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Coat Care

Routine and thorough brushing of your dog´s coat is the most important step in maintenance grooming. Regular brushing reduces shedding, prevents matting, while enhancing skin and coat health. Your choice of brush and comb depends on your dog´s coat type. Choosing the appropriate tools and using them correctly will make your grooming session more efficient, effective and enjoyable for both you and your furry friend.

Choose Your Dog's Coat Type


Choose your brush based on your dogs coat type and size. Most coated breeds will require a type of slicker brush for the best results in reducing shedding and preventing matting.Using the correct brushing technique will assure that your grooming session is effective, efficient and enjoyable. You will find specific brush recommendations and direction for use for your dog´s coat type within the item listings.


A comb is used to "test" what you have brushed for thoroughness. It is the perfect tool for detecting tangles, mats and clumps of undercoat. Combs are also used for fluffing the coat in preparation of scissoring. It is very important to insert the comb into the coat parallel to the skin. Do not use a comb with the tips of the tines against the skin. This can be uncomfortable for your pet. You will find specific comb recommendations based on your dog´s coat type within the item listings.


Though most breeds shed year round, double-coated breeds will experience two peak shedding seasons: Spring and Fall. The change in natural light triggers the release of undercoat as new growth begins. Regular brushing with the correct style brush will greatly reduce the amount of shedding coat you find on furniture, carpets and clothes from all breeds, but for those problem shedders you will find just the tools and products you need to reduce the dread of shed!


Routine and thorough brushing and combing along with proper bathing and conditioning of the coat can prevent matting in ALL cases. However, on occasion you may need the assistance of a dematting tool. These tools are used to split the mat into smaller pieces, making the dematting process easier and less uncomfortable for you and your pet. A dematting agent will make the coat slippery for easier brushing out of matted or tangled hair. You´ll find an assortment of products and tools here to make the job a bit easier and less stressful.


Identify your dog´s coat type for easy selection of grooming tools and supplies specifically designed to help you groom and care for your best friend.

Short, Smooth-Coated Breeds
Coats are short, smooth, and lay flat against the body

American Staffordshire Terrier, Basenji, Basset Hound, Beagle, Bloodhound, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Bull Terrier, Bulldog, Bull Mastiff, Chihuahua, Coonhound, Dachshund, Dalmatian, Doberman, Foxhound (American & English), Great Dane, Greyhound, Harrier, Ibizan Hound, Italian Greyhound, Manchester Terrier (Toy & Standard), Mastiff, Miniature Pinscher, Pointer, Pug, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Shorthaired St. Bernard, Smooth Fox Terrier, Vizsla, Weimaraner, Whippet and similar mixed breeds.

Double-Coated Breeds
Coats may be short, medium or long in length, but very dense, consisting of two textures of hair, the outer or guard coat and the soft, downy undercoat. Double coated breeds shed year round with increased shedding in the Spring and Fall.

Short Double Coats: Australian Cattle Dog, Anatolian Shepherd, Belgian Malinois, Canaan Dog, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Finnish Spitz, Labrador Retriever, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Shiba Inu, Shorthaired St. Bernard, and similar mixed breeds.
Medium Double Coats: Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Australian Shepherd, Cardigan Welsh Corgi, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Norwegian Elkhound, Rottweiler, Schipperke, Siberian Husky, and similar mixed breeds.
Long Double Coats: American Eskimo, Belgian Sheepdog, Belgian Tervuren, Bernese Mountain Dog, Border Collie, Chow Chow, Collie, Great Pyrenees, Keeshond, Kuvasz, Longhaired St. Bernard, Newfoundland, Pekingese, Petit Basset Griffon Vandeen, Pomeranian, Samoyed, Shetland Sheepdog and similar mixed breeds.

Longhaired (Drop-Coated) Breeds
Coats are thick, long and flowing. Some breeds are single coated, others double-coated. Usually has profuse coat on head and face. These breeds require regular brushing and testing with a comb to keep them comfortable and mat free. Always use a conditioner-coat sealant after bathing.

Afghan, Bearded Collie, Bouvier des Flandres, Briard, Havanese, Lhasa Apso, Lowchen, Maltese, Old English Sheepdog, Puli, Shih-Tzu, Silky Terrier, Skye Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier and similar mixed breeds.

Flat-Coated Breeds
Coats are generally flat and silky on body, smoother on head and face with medium to long furnishing on ears, legs, undercarriage and tail.

American Cocker Spaniel, Borzoi, Brittany Spaniel, Cavalier King Charles, Clumber Spaniel, English Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, English Toy Spaniel, Flat-Coated Retriever, Japanese Chin, Saluki, Setters (English, Gordon and Irish) Tibetan Spaniel and similar mixed breeds

Hard-Coated Breeds
Coarse, hard or wiry in texture, usually very dense and thick.

Airedale, Affenspinscher, Australian Terrier, Border Terrier, Brussels Griffon, Cairn Terrier, Dandy Dinmont, German Wirehaired Pointer, Irish Terrier, Irish Wolfhound, Lakeland Terrier, Schnauzer (Mini, Standard & Giant), Norfolk, Terrier, Norwich Terrier, Otter Hound, Scottish Deerhound, Scottish Terrier, Sealyham Terrier, Spinone Italiano, Welsh Terrier, West Highland White Terrier, Wirehaired Dachshund, Wire Fox Terrier, Wirehaired Pointing Griffon and similar mixed breeds.

Curly-Coated Breeds
Coats may be coarse and curly or dense and linty, but holds a natural tight curl and stands up off the body.

American Water Spaniel, Bedlington Terrier, Bichon Frise, Irish Water Spaniel, Kerry Blue Terrier, Poodle (Toy, Miniature & Standard), Portuguese Water Dog and similar mixed breeds.