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The Best brushes for Long-Haired pets

If you have a long-haired dog or cat, you know how important a good, regular brushing session is. But do you know which type of brush is best for your pet?

Regular grooming is vital for these shaggy friends. Not only does brushing with an appropriate tool help to keep their coat healthy and shiny, but it also helps prevent mats and tangles from forming. And it makes them feel so much better!

There are many different pet brushes out there. Choosing the right one could be a challenge. Finding the perfect brush depends on how long and coarse your pet's fur is, how many tangles, and how much matting they have.

In this blog post, we will discuss the different types of pet brushes and which ones would work best for long-haired dogs and cats.


The different types of pet brushes

When it comes to brushing your long-haired pet, you have a few different options. They each work best in different situations, so it's important to choose the right one.

Slicker Brushes

Slicker brushes can be thought of as the default brush for long-haired pets. They have fine wire bristles that work miracles when it comes to removing tangles and mats. However, slicker brushes can be a little harsh on the skin, so be sure to use them with care. If your pet has extremely sensitive skin, this may not be the best type of brush for them.

To use a slicker brush, start by gently brushing the tips of your pet's fur. Work your way up to their body, being careful not to press too hard. If you see any mats, take your time to slowly work through them with the brush. If the mat is particularly bad, you may need to use a comb in addition to the brush. More on that later!

Pin Brushes

Another option is a pin brush. This brush often has metal pins set in a rubber base—similar to a human hairbrush. Pin brushes are great for detangling because the pins are spaced close together, which helps to prevent tangles from slipping through. They're much more gentle on the skin than slicker brushes, help to remove loose hair, distribute natural oils along the coat, and can be used on all coat types. This type of brush is ideal for pets with sensitive skin.

Bristle Brushes

Bristle brushes are great for short-haired pets, but they can be used on long-haired pets as well. The soft bristles are not good at working out tangles and mats, however, they are great at removing dirt, debris, and loose hair from the coat. Bristle brushes also distribute natural oils along the coat, which helps to keep it healthy, shiny, and soft.

However,  because bristle brushes have hundreds of bristles that could potentially irritate bare skin, they may be too harsh for pets with extremely sensitive skin. If you decide to use a bristle brush on your long-haired pet, use it gently. Be sure to avoid any sensitive areas where the hair is thin, such as the belly or face.


Finally, you may want to try a comb. Combs are stiff and solid—great for working through stubborn mats and tangles. They can also be used as a preventative measure to help keep the coat from becoming tangled in the first place. When used in conjunction with brushes, regular combing can keep your pet's coat healthy and looking its best. For long-haired dogs and cats, you'll want to use a wide-toothed comb.

Mat Breakers

Mat breaker brushes are a special type of brush that is designed specifically for long-haired pets with a lot of mats and tangles. They have an array of hooked teeth combined with different sized straight teeth set at different angles which are designed to loosen up even the most stubborn mats. For pets with thick fur that like to play outside, these brushes are lifesavers.


Furminators are a type of brush that is specifically designed to remove loose hair from the coat. They have sharp, curved blades that reach through the top coat to pull loose fur from the undercoat. This helps to reduce shedding, keeps your pet cool, and their coat looking its best. For dogs that shed a lot, Furminators are an essential tool.


Which brush is best for long-haired dogs and cats

Chances are, no single brush or comb will be "the right one" for your pet. You'll likely need to use a combination of combs, brushes, and even shampoos and conditioners to keep your pet's coat healthy and looking its best.

If you have a long-haired dog or cat, try starting with a wide-toothed comb to remove any tangles or mats. Once the tangles are gone, you can use a slicker brush or pin brush to help remove loose hair and debris, then follow up with a bristle brush to distribute natural oils along the coat and make their fur soft.

Remember, every pet is different, so what works for one may not work for another. The best way to find out is to experiment until you find a grooming routine that works for you and your pet!

Thanks for reading our article on finding the right brush for your long-haired pet! If you have any questions, we're always happy to help! Feel free to give us a call, shoot us an email, or stop by your local Kahoots Pet store.