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Last updated: June 22, 2020

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Having pets is a wonderful thing but taking care of them is a big responsibility. We want our furry friends to be healthy and happy. So, when choosing a dog, it’s important to consider the relevant features of each breed such as size, character and how high maintenance they are.

One key aspect of dog care is grooming. You will need to ensure that you have enough time to spend on regular coat care. Certain breeds have a great deal more hair than others. and will require daily brushing and combing.

Most people already understand the importance of using a brush on their pet, what might be less clear is when and why a comb might be a better option.

First things first

  • Dog combs are necessary for pet care and used regularly by dog groomers.
  • Using a dog comb is especially important for dogs with long or curly hair which will require more regular maintenance.
  • There is a wide range of different dog combs available. The one you need will depend on the breed and coat of your pet.
  • Other key factors to consider when purchasing a dog comb include the size and durability of the comb, as well as how easy it is to use.

The best dog combs on the UK market

There are many different types of dog comb, some are more suitable for removing loose hair when your pet is moulting, others can be used to untangle knots or get rid of fleas and other parasites. Here is a selection of some of the best value for money dog combs currently available.

Pecute Grooming Dematting Comb Tool Kit

Included in this set is a dual-sided de-matting comb and a grooming comb. The de-matting comb consists of a 12-blade side, which can be used to deal with stubborn knots and a 23-blade side, which is effective in the removal of loose hairs. The grooming comb has wide teeth at one end and narrow teeth at the other making it particularly versatile.

Each of the combs is made from high-quality materials. Designed for the comfort of both the dog and the groomer, with rounded edges and non-slip, comfortable handles, they are suitable for frequent use on even the longest and densest of coats.

OMORC Dog Dematting Comb, Pet Grooming Brush Deshedding Tool

Handy for both short and long-haired breeds, this rake-style comb has multiple functions including dealing with matt and tangles and removing dead undercoat fur. The efficiency of this tool is due to its double-sided design, one side consisting of widely spaced teeth and the other more narrowly spaced ones.

The working end of the comb has sharp teeth to avoid uncomfortable pulling when dealing with knots, and rounded edges to prevent damage to the skin. The silicone gel handle means that it moulds to the hand of the user ensuring a better, easier grooming experience.

Rosewood Soft Protection Salon Grooming Comb, Medium

This sturdily constructed comb is suitable for use on both single and double-coated breeds. It can be used for knot and tangle removal, or regular grooming. It’s even suitable for use on short-haired dogs. It can be purchased in conjunction with a fine comb and a moulting comb for a very reasonable price.

The comb is specially designed with a rubber grip – including a thumb grip – which makes it easy to hold and unlikely to slip when being used. The rounded teeth make it a more pleasant, and even pleasurable, experience for your pet.

DDLBiZ Flea Comb

Simple to use flea and tick removing comb with a functional, easy to clean design. The teeth are finely spaced to ensure the parasites are efficiently trapped and quickly removed. Although the comb is suitable for both medium and short-haired dogs, you should make sure that any knots and tangles have been worked out prior to use.

The long teeth make this comb ideal for penetrating each layer of fur and the rounded ends avoid any irritation to the skin. The practical, plastic handle gives it a comfortable grip which is particularly beneficial when it is being used for extended periods of time.

MyTopDog Dog Grooming Comb Pet Hair Remover

This 2-in-1 pet comb and de-shedding tool is a useful grooming tool for both long and short-haired dogs. The two different heads mean that with a single comb you can detangle knots, remove loose hairs in both the top and lower coats, and even eliminate fleas and ticks. All you need to do is flip the head over to move between functions.

The comb is constructed from high quality, durable materials. The teeth are stainless steel and the handle has been formed for comfort. This comb has been constructed to last a lifetime and comes with a satisfaction guarantee.

Shopping Guide: Everything you need to know about dog combs

Dog combs are an essential part of any grooming kit. They are distinct from brushes in that brushes can be used to remove loose hair and to distribute natural oils throughout the coat, maintaining its health and shine; whereas combs are better for dealing with knots and for getting rid of fleas.

Below we have addressed some of the more frequently asked questions about grooming and the use of dog combs:

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What are the advantages of regular grooming?

There are a number of benefits to daily brushing and combing:

  • A beautiful and healthy coat: Dog combs smooth out the hair and keep your dog looking and feeling good. Both brushes and combs distribute natural oils throughout the fur, keeping it shiny, and also stimulate circulation.
  • Fewer knots: Regular combing minimises knots, the importance of this is covered below.
  • Less hair around the house: Removing dead and damaged hair helps to keep your house free from pet hair.
  • Prevention of fleas and other parasites: Grooming enables you to check for the presence of fleas and ticks on your pet. Generally, custom-designed combs are better for this task – and can even be used on short-haired breeds.
  • A strong bond between pet and owner: This kind of hands-on time with your pet will serve to strengthen the relationship between the two of you.

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How should I incorporate a dog comb into my grooming routine?

Before brushing, you should comb your dog using a large comb with wide-spaced teeth. By doing this, you can find and tease out any problematic knots without hurting your pet. In dogs with particularly long or thick coats, the comb often reaches deeper than your average brush allowing for a more thorough result. Fine-toothed combs are then used to remove any smaller tangles, as well as loose hairs. These are also better for use on delicate areas such as the legs, the tail and around the face.

How often should I use a dog comb?

You should be brushing short-haired dogs at least once a week, except in the spring and autumn when they will need doing twice a week. For long-haired dogs, you will need to comb their hair daily to avoid troublesome knots. If you do this you are unlikely to have any problems, even during the moulting season, and your dog will thank you for it!

Is it true that you don’t need to groom poodles?

No, this is not the case. All dogs require regular grooming to keep them neat and healthy. We recommend brushing and combing your dog’s fur daily to prevent discomfort and flea infestation. Base your selection of the best brush and comb on the length and thickness of your dog’s hair.

Which dog comb should I use to groom my short-haired dog?

Short-haired dogs, such as Pinschers and Chihuahuas, do not usually require combing. You can simply brush their fur to collect dead hair and remove parasites. If your pet is very short-haired, it is best to opt for mittens for daily grooming. These will protect your furry friend’s skin from damage. Flea combs that have been specifically designed for short-haired dogs can be used if you see them scratching.

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Which dog comb is best for long-haired dogs?

Long-haired dogs require more care with regards to their grooming and maintenance. Just make sure you select a comb that can fully penetrate your dog’s coat. A wide-tooth comb can be used initially to brush out the worst of the knots and a narrow-tooth comb will remove any that have been missed. Be careful as you work through the tangles, try to avoid pulling on their hair.

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Why is it important to remove knots?

Knots and matted hair can be extremely uncomfortable for your pooch. Not only can they become heavy enough to pull on their skin, but they also collect dirt and dust and are a breeding ground for all manner of bacteria and parasites. These will subsequently be harder to eradicate as knots can obstruct the absorption of anti-parasitic medicines that protect against such pests. Alongside this, poor coat ventilation can make it more difficult for your dog to cool down in the summer months, and tangled hair can reduce the insulating function of their fur to protect against the cold in the winter ones.

Using other tools such as scissors or blades to untangle hair is not recommended, this could lead to an injury if your dog was to move suddenly while you were working on them. A comb with widely spaced teeth is your best bet, and if you cannot get the job done yourself, seek the assistance of a professional groomer or a veterinarian.

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What are some of the different types of dog comb?

There are a wide variety of dog combs available in specialised pet shops or online. It’s useful for you to have an understanding of the specific functions of each type of comb to ensure that you are using them effectively.  Below you can see an overview of a few of the most common types:

Type of dog comb What is it used for
Metal comb This is the most traditional variety of dog comb and it is highly efficient. It has rounded tips to prevent skin injury and irritation and is used to remove dead hair, particularly in long-haired dogs. The best metallic combs are made of stainless steel.
Tear stain remover This is a special type of comb used to get rid of the marks that can form around the eyes on some breeds. They are small and the tips are rounded to avoid damage to sensitive areas.
Cutting comb This comb is used to remove knots in dogs with long hair, especially during moulting season. Its blades are turned inwards to avoid hurting the animal. It should not be used every day because it can leave unsightly patterns on your dog’s coat. In addition, you must learn to use it properly before use.
Flea comb These combs typically have finely spaced teeth specially designed to trap and remove fleas. For this reason, dogs with long hair need to be thoroughly brushed out before you attempt to use this kind of comb on them. Take time to cover each area thoroughly.
Electric comb  Electrical combs are often battery-powered and can be used to get rid of knots and zap parasites such as ticks and fleas. These need to be used slowly and carefully to achieve the best results.

How much do dog combs cost?

As the selection of combs varies, so does the price. However, a quality comb does not have to be expensive – as can be seen from the recommendations provided above. Just keep in mind that the better quality the product, the easier to use it will be and the longer it will last.

The more expensive dog combs, such as the Furminator, can cost up to £30.

What is a Furminator and why is it a popular choice for pet owners?

The Furminator is a wonderful pet hair grooming tool created by Angie Porter. With a stainless-steel blade for removing loose hair, the comb is available in different sizes and models to suit a variety of breeds. It ranges in price from £8 – £30 depending on the specific function required. It’s particularly recommended for use on medium to long-haired dogs, especially in spring and autumn when hair loss is at its peak. The Furminator range is greatly successful in the pet products market because of its high-quality designs, ease-of-use and effectiveness.

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Shopping criteria

There are various factors to consider before purchasing a comb for your pet:

Dog breed and coat type

Make sure that the type of comb you purchase for your dog is appropriate for their breed and the type of coat they have. For instance, you might not be able to use the same comb on a Chow-Chow, a German Shepherd and a Malamute. If in doubt, seek advice from a professional groomer or veterinarian before making your decision.

Size of dog and thickness of fur

Picking a comb also depends on the size of the dog and the thickness of their fur. Generally, the size range is S (small), M (medium) and L (large). You might need a longer-toothed comb if your dog’s fur is particularly thick. Do not overlook this key detail if you wish to avoid having to spend more in the future.


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Function required

Unless purchasing a higher-end item, it’s unlikely that the comb you use for removing knots will be the same as the one you use for getting rid of fleas. Each comb is designed with a particular function in mind. Look for a product that meets your specific needs and be aware that you might need to purchase more than one type of comb.

Durability of product materials

The durability of the dog comb is also an important factor to consider. Look for the best quality one you can get for your budget. It’s always better to buy from a recognised brand. Cheap combs that can be picked up in a supermarket or pound shop are unlikely to last long. Instead, opt for a comb made with high-quality materials so that you can use it for many years to come.


Ergonomics refers to how comfortable a product is to use based on its design. Remember that you may be using some of these combs for an extended period – as with flea combs. Ensure that you get a comb with a good handle to avoid sore hands after use.

User ratings

Checking out the user ratings of each of the products will help you to get a better understanding of their effectiveness. Reviews may also provide some additional technical specifications about the product that could further help you in making your selection.

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Regular grooming is an integral part of pet ownership. It’s important to keep your pet’s fur free from matting and dirt to avoid any discomfort. The frequency of grooming depends on your dog’s breed and coat type, as well as the time of year. During spring and autumn, it is likely that your pet will require more brushing to get rid of loose hair. It’s important to note that dogs with long or curly hair will require daily grooming year-round to maintain a beautiful and healthy coat.

Combs should be used alongside brushes to untangle knots, remove fleas and work on delicate areas such as the face. The designs, functions and prices of combs range greatly. When deciding on your purchase you need to consider which type of comb will best meet the needs of your dog. Pick a comb made from good-quality materials and it will likely last you for many years.

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