The 10 Best Grooming Brushes for Dogs Based on Their Hair Type
From rubber curry brushes for short-haired canines to greyhound combs for ones with drop coats, two professional groomers share their favorite products for tackling your pup's fur.
Make no mistake about it: The right brush can make grooming your dog a breeze. "Different brushes are designed for different types of dog hair," explains Ani Corless, founder of Luxury Groomer. "Using the wrong brush will be at least ineffective and, at worse, cause damage to the hair or even to the dog." However, with all the different dog brushes on the market, knowing which one to use on your pooch can be tricky. "The idea that buying the most expensive brush will make your dog look the best is incorrect," Nancy Chinchar, owner of Downtown Doghouse says. "Really, you need the correct tools for your dog's distinct coat type and to use them as often as needed."
So, how do you determine which is the correct brush for your pet? "Much like human hair, certain tools are necessary for specific hair types," Chinchar explains. "It's not really about the length of their hair, it's about the type of hair they have—curly coated dogs have different needs than ones with smooth coats." Additionally, Chinchar says how you brush your dog is every bit as important as the tool you're using. "If the dog isn't being brushed properly—from the skin outward in sections over the entire body—the areas that are incorrectly brushed are more likely to matt up," she says. "If you're only brushing the dog's back, and not the legs and chest, you're doing it wrong."
Curious about what brushes professional groomers say work best for various coat types? We asked Corless and Chinchar to share their favorites, and here's what they had to say.
Low-Shedding, Short-Haired Coat
For short, smooth dog coats, like the ones on labs and French bulldogs, Chinchar suggests a reliable rubber curry brush. "These are great for low shedders," she explains. "The best way to use them in the bath; soap up your dog and rub him in a circular pattern to remove the loose hair."
Shop Now: Happy Hund Dog Massaging & Deshedding Brush, $9, amazon.com.
Shiny, Short-Haired Coats
According to Corless, a nice, gentle boar bristle brush will work wonders for giving a short-haired dog a shinier coat. Designed with soft bristles to stimulate hair and skin follicles, this brush helps distribute natural oils throughout your dog's coat.
Shop Now: Mars Coat King Professional Boar Bristle Grooming Brush, $22, marscoatking.com.
Comb for Hair That's Over an Inch Long
If you don't have a quality comb on hand while brushing your dog, Corless says you're doing yourself a disservice. "Without checking your work with a comb, you'll never know if your brushing was truly successful on any breed with hair over and inch," she explains. "The comb must reach all the way to the skin and have no resistance."
Shop Now: Utsumi Eco #3 Comb in Gold, $40, walmart.com.
Packed Terrier Coat
If you have a short-haired dog with a tightly packed coat, such as a terrier, then Corless recommends investing in a palm pad. Designed with a flexible rubber back and an ergonomic oval shape, this hand-sized brush is great for short, dense coat types.
Shop Now: Chris Christensen Terrier Palm Pad, $47, chrischristensen.com.
Shedding, Medium-Haired Coat
Corless says a good rake brush can go a long way when grooming a dog with a medium or long coat that sheds. "Rakes are great for shedding," she explains. "They can pull put larger clumps of hair but remain gentle."
Shop Now: Mars Coat King Dematting Undercoat Stripper Tool, $36, marscoatking.com.
Medium- to Long-Haired Coats
For dogs with medium or long coats that tend to tangle, Corless recommends a slicker brush. "They come in varying sizes and length of pins, so make sure to find one that is appropriate for your pet," she says.
Shop Now: Millers Forge Unbreakable Pet Slicker Brush, $5, chewy.com.
Slicker Brush for Double Coat
Chinchar says that dogs with double coats, like huskies, chows, and poms, require a good slicker brush for adequate grooming. This bestselling brush is made with delicate metal bristles that can remove everything from loose hair to matted tangles in a pinch.
Shop Now: Master Grooming Tools Universal Pet Small Slicker Brush, $8.79, amazon.com.
Greyhound Comb for Drop Coat
If your dog has a drop coat, like a Yorkie, Havanese, or Maltese, Chinchar says you'll need a greyhound comb to prevent and remove matts from their hair. "I've been using this affordable comb for over 15 years," she says. "Use the wide teeth on thicker coats. If you can get through the coat, you'll know you've brushed your dog well."
Shop Now: Safari Greyhound Style Comb in Medium Fine (4 1/2"), $8.15, amazon.com.
Slicker Brush for Curly Hair
Since curly hair tends to matt more quickly, Chinchar recommends using a slicker brush to take care dog of a dog with a coiled coat, like doodles, poodles, and Bichons. "Dogs with curly coats must have a slicker brush and a greyhound comb to really take care of their coat properly and prevent matts. The bent tines of the slicker brush remove matts and the comb makes sure you've gotten them out and prevents them from forming in the future."
Shop Now: Wahl Small Slicker Brush, $14.69, walmart.com.
Pin Brush for Longer Coats
For dog breeds with longer coats, Corless says a pin brush with a flexible bristle pad is ideal. "Remember the brush should always do the work. Brushing should not be painful for your dog. Take your time and let the design of the brush gently do its job."
Shop Now: Oakwood Daily Care Pin and Bristle Brush, $17.49, shop.oakwoodus.com.