Best Type of Brush for Your Dog
What the best dog grooming brush to use? Well that depends on your dogs breed and fur type, and the condition it is in.
Below I have grouped popular dog breeds into groups depending on their coat type. Many dogs are mixed breeds now too, so just go with the coat type that best describes your dog.
Different Brushes by Breeds and Fur Types
Short Hair Dogs: Most common breeds: Boxer, Lab, Pit bull, short-haired Dachshund. Even in this one group I would use different brushes depending on the thickness of the coat. For the thin short haired dogs with not much undercoat at all I would use a rubber brush. These rubber brushes can also be used in the tub while shampooing or conditioning the dog. It will help loosen up the dead hair, massage the hair follicles, and work the shampoo/conditioner (Read: Best Dog Shampoo) into their coat and skin. On the thicker coated short hairs I would use a slicker brush followed by a metal comb and a Furminator.
Wire Coated Fur: Most common breeds are the terriers: Cairns, Schnauzers, and Westies. I recommend using a slicker brush to start and again followed by a metal comb. Then the Furminator, which will help remove the dead hair.
Curly Coated Hair: Most common breeds: Poodles and Bichons. These breeds have hair rather than fur and are not double coated. I would use a soft slicker brush. Make sure to brush lightly so they don’t get brush burn. Then use a metal comb for checking for knots and fluffing.
Long Haired: Most common breeds: Golden, Collie, Sheltie, Shih Tzu, and Maltese. I would also split this group into two sub groups. Dense long haired dogs like the Golden, Collie, and Sheltie and then the Shih Tzu and Maltese in its own group.
The dense undercoats of the Goldens, Collies, and Shelties I recommend a slicker brush, undercoat rake, and metal comb. For dogs with coats like a Shih Tzu or Maltese I would stick with a soft slicker brush and metal comb. The comb will help find any knots the brush may have missed.
Use the Right Type of Brush
Using the correct brush can help maintain the coats properly. If the coat has tight knots or mats it is best to consult a professional groomer as you could hurt you dog.
Please note these recommendations are for dog grooming and are not the best options for show grooming.
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