Finding the right brush for your husky can be quite a challenging endeavor. There are so many different brands and models available that it’s easy to quit before you get started or to become overwhelmed and choose the first brush you see.
We have plenty of pets in our home, and we get to review plenty of brushes for short, medium, and long hair dogs. We have chosen seven different brands of popular brushes to see how they hold up, and to see if they are any good for use with a husky.
We have also included a brush for husky buyers guide where we take a good look at what features are important when choosing. Keep reading for our detailed reviews of each brand of brush for husky, where we compare brush type, effectiveness, and ability to remove knots and matted hair, to help you make a smart purchase.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
7 Best brushes for a Husky – Reviews 2020
Let’s look at the seven different models we’ve chosen to review for you.
1. Friends Forever Bristle Dog Brush – Best Overall
The Friends Forever PET66-0021 Dual Side Pin Bristle Dog Brush is our pick as the best overall brush for husky. This brush comes with two double-sided brush heads, so you have four grooming options. It features a detangling head, a de-shedding head, a pin brush, and a bristle brush. The soft handle won’t slip and is comfortable to hold for long periods without getting tired or cramped.
We enjoyed using this brush and appreciated its flexibility. The only problem we had with it was we would often accidentally hit the switch to release the head, causing it to pop off.
2. FURminator 104009 Brush – Best Value
The FURminator 104009 Firm Grooming Slicker Brush wins our award for the best value, and we believe you will agree that this is the best brush for husky for the money. This low-cost brush features a durable design that’s durable and comfortable to hold. The head is two paddles that flex while you brush to keep the pins in a better position over the contours of your pet.
The bristles are perfect for medium, long, and curly hair. We felt that it worked well, and the only real complaint we have is that the bristles bend easily.
The RUBOLD RUB001 Dematting Tool is our premium brush for husky. This brush is extra-wide and gentle on your pet’s skin. The head has two sides, each better suited to different tasks, and it’s perfect for removing knots and tangles.
The main thing that we didn’t like about this brand is its high cost. Also, on longer haired dogs, or places where the hair is long and dense, it tends to grab and can pull the hair a little.
4. Hertzko Self Cleaning Slicker Brush
The Hertzko FBA_881314705702 Self Cleaning Slicker Brush features retractable blades that make it easy to clean. Once the blades retract, the hair is easily collected. It works well on medium and long-haired animals, and its ergonomic design helps you get better leverage while grooming.
The downside is that you need to keep the button pressed while grooming or the blades retract. This design can quickly make your thumb sore and make grooming uncomfortable. We also felt that these blades are too sharp on our pet’s skin, and the whole thing is quite heavy.
5. Glendan Dog Brush
The Glendan Dog Brush is a smaller sized brush that features a durable design and a soft no-slip handle. We found it to work well, but is a little small for a husky. The brush itself, along with the handle, is smaller than expected, and ours kept filling up with hair quickly.
It worked well before it filled with fur, but the constant cleaning does get tiresome, and the small handle can cramp up your hand after a while. Our dogs also let us know that the bristles on this brush are a little sharper than on some of the other models, and it made them a little uncomfortable.
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6. DakPets Deshedding Brush
The DakPets Deshedding Brush is an extra-wide dog grooming and shedding tool. The 4-inch head is detachable and replaceable if the blades get dull or damaged. It also features a comfortable non-slip handle.
One of the downsides we experienced while using this comb is its small teeth. We were able to groom our huskies, but it took a while, and their hair was a little longer than the brush could manage, and it wouldn’t be suitable for any dogs with longer hair. We also need to press a bit harder than with some of the other brands, and this caused the sharp blades to dig into our dog a little and cause some discomfort.
7. Ruff ‘n Ruffus Self-Cleaning Brush
The Ruff ‘n Ruffus Self-Cleaning Slicker Brush is the final brush for husky on our list. This brand features push-button retractable bristles, which makes cleaning much more manageable, and no hair gets stuck in the brush. This brand also comes with several accessories, including a comb and doggie nail clippers.
We liked the retractable blades, and they were more comfortable to use than some of the other models, but we wished they were a little more durable as ours fell apart after just a few uses. The bristles also tend to get stuck in the head of the brush when retracted, and they are relatively sharp and could dig into your pet’s skin.
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Let’s step back look at some of the most important things to look for in a brush for a husky.
When to Brush
Grooming a Siberian Husky is a big undertaking as they are double-coated dogs that shed their undercoat every year. During peak shedding times from March to June and September to November, we recommend brushing your husky as much as once or twice a week. At other times of the year, you can probably get away with only brushing once a month. The more often you brush groom dog, the less time hair has to form mats and clumps.
Infrequent grooming can allow undercoat fur to tangle with outer coat creating a mat that can pull at your pet’s hair.
How to Brush
When brushing your dog, it is essential to remember that huskies have two layers of fur, and you will want to pay special attention to each layer.
The outer layer comprises of long and thick hairs called guard hairs. These hairs protect the inner layer, repel water, and protect your pet from harmful UV rays. These hairs shed slowly all year long.
Use a wire bush, also known as a pin brush, to remove any dirt particles and loose hairs.
The undercoat is the soft downy hairs under the longer hairs. These hairs act as thermal insulation to keep your pets warm in cold weather. This hair is very thick and can fall out in large clumps when your pet is shedding.
Use a tool called a grooming rake to penetrate the outer coat to remove dead hair and tangles from the undercoat. Your dog will be more sensitive to grooming the undercoat, especially if tangles are present. It’s important to move slowly and be patient.
Other Tools and Tips
Besides the pin brush and undercoat rake, there are a few tools and tips that may be helpful in some situations.
- When using a comb, whenever possible, comb away from the skin to prevent scratches.
- You can loosen tangles with a conditioner or commercial detanglers. Just make sure the product you use does not contain any harmful chemicals. Even if you use a non-toxic formula, it’s a good idea to try out a little of the conditioner at a time to make sure it doesn’t bother your pet.
- A de-matting rake is a tool for getting thick mats and knots out of your pet’s undercoat. This tool uses rounded blades to cut and trim the undercoat safely. These tools can remove large amounts of the undercoat quickly and efficiently. The downside to these tools is that the hair comes out so fast it can get caught in the blades and pull your pet’s fur.
Hopefully, you have enjoyed reading over our brush reviews and buyer’s guide. We highly recommend the Friends Forever PET66-0021 Dual Side Pin Bristle Dog Brush which is our choice for the best overall brush for husky. This model features four different heads for extreme versatility when grooming. The FURminator 104009 Firm Grooming Slicker Brush is our best value pick and features flexible paddles for getting around the contours of your pet at a budget price. If you continue to shop around, remember what we said in the buyer’s guide, and you can feel confident about any brand you choose.
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- A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- 7 Best brushes for a Husky – Reviews 2020
- 1. Friends Forever Bristle Dog Brush – Best Overall
- 2. FURminator 104009 Brush – Best Value
- 3. RUBOLD RUB001 Dematting Brush – Premium Choice
- 4. Hertzko Self Cleaning Slicker Brush
- 5. Glendan Dog Brush
- 6. DakPets Deshedding Brush
- 7. Ruff ‘n Ruffus Self-Cleaning Brush
- Buyer’s Guide
- When to Brush
- How to Brush
- Top Layer
- Other Tools and Tips