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Eddie, my lovely black cocker spaniel has a gorgeous coat. We really like to look after it, its lovely and shiny thanks to his Science Plan diet and the fact that we brush him at the end of each day. His coat is fairly short as he is a working cocker and not a show cocker but the fur on his ears is long and curly. It's gorgeous but it does need quite a bit of work to stop it matting and this brush is great for that. The thing I like about this brush is that it has two sides and means you can tackle both parts of Eddie, his soft short coat and also his long shaggy ears and you do not need two brushes taking up valuable room in your cupboard. Its nice when we go away as well to just have to remember one brush and not lots of grooming tools. The brush is wooden and has an oval head. To me it looks like a regular hair brush and a lot like the one I use myself! On one side there are lots of little wire bristles. These have little plastic caps on the top of them so when you do pull it through the hair it does not prick or pinch the skin which is nice. These wire bristles are quite tough and so this is the side we use on his ears to really work on the tangles. Its amazing how tangled Eddie's ears can get with just one run in the woods near us. We do find quite a bit of matting in his ears but this brush is really good at working through that and getting to the start of the problem. I find the best way to use this brush is to hold the ear and work the tangle at the very top of it, the root and allow the bristles to really work the tangle. As they are metal they get into the tangle well and pull it out. Eddie does look a bit uncomfortable when we do his ears but when it comes to brushing his coat he absolutely loves it. On the other side of the brush is a bristled side where the bristles are thicker and more in number and looks more like a brush you would use on a horse or dog. These bristles work to get rid of any dirt in Eddie's coat and also smooth out his fur. He gets a lot of dirt when he goes out for a walk and ok, he is not a white dog but mud and leaves do still show up quite a lot on a black furred dog so its important to brush it out. I find this side works really well and it only takes one brush to get rid of some mud that has dried and stuck to his coat. After he has had a good brush he looks really distinguished and very handsome. On our walks Eddie regularly gets regularly parsed for his good looking coat and its nice to hear things like that about your dog. Brushing also helps to aid circulation and keep fur shiny and beautiful so its a really nice thing to be able to do for your dog. This brush is really cheap, I think it cost under £5 from Pets at Home and has worked well for us and Eddie.