What Dog Grooming brush should I use for my Dog?

**First of all, take a look at the type of coat/hair your Dog has and ask a couple of questions as you go…  ( ** This article is intended as a guide, and if your Dog has any current/ongoing skin conditions or irritations, it is always better to consult a professional prior to making a purchase, to make sure the grooming tool/product isn’t going to aggravate/irritate the skin further. )

  • What type of coat does my Dog have?
  • Is your Dog used to being groomed?

It can be confusing when it comes to grooming our Dogs, especially if we have never owned a Dog before, and selecting the correct dog grooming tools can be tricky. 

So, let’s start with dog grooming for Dogs with a smooth/flat very short coat:

Smooth/flat coat (very short coat, close to body)

Some Dog breeds with this type of coat are:

  • Pointer
  • Dalmatian
  • Greyhound
  • Boxer
  • Staffordshire bull terrier “Staffie”

Here are a few Dog grooming tools suitable for breeds with this coat type:

Rubber curry comb, Grooming Gloves, Furminator For Short Coats (various breed sizes available depending on breed of your Dog)

FURminator Rubber Curry Comb

FURminator Curry Comb

The Curry comb is fantastic for Dogs with this coat type, and it works with its moulded rubber teeth really stimulating the production of natural oils, promoting a healthy coat.

It gets rid of dust and loose Dog hair without damaging the coat, and easily glides over the contours of your Dog’s body.

This next grooming product is ideal if you are getting your Dog used to being handled and groomed, or indeed if you have a nervous Dog that may not like a strange implement close it.   As you get 2 gloves in the pack, you can easily rub your hands along your Dogs body without drawing attention to what you are actually doing, grooming.

The dead hair stays within the nodules on the gloves until you effortlessly wipe it off to continue grooming your Dog.

As these gloves are gentle, you can groom your Dog all over their body.

2 Pack Pet Dog Cat Grooming Glove, 【Upgrade Version】OMorc Pet Dog Cat Grooming Glove Hair Remover Brush Glove for Pet Grooming Clean Massage Gloves – 1 Pair (Left and Right Hand)

OMORC Upgraded Pet Grooming Gloves Mitts – Left & Right – Hair Remover Gentle Deshedding Gloves for Dog Cat Horse Rabbit and More – Pet Bathing Massage Gloves

FURminator deShedding grooming tool for Small Dogs, Short-Haired Limited Edition

FURminator deShedding grooming tool for Small Dogs, Short-Haired Limited Edition

The Furminator has a reputation all of its own, it has changed the way many Dog owners now groom their Dogs.  Their products have become a household name.  Simply use the Furminator like a brush, and gently glide it along the Dog coat, you will be amazed at the job it does.  It brings out the natural oils and promotes healthy skin and a shiny coat.  (This grooming tool may also be OK to use on short coat dogs in the below category, and they have a Furminator for most dog coat types too.)


This is the FURminator FURflex Dual Head Slicker Brush for Small Dogs

This Slicker Dog grooming brush has a 2 sided head covered in rows of thin pins.  The head of the FURminator Dual Head Slicker also flexes’ to your dogs natural shape, helping to de-tangle and smooth the coat without pulling.

It is suitable for daily use.


A slicker can work on most coat types. 

Short coat (1 maybe 2 inches coat length)

Some Dog breeds with this type of coat are:

  • Rottweiler
  • Pug
  • Labrador
  • Beagle
  • Cattle Dog

Also see the short coat Furminator above for this category too.

Pin Brush/Bristle Brush (many are now combined)

This is the FURminator Double Sided Brush/Dual Brush

The Pin Dog grooming brush is very similar to the Slicker dog grooming brush, however the pins on this brush are rounded at the ends or tipped with either plastic or rubber.  It is ideal for longer, silkier coat types.

Bristle Brush

The Bristle Dog grooming brush is more suited for Dogs with short or wire type coats.

The bristles remove any debris from the coat and leave it with a great shine

Bristle Brush


Wire coat (Coarse coated)

Some Dog breeds with this type of coat are:

  • Wired coated Border Terriers
  • Airedale Terrier
  • Schnauzer
  • Scottie
  • Deerhound


These can be used on the following dog coats flat, short or combination coats.  If you aren’t sure, please seek advice first.

This is an Ancol shedding /dog grooming blade.  As you can see, it’s a loop with small teeth around one side and larger teeth on the other. The short teeth are for shorter coats and long teeth for longer coats.  The Shedding blade can be used closed for small Dogs or smaller areas of the Dog’s body.  The blade can also be opened up to remove loose hairs or for larger area’s like down your Dog’s back.  This dog grooming tool is particularly handy when your Dog is moulting.

Ancol Ergo Shedding Blade

Combination coat (Mixture of long and short coat)

Some Dog breeds with this type of coat are:

  • Long haired Dachshund
  • Border collie
  • Papillion
  • Golden Retriever


These are suitable for Dogs with a heavy or double coat.

This is the FURminator Rake.  They are designed to get deep into the double and heavy coat, making sure to reach the undercoat and helping keep the coat in tip top condition.

This rake has fully rounded pins that rotate 360 degrees, to eliminate skin irritation and minimise tugging on the coat.  It also helps remove any mats from the long coats.  The FURflex technology helps this Grooming Rake follow the natural contours of your Dogs head and body.

FURminator Rake

Double coat (Thick, soft undercoat with an outer coat of longer coarser guard hairs)

Some Dog breeds with this type of coat are:

  • Akita (The Akita is Double coated, with the undercoat being plush and dense, the top coat is short)
  • German Shepherd (has a few coat types, including long haired)
  • Elkhound
  • Husky

Heavy Coat (Thick, dense- coated breeds include…)

Some dog breeds with this type of coat are:

  • Akita (See above)
  • Samoyed
  • Pomeranian
  • Collie

Silky (Dogs with long, wispy type soft coat)

Some Dog breeds with this type of coat are:

  • Afghan Hound
  • Setter (Irish & Red)
  • Spaniel (breed variety dependant)

Curly coat (Breeds which shed less frequently than others)

Some Dog breeds with this type of coat are:

  • Poodle
  • Kerry Blue Terrier
  • Bouvier
  • Bichon

Natural long coat/hair (Breeds with soft flowing coats)

Some Dog breeds with this type of coat are:

  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Maltese
  • Shiz Tzu

So, you have had a look at a selection of the Dog grooming products available here on this site, and read the information available on differing grooming tools.  Now all that is left to do is choose which one best suits your Dog’s coat type and get ready to help strengthen the bond between you and your Dog while making him/her shine like a top show Dog!

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