Let’s take a look at what the best types of dog brushes for your dogs breed and coat are!
Because while it would be easier if one brush suited all breeds, it’s not the case, so we want to make sure the brush you use gives you maximum results.
And the best is what we want for a furry friends!!
In doing our research, we realised there were a lot of dog owners out there who weren’t aware of ALL the reasons why brushing and grooming your dog is super important.
So we decided to start off by sharing with you…
Why is brushing and grooming your dog so important?
- It removes dead skin and dirt
- Removes loose fur
- Reduces shedding
- Helps distribute their natural skin oils for softer fur and hydrated skin
- It removes matted fur and tangles (which don’t let the skin breath causing skin irritations and infections)
- Keeps your dog’s coat healthy and shiny
- Gives you an opportunity to bond with your dog
- Allows you to check over your dog at the same time, making sure there are no lumps, bumps, cuts or bruises
- It’s also perfect timing to get a head start on parasites by inspecting the fur and skin as you go
- Grooming your dog is a great way for humans to relax and de-stress
Who would have thought daily grooming for your dog could have so many benefits?!
Now you can understand why it’s so important to use the right brush for your dog breed and type of coat.
So let’s start by looking into 6 of the most common dog coats and the styles of brushes that are most suited to them.
Once you have picked the type of coat your dog has, you can then read further down to see what the best brush is for your breed of dog.
Dogs with a smooth coat don’t need to groomed as often as their fur doesn’t suffer from tangles and strong smells. Something like a rubber brush or grooming mitt is perfect to keep their fur clean of dirt and bring any loose fur to the surface of the coat (which can then be brushed away with a traditional bristle brush.
Remember that even smooth coat dogs need their skin and fur follicles to be stimulated, so even if you feel there is no need to brush them, they’re health and coat still benefits from a regular brush.
Short coats are very similar to smooth coats in that they are less maintenance, however it is a good idea to keep a slicker type brush or a pinhead brush around so you can remove knots and matted fur gently.
Once all smooth, you can follow the same process as a smooth coat.
Long coats can seem intimidating at first because of their susceptibility to matted fur and tangles. If you know how to manage these concerns, then grooming your long haired dog with ease.
Let’s start by explaining that there are two types of long coats. A course long coat and a silky long coat.
A course long coat means that your dog has a top coat and a softer under coat of fur while your silky long coat bree has no undercoat. Both need to be groomed much the same way, paying close attention to tangles and matting. Grooming these breeds daily is a must!!
Using a detangling brush, slicker type brush, pin brush or wide-toothed comb are brushes your dog will thank you for. You may decide to have all of them on hand to tackle the many different forms of knots, tangles and matted fur. A bristle brush is a great addition to have to help bring out the natural shine in their coat. It’s also always a good idea to follow through with a undercoat rake to get through the thickness of the fur and keep their skin and fur follicles stimulated and healthy.
Such beautiful dogs. And yes, they require a lot of care and attention. Double coats can be both long and short haired, both sporting a water resistant outer coat and an added soft undercoat.
If you already have a double coat breed, you’ll already know that there undercoats actually shed twice a year while the outer coat sheds only once. If you haven’t had this breed of dog before, can’t say we didn’t warn you!
These breeds do matt and tangle easily and if you don’t attend to all the loose hair on a regular basis, you will have a LOT of shedding to deal with.
Both short and long haired double coats breed will need wide-toothed comb and a pin brush or slicker type brush handy.
For short hair, brush the undercoat first using an undercoat rake or slicker type brush, brushing outward from the skin. You can then use the wide-toothed comb to remove any loose undercoat. Then you can use a pin brush to brush through the outer coat.
For long hair, you would need to brush the undercoat first, followed by using your hands to detangle the outer coat before you would use the pin brush or slicker type brush to go over the outer coat, following the direction of the fur and brushing outward form the skin. To finish, you would use a wide-toothed comb, holding it against the skin and then combing it outwards to get all the loose undercoat hairs.
Wire coats may not be silky to touch but they are a great breed if you don’t want to deal with shedding!! Also known as a Broken Coat breed, these coats a very rough in texture and require a slicker brush and a stripping comb.
The stripping combs are very sharp and designed to trim the undercoat without pulling, so be very careful!
Always start by running the stripping comb lightly along the back of the dog so that you can thin out the overgrown wiry coat. This helps to prevent matting and tangling. Then finish by using the slicker type brush, brushing from the skin – out.
So our curly coat friends a little easier to maintain and shed a whole heap less! They can have either curly or wavy coats but they are always sure to have thick, soft fur that sits close to the body.
A soft slicker type brush is ideal for this type of breed, taking care to brush from the skin – out and for extra fluffiness, brush against the direction of the fur.
So which breed of dog to you have and does their coat look and feel like?
Do you have the right brush for your breed?
If you’re looking for Frank and Jellys APPROVED brushes, try:
- The De-shedding and De-tangling dog grooming brush, perfect for ALL coat types. Seriously, if you want to have a brush that does most things and you are a household with more than one dog, you have to try this brush!! Read the reviews on the website to see why we recommend it so much.
- The Zoom Groom is perfect for short coats or no haired breeds. The quality has been tested by our Doggy Detectives and the benefits of the rubber brush really improves your dogs quality of life!
- The FURblaster. Most every dog needs an undercoat rake and we ADORE the FURblaster (otherwise we wouldn’t stock it on our website). A necessary tool for taking proper care of your dog’s undercoat.
And as always, if you have recommendations of brushes or an experience you;d like to share that you think will benefit other dog owners, please leave a comment or send us an email to [email protected].
Paws of Love,
Sarah (fur mum to Frank) xo
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