Different dog brushes and grooming tools can be designed for different types of hair, skin and coats.
In this guide, we outline which dog grooming tools might be best for each hair, skin and coat type.
Let’s jump into it!
(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)
A Few Notes About Dog Brushes First
Brushes are not the only pet coat grooming tool – combs, rakes and deshedding tools are some of the other common coat grooming tools. Each one might be designed to groom in a different way. A shedding blade is also another coat grooming tool
Three of the main uses of coat grooming tools might be to 1. Remove tangles and matting, 2. Remove loose hair from the undercoat or top coat, as well as dirt and debris from the coat, and 3. Finish the coat to make it look more neat, brushed, fine, plush or presentable.
Some people might have a dog that doesn’t shed a lot for example, and so, a slicker brush might be best suited for their purposes, which is to have the coat looking more neat and plush. But, other people who only want to remove shedding or loose hairs, might get a deshedding tool or rake
The length/depth, spacing (how far apart or close to each other), and softness/hardness of the pins, bristles, combing teeth or rake teeth can all determine what coat or type of pet a grooming tool might be best suited for
Ultimately – each brush or grooming tool should specify in the product description what coat grooming purpose/use the brush or grooming tool is designed for
Know what type of coat your individual dog has, know what your grooming preferences are, and read the grooming tool product description and ‘designed for’ uses before ordering – so you know you’re getting a suitable grooming tool for your needs and wants
Different Types Of Dog Grooming Brushes & Grooming Tools & Their Uses
You can read more in this comparison guide:
Some Of The Most Commonly Used Dog Grooming Brushes & Tools
Some of the most popular grooming tools for dog hair are:
Brushes & Combs
- Hertzko Self-Cleaning Dog & Cat Slicker Brush (on Chewy)
- Hertzko Self Cleaning Slicker Brush (on Amazon) (Slicker Brush)
- Andis Steel Pet Comb (on Chewy)
- Andis Pet Steel Comb (on Amazon) (Comb)
Deshedding Tools & Undercoat Rakes
- FURminator Undercoat Deshedding Tool For Dogs (on Amazon) (Deshedding Tool)
- FURminator deShedding Edge Dog Brush (on Chewy)
- Pat Your Pet Two-Sided Undercoat Rake (on Chewy)
- Pat Your Pet 2 Sided Undercoat Rake (on Amazon) (Undercoat Rake)
See More Options For The Different Dog Coat Grooming Tools
You can seem more options for the different dog coat grooming tools in these guides:
Best Brush For Shedding Dogs/Dogs With Coats That Shed A Lot
A deshedding tool is designed specifically for removing loose hair from dogs that shed a lot, and from the undercoat of a double coated dog.
A good deshedding tool might be the FURminator tool listed above.
Undercoat rakes are also designed for detangling and dematting, as well as removing loose hair from the undercoat. A good undercoat rake might be the Pat Your Pet Rake listed above.
Best Brush For Dogs With Long Hair
Long hair can be fine or thick, so this can influence what brush you get.
But, generally, you might want a brush or comb with longer bristles or comb teeth to be able to manage the longer hair.
The Andis comb might be suitable, but also the Hertzko slicker brush or one of the 2 sided pin and bristle brushes listed in the ‘Best Brushes’ guide linked to above could be suitable.
Best Brush For Dogs With Short Hair
The best brush for dogs with short hair might be a brush with fine bristles, short bristles, and/or or bristles with little spacing between them.
If you the bristles are too far apart or too deep/long, you may have problems properly brushing and getting traction with short hair.
The Hertzko slicker brush might be suitable, or a 2 sided pin and bristle brush with fine and thinly spaced bristles on the bristle side.
Best Brush For Dogs With Thick Hair
Brushes with longer, and more widely spaced bristles can be better for thicker hair (because there is more space in between the bristles).
Combs with wider comb teeth spacing can also be good for dogs with thick hair.
A 2 sided bristle and pin brush, or the Andis comb could be suitable. The Hertzko slicker brush could also be suitable.
Best Brush For Dogs With Fine Hair
A brush with fine or thinly spaced bristles might be best for dogs with fine hair.
The Hertzko slicker brush might be suitable, but so could a 2 sided bristle and pin brush, or the Andis comb with thinly spaced comb teeth.
Best Brush For Dogs With Curly Hair
It depends on whether the curly hair is thick or thin, and long or short.
It also depends on what sort of finish you want for your dog’s coat.
But, a slicker brush, 2 sided brush, or a comb should work well for curly haired dogs.
Best Brush For Dogs With A Double Coat, Or An Undercoat
A deshedding tool like the FURminator, or an undercoat rake like the Pat Your Pet Rake might be best for double coats, or dogs with an undercoat.
They are designed to reach into the undercoat to remove shedding or loose hairs.
Best Brush For Dogs With Sensitive Skin
If your dog has a skin or health condition – speak to your dog’s vet first for their advice.
But, you might want to be aware that there are brushes available specifically with soft bristles might be good for dogs with sensitive skin.
One example is the Hertzko Soft Pet Brush (on Amazon).
Best Brush For Small, Medium & Large Dogs
Some brushes are a one size fits all brush.
Other brushes come in different sizes for different sized dogs – larger and wider brushes for large dogs, and smaller and more narrow brushes for smaller dogs.
When you go to order a grooming tool – check the sizing and make sure it’s suitable for your dog.
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