A good hairbrush, or a bad one, can dramatically change the way your dog’s coat looks. Of course, we’re setting our sights on the first. The best brushes for dogs are not part of your dime a dozen. They have features you may not find in regular brushes.

To help you out, here’s a quick-ready buying guide for choosing the right hairbrush for your pet.

Dog Hair Brush Buying Guide

Pin Brushes

One of the most common, and commonly relied-upon, pet grooming tools is the pin brush. It comes with thick “pins” that are evenly spaced out. This is to avoid tugging on fur and causing them to get clumped up and more tangled than before.

This grooming accessory is perfect for small to large breeds. A reason why it’s preferred by many pet owners— they’re totally universal.

Minor fur-matting and knots can be conveniently untangled with a few strokes. Curly and/or thick fluff can benefit from this brush, too. The bristles can glide in between strands with ease, and it will necessitate nothing more than a handful of brushes for a job well done.

Slicker Brushes

Slicker brushes have a distinct appearance. They differ from others in that they are comprised of short wires which sit close to each other, and in tight spaces. These short yet fine wires are for bringing out that shine and softness in your furry buddy’s coat.

It’s a grooming device for medium to long strands, and it isn’t just for making thick hair smooth and tangle-free. It’s also for loosening those tough-to-reach portions in undercoats. Often, regular brushes get through only the outer layer of fur. But not being able to untangle the inner fur linings will cause them to harden, and in time, be extremely difficult to comb through.

Not so with a slick slicer brush.

Rubber Brushes (Glove Type)

Here’s another unique grooming gadget for sprucing up your pawed buddies— rubber brushes. And we’re not talking about just any regular rubber brush. We’re specifically zeroing in on the glove type.

These glove-brushes have a full palm whose material is mainly made of rubber. And this portion of the glove has rubber knobs.

A rubber brush-glove shouldn’t and can’t be utilized the way you would, a pin or slicker brush. A rubber glove (or in other variations, a rubber block) serves the purpose of getting rid of surface hair that’s come loose.

During times when your dogs aren’t in the mood for regular hair-brushing, they’ll certainly be alright with this! Plus, these are extremely soothing on the skin. An advantage especially for pups with sensitive skin.

Bristle Brush

Say hello to a common yet undeniably effective fur brushing gizmo— the bristle brush. Regularly brushing your dog’s hair with a bristle brush will ensure that in the long run, it will have fur that’s smooth to the touch and shiny against the sun (or any other light source for that matter).

Besides aiming for a superb aesthetic for your pet’s coat, bristle brushes aid with the distribution of natural oils produced from your dog’s skin. These natural oils keep roots moisturized and locks hydrated.

You happen upon 2-in-1 bristle brushes. One end is a pin brush and the other, its bristled alternative. However, if you aren’t able to get your mitts on these, having separate individual brushes for a variety of fur challenges is most recommended.

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