5 Common Types of Dog Grooming Brushes

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Taking care of your dog’s coat is a necessary part of grooming. Although all dogs need coat care, nail care, ear care, dental care, and more, the grooming level of their coat will vary from dog to dog. Knowing what grooming tools to use for your dog’s coat can be a big help in taking care of this basic maintenance. Here are some common types of dog grooming brushes to get you started:

1. Bristle Brush

The bristle brush is one of the dog grooming brushes that most resembles a hairbrush that a human might use. It features rows of soft bristles made from natural or synthetic fibers. Sometimes these brushes are double-sided where one side is a bristle brush and the other side is a pin brush.

A bristle brush* (Amazon Affiliate Link) is a great fit for dogs with short coats and dogs that have wiry coats. This type of brush excels for distributing your dog’s natural oils throughout their fur for a nice, healthy shine. This brush is also used to remove debris and gently remove loose fur. It can also be used as a finishing tool to smooth out your dog’s fur.

2. Slicker Brush

A slicker brush* (Amazon Affiliate Link) is usually rectangular or oval-shaped and can be used on all coat types. It is particularly useful on curly-coated dogs, medium-to-long-haired dogs, and any coat type prone to tangles and mats. It tends to have bristles made of fine wire that are also packed tightly together.

Like the bristle brush, it’s used for removing debris and loose fur. But, it tends to gather a bit more than the bristle brush and can also be used to work out tangles, knots, and small mats in the fur. You can even get one that is “self-cleaning” that will push the collected fur off its bristles with the push of a button.

3. Pin Brush

The pin brush* (Amazon Affiliate Link) is similar to the slicker brush in that it has wire bristles. The difference is that the pin brush’s wire “pins” are tipped with rubber or plastic.

The wire bristles are also sometimes spaced further apart than a standard slicker brush, but not always. This type of dog grooming brush is best-suited to longer and silkier coat types.

4. Shedding Blade

The shedding blade* (Amazon Affiliate Link) may have a scary name, but it’s not a blade at all and is not used for cutting. This dog grooming brush is horseshoe-shaped and has small, ridged, harmless “teeth” on one side. It’s not meant to cut fur, but it is useful for removing loose fur from short, flat, or combination coat types.

You simply drag it across fur gently and it gathers the loose fur as it goes for easy removal. It does not collect the fur and contain it to the tool like a brush does, but it does bring loose fur to the surface and collects it together for you to pick up and throw away.

5. Undercoat Rake

An undercoat rake* (Amazon Affiliate Link) is like a pin brush and a shedding blade put together. It tends to have fewer, longer, and thicker pins than a pin brush and, like the shedding blade, it’s meant to remove loose fur.

This type of dog grooming brush is designed specifically for dense double coats and heavy coat types. It is built to reach near the dog’s skin and remove tangles and loose fur without pulling or harming the skin. It’s one of the dog grooming tools you will definitely want to have on-hand, especially during those seasonal shedding sessions!

Grooming your dog and caring for their coat is a necessary part of dog ownership. Although the grooming level of each dog will vary, having the right tools or combination of tools on-hand can help make the process easier. Reviewing these common types of dog grooming brushes and getting the right ones for your dog is a good start.

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