Dog Grooming

Different types of dog brushes

To the uninitiated, the sheer number of dog brushes on the market can seem overwhelming. What is the best grooming equipment for your dog? Should you just buy one of everything?

Hold your horses, animal lover! Read on to learn about each brush type and discover which grooming tools you actually need.

SLICKER BRUSH

A brush with tightly-packed wire bristles designed to remove dead hair, dirt, mats, and tangles. Best for dogs with long hair, curly hair, or double coats.8

WIRE PIN BRUSH

Gentler than a slicker brush, this brush has widely-spaced wire bristles with protective rubber balls at the end. Made to remove dead hair and dirt. Best for medium to long-haired dogs and dogs with silky hair.

NATURAL BRISTLE BRUSH

A brush with tightly-packed natural bristles that is made to remove dead hair and stimulate the skin. For use on short-haired, smooth-coated dogs. Can be used on all coats to smooth fur after brushing.

BRISTLE GLOVE

Gloves with bristles, usually made of silicone, that help remove loose hair and smooth coats. A good choice for fearful dogs.

CURRY COMB

A brush with plastic or rubber teeth that loosens and removes dead hair. Ideal for animals with short, dense coats.

RUBBER COMB

A comb made entirely of rubber. Great for use with shampoo in the bath.

DEMATTING TOOL

Combs, usually made of metal, designed to remove mats from a dog’s undercoat.

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