Sheltie Nation

FURminator meets Sheltie…

Written by guest author & Sheltie Nation member, Jorge Hurtado.

Luna likes to go to the local dog park here in Gainesville.  Over the past couple of weekends, Luna’s friends kept talking about a grooming product called the FURminator.  Crystal (my fiancée) and I had never heard of the FURminator.  We went in to the dog park gift shop where they had a few on sale. We had to check out what this latest craze was.

FURminatorThe FURminator is a grooming tool which resembles a fine tooth comb.  It looked promising until we noticed the price on the FURminator.  The smallest tool (the tool we eventually purchased) is a 1.7 inch edge FURminator with a hefty price tag of $35.00.  The medium (2.6 inch edge) and the large (4 inch edge) went for $42.00 and $49.00, respectively.  We’re college students so the price tag was somewhat steep for us.  Since everyone was raving out the FURminator, I went ahead and did a bit of research on the web.

First, I headed to the FURminator website.  On their website, they showed pictures of dogs (and cats) after a session with the FURminator.  Globs and globs of loose fur laid around the dogs.  The site itself was very informational with pictures and a video as to how the FURminator works.  It almost seemed too good to be true so I went ahead and did a little more research on sites such as Amazon and Petsmart.  For every 100 reviews on the tool, I could only find one or two which may have been considered a negative review.

I went ahead and searched around for the FURminator on the internet.   I was able to find the cheapest price on Amazon.  At the time of purchase, the small 1.7 inch tool (we figured that would be best for Luna) went for $25.99, about $10 less than most places we searched. We ordered one for Luna and waited a few days for it to arrive.

Sheltie about to be groomedA few days passed and UPS arrived with our new grooming tool.  After coming home from work, we opened the box and inside was a plain plastic bag sealed with a FURminator cardboard tag.  Inside the plastic bag were directions on how to use the FURminator.  The first thing we noticed in the directions was the following:  Because the FURminator deShedding tool will extract an abundance of hair, position your dog or cat in an area that is easy to sweep or vacuum. We decided to take Luna into the bathroom since it’s tiled and easy to vacuum.  Here’s Luna preparing for a date with the FURminator.

Sheltie furball after groomingLuna’s always been a good dog when it comes to grooming.  (It does help when you start at an early age.)  After 30 minutes of brushing with the FURminator, here’s Luna wondering where it all came from.

The FURminator claims that as a result of regular brushing (twice a week for about 20 minutes each session), shedding is kept to a minimum and as a result your vacuum (or broom) will love you for it.  After using the FURminator for a week, I can confidently say that the amount of hairballs and loose hair on our carpet and inside our cars has definitely been much less than normal.  It’s very easy to know when it’s time to brush again because your seats begin to turn sable (or blue/black for those with more exotic Shelties!). 

Luna loves the FURminator.  She stands and laughs during the whole process.  Luna has dry hair along her back legs and tail but since using the FURminator her hair’s been much more smooth and healthy looking.  The rest of her coat feels almost silky and has a nice glow to it.  Mind you Luna is a smaller than average Sheltie so the amount of fur will vary between her and your Sheltie, but the amount of fur we still removed was incredible.  The price of the FURminator was more than worth it.  My only regret is not knowing about it until now (I believe it’s been out a year already).

Overall, the FURminator’s a wonderful tool to help curb shedding.  It won’t stop it completely, but it has helped tremendously.  The amount of hair not on our clothes, couches, car seats, floors, etc. has decreased considerably.  We’ve been able to vacuum our apartment without having to change the bag multiple times!  If you need help with your Sheltie shedding, try the FURminator.  The price is well worth it (and if you don’t like it, it does come with a 30 day money back guarantee!).

Thanks Jorge – we would be interested to hear other members comments on this product too!

If you are interested in purchasing a FURminator – Amazon has the best pricing.

8 Responses »

  1. I concur that this is not the best thing to use on double coated dogs. I know that I can brush my dogs with a pin brush or an undercoat rake and get tons of hair off them, and if I were to brush them at least every 2 weeks, the shedding would be much less. I think I would recommend this to my sister with her cocker spaniel, I think that is just the thing for her!

  2. I can’t say I’ma fan of this product on double coated breeds. It acts more like a stripping tool than a undercoat rake. We use it at the vet office I work at and tried it on my own dog. Half her guardhairs were broken off by the time I was done. I got more undercoat removed with my english moulting comb (the kind with alternating length teeth and cost me $11) than I did with the Furminator. Works great on terriers and some retievers though

  3. In the second pic, Luna looks like she’s saying, “yup, that’s mine alright and I’m proud”.

  4. i ordered the furminator a few days ago for my 2 dogs (border collie and mini-aussie) and 2 cats. I am praying the loose hairs on the floor will be less!!!

  5. Actually, I’m not a fan of this product. It’s really just a truncated #10 clipper blade, which means that it can easily cut/strip the hair instead of just removing the undercoat. I agree with the undercoat rake, but also a good slicker brush and a good steel comb are in order (preferably by greyhound or whippet.) There are sites all over the web that show you how to use these tools properly.

  6. i got it and i love it!!

  7. ~ I actually prefer using the long-handled *SHED ENDER* comb style tool rather than the *FURMINATOR* rake style tool for my pair of Sheltie sisters and that one costs around ($10.00) They are entirely identical grooming tools, only their styles are different… one is a rake / one is a comb, but they both have the exact same little serrated blade. ~ Shelti

  8. I’d also recommend (for $6) this undercoat rake: http://grooming.petedge.com/Master-Grooming-Tools-Ergonomic-Double-Row-Undercoat-Rake-TP25106.pro?parentCategoryId=190&categoryId=214&subCategoryId=276 I was able to fill a box with Coda’s hair and I too notice fewer clumps around the house.

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