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What Type of Brush is Best for My Dog's Fur?

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Not all coats are created equal, and neither are the tools needed to care for them! When selecting the right brush for your dog, you’ll first need to figure out the specifics of their fur.

Is it short and coarse, or long and silky?

Do you have a double-coated breed?

Does the hair grow straight, or is it tight and kinky?


Once you know what you’re dealing with, finding the right brush for your dog will be that much easier.

Curry Brush

These light rubber brushes are also known as “zoom grooms,” and work perfectly for smooth, short-haired breeds that tend to shed throughout the year. A few examples of dogs that would benefit from the curry are Chihuahuas, Bullies, and Boxers. The zoom groom uses friction to pull hair from the undercoat, leaving the remaining fur shiny and shed-free. The texture of this tool is more forgiving against a short-haired dog’s skin, which helps to prevent brush burn.

You can find both hand-held and glove versions of the zoom groom. Use quick, firm strokes for best results. Be mindful not to press too hard!

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Slicker Brush

The slicker is essentially the exact opposite of the curry! This tool has several rows of angled metal teeth that are useful for dogs with longer coats, heavy undercoats, and curly hair. It works well for breeds like Shih Tzus, Poodles, and Samoyeds. These categories need to be brushed regularly to prevent knots and mats, which is common on dogs with long hair.

Slickers are a catch-all tool; you’ll probably end up using them more frequently than any of the others.

A large and small slicker brush with a white and green handle.

A large and small slicker brush with a white and green handle.

Furminator Brush

If you own a dog that sheds seasonally, the furminator is your best friend. This brush works just like the curry, but it's more effective on double-coated breeds with longer hair such as Saint Bernards, German Shepherds, Huskies, or any breed with similar thickness and texture. Use this tool sparingly, once or twice a week is good enough. Use a slicker on other days; the furminator can be abrasive if too much pressure is applied to the skin too often.


Undercoat Rake


This brush has a couple of different models, the first being an actual rake with straight, pointed teeth. The other design has a flat, V-shaped body with curved teeth on either side of the V. The straight-toothed rake pulls pin-knots and balls of tangled fur out from where hair isn’t normally visible on an American Eskimo or an Old English Sheepdog.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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