The Best Brushes for a Poodle

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Your poodle's coat has a cottony, dense undercoat and wiry outer hair that continues to grow until it's cut. Yes poodles do shed, but it can take years. The hair follicles hold onto the hair longer than other breeds; therefore, the hair doesn't fall out as quickly but grows longer. Poodles require both regular clipping and brushing to keep their coats healthy and manageable.

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The best brushes for a poodle are ones that can remove the loose undercoat fur.
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Because shed hair on a poodle often remains in his coat rather than falling immediately to the floor like double-coated dog breeds, it must be removed by brushing at least twice a week to prevent large mats from forming. Specific brushes help remove loose hair, detangle mats and knots, and remove debris from the coat. However, the slicker brush is the best poodle hair brush for most poodles, but having a number of different brushes on hand for different tasks is ideal.

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The best poodle hair brush

The slicker brush has short, fine wires located close together on a flat brush surface. These fine wires allow you to detangle small mats that develop on the coat. Hold the mat in one hand so it doesn't pull on the dog's skin as you try to break up the mat. Brush it out, starting at the tip and working your way to the base, never letting the bristles touch your dog's skin.

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Carefully brush your dog's mat using light pressure; harsh pressure can hurt your dog and make your next hair-brushing session more difficult. Large mats require more attention, often with the help of a professional groomer to remove them. Many types of slicker brushes exist, so choose one that has a comfortable grip to give you better control as you brush your poodle. Groomers suggest the slicker is the best poodle hair brush, but there are a few other types you might need.

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Pin brush for poodles

The pin brush is oval-shaped with flexible wires that have pins on top. A poodle's hair sheds but doesn't fall in most cases, so frequent brushing helps remove the loose hair and prevent mats. The pin brush is a useful brush especially for the topknot, ears, or any other areas you allow to grow long on your dog.

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The pin brush is most similar to a human hair brush than other dog grooming tools. It works like a slicker brush, but it's even better at removing dirt trapped deep within the poodle's coat. The pin brush is a good addition to a home-grooming tool kit, but not entirely necessary if you have a slicker brush and a rake brush.

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Rake brush for poodles

The rake brush is designed to reach into a dog's thick coat and remove dead hairs from the undercoat that is located nearest to the skin and can be used instead of a pin brush. The rake brush resembles the look of a razor. It has up to two rows of tightly spaced pins and only requires minimal pressure during use.

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The bristles should be long enough to penetrate the outer coat. Use the rake brush gently to avoid scratching your poodle's skin. Also use the rake brush to see through your poodle's coat to the skin and check for sores, rashes, infections, or inflammation.

Metal combs for poodles

Metal combs are useful for finishing touches and preliminary grooms. First, combs are good to use around sensitive areas such as the face, specifically around the eyes where extra care is needed. Other brushes might be too risky in these areas.

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Second, metal combs are good starters. Before you use a slicker brush, slide a metal-toothed comb through your poodle's coat to detect snags or tangles. As soon as you find them, brush through the tangles with a slicker, pin, or rake brush, depending on whether they're in the long hair or undercoat. Detangling mats with a slicker brush as soon as they appear helps keep them from becoming so large they require help from a professional groomer.

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