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Dog Grooming Combs:  Chose the Best One for Your Dog

Why purchase dog grooming combs, you might ask?  Isn’t a good brush enough to keep my dog looking great?

I had the same question, and I was surprised to find out that all good dog owners need at least one comb and some of us need a variety of combs.  But before you go out and spend your good hard-earned money, read what I found out.

I own a human comb or two, but I always found myself using a brush.  Maybe it was just me, but it did not even occur to me that I needed a comb for my dog.  My first dogs were short-haired shedders that I faithfully brushed to keep the shedding down. 

When I got my first long-haired dog, a Shih Tzu, I realized that just brushing did not always remove all the mats; I decided to start looking into the problem.  That was about 30 years ago.

Now it is easy to find a dog grooming comb that will solve almost any type of dog hair problem. 

Got Fleas, Buy a flea comb
Got mats, purchase a dematting comb
Got a shedder?  Purchase a de-shedding comb
Got a thick undercoat?  Buy an undercoat rake
Got dried tears under the eyes, buy a face comb

Well, that was only the start.  Dog grooming combs come in all sizes, shapes and colors.  You can buy combs with ergonomically appropriate handles. There are handles made of wood, metal, or silicone gel that conforms to your hand.  Then there are combs with no handles at all.   

There are dog grooming combs that have static teeth and those that rotate.  Combs can have teeth spread far apart (coarse) or arranged tightly (fine).  Some combs have both.  Some combs have longer teeth to maneuver through longer coats.  There are even rat-tail combs.  Who would a thought?

Like every other product available in the 21st century, there are so many choices that it makes the average person’s head spin.  Which comb or combs is best for your dog?

Types of Dog Grooming Combs

Not every dog needs one of each of the following combs.  But some breeds need more than one type of comb to keep their coat looking great. 

Flea Combs

If you think you have a flea problem, you can quickly find flea dirt (flea excrement) on a dog’s coat with the use of a flea comb.  These little combs have very fine teeth that would normally not go through a thick coat of hair, but they do separate the hairs well enough to find fleas and their droppings.  These combs also double as a face comb for removing gunk and debris from under the eyes.

Metal Combs

Dog Grooming Combs Made of Metal: Your Choices

  • Greyhound or Ones with Handles
  • Choice of Handles
  • Greyhounds have round or flat spines
  • Face/finishing, Fine, Medium, Coarse, Extra Coarse
  • Static teeth or Rotating Teeth
  • Anti-static coated or Plain

These dog grooming combs come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and even colors. Some have uniform teeth of all one size and others are two sided.  Combs without handles are generally referred to as Greyhound combs. Each comb is all-metal with either round or flat spines and comes in two sizes:


Others come in extra-coarse and fine/finishing.  These are all good for fluffy coats, removing dead hair and small mats.  Most of these combs have static pins, but you can purchase ones with rotating pins.  The rotating pins seem to move easier through the hair and prevent less hair from being pulled out by the roots.  These combs are good if you are growing out your dog’s coat and want to avoid any hair loss.   

Others have handles made of wood, bamboo, molded plastic or different types of gel that feel right in your hands. The ergonomically designed handles reduce the strain and fatigue of repetitive actions especially when you are de-matting a coat.  They are definitely a plus if you have problems with your hands or wrists.  

Whether you prefer ones with or without handles is a matter of personal preference.  
If you have problems with static electricity, then you will want to find a comb coated with a chemical that will prevent flyaway hair.

De-matting Combs

These dog grooming combs have much fewer teeth spread widely apart.  The teeth are sharper for cutting through and removing mats.  If other methods of removing mats do not work, a dematting comb will do the job. 


I am adding this product on my dog comb page because they work great at removing hairs before the dog sheds his coat all over your furniture.

FURmanators have been designed to work on dogs or cats.  They use a stainless steel design that looks like the undercoat rake but comes in many different sizes.  The handles is ergonomically correct, making deshedding comfortable for anyone.  

They were designed for dogs that are heavy shedders and for that purpose they work great.  Getting the hang of using a Furmanator can be challenging to some, because a little too much pressure on the skin can cause skin irritation.

Undercoat Rakes

These dog grooming combs, also called de-matting rakes are good at getting through thick hair with dogs that have a dense undercoat.  Called a rake because it resembles the garden rake variety, the teeth are spread farther apart than the average comb.  Some come with uniform teeth and others have alternating sizes where every other tooth is longer than the one next to it.

Rubber Curry Combs

Rubber Curry Comb (Some call this a brush) is a soft tool that massages the skin and removes dead hairs on short-haired dogs. This tool can be used in the bath or on a dry dog to massage the skin.   It helps reduce the amount of hair that would normally shed out, especially during seasonal shedding periods.

Dog Grooming Combs Recomendations

These are my recommendations for the best value in combs.  I base these recommendations on personal use and discussions from others.  The products I like are reasonably priced, sturdy and comfortable to use and are meant to last.

The products can be purchased directly from Amazon from this page and I do receive a small commission when someone buys from my site.  This helps cover the costs associated with keeping this site up and running.

Flea Combs

Oster Animal Care Comb & Protect Flea Comb for Cats
  • Easy to handle and use
  • Metal teeth work better than plastic teeth on dogs
  • Reasonably Priced

Greyhound Combs

Andis Pet 7-1/2-Inch Steel Comb (65730)
  • Overall well constructed comb
  • Use to remove tangles, loose hairs, mats and dirt
  • Excellent for medium to long haired dogs
  • Comfortable to use
  • Reasonably priced
Conair Dog Comb with Memory Gel Grip, Medium
  • This one has a very nice feel in your hands
  • Good for Smoothing, removing tangles and mats, and fluffing
  • Very reasonably priced
Master Grooming Tools Steel Ultimate Coarse Pet Comb with Wooden Handle, 9-1/2-Inch
  • Great for thick and long coated dogs
  • Extra long teeth to get down into the undercoat
  • Comfortable wooden Handle
  • Good Value

De-matting Combs

MDF Rainbow De-matting Comb for Dogs
  • Comfortable to Use
  • Removes mats and large tangles
  • Doesn't hurt skin
  • Great for long-haired dogs that tend to mat easily
  • Reasonably priced


FURminator Short Hair deShedding Tool for Dogs, Giant

This links to a page where you choose whether your dog has short or long hair and what size you prefer. 

  • Has an ejector button that removes the hair from the tool.
  • Ergonomic handle
  • Most costly than other types of combs, but reduces shedding much better

Undercoat Rake

Andis Pet Flexible Dog Rake (65735)
  • Correct size for small to medium dogs
  • Removes dead hair from undercoat and topcoat
  • Flexible spring-mounted pins
  • Rotating Teeth prevent hair from being pulled
  • Reasonably priced

Just for Puppies

Li'l Pals Double-Sided Purple and Green Grooming Comb for Dogs, Extra Small
  • Intended for use on puppies, but works great on small dogs too
  • Double sized with fine and coarse teeth
  • Use for removing tangles, fluffing, and around the face and under eyes
  • Reasonably priced

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