Furminator Review | The Best Dog Brushes and Deshedding Tools
By Natasha Hoover (Connor and Luna helped, too!)
Do you have a Furminator?
Does the Furminator Dog Deshedding Tool Work?
When I first heard of the Furminator, I thought maybe it was some new ab workout video series. It is not, in fact, a 10 minutes to your best body plan. It's much better - it actually works!
Don't let the goofy name or somewhat unprofessional packaging fool you. The Furminator really does work. I have an Alaskan Husky and a Husky/German Shepherd mix, and this is the only brush or deshedding tool that can keep up with their fur. Don't believe me? Stick around meet the contestants and see the evidence.
How do you Deal with a Husky's Fur?!
My sister recently asked me to not carry my dogs in her car without protecting the seats with a blanket or a sheet. Funny thing is, I have never put the dogs in my sister's car! That's how much fur sticks to my clothing and falls off me wherever I go. When people started assuming my dogs had been places they hadn't, I realized it was time to make a change.
Dogs shed. You can't prevent it. I happen to own two double-coated, very furry dogs who shed a 'slightly' year round, but really blow their coats in spring and fall. Why they shed in preparation for fall is beyond me, but they do.
I've tried all the traditional tips and tricks for combating shedding. I've washed them with special shampoo, combed them while they're wet, fed them dietary supplements allegedly designed to reduce shedding, and tried a variety of other dog combs. I was hesitant to try the Furminator because it has a goofy name and kind of uninspiring packaging. Finally, fed up with everything else that didn't work, I purchased the large (4") Furminator for dogs. It was one of the best purchases I've ever made for my dogs.
While I bought the 4" model, The Furminator is available in smaller sizes for smaller pets, and even comes in cat sizes, too. You can also purchase a Furminator with a "fur rejector,' which seems to be a bar that makes it easier to remove fur from the comb's teeth. I personally don't have any trouble simply removing the fur on my own, but this could be a convenient feature for others.
The Furminator Works
The picture to the right is the pile of fur that came off my boy dog in one Furminator session! As you can see, the fur has actually been compacted a little. If the fur were left loose, the pile would be even larger.
The Furminator works by carefully combing the dog's coat and removing lose, dead fur. The tines are designed to reach through the wirey outer coat to snag the loose fluffy undercoat during spring and fall shedding seasons. Just as brushing or combing your own hair removes dead strands that have yet to separate themselves from the pack, so to speak, this comb gets rid of all the excess fur that clings to your pet, waiting to stick to you and your furniture. The Furminator does not cut your dog's coat. It also does not pull out living fur. As a result, using the Furminator is painless for your pet. I haven't heard a single yelp of surprise from my guys!
Because the comb reaches into the coat to remove as much fur as possible, this comb works much better than more traditional dog combs. These other combs, like the bent loop "Shedding Blade" type comb, only groom the top coat. This may be fine if you have a short haired, single coated dog, but it doesn't' work for the dogs with serious fur.
Cons and Things you Need to Know about the Furminator
The Furminator is the only dog comb I've tried that really, truly extracts a meaningful amount of hair and cuts down on subsequent shedding. However, there are a few things you need to know about the comb.
The first time you brush your dog with the Furminator, it will probably take a long time to remove all the dead fur. It might literally take an hour, or even two, of effort if you haven't combed the dog in a long time. Quite honestly, I could have collected even more fur than what is shown above if I hadn't gotten too bored to continue!
Because my dogs are very furry, I basically had to clean the blade after every pass, which increased the amount of time it took to groom my pets.
The Furminator is a comb with small, pointy tines. It comes packaged with a plastic cap to cover these tines - keep this cover! Store your Furminator with the protecting cap in place or you or your pet may end up with a bleeding paw, food, or hand. If you step on this barefooted, you will hurt yourself. Granted, you probably shouldn't store pet grooming tools on the floor, but accidents happen.
How do you reduce your dog's shedding?
Have a long haired cat? There's a Furminator for that! The large cat comb is specifically designed for felines with very long fur.
The Furminator is for Dogs and Cats
There are Furminator models in all different sizes to groom your pet dog or cat. I haven't tried the cat version of the Furminator, but it is basically just a smaller version of the dog model, so it should work just as well.
If you have been struggling to control your pet's shedding, the Furminator is the only comb I can recommend. After 5 years of husky ownership, I think I've tried just about everything! If you regularly comb your dog with the Furminator, and keep combing for long enough to remove all excess dead fur, you can dramatically reduce your pet's ability to shed on your furniture, clothing, and floors.