a year and my 12-year-old clippers are still going strong. After just two groomings, I had already saved money seeing as my old groomer used to charge $60 a pop.

While it did take me a while to learn some of the tricks of the trade and my dog had a few bad hair days at first, that’s happened with professional groomers too. And I’ve even had professional groomers cut my dog, something I’ve never done.

If you decide to start grooming your dog at home, good clippers will help you work safer and faster so consider it an investment. Andis has served me well and their reputation for customer service and high-quality products is well deserved.


Andis 22340 AGC 2-Speed Detachable-Blade Small-Animal Clipper

Andis AGC 2-Speed Clipper Review:


  • Break-resistant housing
  • Shhh! A quieter clipper for skittish dogs
  • 2,700 strokes per minute (spm) and 3,400 spm professional blade speed
  • Blade locking mechanism
  • Almost maintenance free

Bottom Line: The AGC 2 is the clipper you need for smaller dogs including Dachshunds, schnauzers, corgis, Yorkshire Terriers, West Highland Terriers and Scottish Terriers. Don’t underestimate the importance of the quiet(er) feature.

Amazon Price: $137.95 reduced from $179.99 BUY NOW


Andis 63970 PowerGroom Detachable-Blade Small-Animal Clipper

Andis 63970 PowerGroom Clipper Review


  • Power, power and more power. 4,500 strokes per minute (spm). Holy power clippers!
  • Light weight to make grooming easier
  • Comes with size 10 CeramicEdge blade and extra blade drive

Bottom Line: Va-va-va groom. Seriously, if you do a lot of small dog clipping, these are the Andis clippers for you.

Amazon Price: $157.38 reduced from $182.99 BUY NOW


Andis 22215 2-Speed Detachable Plus Pet Clipper

Andis AG 2-Speed Detachable Clipper Review:


  • Shatter-proof housing
  • Compatible with UltraEdge and CeramicEdge blades
  • 2,700 strokes per minute (spm) and 3,400 spm professional blade speed
  • 3 metre (14 foot) cord and comes with #10 blade
  • Blades are easily detachable
  • Extremely quiet clippers

Bottom line: These are heavy duty dog clippers that will work really well on larger breeds like poodles, giant schnauzers, collies, Australian shepherds, St. Bernards.

Amazon Price: $109.19 reduced from $165.99 BUY NOW

Oster Dog Clipper Reviews

Oster: Pro and home groomers love Oster Dog Clippers

Here’s the thing. Whether you choose Oster over Andis or Andis over Oster, it’s six of one and half a dozen of another. I started with Andis, but other groomers on my dog sites swear by Oster. In the end, it comes down to what suits you and your dog(s) best. Both Oster and Andis users are pretty happy campers, according to the many Amazon reviews.


Oster 78004-011 Powermax 2-Speed Clippers

Oster Powermax 2 Speed Clipper Review


  • Two settings with the powerful one hitting 4,200 strokes per minute (spm)
  • Contoured to fit the hand and light weight
  • Includes Cryogen-X #10 Blade with Antimicrobialstrokes per minute

Bottom Line: Even though this is an under-$100, it works on hairy, tough coats. Don’t let its light weight fool you. and powerful for the toughest coats.

Amazon Price: $89.99 reduced from $159.99 BUY NOW


Oster A5 Turbo 2-Speed Professional Animal Clipper

Oster A5 Turbo 2-Speed Clipper Review


  • Two speed settings: 3,000 and 4,000 strokes per minute (spm)
  • Blade switching is super easy
  • Turbo powered (very powerful)
  • Includes Cryogen-X #10 Blade

Bottom Line:  This is a pair of clippers that you couldn’t destroy if you tried. You’ll have to give your  A5 Turbo clippers away in the unlikely event you get bored with them.

Amazon Price: $105.25 reduced from $274 BUY NOW

Why buy dog clippers on Amazon?

If you’ve shopped at Amazon, you likely already know they have the best customer service imaginable. For once, the customer is always right.

Their prices are often the lowest and, when they aren’t ask yourself if it’s really worth it to save a dollar or two by going with a seller you don’t know. I can recommend Amazon without hesitation and their dog clipper reviews will help you decided  which model of clippers are right for you.

Please leave a comment about your grooming experiences

It’s always helpful to know how things have worked out for others so scroll on down and tell us your thoughts.

The week in dog news

Frenchman murders his girlfriend and flees with dog

His attachment to his pet led to his arrest. Too bad he wasn’t as nice to his girlfriend.

Uggie’s outfit wows the Red Carpet crowd

Uggie at the Oscars articleDetails at US Weekly on the Artist star.



Labs are number one for popularity, Scotties #54

The Dachshund has dropped to #9 after hitting its top ranking of #4 in 2001..

Tragic: Two newborns killed by huskies

In Alberta, the dog is euthanized. In Pittsburgh, the courts have yet to rule. Here’s an opinion piece on whether dogs who kill humans should be kept alive.

Boot recommendations for Dachshunds

A reader writes:

Have you found any boots that will stay on your dachshunds feet? I recently moved to Greenland with my dachshund and I can’t seem to keep her boots on her feet and after a few minutes the cold icy conditions make her feet hurt. Any advice?

I’ve never succeeded in getting my dog to wear boots despite the fact that she’s bothered by salt, so let’s hope readers have some recommendations.

I see a lot of dogs wearing the “balloon boots” shown above lately, but I know other dog owners don’t like them as when they come off and get left behind at the park, some dogs gobble them up.

Here are more boot solutions including Musher’s Paste, which I have indeed tested with somewhat mixed results. I just couldn’t be sure it was helping although others swear by it. And I’m in Canada so we give these things a good test drive.

Dachshund owner launches “worst dog” contest

After his wiener dog ate the living room carpet, Doug Speirs was inspired to reach out to others with ill-behaved dogs. In a recent column for the Winnipeg Free Press, he writes:

Well, bad dog owners, here’s your big chance. What I want you to do is sit down at your computers right now (“Sit! Sit! Good owner!”) and, in as concise a manner as possible, tell me all about your dog’s bad behaviour. Feel free to email a picture, too.

Just to be clear, what we are talking about here is amusing anecdotes wherein your beloved pet has driven you to the brink of insanity, as opposed to actual criminal canine behaviour or terrorist activity. For example:

RIGHT — “We laughed and laughed when our chihuahua Fang ate the TV remote control and we had to watch the Weather Network for two straight weeks until the cod liver oil finally did the trick.”

WRONG — “We are thinking about hiring a lawyer due to the fact our postman has not been the same ever since our Bernese mountain dog ate most of his internal organs.”

Doug doesn’t say anything about being a Winnipeg or Manitoba resident to qualify for his contest, but given the prizes on offer, he might not get too many entries from outside the Peg.

I will subject the entries to an intense judging process in which I will read all of them to the guys in our business section who sit in the cubicles behind me. Then I will select my THREE favourites — which I’ll publish in an upcoming column — and award the three winners tickets to a cool concert or show, along with copies of my colleague Randy Turner’s awesome new book Back in the Bigs, which details Winnipeg’s journey back to the NHL.

Good luck to all you hockey-loving bad dog peeps in Manitoba.

Florida Dachshund rescues owner from fire

WJHG in Florida reports on a Fort Walton Beach woman says she’s alive because of her wiener dog. The 10-year-old dachshund, who had been rescued from a shelter himeslf, returned the favour last weekend.

Rescue Dachshund newspaper reportOn a related subject, here’s a report on the difficulties rescuers can face when the dogs they’re dealing with dogs who — like Rudy the Dachshund — have been abused.

And if you’re still able to deal with sad news, here’s the tale of Noel the Dachshund, who provided comfort to an owner who died far too young. RIP, Jana Seagreaves.