Find the Perfect Brush for Your Dog’s Coat


In terms of offering love, companionship and loyalty dogs really are hard to beat, however they do expect something back in return, usually in the shape of their favorite dog treats and a little bit of pampering!

We’re sure all dog lovers will agree that treating your furry best friend to a relaxing grooming session or two will usually earn you some extra attention.

However, post-grooming maintenance is also an excellent way to spend some quality bonding time with your pet, and something as easy as brushing your dog’s coat should be done regularly to keep your pet healthy and happy.

If you’re a new dog owner and not familiar with the benefits of brushing your dog’s coat regularly this guide will help you uncover the many positives associated with the practice as well as how to clean your dog’s fur like an expert.

Benefits of Brushing Your Dog’s Coat Regularly

  • An Odorless Companion

A dog’s fur can pick up a lot of grime since the animal is usually exposed to various environments throughout a single day.

Accumulated dirt combined with the dog’s sweat and saliva can cause bad odor or worse, lead to bacterial infection.

Cleaning your pet’s hair daily for around 5-10 minutes can get rid of the unpleasant smell.

Treat your furry friend to a thorough brushing at least once a week and combine this with a great smelling dog shampoo for even better results. 

  • Healthy Skin and Fur

Brushing your dog’s coat with a high-quality brush stimulates proper blood circulation and tones the muscles.

Brushing can also help break down dead skin cells that can lead to irritation if left untreated.

Brush massaging is also recommended to strengthen your dog’s hair stands.

Brushing also prevents the development of skin infection and inhabitation of parasites.

  • Decreased Shedding

Dog grooming brushes are one of the best solutions to control molting.

Domesticated dogs are more exposed to artificial lighting and spend more time indoors than they obviously would then if they were in the wild.

This causes unpredictable shedding because their fur cannot adapt along with the seasons as wild dogs do.

Regular brushing helps the canine remove loose hair so only a small amount of hair will be left for the dog to shake off.


dog getting brushed

Are All Dog Brushes the Same?

Although you may be forgiven for thinking that all dog brushes are exactly the same, there is quite a lot of differences and considerations you need to make when choosing the best dog brush for your pet.

There are three main types of dog brushes for pet owners to choose from, these are:

  • Bristle Brushes
  • Wire-Pin Brushes
  • Slicker Brushes

Finding the right brush your dog will usually depend on its size and breed.

Here we break down the different types of dog brushes available and the breeds they’re most suitable for.

Slicker Dog Brushes – This style of brush is usually flat or bent and used to remove knots or to untangle a dog’s coat that has become matted.

Slicker brushes are made up of rows of thin wire pins which make this type of brush perfect for untangling a dog’s messy coat.

Slicker brushes are also ideal for removing the dead undercoat from certain breeds and come in a range of sizes depending on the age and breed of your dog.

Suitable for dogs with the following lengths of coat and fur types:

  • Medium-flowing
  • short-wiry
  • thick outer coat-soft inner fur

You should use a slicker brush by combing with the grain of your dog’s coat and breeds that this kind of brush is perfect for include Terries, Lhasa Apso, Sheepdogs and Pomeranian’s.

Bristle Dog Brushes – Compatible with all kinds of fur, bristle brushes’s can be used to remove debris and dirt from a dog’s coat quickly.

Suitable for all hair types if you do have a dog with longer hair it is recommended you choose a bristle brush with larger spacing between the bristles.

You should use a bristle brush by combing with the grain of your dog’s coat, and this type of dog brush is excellent for everyday use and are a great way to promote a shiny coat finish after grooming your pet.

Breeds that bristle brushes are perfect for include:

  • Chihuahua
  • Golden Retriever
  • Any dog’s from the hound family

Wire Pin Dog Brush – This type of dog brush usually come in two differing styles.

One style looks exceptionally similar to traditional hair brushes you likely own one of already while the second style is designed to be worn like a glove and can be used to brush your dog’s coat with your whole hand.

We have found wire pin brushes to be most effective when used on wooly and wavy haired dogs; frizzy fur also seems to respond very well to this type of brush.

Choosing the right ‘glove brush’ will mean finding one to fit your hand, as selecting a size that is too small can result in a very painful set of knuckles after use.

Product Reviews

Now you hopefully have a good understanding of the different dog brushes available it is now time to find the best product to carry out the process.

With such an array of choice, we have carried out extensive testing to put together a comparison of the five best dog combs currently available.

We have included many different types of dog brush so you can be sure to find the right choice for your dog no matter their breed or size.

The reviews cover many areas, and for ease, we have included an overall grade for each product to make your decision hopefully more straightforward.

Hertzko Self Cleaning Slicker Brush

Hertzko Self Cleaning Slicker Brush

Grade: A+

Busy pet owners need a brushing tool that’s convenient, sturdy and compact.

The Hertzko Slicker Brush fits this description perfectly and is designed to get rid of tough tangles and painful matted hair in a painless manner.

The secret to its excellent performance is the finely curved bristles that “rake” the fur without damaging the skin beneath, this is excellent for new dog owners getting used to the process who may brush too close to their pet’s skin, causing discomfort.

Brushing in this manner also promotes proper blood flow to enhance the growth of the strands, another significant benefit of this dog brush.

The Hertzko Self Cleaning Slicker Brush also has a specialized anti-slip grip that won’t strain your wrists despite long hours of brushing – trust us it becomes addicting!

This product is applicable to both cats and dogs, making it an excellent choice for pet-friendly households and means this product is recommended for pet parents with multiple companions.

Last but not least but this brush is also super easy to clean.

With the simple push of the button at the base of the grip, the bristles retract back into the brush meaning you can quickly remove any leftover hair.


Pet Grooming Brush by DakPets

DakPets Pet Grooming Tool and Brush

Grade: A

The DakPets Pet Grooming Tool and Brush is ideal for pet lovers who own double-coated breeds.

This multipurpose device is made with four inches of stainless steel wire comb to deeply penetrate thick fur and remove amassed grime in hard to reach places.

It also has a blade with a safety cover that’s used for trimming, meaning you are getting an excellent dual purpose product for the price of one.

These brushes come in small, medium and large sizes as well, meaning you can tailor your purchase depending on the size of your dog.

DakPets also offer a money back guarantee so customers are assured of their high-quality product, if not you can simply return the item and get your money back.

The combo device can reduce molting by up to 95%, therefore, keeping the family safe from allergy attacks, skin irritation, asthma and other respiratory problems.

For Your Dog 2-in-1 Combo Brush

For Your Dog 2-in-1 Combo Brush

Grade: A-

This combo brush is a combination of sleek and chic.

The brush is made with blunt bristle tips that easily breakdown accumulated filth quickly and efficiently.

The round tips act as massages that relax your dog while you brush, making the grooming process less traumatizing for your furry companion, and a whole lot easier for you as well.

The patented quills also stimulate the production of natural oils which add softness and sheen to the coat.

The handle has ridges to provide excellent grip and smooth operation.

This grooming tool is particularly food for large breeds because of the wide bristle spaces, but it is also suitable for all breeds. However, we do recommend it highly for larger dogs because of the design.

Gainwell Pet Grooming Glove Brush

Gainwell Pet Grooming Glove

Grade: A-

The Gainwell Pet Grooming Glove Brush is a grooming tool worn on the hand similar to mitten or a glove.

This item is used to imitate the petting action of a human to a dog and can help your pet to feel more comfortable throughout the grooming process.

Stroking is a common reward for a pet’s good behavior thus the pet will equate grooming to a reward and be more cooperative.

The glove brush can be used in wet or dry conditions and is adjusted with a Velcro strap to fit all hand sizes. The Gainwell glove brush is highly recommended for short-haired breeds but is also applicable for other types of dogs and cats as well.

This is an excellent product to try for your dog without breaking the bank and is well worth trialing alongside a more conventional dog brush to see what your pet prefers.

Anti-Shedding Dog Brush EC TEAK 4″

EC.TEAK dog grooming brush

Grade: A-

The EC TEAK 4” Dog Shedding Brush is an ergonomic model that gets rid of molting by 90%.

It has a built-in hair ejector switch that efficiently removes damaged hair and dead skin without breaking the surface. The one-push clean action allows continued de-shedding and brushing without the need to wash and pick the hairs off.

The handgrip is composed of a unique plastic called ABS that is environment-friendly. The tool has a four-inch stainless steel edge that comes with a cover to keep the cutter from getting dull.

How do I Brush My Dog’s Hair?

If you’re new to the process of brushing and combing your dog’s hair, either as a new dog owner or if your dog has only just become comfortable with the procedure than it is now time to learn out to brush your dog correctly.

Although this may sound like an easy task, there are right and wrong ways to brush your dog.

Ensuring you are comfortable with the basics means you can be confident your dog will enjoy being brushed as much as you enjoy having a happy and healthy pet around the home.

Here is our step by step guide to brushing your dog’s fur:

Step 1  – First, let your dog stand steadily on a table and stroke its coat to check for wounds, pests, foreign objects stuck to the fur, mat hair, and tangles.

Step 2 – Next, prepare your grooming tools and place them within arm’s reach.

Identify the things to be done for your dog like teeth scraping, eye flushing, nail trimming and anal gland emptying.

Groom the coat after the other concerns have been addressed.

Although this step takes in to account more than just brushing your dog’s coat, now is a great time to check for any nasty issues that may cause more problems if left unattended.

Step 3 – Short-haired dogs take less grooming time and can be brushed quickly.

Brush gloves and stiff bristled brush are efficient for all short coats.

Polish the fur by stroking it repeatedly.

Long-haired dogs need more meticulous techniques. Stiff brushes with longer bristles can be used to brush the dogs’ coat against the grain vigorously. Then, stroke the strands back in place.

Step 4 – Brush the hair strands around the ears gently because tugging will hurt the dog immensely.

Untangle the remaining knots with your fingers. Tough matted hair may need a bit of conditioning so apply a dollop of the product on your dog’s coat and leave it to soak in for 10 minutes.

After the soak, gently brush the hair and wipe off any excess.

Step 5 – Finally, although optional, spray some pet cologne on your pet’s coat to ensure a long lasting shine and softness.

We hope the above 5 step guide will set dog owners on the right track for efficiently brushing your their pets coat.

Once you find out exactly what your dog likes and the positions and strokes they are most comfortable with you can then begin to tailor your routine to your pet.

Finding a brush that suits your pet will help massively with this process and picking a product that your dog is comfortable with will make your life easier.

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Buying a Dog Brush – FAQs

So far this guide has looked at the right way in which to brush your dog’s coat and also the best brush products to use when carrying out the process.

As a final word and to round up this guide we thought it would be a good idea to answer a couple of questions we get regularly asked by dog owners when it comes to choosing a brush for their pet.

We see this section as work in progress and will look to update it when we notice certain types of questions being regularly asked so please get in touch if you would like us to answer any questions you may have.

What is the best brush for shedding dogs?

We know just how frustrating it can be when your dog is shedding their coat. No matter what you seem to do it feels like you’re finding dog hair just about everywhere in your home.

Brushing your dog’s hair is a great way to offer your dog a helping hand when they’re shedding their fur and it almost means you can clean the hair up all in one place.

In terms of choosing the best tool for a dog that is shedding we highly recommend the EC TEAK 4” reviewed above.

It is specially designed to combat shedding and its size makes it a great option for smaller breeds but can also be used on larger dogs as well.

Can you use a dog brush on thick fur?

Not only can you brush a dog with thick fur but it is actually encouraged. Although it can be challenging at first once you can the hang of firmly brushing your coats with hurting their skin your dog will come to love being brushed as much you enjoy stroking them.

Just be sure to choose a sturdy brush from one of the five reviewed above.

What is the difference between a brush a hair remover?

The  biggest difference between a dog brush and a hair remover is that whereas a brush is designed to groom your dog’s fur, a hair remover phrsically extracts hair that is being shedded by your dog at that time.

That is not to say a brush can’t also be used to remove fur and for the sake of having to buy two seperate items we often recommend using a brush to groom your dog and remove any excess fur from their coat.

How often do you deshed a dog?

If you have a dog that is going through a stage of severe shedding than we recommend brushing your dog at least two times a week for up to 30 minutes each sitting.

This will ensure you deshed your dog thoroughly and clear any lingering fur that has become detached from your dog’s coat.

Brushing your dog this regularly will also mean you can take the opportunity to thoroughly detangle your dog’s coat and leave them mat free.

How do I get rid of my dog’s loose fur?

As well as brushing your dogs coat regularly, another great way to get rid of loose fur is to blow dry your dog.

A great way to do this is with a specialist dog hair dryer which combined with brushing can leave your dog’s coat looking and feeling great.

Best brush for short hair dogs?

For brushing dogs with short hair we recommend the Hertzko Slicker Brush. The design of slicker brushes make them perfect for smaller breeds and dogs with shorter hair.

The Hertzko is easy to hold brush that can be used to get to those easy to find places so there shouldn’t be a piece of your dogs coat left out of place.

Best brush for long haired dogs?

For dogs with longer hair we recommend the two in one combo brush reviewed above. The bristle’s on this brush are seperated enough to allow you groom a long haired dog effectively without having to use excess force or tug at your dog’s coat unnessarily.

Can I use my hairbrush on my dog?

Although at first glance dog brushes may not look any different to those used by us humans this isn’t recommend.

The bristles on dog brushes are designed to be used on canines while from a hygiene point of view dog’s can carry parasites that we really wouldn’t want you to transfer to your own hair.


Wrapping Up

Selecting a dog brush can depend on many factors including the breed of your dog, how often you walk them and the budget you have available.

The final decision will always be subjective. Ultimately, the brush you choose must be something that is efficient and practical regardless of the price, brand and design