Short-haired dogs may not suffer from many matts or tangles, but you’ll still want to brush them down regularly to help remove the dust and debris that collects on their fur and to keep their coat looking beautiful and shiny.
Frequent brushings also help to remove some of their shed hairs, which will keep them off the floor of your home.
But to achieve the best results, you’ll need to get a brush that is designed specifically for short-haired dogs. Below, we’ll examine five of the best options available and explain the things to look for when trying to pick out the best one for your pooch.
See our quick picks here, or continue reading below for more details and full reviews.
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|Cat Brush & Dog Brush for Short and Medium Hair, Soft Reinforced Boar Bristle to Distribute Natural...||77 Reviews||$13.95||Buy on Amazon|
|ConairPRO Dog Pet-It Boar Bristle Brush||718 Reviews||$6.99||Buy on Amazon|
|K9KONNECTION Dog Brushes for Shedding - 2 in 1 Pet Hair Cleaning Brush, Pin & Bristle Dog Dematting...||103 Reviews||$14.99||Buy on Amazon|
|Furminator deShedding Tool for Dogs, Small, Short Hair||11,987 Reviews||from $10.98||Buy on Amazon|
Not all brushes are created equally, and you must carefully scrutinize any brush you consider for your pup to make sure you get an effective tool that your dog won’t hate.
Minimally, you want to keep the following considerations in mind when picking one out.
Bristle brushes are generally the best option for short-haired breeds. When you are brushing a short-haired dog, you don’t really have to worry much about tangles. Instead, you want to spread the oils around your dog’s skin and get the hairs lying flat, which will make your dog’s coat look smooth and shiny. Bristle brushes are the best tool for the task.
An ergonomic handle is a must – particularly for large dogs. While it won’t take very long to brush a small dog with short hair, it can take a long time to brush a big dog’s coat. This can leave you with a tired, aching hand; so it is important to pick a brush that has a very comfortable handle.
Pin-style brushes should have rounded tips. Pin-style brushes are occasionally helpful for brushing short-haired dogs (and they can be a good choice for dogs that have medium-length hair), but you want to make sure the pins have rounded tips to help protect your dog’s skin.
Boar-bristle brushes are typically preferable to synthetic bristles. While dogs with especially dense hair may require the stiffness of synthetic bristles (which are usually made from nylon), boar bristles are much gentler on your dog’s skin and will work very well for short-haired breeds.
Most brushes on the market are designed with long-haired dogs in mind, but there are a few that will work very well for dogs with shorter hair. The five listed below should all work very well for your pooch.
About: The Safari Pin and Bristle Brush is a two-sided grooming tool with a bristle brush on one side and a pin brush on the other. While you probably won’t need to use the pin brush side with your short-haired pet, it doesn’t hurt to have it on hand.
About: The LA Beauty Labs Boar Bristle Brush is a premium dog grooming tool, designed with your dog’s comfort in mind. Made with all-natural boar bristles, this brush will not harm your pet’s skin like some lower-quality bristle brushes will.
About: The Conair Bristle Brush is a relatively small and lightweight, oval-shaped brush, designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand. This design will likely reduce the amount of fatigue you feel while brushing your dog’s fur and it may be easier to grip for owners suffering from arthritis or similar issues.
About: The K9Connection 2-in-1 Brush features bristles on one side for brushing short-haired breeds and a pin brush on the opposite side for grooming dogs with longer hair. But the K9Connection Brush isn’t like most other double-sided brushes, and it comes equipped with several different innovative design features to ensure your dog’s comfort.
About: The FURminator deShedding Tool is one of the few shedding brushes on the market that works well for short-haired breeds (just be sure to select the short-haired option when making your purchase). Based on a patented technology, this brush will reduce your dog’s shedding by up to 90%.
While all of the brushes we reviewed above would work fine for most short-haired dogs, the K9Connection 2-in-1 Bristle and Pin Brush clearly rises above the rest.
It was very highly rated by most owners who tried it, it features a number of impressive features that ensure your pet’s comfort and, while it is more expensive than many of the other brushes we covered, it is still very affordable.
While we are recommending grooming products, be sure to check out the K9 of Mine Dematting Comb and Brush Glove Kit. It isn’t specifically designed for dogs with short hair, but it works very well for my Rottweiler, and most owners who’ve tried it have found that it worked extremely well. Also, dogs love the way the glove’s rubber teeth feel on their skin.
Obviously, we’re a bit biased about the product, so be sure to check out the reviews provided by other dog owners.
If you really want to give your dog a solid brushing, make sure to check out the video below for a bit of guidance:
Have you found a good brush that works for your short-haired dog? We’d love to hear all about it. What do you like about the brush? Is there anything that you don’t like about it? Let us know in the comments below.
Last update on 2018-06-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API
Ben is a lifelong environmental educator who writes about animals, trees, outdoor recreation, science and environmental issues. He lives with his beautiful wife and spoiled-rotten Rottweiler in Atlanta, Georgia. Read more by Ben at FootstepsInTheForest.com or @FootstepsForest on Twitter.
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