Buyer’s Guide & FAQ Guide For Dog Brushes, Deshedding Tools, Combs, Undercoat Rakes & Shedding Blades



We’ve previously put together a guide with advice from a professional groomer on how owners might consider brushing their dog.

But, in the guide below, we include some buyer’s and FAQ information about dog brush grooming tools like slicker brushes, pin and bristle brushes, combs, deshedding tools, undercoat rakes and shedding blades.

We also list some of the most commonly used or best rated dog brush grooming tools.

Let’s take a look!


(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)


3 Main Priorities When Brushing A Dog’s Coat

Some of the main priorities of owners or groomers when brushing a dog’s coat might be:

1. Removing tangles and matting

2. Picking up and removing loose hairs, dirt, and debris in the coat. Loose hairs can be in the top coat or undercoat. Shedding dogs in particular drop a lot of hair from their undercoat – so removing shedding undercoat hairs is also important for double coat dogs

3. Finishing the coat – leaving it looking brushed, neat, plush or finished in a certain way


Some tools work best after washing and drying a dog’s coat, but most of them can be used at any time.


Different Types Of Dog Grooming Brushes & Their Uses

You can read more in this comparison guide:

Dog Slicker Brush vs Pin & Bristle Brush vs Comb vs Deshedding Tool vs Undercoat Rake vs Shedding Blades: Comparison, Differences, & Which To Get


Some Of The Most Popular Dog Coat Brushing Type Grooming Tools

Some of the most commonly used dog coat brushing grooming tools are:

Brushes & Combs


Deshedding Tools & Undercoat Rakes


Read More About The Different Dog Coat Grooming Tools

You can read more about the different dog hair/coat grooming tools, and summaries of the different grooming tool products, in these guides:

Best Slicker, Pin & Bristle Grooming Brushes For Dogs

Best Dematting & Grooming Combs For Dogs

Best Deshedding Tools For Dogs

Best Undercoat & Grooming Rakes For Dogs

Best Shedding Blade For Dogs


Which Dog Coat Brushing Type Grooming Tool To Get?

It depends on your dog’s individual coat, and your grooming preferences. So, make sure you know these things, as well as read the product description to see what each grooming tool is designed to be used for.

But, in general, most owners might get:

– A slicker brush, 2 sided bristle and pin brush, or comb (one of these tools)

– And, for dogs that shed a lot, drop a lot of fur, have a double coat/undercoat, or have thick or long fur – owners might be suited to getting a deshedding tool or undercoat rake too (rakes can help with removing tangles and matting). A shedding blade can also help remove loose fur, but can provide a rougher/coarser finish


A quick summary of what each tool might do best is:

Slicker Brush – remove loose hair, and help finish the coat

2 Sided Pin and Bristle Brush – demat and detangle with the pin side, and remove loose hair and finish the coat with the bristle side

Comb – thinly spaced comb teeth are best for removing loose hairs and finishing the coat, whereas wider spaced comb teeth are better for teasing out matts and tangles

Deshedding Tool – best suited to removing loose hairs and shedding hairs from a dog’s undercoat. Fine teeth on a deshedding tool may also be good at finishing a coat

Undercoat Rake – best suited to dematting and detangling (the inside of some rake teeth are slightly sharpened to cut through mats and tangles), and removing loose hairs from a dog’s undercoat. There’s both straight, and curved rake teeth models available

Shedding Blade – has fine teeth and coarse teeth. Designed to remove loose hairs, and provide a coarser outer coat finish


Some tools are marketed as ‘Do-It-All’ type tools that do a combination of dematting/detangling, removing hairs and debris, and finishing the coat.


Best Brushing Type Grooming Tool For Dogs With Different Coat, Hair & Skin Types

You can read more in this guide about the best brushing type grooming tools for dogs with different types of hair, coats or skin.

We look at the best brushing type grooming tools for:

Dogs that shed a lot

Dogs with an undercoat or a double coat

Dogs with long hair

Dogs with thick hair

Dogs with curly hair

Dogs with short hair

Dogs with fine hair

Dogs with sensitive skin

Small, medium and large dogs


Considerations For Dog Grooming Brushes & Tools

Some considerations for grooming brushes and similar dog coat grooming tools are:

How easy it is to clean the tool – does it have a fur ejector button? How effective is it? If you have to pull the hairs out of the brush or tool yourself, consider over time whether bristles are strong enough that they won’t break

How deep/long the bristles, pins, or teeth are – impacts how deep into the coat the tool can brush

How widely spaced the bristles, pins or teeth are – impacts how easily the tool can get through mats, tangles, and thick or long fur. Conversely, thinly spaced bristles, pins or teeth might actually be good for short or fine fur, or for finishing fur (as you get a finer or smoother finish)

How hard or sharp the bristles, pins or teeth are – some owners find that some bristles, pins or teeth are too hard or sharp for their dog, and their dog finds it uncomfortable when they use the tool on them. In this case, softer or blunter bristles, pins or teeth may be better. Having said that, harder bristles, pins or teeth may be needed for thicker fur (so they don’t bend or break from the brushing pressure). Sharper teeth may be needed on rakes to cut through mats and tangles, and on shedding blades to help remove loose fur

What size to get – some tools are one size fits all, whereas others come in different lengths and widths for different sized dogs

Short vs long hair models – some tools come in short or long hair models

Whether a tool cuts top coats or not – some rakes have the inner part of the rake teeth sharpened to cut through matting and tangles. If you don’t want your dog’s coat cut in any way – make sure you check if the tool cuts or roughs up the coat before buying, and read the instructions before use

Type of finish a tool gives – some tools are intended for a smooth finish, some give a fluffed finish, some give a coarse finish. Check the type of finish before you buy

Use in conjunction with other tools – some tools may specifically tell you to use them with other tools. For example, a shedding blade may specifically need to be used with a brush

Operation instructions – make sure to read the operation instructions before using the tool. They should tell you when and how to use the tool

Safety instructions – make sure to read the safety instructions before using the tool. Brushing slow, and not applying too much pressure is usually better in the beginning so you can find a safe and effective speed and depth of brushing that suit’s your dog’s coat. Some brands also suggest checking your dog’s skin for cuts, bruises, bumps, etc. first so you don’t agitate the skin in an unsafe way before brushing or grooming.


Considerations For Dogs That Are Being Groomed

Some things you may consider for dogs that are being groomed are:

Consider the type of coat your dog has – short, long, thick, fine, curly, straight, double coat, and so on

Consider how big your dog is – small, medium, large, extra large

Consider how much and how often your dog sheds – all the time, or only certain times of the year

Consider how the dog is to be groomed, and what finish their coat might get (plush, curly, fluffy, rough, and so on)

Consider any health and safety requirements before grooming


How To Brush A Dog’s Coat

We put together a guide with advice from a professional groomer on how owners might consider brushing their dog.


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