The Brush Guide

A useful beginnerís guide to choosing the right brush for your pet!

Brush type: Slicker

Use: One of the most popular types of brush for professional groomers and pet owners alike. Used to remove tangles and knots. Ideal for everyday use on all full, or double coated dog breeds. Choose soft, finer pins for long, fine coats and sensitive skins. Use a larger size brush with stiffer pins for heavier and thicker coats. Can also be used to fluff dry woolly coats.

Fine wire pins secured to a solid base, which are bent approximately half way down each pin.

Ideal for: Poodles, Lhasa Apsos, Bedlington Terriers, Cocker Spaniels.

Brush Type: Pin

Use: Typically used on show animals, but is also suitable for home use on longer fine coats and double-coated breeds. Useful for untangling and separating wiry, wavy and curly coats.

Appearance: Bristles are set in a flexible, cushioned rubber base. Features coated pins to prevent scratching the dogís skin and damaging the coat.

Ideal for: Cocker Spaniels, Afghan Hounds, Yorkshire Terriers.

Brush Type: Bristle

Use: A very popular tool for everyday home grooming on smooth, short coats. The bristles help to remove dirt and massage the skin, working natural oils through the coat for a healthy shine.

Appearance: Short, closely packed bristles often made from nylon or boar. Longer, more widely spaced bristles are available to suit longer coats.

Ideal for: Labradors, Chihuahuas, Beagles, Whippets, Pointers, Boston Terriers.

Brush Type: Comb

Use: Used to check for and remove small knots and tangles. Professionals also use to separate and lift coat when styling. An essential piece of grooming equipment for all dog breeds.

Appearance: A flat tool with numerous teeth ranging from a fine to wide setting. Available with or without a handle.

Ideal for: All dog breeds.

Brush Type: Rake

Use: Useful for removing dead hair effectively from the coat. Ideal for double coated breeds.

Appearance: A handled tool with rounded ended, right angled teeth of varying thickness and length.

Ideal for: Huskies, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Newfoundlands, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds.

Brush Type: Stripping Knife

Use: Used by professional groomers when hand-stripping. Not for use by inexperienced pet owners.

Appearance: A handled tool with a blade-like head available for right and left handed groomers.

Ideal for: Cairn Terriers, Schnauzers, Irish Wolfhounds, Affenpinscher.

Brush Type: Coat King

Use: Used to remove dead hair and bulk from coats. Can also give a stripped appearance to the coat. A product for the professional - must be used with care and skill.

Appearance: A handled product with a blade head. Varying sizes available.

Ideal for: Terriers, Golden Retrievers, English Setters.
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