GROOMING OBSESSION: Maltese Grooming at HOME – Body Trimming and Face Shaping




We will soon list the items that we used in this video so that you can find them on Amazon to purchase.

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SHEAR SERIES ~ Maltese Dog Grooming Shears Series

Shear Series – Part 1:    Opening New Dog Grooming Shears


The Shear Company’s we show you are just a few of the many wonderful shear company’s available to groomers today.   These shears just happen to be the ones we have enjoyed using at Maltese Obsession Grooming.   The BEST way to buy shears to go try and test them out at a dog show to see how they FEEL and FIT in your hands.   The THUMB sizes can be fit to your thumb size using inserts to make the thumb hold smaller if you have slender fingers.   Working with profession shear manufacturers provides you with shear sharpening and a higher quality of customer service.    Check out dog grooming shows like GROOMEXPO, GROOMEXPOWEST, SUPERZOOM, Intergroom as these big dog shows will also host many of the shear manufacturers.

Chris Christensen Shears have been in our hands since we first learned to groom.   We started out with the Celestial Series.    Our favorites in the series are the Celestial 4.5″ Pixi CURVED Shear.   Our favorite Chris Christensen Thinner/Blenders are the 6.0″ inches MERLYN Blenders/Thinners    These are usually less expensive via Cherrybrook Pet Supplies at $78 currently on sale vs the $140 price on the Chris Christensen website.   Great deal to get these Chris Christensen Shears via Cherybrook.


Sensei SWVL Shears in the video have the swiveling rotating thumb and are pretty pricey, but well worth the price.   I picked up the 3 shears (1 Straight 7 Inch, Curved 7 inch and Chunkers) via a Grooming Show Special directly through Sensei     These thinners come in 25 teeth, 37 teeth or 57 teeth.    Each have a different use for pro-groomer and we won’t confuse the issue by talking about the differences in this particular post.

You can get these shears directly from the SENSEI website or you can go via AMAZON and I’ve added the links below.

The Kenchii Shears that we opened in this video are the Kenchii FIVE STAR Series, one of the more affordable lines they carry.   These can be purchased directly via Kenchii or via Amazon.    We have NOT YET tested these shears out to say whether we would recommend them or not.   WE ARE IN NO WAY ENDORSING the Kenchii line of shears as a good trial use of these babies are needed before we can determine whether they are worth their price tag (even though they are probably one of the least expensive shears in the Kenchii line).

If you are NEW to grooming, then you can look for less expensive shears to start out.   We recommend lengths from 4.5″ – 7″ maximum.   A great starter set is 1 STRAIGHT, 1 CURVED and 1 BLENDER/THINNER.    While less expensive STRAIGHTS and CURVES can work just fine, it is pretty hard to find good blenders that don’t bend hair (YUCK) ~~~ so a cheap blender will DAMAGE a good coat, so don’t waste even $30 on a cheap blender…..just sayin’ **<(^.^)>**




Some Less Expensive Great Starter Shear Sets:

PREVIEW ~~ Pinky’s Seoul Korean Face Transformation

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Pinky is a Korean Princess - Korean cut Face on a Pretty Maltese
Pinky is a Korean Princess – Korean cut Face on a Pretty Maltese
Pinky is a Korean Princess - Korean cut Face on a Pretty Maltese
Pinky is a Korean Princess – Korean cut Face on a Pretty Maltese
Pinky is a Korean Princess - Korean cut Face on a Pretty Maltese
Pinky is a Korean Princess – Korean cut Face on a Pretty Maltese
Pinky is a Korean Princess - Korean cut Face on a Pretty Maltese
Pinky is a Korean Princess – Korean cut Face on a Pretty Maltese

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Cosette’s NEW Korean Styling ~~ Sprinkle of Seoul ~ Korean Cut

Cosette ~ Cheerful & CaringHappy 5th Birthday to my 1st Pet Maltese Cosette.    Cosette arrived to us and she has FOREVER changed our lives.

Cosette ~ my first maltese!
Cosette ~ my first maltese!

Cosette is who has inspired us to grow MALTESE OBSESSION.    Cosette came to us via her AKC Breeder, who had her hand delivered and escorted to us by airplane ride.   Cosette was so sweet and smart from the minute we held her in our hands.   She was FULLY POTTY trained within the first MONTH.    Cosette since then has enjoyed sleeping right next to my rib cage each night in our bed.

Cosette as a puppy NEVER had any eye staining
Cosette as a puppy NEVER had any eye staining

Cosette can play fetch with a tiny cat ball 24 hours a day if we would engage with her.   We stock up on these tiny balls each Christmas as we can never find them any other time of year.

Cosette is ALWAYS Cheerful and CARING!    WE LOVE HER!

Cosette has always been in a creative AMERICAN style cut her whole life, but we decided to give her a fresh new look for her 5th Birthday.

We slowly transitioned her to a KOREAN STYLE GROOM.

Cosette ~ Cheerful & Caring
Cosette ~ Cheerful & Caring

The reason we transitioned her Korean style cut, is because we wanted to take care to NOT cause unnecessary staining by having the short muzzle hairs poke her in the eyes.

NONE of the hairs ON TOP OF HER NOSE NOR IN BETWEEN HER EYES have been cut in this particular Korean cut.    Cosette’s style of Korean cut is VERY different from Tweety’s.

Cosette has some nerves that get her stressed some on the grooming table and other uncomfortable places.   She tends to show signs of stress sometimes when she is nervous.    Cosette typically dances all over the grooming table as she really finds it nerve wracking to be off the floor.   She prefers not even to be held unless she is able to sit on your lap on the couch.

We therefore try to break up her grooming sessions into multiple MINI grooming sessions.    If you have a nervous dog, or one that dislikes the grooming process, we recommend splitting up your grooming routine into little MINI SPA Sessions ^_^

Hair products used:       or     in our MO SHOP


Cosette ~ Cheerful & Caring



We hope you enjoy the videos where we show you how we created Cosette’s new Sprinkle of SEOUL with a Dash of California ~~ SeoulCAL look.

Korean Style Cut ~~ NO Cutting Hairs on top of nose NOR in between eyes

WARNING ~~~ Please do not try to use SHEARS, CLIPPERS OR SCISSORS  around the NECK, EYES OR FACE if you are not experienced in using these sharp grooming tools.  We also recommend you not use the same tools around your DOGS FEET, unless you have been properly taught SAFETY technique on how to use them.      ~~~~~~ KOREAN style cuts involve very fine detail work around the FACE and FEET and SAFETY should be a PRIORITY.             



Geib Buttercut Kiss SHOW Special Shears ~ Blenders and Chunkers




I recently attended the SUPERZOO Groomers Supershow in Las Vegas and had a fantastic time.   There was so much to see and the Grooming Supershow captivated most of my time and attention.

I did post updates on the Maltese Obsession Facebook page, but found myself with little time to blog all of the wonderful information that I learned.   After I returned from Las Vegas, I realized that I NEEDED to have purchased some new shears to review.    I have received so many questions on finding more affordable BLENDERS AND CHUNKER SHEARS, that would work equally well to do Tweety’s Korean cut in particular.

DSC_0117My personal perspective for home maltese pet grooming is that you can achieve a lot with a good safe clipper like the Wahl Bravura, or any good clipper that has stainless steel comb attachments.   My personal opinion on shears for home grooming is that most straight shears will work for a basic ‘home’ trim, but if you want to achieve a better more professionally groomed look for your maltese you MUST invest in a ‘FUNCTIONAL’ pair of BLENDING shears.

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  1. Good curved shears
  2. Great Chunkers ~~~ less teeth and T-shaped teeth ~~ VERY AGRESSIVE cut, but more forgiving then a pair of striaghts
  3. Great Blenders  ~~ more teeth and I prefer the TEETH TO BE CURVED gripping teeth that grab and hold hair for the CLEAN CUT

I have other favorite GTG-Shears like my tiny curved Pixi’s and my tiny Pixi texturizers that do very minute detail work, but I don’t absolutely NEED them to do a lovely groom on my dogs or dogs that I may be grooming.


Left Kiss Silver, Middle Kiss Silver Blue, Right Kiss Silver PINKA GREAT 

The great deal is that you can pick ANY 3 Shears from the KISS SILVER line for $99 for the 3 shears.    You can pick ANY 3 shears from the KISS GOLD line for $149.     They also have a line of very affordable shears called the ENTREE LINE.

I picked the center KISS SILVER BLUE 3 shears for $120 + shipping

  • 9.5″ Curved == purchased individually is $59.99
  • 21 teeth CHUNKERS 6 1/2″ == purchased individually is $59.99
  • 42 teeth Blenders  == purchased individually is $59.99

NOTE the BLUE row has the pinky handle to use them REVERSABLE === this is handy when using the CURVED SHEARS to round out the feet or to shape the long PALAZZO Trouser legs.   A reversible blender is also cool when shaping a Korean style face (^.^)

The row on the left Kiss Silver Silver had a funny shaped thumb hole whereby my clunky thumb would NOT stay in nice, so that was a FAIL for my hands.   The Kiss Silver PINK were nice too and i may need that set to have around as well.

GEIB ENTREE Shears -- Cobalt Handles
GEIB ENTREE Shears — Cobalt Handles


AWESOME deal that was presented at the SUPERZOO was some entry level shears that GEIB was promoting.   There are a couple good lines of entry level shears that were surprisingly EQUALLY sharp and responsive as my beloved CC shears.   I don’t know how long the edges will hold up and whether the action on the joints will maintain it’s smooth responsiveness, but a quick Tweety Korean groom proved them FANTASTIC for home grooming purposes.

GEIB ENTREE and ENTREE BLUE TITAN are also nice entry level shears that are pretty affordable and the ENTREE has a few very inexpensive shears in their line up.

The nice thing about GEIB is that they have been in business for many years and similar to CC Shears, they come with a Lifetime Warranty.   The box of shears came with a warranty as well as a return address sticker to mail the shears back for sharpening at the Buttercut Sharpening location.   There is a fee for sharpening the shears, but it is nice to have that option to send them back to the manufacturer and have them professionally sharped for their nominal fee.


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Please keep in mind that the GEIB KISS and ENTREE line of shears is their entry level groomer shears.   Every pro-groomer and home groomer will have different personal preferences in what shears work best for individual hands and techniques.   This particular set of shears was reviewed as an option to those asking for more affordable YET FUNCTIONAL blenders and chunked shears.

Thanks for visiting and please come back to visit.    Happy Grooming,


Dolce Polar Bear Face and Summer Short Trim with Palazzo Legs Video Tutorial

Part 1:    Body Clip using Wahl Bravura Clipper — Summer Town and Country Clip Tutorial

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Dolce Summer Cut Short Body Trim using Wahl Bravura Clipper to Clip her body


Part 1 we first trimmed the body short and left the legs long to give Dolce long Palazzo pant legs.   DOLCE FLIP Tutorial is included in this video.

  1. Clipper the body
  2. Trim the Feet
  3. Dolce FLIP TopKNOT Tool
  4. Dancing DOLCE Ending


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These videos are targeting maltese pet owners that would like to learn how to groom or touch-up/tidy groom their maltese at home.    The instruction is focused on helping to guide newer pet maltese home groomers.

Please be aware that every groomer and every pet maltese owners has personal tastes and preferences as to the look and hair styles that they prefer on their dogs.   We are sharing some of the variations of our favorite styles that we enjoy with our pet maltese.


Part 2:   Polishing the Body Clip + Polar Bear Face Trimming Tutorial

Part 2:

  1. Dolce Bear Face Trim and Summer Cut TutorialBack comb body using a 7 1/2″ groomers comb
  2. Polish 2nd time clipper the body to even out the coat
  3. Scissor shape the face
  4. Dolce FLIP topknot (buy tool on Amazon)
  5. Touch-up Tidy ears

TOOLS Used on Amazon:
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