3 Best Nail Clippers for Small dogs – Our favorites for petite paws!

Dog ownership comes with many joys and many responsibilities. One very important responsibility that comes with owning a pup, is making sure you keep their nails clipped!

Some people prefer to take their dog to the vet or to a professional groomer to have this done, both are great options, but it is not difficult to learn how to trim your dogs nails at home either!

As we have learned during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, it can be very helpful to learn how to do some basic grooming for your pup at home, in case you are unable to take him anywhere else.

That being said, this post is all about our 3 favorite nail clippers for small dogs, and why we love them. I will also link a post with a video tutorial of how to trim your small dogs nails right from the comfort of home sweet home, HERE, and at the bottom of this post as well. 🙂

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Let’s look at some nail clippers shall we??


BOSHEL Dog Nail Clippers and Trimmer with Safety Guard

 These nail clippers are definitely some of my very favorites, and it is what I have used for years on my Yorkie and my Shorkie! (Yorkshire Terrier/Shih Tzu mix)

Recommended by professionals, and veterinarians, and thousands of satisfied customers, it is no wonder that these clippers are so highly rated, and so widely purchased.

The BOSHEL dog nail clippers are comfortable, easy to use, and they come with a safety guard attached to greatly reduce the risk of cutting Fido’s nails too short! (Phew, sigh of relief, am I right?) They are used with a spring-loaded mechanism that works similar to a garden shear.

As an extra added bonus, these clippers come with a nail file to file off remaining sharp edges! PLUS they can be used on medium to large dogs as well. (or your cat!)

I have never had an issue cutting with these bad boys. They slice through the nail with ease, and have for years.


  • comfortable ergonomic handles
  • can be used on all size dogs
  • saftey guard to help prevent cutting too deep
  • spring-loaded mechanism makes for a smooth single cut for each nail.


  • because these can be used on all sizes of dogs, the safety guard may be a little too deep for a smaller dog, and caution should be used even when using the guard, not to cut too deep.

SHINY PET Pet Nail Clippers


Some people prefer these small scissor like nail clippers instead. It really is about what you think would feel the most comfortable to you!

These clippers are made for small dogs, and other small animals such as: cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, etc.

They have sharp stainless steel blades and will do a fine job on your small dog. These clippers are also backed by a money-back guarantee, just in case you decide they are not the right pair for you and your pup!


  • Comfortable ergonomic grip
  • risk-free guarantee
  • specifically made for smaller animals


  • Does not have a safety guard


Resco Original Deluxe Dog and Cat Nail/Claw Clippers

These nail clippers are a “guillotine” design, and they have replacement blade technology, which allows you to replace the blade when they become dull rather than replacing the entire set of clippers!

The Resco steel blade is sharp and easy to cut with, ensuring a pain free slice every time. However, these clippers do not have a safety guard like the first pair we talked about, so you will need to be confident when cutting to be sure you don’t hit the quick.

These clippers are also recommended by vets and professional groomers worldwide, and come with a lifetime warranty!


  • The quick one slice movement of a guillotine design can sometimes help keep the nail from splitting.
  • The blades can be replaced


  • No safety guard.

Be Confident in your Cutting Abilities!

Cutting your dog’s nails can be an intimidating task, but with a little guidance and practice, you can be a pro in no time.

Start by only taking a little and cutting more often to get your practice in, and when your confidence grows, you can start taking a little more and cutting less often.

Worst case scenario, you cut too deep, and now your pup is bleeding. That can be scary, but it is not life threatening. Keep some Blood Stop on hand, or in a pinch, dab on some corn starch to help clot the wound, and I assure you, your pup will be OK!!

If you are very worried about this happening, I would highly suggest going with the clippers that come with the safety guard to help ensure a pain free cut!

HERE is my article on how to cut a Yorkies nails (same process applies to any small dog) If you’re feeling nervous, head on over to that post and read exactly how I do it. I also have a quick video tutorial within the post as well.

Good luck friends!

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