We all want our pets to look and feel their best, and that includes regularly brushing their fur. Much like the perfect dog collar or dog crate, finding the best dog brushes or combs is an important and a highly personal decision based on your pet’s specific needs.
“Breed and personality determine little. Ideally, one will choose the proper dog brush and comb for your dog’s coat type,” says Master Pet Stylist Daryl Conner, owner of FairWinds Grooming Studio in Appleton, Maine.
Brushing your dog’s fur isn’t just about making your pup look pretty. “Your pet’s coat is more than something lovely to pet. It protects the dog’s largest organ: it’s skin,” Conner explains. Not to mention, frequent brushing will cut down on your dog’s shedding—and the fluffy tumbleweeds collecting in the corners of your rooms.
Conner recommends investing in quality tools. Not only will they last the lifetime of your pet (if the tools are well cared for) but “well-made combs and brushes will have smooth, finished teeth or tines that will glide smoothly through the coat and not cause damage as you work.”
We’ve culled the best dog brushes and combs for different coat types to help you identify the most appropriate one for your pet. If you’re still not sure what to pick for your pet, talk to your breeder or groomer for tool recommendations.
What to Consider Before Buying Dog Brushes and Combs
Examine your dog’s coat and determine the following:
- Does your dog have long or short hair? Most dogs do well with slicker brushes, while a rake can be handy on double-coated, long-haired dogs (think Malamutes). Rubber curry combs are a good choice for dogs with short hair, such as Pugs, according to Conner.
- Is your dog’s hair prone to tangling? You will likely need to tackle stubborn knots with a combination of both combing and brushing with a slicker brush. “The brush removes the tangle, while the comb finds anything you missed,” Conner says.
- How much does your dog shed? Deshedding brushes can really cut down on loose hair. It’s important, however, to use it with a gentle touch, so you don’t irritate your dog’s skin.
- Does your dog have an undercoat? Rake-style dog brushes are very effective at removing shedding undercoat. For longer coats, look for brushes with longer teeth. For shorter coats, smaller teeth.
Now that you have a solid understanding of your dog’s fur and grooming needs, you’re prepared to shop for the best dog brushes or combs.
Types of Dog Brushes and Combs
Slicker Dog Brushes
Dog Pin Brushes
Dog Bristle Brushes
Dog Deshedding Brushes
Rake Dog Brushes
Curry Dog Brushes
Dog Brush Gloves
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