You know your Frenchie is a little king or queen. He knows it. You know it. As royalty, French Bulldogs expect to be groomed by the best tools possible. The good news is that you don’t have to compromise excellence for affordability. There are a variety of brushes that won’t break the bank, but still meet the high standards you and your dog require. We also know that the ease of use for an owner is an important consideration when purchasing a brush. So, which brush fits into all the categories of being affordable, easy to use, and good quality?
Keep reading to see overviews of the six best brushes on the market, as well as a buyer’s guide that gives in-depth information about what to look for in a good quality brush for French Bulldogs.
A Quick Summary of the Winners in 2020
The 6 Best Brushes for French Bulldogs
1. Safari W418 Slicker – Best Overall
Although some may think of a slicker brush as being primarily used for dogs with multiple coats of fur, the slicker brush style is beneficial for dogs that have one coat (like French Bulldogs) because the compact nature of the bristles allows it to gather loose fur and excess dander and dirt that a brush with more widely-spaced bristles might miss.
One unique feature of the Safari W418 Self-Cleaning Slicker is a self-cleaning mechanism. The spring button allows for fast and easy release of the dog hair from between the wires, so you don’t have to worry about pulling it out with your hands. This brush is also available in two different sizes (medium and large) that can assist with hand and wrist fatigue, depending on the size of the user’s hand. Although a general concern when using wire bristles is that it will be too rough on your pet’s skin, these are gentle enough that they won’t abrasively scrape and cause irritation.
This affordable slicker brush has one drawback: the wires bend easily and may need to be manually straightened out. However, they are malleable enough that straightening out any bent wires shouldn’t be too difficult.
2. Furminator 104013 Curry Comb – Best Value
Value can be an important factor when choosing a new product. The Furminator 104013 Curry Comb is a top contender in the value category because it offers a good build while being even more inexpensive than other brushes. Silicone bristles offer benefits other materials of bristles do not, including their anti-microbial effects as well as their gentleness on the dog’s skin. This comb also has a lightweight design and a strap to wrap around your hand for sturdy control when using it.
There have been some complaints of the strap being too tight on your hand or not being able to fit your entire hand in the strap, which could make it more difficult to hold onto. This would depend on your hand size and how you’re comfortable holding onto it. The bristles are also wide-toothed, so they’re not going to pick up as much excess dirt and dander as a slicker brush with more compact bristles.
This slicker brush allows you to reach right through your dog’s coat to get the gunk from underneath. Its flexible wire bristles and plastic tips are gentle on your dog’s skin, so there won’t be any irritation. It also has an ergonomic handle for increased ease of use and a large head, so it can be used on larger dogs, as well.
The main difference reason this brush is ranked number three on our list is because 1) it is more expensive, and 2) it doesn’t include the unique features that the first two offer, c.g. the self-cleaning feature or the silicone bristles with an added hand strap. Although the Miracle Care 3261 Pet Slicker Brush is a good option, there are better options on the market.
4. Four Paws Magic Coat Slicker Brush
Similar to the Safari W418 Self-Cleaning Slicker, the wire bristles of this brush picks up excess dirt and dander that can get caught on the surface of your dog’s skin. It also has an ergonomic handle, and is available in two sizes (small and medium) for different sizes of dogs. Four Paws offers this brush as part of its Reduce Shedding line that provides additional products to help your pet reduce shedding as you use the products regularly.
This one does not have the self-cleaning feature like the Safari W418 Self-Cleaning Slicker, so you would need to remove the hair from the bristles manually, which can be time-consuming.
5. Thunderpaws Professional De-Shedding Tool
This brush comes with a promise of shedding being reduced by 95% after using it regularly. It can provide basic excess hair removal and probably would decrease shedding after using it regularly as would most brushes. This brush comes with its own set of drawbacks, though.
Based on reviews of the product, some people feel like it doesn’t work great on small dogs or dogs with short hair. Other reviews have mentioned that when they thought they were removing “excess” hair, they were actually just pulling hair out, which caused a bald spot to form. Some people said they had a hard time getting a good angle when using this brush, as well. It seems like it could be a good purchase as long as you know how to properly groom your dog with it.
6. ConairPRO Dog Pin Brush
The ConairPRO Dog Pin Brush is similar in build to a regular human hairbrush. It has a rubber grip handle for comfort, and steel bristles in a plastic coating, and comes in three sizes (small, medium, large). It is intended for daily use, although you really don’t need to brush French Bulldogs more than once a week. The build of this brush doesn’t allow for nearly as much hair or dirt removal as some others that were mentioned previously in this article. It could be good for a quick daily brush for maintenance, but it will not perform nearly as well as the Safari W418 Self-Cleaning Brush or the Furminator because they offer extra features that set them apart from other products on the market.
What makes it a great brush specifically for a French Bulldog? We have found the most important factors to consider when choosing a new brush to be gentleness on your dog’s skin, its ability to remove dirt and dander as well as just loose fur, and the comfort of the handle.
The most important feature when considering which brush to buy for your French bulldog is how gentle it is on your dog’s skin. Frenchies have a thin, single-layer coat. They’re not like Golden Retrievers or German Shepherds that have multiple layers of fur to comb through. It’s enough to simply glide the comb through the fur, but you want to make sure the bristles won’t scratch your dog’s skin too harshly. This can lead to a few days of redness and irritation on your dog’s skin, which isn’t fun.
It’s also important to consider how the brush affects the general health of your dog’s skin, i.e. gentle exfoliation and distribution of oils evenly throughout the fur, which help maintain a shiny coat. Silicone bristles are excellent for this because they are anti-microbial which means that they won’t spread bacteria that could be harmful to your pet or that would cause unpleasant odors.
Silicone bristles also provide gentle exfoliation, which is good for the general health of their skin. Therefore, silicone bristles should be considered when choosing the best brush for your dog, although a brush with compactly grouped wire bristles (like in a slicker brush) can be a good choice, as well, as it tends to remove more excess dirt and fur and still manages to gently exfoliate the dog’s skin.
The third factor to consider when choosing a brush for your dog is the comfort of the handle. As dog owners, we know how tedious it can be to brush your dog for a long period of time especially if they struggle to sit still. Therefore, it’s important to choose a brush that has a comfortable, sturdy handle to avoid fatigue when brushing. Sometimes brushes come with a strap that wraps around your hand. This can be helpful especially with a squirmy pup as it allows you to move more freely if you need to adjust your holding position.
After comparing all six of these different products and reading reviews from other dog owners who have tried these products out for themselves, we can conclude that the Safari W418 Self-Cleaning Slicker is the best option for your French Bulldog because it most closely aligns with the necessary features we mentioned in the Buyer’s Guide, and it remains one of the most affordable brushes on the market. Overall, depending on what you specifically are looking for in a grooming tool, any of these six would do the trick, but why settle for less than you deserve if you can choose one that gets the job done right and fits in your budget?
Excellent grooming with a quality brush can positively affect your dog’s health, and it doesn’t take a lot of time and effort. Take the time once a week to brush out your Frenchie’s fur to make sure he stays fresh and clean, and if you don’t already have a brush from this list, go out and get one! Update your French Bulldog’s beauty routine with a grooming tool you won’t regret buying.
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- A Quick Summary of the Winners in 2020
- The 6 Best Brushes for French Bulldogs
- 1. Safari W418 Slicker – Best Overall
- 2. Furminator 104013 Curry Comb – Best Value
- 3. Miracle Care 3261 Brush – Premium Choice
- 4. Four Paws Magic Coat Slicker Brush
- 5. Thunderpaws Professional De-Shedding Tool
- 6. ConairPRO Dog Pin Brush
- Buyer’s Guide
- Be Gentle
- The Handle