There are many different types of dog brushes, and it can be difficult to tell which one will best meet your dog's needs. The truth is, your dog's coat may actually require more than one type of brush. The Pet Portal Slicker Brush for dogs, and all other slicker brushes, are primarily used for de-matting and removing undercoat and dead hair from all types of coats.
You can tell a slicker brush apart from the other types of dog brushes, as 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 hair and debris removed during grooming. They work especially well for dogs with long fur, like Golden Retrievers, Afghan Hounds and Yorkshire Terriers.
Like this slicker brush from The Pet Portal, most dog brushes come in many different sizes. Of course, the correct size for a Yorkie won't work for a Great Dane and vice versa. In order to select the right grooming tools for your dog, you'll need to take his size, coat type and skin and coat condition into account.
The Pet Portal Slicker Brush for Dogs Review
As far as quality goes, The Pet Portal Slicker Brush for dogs is pretty similar to other products on the market. The feature that makes it stick out 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 (of all types) with this feature, but they don't all offer it. You'll pay a few dollars more, but this is a very convenient feature that saves time and your fingers.
The wire bristles are spiky and will poke into your fingers if you have to remove the hair yourself.
My second favorite thing about The Pet Portal Slicker Brush for dogs is that it's perfect for a multi-pet family. It can be used on dogs or cats, and I also found out that it works well on rabbits!
ADDITIONAL READING: Types of Dog Grooming Brushes and Their Uses
As you'll see in my video review, this brush works well on our chocolate 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 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 our Saddie, I prefer to use a deshedding tool that is specifically made for these coat types. I've reviewed a couple of those tools, too, and you can find that information here:
- MagicPro Deshedding Tool
- DakPets Dog Deshedding Tool
- FURminator Dog Deshedding Tool
- Andis Premium Pet Deshedding Tool
- GroomMe Dog Deshedding Tool
The comfort grip handle of The Pet Portal Slicker Brush for dogs is made of rubber and ergonomically designed. This 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.
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.
I was really impressed with how shiny and soft this slicker brush left our dogs' coats. It really does a great job untangled knots and cleaning the fur.
The Pet Portal even offers a 5 year manufacturer 100% money back guarantee. That's a great benefit for people who always have dogs in their lives. You can pick this brush up on Amazon for about $16.
If you're someone who tends to always have at least one dog, you'll want to be sure to select grooming products that will last for generations of pets. A brush like The Portal Slicker Brush for dogs is a great choice because you can use it on other household pets as well. You won't need multiple brushes to groom all your animals!
How to DeShed A Dog?
We'd all love to stop our dogs from shedding, but the truth is that it can't be done. You’re never going to be able to remove every loose hair. Even if you could, more hairs would constantly be growing in to replace them. The good news is that brushing your pet with the proper tools can drastically reduce the amount of hair he sheds.
I've made a step-by-step video guide that explains the difference between a regular brush and a dog deshedding tool. In it I explain how to deshed a dog and some of the best tools available on the market.
Summary of The Pet Portal Slicker Brush for Dogs Review
- Self-cleaning feature saves time and your fingers
- Can be used on dogs, cats and other animals with any coat type
- Removes mats and tangles without pulling your dog's hair
- Wire bristles are made of stainless steel
- Equipped with an ergonomically designed rubber handle
- 5 year manufacturer 100% money back guarantee
- Not ideal for dogs with thick or double coats
- Head and body of brush are made of plastic
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