Types of Dog Brushes

27 November 2011 ~ 5 Comments

It’s shedding season again for our Corgi, Toby. The truth is that all year-round is shedding season for Corgis, but twice a year is when they go through heavy shedding, which is not fun for us owners, with all the vacuuming and brushing associated with this. Let’s talk a little bit about brushing and brushes.

For Toby, I’ve been using a slicker brush every day during heavy shedding periods, and once/twice a week the rest of the year. The slicker brush is the one with short and fine wires, that is actually designed to remove mats from dogs’ fur, but I must say that it removes a good amount of undercoat, as well. If you are thinking of using it on your Corgi, just remember to be gentle, as the wires can hurt your dog’s skin if you apply too much pressure when brushing.

slicker brush

I also want to try the Furminator, since I read so many great reviews for this tool. The Furminator supposedly removes a dog’ undercoat without damaging the top coat, and reduces shedding up to 90 percent. I’ve seen this tool at Petsmart, but you can find it cheaper on amazon. I will definitely buy it for Toby, and I’ll let you know how it works for us.


Of course that there are other types of brushes out there, for example, the bristle brushes. I have used this kind of brush when our Corgi was a puppy, because I was afraid that a slicker brush would be too harsh on my puppy’s coat and skin. The bristles on this brush sit tightly together, allowing removal of dead hair, and natural oils distribution on your dog’s fur. The bristle brushes work alright for a puppy’s coat, but I won’t recommend them for an adult Corgi’s coat, because the dog’s top coat is too coarse for the bristles to penetrate it.

bristle brush

Then, there are rakes, which I hadn’t use, since they are designed for thicker, longer-haired dogs. They would work better on breeds like Chow-Chow and Husky, or you could try it on your Fluffy Corgi. If you are using a rake, be careful not to apply too much pressure, or you could irritate your dog’s skin and remove more than just the dead undercoat.

dog rake

When Toby was a puppy I was also tempted to buy a pin brush (looks like the ones people use for their hair), but after some research, I found out that they’re not really useful, and are often used just for finishing touches in the grooming process.

dog rake

Another kind of tool used for deshedding is the shedding blade. I haven’t used this one, but I have a friend who uses it, and she said that it works great for her short-haired dog. The shedding blade is a blade that’s often used looped, but it can also be used un-looped. It has a serrated side and a smooth one. The serrated side is the one used for deshedding, while the smooth side can be used to remove excess water from your dog’s fur after bathing him.

shedding blade

The types of brushes listed above are the main kinds of brushes used by dog owners these days. Brushing plays an important role in keeping your pet’s coat shiny, mats-free and healthy. After finding the right brush for your dog’s coat, the things that you have to remember when brushing are: always brush in the direction of hair growth, use quick, short strokes, and be gentle. The brushing part of the grooming process can be fun for both you and your Corgi, and it will also help strengthen the bond between you two.

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