Dog Breed Info

Brush Phase

About Brushing the Coat Type
To begin the brushing phase for the tight curly coat type, brush the shortest coated areas first and then go to the longer coated areas and begin line brushing with a slicker or a pin brush with the lay of coat to prepare for the finishing phase. After line brushing an area, check the coat with a wide tooth comb to assure that all matting has been removed.

When brushing the tight curly coated breeds the actual length will dictate the choice of brushes that you use when maintaining a show trim to prevent damaging the coat. Basically, the best rule to follow when choosing a brush for the tight curly coat type is the longer the coat the softer the brush should be.

Brushing a coat for the show ring is accomplished by using a slicker brush in a very methodical manner to line brush the coat with the lay to prevent matting but to leave enough undercoat to allow for maximum volume. During the finishing phase, a pin brush is used to brush the coat against the lay to create volume such as the signature head style of the Poodle in a Continental or English Saddle Show Trim.

For the average pet trim, line brushing during this phase, using a slicker brush removes more undercoat than the pin and prepares this coat for the finishing phase.

The coreded coat is not brushed during this phase.


Brushing Technique Pet: Line Brush Long Coat; Comb Long Coat; Brush Short Coat; Comb Short Coat

Brushing Tools Pet: Comb; Slicker Brush


Brushing Products: Moisturizing Spray

Brushing Direction: Against Lay of Coat; With Coat Growth
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