Dogs are such a diverse animal, with many different types of coats that each requires special care. Some dogs have fine hair and hardly shed at all, while others have thick coats that never seem to stop shedding. Fortunately, a variety of dog brushes on the market ensures that the right tool exists for every type of dog coat, as well as for every level of shedding.
A slicker brush, also called a rake, is best for dogs with long coats, or with thick coats that are prone to matting. Slicker brushes have a wide, flat head with flexible, slanted bristles that are good for detangling and removing mats and dead hair. Daily brushing with a slicker brush will help to reduce shedding and keep your dog's hair tangle-free.
Another type of brush that's excellent at detangling hair and unknotting matted fur is a pin brush. This type of brush is best for dogs with curly, wavy or wiry hair, and also work well on dogs with double coats and on long-haired breeds. A pin brush has an oval-shaped head with thick, wiry bristles that end in a round knob, like the head of a pin. A brush with coated pins won't scratch or irritate your dog's skin.
A bristle brush is best for short-haired dogs with easily managed coats. Bristle brushes have either natural or nylon bristles; some higher-quality brushes will have both. This type of brush is good at removing debris and loose hair from the dog's skin and coat, and also good for finishing and smoothing long-haired coats.
Combs and Shedding Blades
A dog comb can also be good for removing mats, and some combs are designed specifically for shedding. A shedding comb has short teeth interspersed with long ones, which makes it a great tool for removing excess fur from double-coated dogs. A shedding blade is a comb with very short teeth that resembles a serrated blade, with both ends attached to a handle to form a loop. It's used like a brush and is effective at gently grabbing and removing loose dog hair.