I Love My Hairy Dog, But… (FURminator Review)

by Barb S. on January 15, 2011

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I always say that with longhaired dogs, at least you can SEE the hair to pick out of your salad! But seriously, who likes all that fur flying around, when there is an easy way to keep it under control – just with regular grooming?

FURminator deShedding Tool

FURminator deShedding Tool

I recently tried the amazing new FURminator and although I have had a chance to try most of the FURminator products we carry, I REALLY love the features these new ones have AND the benefits my dog and I gain from using it.

Newfoundlands all have water-resistant double coats, but not all Newf coats are created equal. Some top coats are thick and stay-put, some (like my Newf, Rudder) have a finer top coat that snarls and tangles easily, especially behind the ears, under the front legs, and in the groin area. Keeping these areas tangle-free is essential for Rudder’s comfort. The skin is delicate in these places and matted hair pulls on this skin, can cause redness, and even sores if the mats are allowed to remain.

The new FURminator is keyed for an individual dog’s size and fur length – either short or long. The new Giant FURminator is actually a full inch larger than previous large FURminators and really allows me to get at more of Rudder’s coat at one time – that’s a HUGE time saver. I chose the one geared for longhaired dogs, and it can really get deep into the undercoat to remove dead (often smelly) fur.

The FURminator removes handfuls of loose pet hair and undercoat in minutes for a healthier coat.

The FURminator removes handfuls of loose pet hair and undercoat in minutes for a healthier coat.

I also like the one-handed cleaning feature, which the last FURminator also had – just press the button and the fur drops right out of the tool.  I have to admit, at first I thought this might be a silly feature – what was the deal with pulling hair out of the tool with the other hand? Buttttttttttttt…. when I really got into a grooming session, and had to hold Rudder still with one hand, I realized what a boon this feature was.

Here is an actual photo of Rudder after a short FURminator session with all the hair it removed. Keep in mind that I actually just had him professionally groomed last week (a Christmas present for myself). This photo makes me happy because I realize how much less fur there will be in my vacuum bag or floating around ready to land in my soup!

Other Dog Grooming Posts:

  • Dog Shedding – What’s Normal & Shed Control Tips.
  • How to Trim Your Dog’s Nails – Learn when and how to trim your dog’s nails with step-by-step instructions.
  • Nail Clipping Time! – Does your dog hide when you get the nail clipper out? Tips to get your dog to actually enjoy nail clipping time!

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*Limit: one FURminator per person. No purchase is necessary to participate. You should be a legal resident of the United States and 18 years or older. Void where prohibited. Shipping to winner will be supplied by Drs. Foster and Smith. To see who won, go to http://www.dfs-pet-blog.com/2011/01/furminator/. Sponsor: Foster & Smith, Inc., P.O. Box 100, Rhinelander, WI 54501-0100. Employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter.


About the author: Barb is a Certified Veterinary Technician with degrees in Journalism and German Studies from the University of Minnesota. She lives happily in the northwoods of Wisconsin with her Newfoundland, Rudder, her tuxedo cat, Max, and her adopted cockatiel, Frank. Barb is Senior Copywriter for Drs. Foster and Smith and has been with the company since 1999. See more articles by Barb S.

{ 67 comments… read them below or add one }

Janet S. January 16, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I have two dogs (Samoyed/Border Collie mix), one cat (DSH), and one lionhead rabbit. I just tried this product in October and love, love, LOVE it!!!! It is well worth the money (…and even better if you guys win one). For anyone who doesn’t win, I highly recommend getting one!

Darlene Harbick January 16, 2011 at 8:21 pm

I need a Furminator to replace the one we gave away! When our 12-year old cocker spaniel died last February, I was heartbroken and swore we’d never get another dog. Well, we adopted Emma, a 22 pound cocker spaniel, from the rescue in October. She’s a joy, but her white and buff hair is everywhere. It’s even clinging to the screen of my computer as I write this. Anywhere from an inch to two inches long, you wouldn’t think it would have the effect it does when it’s so short. We loved our old Furminator, but my sister doesn’t want to give it back.

Lisa Hallquist January 16, 2011 at 8:26 pm

I have a beautiful Golden that sheds like crazy! But my reason for wanting to win a Furminator isn’t for my dog. I think it would be great to win and donate to a local dog rescue so they can give their dogs a little special grooming. Every little bit helps:)

Tonya Albers January 16, 2011 at 8:47 pm

My dog Kaiser is a big (100 lbs or so), beautiful 12 year old Golden Retriever who is actually doing his spring (2010) shed right now. Yes, he sheds VERY late in the year. It seems it has been getting later and later every year. This time of year is not a good time to be shedding, not only because of the cold temperatures here in WI, but also because the huge 3″ long clumps of hair are getting everywhere (house, car, yard, garage)! When mixed with snow, this is not fun to clean up! But we still adore our big loveable guy and would very much like to give him the awesome grooming that these Furminator brushes seem to give! :) We also have two larger cats (one of which does not like to groom herself), and plenty of fleece blankets and clothing in our house (soooo much cat fur on them!). We definitely need to get a Furminator for the cats too!

Dory January 16, 2011 at 8:52 pm

I have three twelve year old cats with long haired coats. All three are from a litter of orphans I bottle fed from two days old. They are large, with wonderfully dense, fluffy tuxedo coats, loaded with undercoat in Winter. You can just imagine the shedding that goes on in my household. The two girls are fairly easy to groom, as they enjoy grooming. But the boy, Moe, has a coat that mats much more, making the job a difficult daily chore. I am sure the FURminator will be the perfect tool for my grooming needs for all three of my furry family members. I have purchased from Doctors Foster & Smith for years, and trust the products they carry are the very best. Drs F&S have never let me down.

Bob Metcalfe January 16, 2011 at 9:48 pm

I have a rescued 1 year old male Boxer named Bauer who is an absolutely awesome dog. Because of his high level of stress when we leave the house, he sheds pretty decently. He also loves to rub/jump as soon as we get in the door. Typically not a problem, except for the fact that he doesn’t care if its on my suit or my jeans. Everyone wears a suit right? Unfortunately, I’m in front of thousands of people each and every night as a television meteorologist. Bottom line is that the lint rollers can only do so much for me… I’d like to stop this problem before it begins!

Diane Ballum January 16, 2011 at 10:01 pm

I have 2 long haired cats, one who has a double coat. He is about 15 pounds of fluffy chocolate brown fir. He loves to be brushed, as long as you are not trying to brush out clumps!!! Needless to say, thanx to his winter under coat, he is full of clumps. I can manage removing one or two, before he gets upset and runs. It sounds like I need the FURminator to assist me in grooming my favorite boy, Koko. My other cat, Kami, does shed, but does not clump, thank goodness!

Jeanne Cordell January 16, 2011 at 10:14 pm

When we moved my Mother in with us we combined all of our animals. All of them are indoor
Outdoor animals but sleep in the house at night for safety reasons. We have 3 long haired cats and a great white pyre.who has become my husbands self appointed service dog. She is about 100 lbs
And about 4ft long.

shelia love January 16, 2011 at 10:43 pm

I have a 50 pound Cocker Spaniel that as his hair grows out he turns into a hairball ! I get him groomed about 3 to 4 times a year because I just love his hair short,its just so much neater,but when his hair grows out and curls….here comes all that hair swirling around when you walk across the floor…..

Shadow Benton January 17, 2011 at 5:36 am

I have three inch fur plus a very heavy, extremely dense undercoat. It takes Mom an hour or two every day! to brush me. I’m a big girl (24 pounds) with hip dysplaasia and oh, I have black fur. And it’s everywhere. When I playfight with my bio mom, also a black long hair, you can’t imagine the fur that goes flying! My human mom is allergic and we have quite a set up when she brushes me. We really really REALLY need a FURminator!
Meowrrrrrrrrrrrr. Please!!

Mary January 17, 2011 at 6:26 am

I have a 12 year old 130 lb. Old English Sheepdog. These dogs mat very easily, just turn your head around and there one is! His coat is about 6 inches long right now and maybe longer, so at times the mats are hard to find. I would love to try one of these, I have heard a lot about the “FURrminator”

thomas martin January 17, 2011 at 7:23 am

We have a pug and a newfoundland. We use a Furminator on both
even though the pug has short hair. The newfie weighs about 160 and his
hair length is approx. 4 to 5 inches. I get a trash can full of hair at each
brushing (every other day). We love the older Furminator.

brittany January 17, 2011 at 7:58 am

I have a rough coated collie and a newfoundland mix. I have always wanted a furminator, but the price is too high!

Christina January 17, 2011 at 9:05 am

I would love this for my carpet! I’ve got 2 doggies about 25 and 32 lbs with medium length hair. Thanks!

Melanie January 17, 2011 at 11:35 am

We could definitely use a furminator to use as a piece to one of our silent auction baskets! Our bullypalooza is coming February 19th!

Ellen B. January 17, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Thanks to all who participated in our FURminator giveaway! The 2 winners are Leo and his dog Star, and Elizabeth and her dog Fontaine. I will email you both to get your shipping information.

Didn’t win? Watch our Facebook page for another chance! http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/DrsFosterAndSmith Will start later today.

Akio Ito January 21, 2011 at 12:37 am

OMG… I must get my hands on a Furminator, especially when you have sibes that shed enough fur to make a husky-down pillow!

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