12 Types of Dog Brushes & Their Differences (With Pictures)

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When it comes to picking the best products to use, it’s always a hard call as a dog owner. There are so many products out there, especially when it comes to grooming. Here we have gathered thirteen different grooming tools, to try and make your next attempt to purchase a grooming tool easier.

1. Slicker Brush

Slicker Brush

Slicker brushes consist of fine, short wires close together on a flat surface. A slicker brush can be used to remove knots and tangles, and to smooth the fur to create a shine. It’s good for dogs who shed a lot or often have tangles in their fur. Slicker brushes cost about $4-$12, depending on size and chosen brand.

Coat types it can be used on: short coats, long coats, double coats, wire coats or thick coats

Read: Different types of dog coats and their differences

2. Rubber Brush

Rubber Brush

Rubber brushes are soft brushes made entirely of rubber. These brushes remove loose fur. We use rubber brushes to massage or shampoo our dogs, as well! It’s a good tool to use with dogs who shed a lot. A rubber brush can be purchased for less than $10.

Coat types it can be used on: smooth coats, short coats, and wire coats

3. Double-Sided Brush

Double-Sided Brush

Double-sided brushes give you the best of both worlds. Depending on the type of brush, you will have one soft-bristled side and one side with harder bristles. Normally these bristles are pinhead bristles. It allows us to remove dirt and brush thoroughly through the dog’s fur, and then flip it over and add a bit of shine with the softer bristles. Double-sided dog brushes cost about $8-$20.

Coat types it can be used on: all coat types

4. Pinhead Brush

Pin Head Brush

Pinhead brushes tend to have longer bristles than most brushes. Pinhead bristles are usually long metal bristles, with a rubber tip to prevent scratching the dogs skin. These bristles have wider spacing in-between them, which allows for thorough brushing without the static charge that may come from a brush with closer-set bristles. Pinhead dog brushes can be purchased within the price range of $5 to $20.

Coat types it can be used on: short coats

5. Bristle Brush

Bristle Brush

A bristle brush looks very similar to the hairbrushes we use on ourselves. This brush will soften hair and distribute healthy oils to create a shine. Most bristle brushes have different length bristles for different length fur. Bristle brushes come at just under $15.

Coat types it can be used on: short coats and silky coats

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6. Flea Comb

Flea Comb
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A flea comb is a brush that everyone should be familiar with. This comb typically has long metal prongs, placed close together so it can grab up any fleas, flea eggs or flea dirt. Flea combs are on the cheaper side of cost, starting at around $3, but typically not going above $15.

Coat types it can be used on: all coat types

7. Stripping Comb

Stripping Comb

A stripping comb is used for light trimming of the undercoat, and to pull away dead hair. If you have a dog that sheds a lot, or has a very thick coat, a stripping comb may be what you need. A stripping comb can prove to be a bit pricier in cost, but should come out under $35.

Coat types it can be used on: wire coats

8. Wide-Toothed Comb

Wide-Toothed Comb

Wide-toothed combs are something that we, as humans, are extremely familiar with. For dogs they look a tiny bit different, typically the bristles are metal. This type of brush removes mattes and tangles. The wide toothed comb comes out around $5 to $15.

Coat types it can be used on: long coats and silky coats

9. Grooming Comb

Grooming Comb

A grooming comb has a very simple use: removing dust and dead hair. These combs are priced under $10.

Coat types it can be used on: short coats

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10. Mat Breaker

Mat Breaker

A mat breaker is used to break large mats of fur into sections. Mat breakers come under $15.

Coat types it can be used on: long coats, thick coats, double coats, curly/wooly coats, and combination coats

11. De-Shedding Tool

De-Shedding Tool

This tool removes large amounts of loose, dead fur and undercoat. A de-shedding tool costs under $25.

Coat types it can be used on: all coats

12. Undercoat Rake

Undercoat Rake

The undercoat rake removes loose undercoat, to help prevent matting fur in the first place. An undercoat rake comes just under $15.

Coat types it can be used on: long coats, thick coats, double coats, and combination coats


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