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Old 10-01-2009, 02:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Best type of brush for GSD

I need to get one, so I though I would ask here.

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Old 10-01-2009, 03:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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One word... Furminator. Use it once and you'll see why.

There's only a few vital things you'll need for your GSD. A water bowl, a food bowl, food, collar and leash, and a furminator.
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Old 10-01-2009, 03:15 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Furm's a great, but use with caution and not to often. To much use of a furminator can cause bald spots. I only use the furm when it's shedding season and maybe once a week or so at that point. Otherwise I use a couple of different brushes, one is usually oval shaped with long wire "pins" (for lack of a better word) and the other is usually rectangle shape with the "bent" metal pins. I then have a comb for helping me get the fur out of the brushes, LOL!

When possible I prefer to brush outside the house vs inside because when they're shedding THEY'RE SHEDDING.

A good vacuum cleaner is also something you will want. We have a Dyson and it's GREAT for dog hair.
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Old 10-01-2009, 03:22 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I use a boars hair brush that I bought at a local beauty supply shop. It has stiff firm bristles, so it works through to the undercoat, but it's extremely gentle on the individual strands.

Just for reference, this is the sort of brush I use (not the exact same brand). Mine cost about $35-40. http://www.amazon.com/Sephora-Brand-...f=pd_sbs_bt_25

I've found that by brushing my dog regularly (and cleaning/washing the brush often), he has a super shiny coat. And being brushed with the brush, from listening to my dog's vocalizations, apparently feels divine.

I'm not a furminator fan. I think it just breaks the top coat. Yes, it gets out the undercoat, which is nice during the spring. But if you're not careful, you can make a mess of your dog's coat. In fact, it's often easy to tell a GSD that's been "furminated," imo.
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We use several. A shedding blade, an undercoat rake and a brush with "pins" on one side and bristles on the other.
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Old 10-01-2009, 06:51 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I have a german shepherd and an aussie. The furminator is like a my most prized possession. Both dogs have different types of fur and it works equally as well on both. I brushed them with it initially for about 20 mins each and got a compact pomeranian-like tumbleweed. Ever since, about once a week for a few minutes gets the job done. Never seen a problem with their top coats and never got a bald spot. You can only brush them when they are completely dry, otherwise I could see it breaking top fur. Shedding is wayyy down in our house.
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Old 10-01-2009, 09:06 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Furminator with out a doubt!!
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I use these too
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Quote:undercoat rake and a brush with "pins" on one side and bristles on the other.
and on occassion a Furminator. I have found that the Furminator blades are to small and close together so more difficult for me to make the dogs looks good, and it also seems to take forever.
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I think I need to get one too, I have been nervous about it reading all the different reviews. Now that I have two GSD's it is time. One has a very thick coat he is DDrEast sable and seems to have alot of under coat to and the other is AS BT with a thinner coat.
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Default Re: Best type of brush for GSD

I find that when I use a bristle brush, it does absolutely nothing! I have one of the ones with pins on one side and bristles on the other. The bristles are useless and the pin and so long and spread apart that they don't do anything for Denali's coat either LOL.
So I'm trying to find something good as well, but I'm afraid of getting the furminator because of the mixed reviews.
I also have an undercoat rake with one spaced out row of pins but you have to put in so much effort to only get a small amount of hair out.
After I'm done brushing her for like 30 minutes, she's still shedding like mad. Sigh.
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