I was sent a Furminator Dual Brush to try out.
I asked my daughter, Pam, (Pammybean to her fans) to try it on her dogs, my granddoggies. They have more serious fur issues than my guys. And my daughter is camera-literate.
As someone with two small dogs with an ungainly amount of fur, I need a brush that is small but effective, simple to store and easy to use. I was happy to test this brush to see if it would meet my needs.
The Furminator Dual Brush is a two-sided brush with ½” pin bristles on one side, and nylon bristles on the other. According to Furminator, the pin bristle side “works great on long coated dogs. The flexible bristles and padded base is [sic] very comfortable on the dog’s sensitive skin.” The nylon bristle side is “an excellent all around brush that can be used on dogs of almost every type of coat.” The handle is black rubber and seems shaped for the hand. It comes with a two-piece protective cover.
Test subject #1: Sammy (aka Butter-boy)
As Furminator predicted in its product description, the dual brush worked very well on Sammy’s short, wiry fur. We started with the pin bristle side. Much of his excess fur was captured, without pulling his fur or making him uncomfortable.
Switching to the nylon bristle side, I found it also picked up quite a lot of fur. But I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to pull the fur off the brush to dispose of it. I own a large, oval-shaped nylon brush I’ve given up using because it’s impossible to clean. Maybe the size or the triangle shape is an improvement.
Test Subject #2: Daisy Fox (aka Trouble)
Aww! Pam! How can you call this sweet-looking Pomeranian mix “Trouble”? Because she has an undercoat, and when it’s shedding season, she leaves gigantic mounds of loose fur all over the house. By the way, shedding season seems to happen any time of the year, summer or winter. See? Trouble.
Anyway, the pin bristles of the Furminator worked as well as can be expected when you’re talking gigantic mounds of loose fur that need to come out. But the nylon bristle side did not work on her long fur and undercoat.
What I expected to like:
The ergonomically-correct brush handle was terrific and spoiled me almost immediately. It made it quick and easy to maneuver the brush, without fatigue. Both sides of the brush worked well and the dogs seemed to find them comfortable.
What I was surprised to like:
The nylon bristle side was surprisingly easy to clean.
What could be improved:
Furminator includes a two-piece protective cover. But as hard as I tried, I could not get the cover to snap together.
So, all in all, this is a terrific brush, especially for use on dogs with short or medium-length fur of all types.
The Curry Comb
This is a tool that can be used between serious brushings on short and medium hair. It removes dust and loose hair and stimulates the production of natural oils in the coat. Comfortable to use and dogs love it.