The entire brush is made of a single piece of wood, being just over 200mm long, with 110mm of that being the handle, which is is a good 25mm in diameter for a better grip.
The brushing head itself is about 70mm wide and 90mm long, with the entire brush being about 20mm thick, excluding the brushes as these stick out of the brush head with the metal prong side sticking out by about 30mm and the softer brush side being about 35mm sticking out. This side rests on a rubber dome that bounces up and down as you brush.
The softer side is for soft brushing, giving the dog a nice, massaging brush, taking the loose fur from the body, leaving a shiny coat and a less stress out dog.
The other side, the metal prong side, is more for de-furring the dog as this one really does get the loose hairs from the body, taking some fixed hairs two. You can actually here he prongs ripping through the hair. This side may sound like it hurts the dog but my dig seems to prefer this side, rather than the softer side. He tends to relax more when I pull the prongs through his fur, taking the loose hair from him, and some of the 'not so loose'. He just sits there, head up in the air as if the brush is scratching a sever itch. The ends of each prong is covered with what can only be described as melted plastic so that the prongs do not pierce the dogs skin.
The handle is a simple shape, but it really does give a good grip, and as the handle and the head are one piece there is no danger of the thing splitting in the middle.
Both sides are designed to brush over your dog, or cat, or rabbit, or budgie... although maybe not the budgie... and as the bristles go over the fur they drag the loose hair away, with the metal side getting deeper into the fur, which is great for those dogs that have more hair than body. Neither side seems to hurt my dog, or he doesn't show he's in any form of pain, as his body language shows he's loving the attention, so I don't suspect the brush if likely to hurt any dog really. Which is nice.
The price of this brush is a mere £5 from most good pet supply shops. And for £5 you can't go wrong.
My dg has a slightly wiry scruffy coat which takes a lot of grooming as without it in a couple of days he goes from looking cute to looking like a street dog. I tried loads of brushes before finding this one and they just weren’t suitable for his coat because the bristles weren’t strong enough to penetrate it.
This one is excellent for his type of coat as it is a double sided brush with one side having wire bristles which are able to get through the top layer of his fur and actually comb it through and the other side has nylon bristles which help to smooth out his coat once I have used the wire side.
The wire side really helps to remove all the loose hair from his undercoat and I always get loads of hair on it when I have brushed him with this brush. The nylon one does a great job of just tidying him up and smoothing his coat out and making it shiny. I also love the nylon side because it is great at brushing off the dried on mud that he seems to collect every time that we go a walk. It just helps me keep him clean without having to bath him all the time.
It is also a really good quality brush with a wooden handle instead of cheap plastic and the bristles are really stuck in well to the brush so they don’t come loose when you are brushing with it. I only paid something like 3.00 for this brush so it wasn’t overly expensive and I have paid more previously for brushes which were nowhere near as good or suitable for his type of coat.
Between this and the furminator comb that I have I can keep my boy looking cute instead of scruffy and unkempt and I would really recommend it for owners with wiry type dogs as you need a much stronger brush for these types of dogs and this is the best one that I have found so far.
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.