There are many different types of dog grooming brushes. Slicker brushes, like the Hertzko Slicker Brush, can be used for de-matting and de-shedding most coat types.
You can tell a slicker brush apart from the other types of dog brushes, because they have a very distinct look. They either have a flat or slightly curved head with rows of thin wire bristles. The bristles are usually curved at the end.
The thin wire bristles easily comb through fur to remove mats and tangles, and the ends are slightly bent to collect the loose hair that comes out during grooming. These types of dog brushes work especially well for dogs with long fur, like Golden Retrievers, Afghan Hounds and Yorkshire Terriers.
As I mention in my video review, this brush also works exceptionally well for our long-haired cat. Her fur is very fine, and she sheds a lot. The Hertzko slicker brush is gentle enough for our small cat, while also being strong enough to groom our Labrador Retriever.
Hertzko Slicker Brush Review
As far as quality goes, the Hertzko slicker brush is similar to other comparable products. The feature that makes it stand out from ordinary slicker brushes is the self-cleaning button that pulls the bristles into the head of the brush, removing all the collected hair and debris.
You can find other brushes with this feature, but they don't all offer it. You'll pay a few dollars more, but this is a very convenient feature.
With the push of a button, loose hair falls to the ground. You don't have to take the time to pick the fur out of the brush.
I also love the versatility of this grooming tool. We have a multi-pet household – 3 dogs and 7 cats. This brush works well for our dogs and our cats. It's nice to have a product that works for different coat types
As you'll see in my video review, this brush works well on our chocolate Lab Saddie, and she really enjoys being brushed with it. The wire bristles are firm, but they don't cut into her skin or cause her any pain.
Personally, I prefer to use slicker brushes like this one on dogs and cats with long, thin hair. I don't mean the coat is thin, but the individual hairs are thin as opposed to more coarse hairs that can be found on wiry coated dogs.
For dogs with thick coats, or double coats (like Saddie), I prefer to use a deshedding tool that is specifically made for these coat types. De-shedding tools or undercoat rakes are specifically designed to reach through the top coat and pull the loose hair from the undercoat.
The ergonomically designed handle of the Hertzko slicker brush is good for two reasons; (1) it reduces hand fatigue while grooming and (2) it helps to prevent your hand from slipping when you're brushing your dog. This brush would work well for a long grooming session.
The bristles are made of stainless steel and the brush body and head are plastic. It can be easily cleaned with a mild detergent and warm water. The hard plastic body is very durable, and I have no doubt that you will have this brush for many years.
The Hertzko self cleaning slicker brush is available in small or large, for regular or sensitive skin and with a push- or slide-button. It retails for $15.99-$29.99 depending on size and style you choose.
Compared to other similar brushes, this is a reasonable price. I would definitely say it's a good value for the money.
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