It’s challenging to find a good pair of nail clippers for large dogs because they have such big nails. Many brands say they are for large dogs when they aren’t, which further complicates the task of finding a new or replacement pair.
The good news is nail clippers for large dogs are out there, and we know about some high-quality brands that are very effective. Every few weeks, we get a new set of clippers to try out, and we have reviewed ten different clippers designed for large dogs.
We’ve also included a large dog nail clipper buyer’s guide to help you learn more about what’s essential for these clippers to include when they target large dogs. Join us for our detailed reviews of each pair of large dog nail clippers, where we compare durability, blade sharpness, protective guards, and cost, to help you find the unit that’s right for you.
Let’s compare and contrast the ten brands of large dog nail clippers we have reviewed for you.
A Quick Look at the Winners of 2020
The 10 Best Large Dog Nail Clippers
1. Safari Large Nail Trimmer – Best Overall
The Safari W6107 Professional Large Nail Trimmer is our pick for the best overall large dog nail clippers. These clippers feature a sharp blade that cuts through large nails without splintering or crushing. The safety guard works nicely and helps prevent cutting the nails too short. It has a solid construction and features ergonomically designed handles with a no-slip grip.
The only thing we didn’t like about these clippers is that sometimes the handles could pinch you while you are trimming.
2. CleanHouse Pets Dog Nail Clippers – Best Value
The CleanHouse Pets Dog Nail Clippers are our choice for the best value. This low-cost model features a durable stainless steel frame that will last years. The soft grip rubber handles are comfortable easy to work with while trimming your pet’s nails.
While we were using it, we thought the blade could be a little sharper, and it struggled a little with the big dogs. There is a larger model of this same brand that’s better for the bigger dogs. After comparing all the options, these are the best large dog nail clippers for the money.
The MF 2279636 Large Dog Nail Clippers are our premium choice large dog nail clippers. These clippers are more expensive than most of the others, but these heavy-duty trimmers have a large stainless steel blade sharp enough to cut any size nail without effort. The large no-slip handles are easy to grip, and the tool locks closed when not in use to prevent injury.
The only downside to these clippers is their high cost, but if you have a large dog, they will likely pay for themselves. We didn’t rank it our best overall because it’s only good for large dogs.
4. Epica 42 Professional Pet Nail Clipper
The Epica 42 Professional Pet Nail Clippers are large, durable clippers that feature rubber-coated handles for a more comfortable grip. These clippers are stainless steel and provide a permanently sharp blade. They are easy to handle, and they lock closed when not in use.
While we used them, we found they were very tight at first, and they required a lot of strength to trim the first few paws but loosened up after that. Once they loosened up, they were effortless to use and delivered a clean cut. The nail guide moved around too much for us to use, though, and these clippers will be too small for huge dogs.
5. BOSHEL Dog Nail Clippers
The BOSHEL BA-NCOO3 Dog Nail Clippers feature an ergonomic design for a comfortable grip, and they include a convenient nail file hidden in the handle for smoothing out your pet’s nails once trimmed. It features a sharp stainless steel blade and a convenient guard to help take out the guesswork and prevents cutting the nails too short.
While we tried these cutters out, we found that the guard doesn’t work too well, and you still need to be careful not to cut the nail too short. The guard also gets in the way of doing the more intricate freehand trimming that is occasionally necessary. The handles are enormous, and unless you have large hands, you are likely to have a little trouble with them. These trimmers are also a bit small for any dog over about 60 pounds.
6. gonicc NT-1001 Dog Nail Clippers
The gonicc NT-1001 Dog Nail Clippers are a durable set of dog clippers that feature an ergonomic design with non-slip rubber handles. They have a stainless steel blade and come equipped with a nail guard, safety lock, and a nail file.
While we reviewed the gonnicc nail clippers, we felt that the blade wasn’t very sharp. They worked well on our smaller dogs, but we had to apply a lot of force to cut the nail on our bigger dogs. The included nail file is a nice touch, but this one is deficient quality.
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7. SHINY PET 12 Dog Nail Clippers
The SHINY PET 12 Dog Nail Clippers feature large and very sharp stainless steel blades that can make short work of even the larges breeds. They are sharp enough to cut without crushing the nail, and the no-slip handles make sure you have a tight grip at all times. They are eco-friendly and use recycled materials in their construction. They also include a helpful instructional booklet that you may need if you are new to trimming your pet’s nails.
The downside to these clippers is that they are too big for smaller dogs, and you will need at least a medium-sized dog to feel comfortable using these clippers. The nail guard also didn’t work too well and was often in our way as we trimmed the nails.
8. Resco PF0732 Dog Nail Clippers
The Resco PF0732 Dog Nail Clippers feature a unique design that looks more like a stapler than a standard set of nail trimmers. These clippers feature an angled head that helps eliminate cutting the nail too short. It’s suitable for any size dog and will even trim cat nails. The Resco is also equipped with a nail file to remove sharp edges.
The downside to this tool is its plastic handles. It’s ok for smaller animals, but it’s easy to break when pressing down on larger nails.
9. Simply Pets Online Dog Nail Clippers
The Simply Pets Online QE-LMC9-H741 Dog Nail Clippers are suitable for any size animal. They feature ergonomically designed handles with non-slip rubber covers. The blade is sharp enough to cut through larger nails without crushing or splintering.
In our experience with these clippers, we found them very expensive, and while they do trim well, they also tend to break where the steel of the blade meets the handle, causing the handle to fall off.
10. AIBORS Dog Nail Clippers
The AIBORS Dog Nail Clippers is another set of clippers that feature a unique ergonomic design that’s different than the typical style. These clippers designed as a more comfortable and safer way to trim. The AIRBORS features a soft rubber-coated handle and can cut any size nail.
We tried more than one set of these clippers, and each time the blade wasn’t sharp enough to cut larger nails, and applying extra pressure broke the handles.
Let’s break down what you should look for when purchasing a set of large dog nail clippers.
One of the most important things for a pair of large dog nail clippers to have is a sharp blade. A dull blade can crush the nail instead of cutting it nicely. Crushed nails can cause splinters and jagged edges. The slower act of breaking the nail off will also increase the anxiety of your pet, which can lead to accidents and a bad experience for you and your pet.
A sharp blade can make a quick clean cut that your pet may not even notice.
Besides blade sharpness, durable construction is the most critical part of your large dog nail clippers. Clipping the nails of larger dogs can take quite a bit of force, and tools made with low-quality parts and plastic can easily break under pressure. Broken clippers can increase the cost of trimming your pet’s nails besides forcing you to stop in the middle of a job.
The safety guard is a metal shield placed close to the blade. This guard allows you to set a gap that will prevent you from cutting too much nail at once. These guards are beneficial when they work correctly, but they are often poorly implemented and hard set correctly. They can also get in the way and make it hard to see when doing the precision trimming.
When using these safety guards, don’t rely on them entirely.
Another safety feature offered by some large dog nail clippers is a safety lock. This safety lock is designed to hold the clippers closed while you’re storing them.
One thing often overlooked with large dog nail clippers is a good set of instructions. It seems easy enough, but some things can be confusing, like setting the safety guard. A good set of instructions can make a significant difference in your ability to use your tools.
We hope that you have found our large dog nail clipper reviews and buyer’s guide to be useful. We highly recommend our choice for the best overall. The Safari W6107 Professional Large Nail Trimmer is a very sturdy set of clippers capable of trimming the nails on most dogs. The MF 2279636 Large Dog Nail Clippers are our premium choice clippers explicitly made for the most massive dogs. These clippers are expensive but will last a lifetime. If you have learned something new and are closer to deciding on a pair of large dog nail clippers, please share this post on social media.
Featured image credit: Safari Professional Large Nail Trimmer For Dogs, Amazon
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
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- A Quick Look at the Winners of 2020
- The 10 Best Large Dog Nail Clippers
- 1. Safari Large Nail Trimmer – Best Overall
- 2. CleanHouse Pets Dog Nail Clippers – Best Value
- 3. MF Large Dog Nail Clippers – Premium Choice
- 4. Epica 42 Professional Pet Nail Clipper
- 5. BOSHEL Dog Nail Clippers
- 6. gonicc NT-1001 Dog Nail Clippers
- 7. SHINY PET 12 Dog Nail Clippers
- 8. Resco PF0732 Dog Nail Clippers
- 9. Simply Pets Online Dog Nail Clippers
- 10. AIBORS Dog Nail Clippers
- Buyer’s Guide
- Sharp Blade
- Durable Construction
- Safety Guard
- Safety Lock