As all dog parents know, you can’t just settle for any old brush when it’s time for a groomin’. While this applies to any breed, it’s especially true when you have a doodle and need a brush that can effectively manage her thick curls and cords. The best brush for goldendoodles allows you to thoroughly de-tangle her hair, while not hurting her.
Chloe and I are taking a look at the Chris Christensen Oval Pin Brush, which happens to be a popular choice among goldendoodle owners. Together, we examined how this brush held up in a mommy-dogger (dog-daughter) brushing session. But first, here is a video of us unboxing the Chris Christensen brush and giving our very first impressions of it.
About this Best Brush for Goldendoodles
As mentioned, the best brush for goldendoodles needs to be one that’s capable of handling thick, curly/corded hair. And that’s what the Chris Christensen Oval Pin Brush aims to provide. With 27 mm pins, the Chris Christensen brush is well suited for both short and long-haired dogs.
A great brush also shouldn’t make our dog wince every time we brush her. This brush features grounded, polished tips, which run smooth on the skin. In the video above, I do “the tip test” where I run the brush down my own arm, so be sure to watch and see how I react to that!
The brush itself is about 8.5 inches long. I found that it grips easily in my hands. The body is made of beech wood, making it an attractive brush that will make a statement in any dog parent’s collection. But the real question was whether or not the brush held up to the hype of other reviewers and its promises.
Brushing the Dog
Historically, Chloe has NOT been a fan of being brushed. I think it’s because all her old brushes were cheap and harsh on the skin. So, she was reluctant to give this brush a try, but I admit – I bribed her with some treats 🙂
If you don’t want to read about it, watch our demo video below!
Right off the bat, the first thing I noticed is how soft and smooth the wooden handle is. It sort of gives off a calming vibe…like you should be extra kind and gentle while brushing your dog, and treat the brushing session as a bonding session.
The brush is also very light in weight! Which was surprising since it’s made of wood.
This brush really feels super high-quality and durable. For the price, I would hope that it would be high-quality.
How it Feels When Brushing
The pins are equally smooth, yet sturdy. It really doesn’t take a lot of pressure to run the brush through a dog’s coat. And, they feel amazing! Not only can Chloe attest to this (just look at her face in the video above!), but before the brush got too dirty, I tried it on myself, as well…and it was amazing. I’ve actually never enjoyed brushing my own hair, but using this brush was seriously like getting a scalp massage. Maybe it’s a little strange – or not – but for a second I thought about ordering one of these brushes for myself! 😀
How Well Does it Detangle?
While brushing Chloe, I noticed that the brush effectively helped coax out many of the tangles, curls, and cords that had settled through her hair. As mentioned in the demo video above, the only problem I experienced was that while brushing her for the very first time using this brush, my arm was getting such a workout! It’s probably because I just never brushed her before (because she hated it), so the tangles and cords just all built up. Funny enough, this isn’t even a complaint about the brush itself!
After the very first brushing session, though, the brush has been consistently gliding easily through her hair. I’ve now been using this brush a few times a week for a few months, and she never seems uncomfortable. In fact, I think she looks forward to getting brushed because when I start, she will flip onto her back so I can get her belly. So unlike other brushes I’ve used on her, I’m certain that the Chris Christen Oval Pin Brush doesn’t irritate Chloe or cause her any pain.
Other Peoples’ Opinions of the Brush
The brush’s Amazon purchase page has many reviews that echo my sentiments.
“I was worried about the metal pins at first but this brush turned out to be my dog’s favorite. He loves the backscratch that he gets! The pins are grounded in a standard soft padding that allows the pins a little ‘give’. It does a fantastic job at daily upkeep of a thick coat.”
“This cuts through my dog’s long, wavy, fluffy, Shih-Tzu/Bichon hair like a hot knife through butter! It doesn’t comb out serious matts, but it really prevents them well.”
Summing It Up
Overall, I have to say that the Chris Christensen Oval Pin Brush definitely surpassed my expectations. With a light body and polished metal tips, it does a great job at handling our daily brushing routine. For what it’s worth, the Chris Christensen brush might be the best brush for goldendoodles on the market today, and I highly recommend it!