Basenji fur and shedding
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  • This is for any new people wondering about Basenji shedding. I'm not a professional groomer but this is what I've found. Some Basenjis have very small short hairs and others have longer thicker fur. Both shed but much less than most dogs. You still need to groom and stimulate the coat even though it's short.
    For Basenjis with the very small short hairs I use a rubber curry comb like on a horse.


    Curry comb. I found that a regular comb or brush didn't seem to get those little loose hairs like the one pictured.

    For the thicker longer haired ones I found this to be good. It's called the Furminator.


    Furminator.


    This is what I brushed out of Buddy this morning who has the longer thicker fur using the furminator.

    Some people use different combs/brushes so what ever works to pick up the loose hair/fur is good.

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  • I have used the rubber one that you have a picture of for years and years…. I have worn out the "nubs"... ggg, they work great.. and another great way they work especially when they are blowing coat is a nice warm bath and then use the rubber curry on the wet Basenjis... you really get tons of hair out

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  • @tanza:

    I have used the rubber one that you have a picture of for years and years…. I have worn out the "nubs"... ggg, they work great.. and another great way they work especially when they are blowing coat is a nice warm bath and then use the rubber curry on the wet Basenjis... you really get tons of hair out

    Me too:D

    Note to self add a new one to my Crufts shopping list:D

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  • @tanza:

    I have used the rubber one that you have a picture of for years and years…. I have worn out the "nubs"... ggg, they work great.. and another great way they work especially when they are blowing coat is a nice warm bath and then use the rubber curry on the wet Basenjis... you really get tons of hair out

    I too use the rubber ones - like you said, when the dog is wet, they are super effective.

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  • @renaultf1:

    I too use the rubber ones - like you said, when the dog is wet, they are super effective.

    Curry comb on a wet B. I just learned something new!:cool: When I bathed the the black and white I had a lot of those very small hairs would flow off.

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  • Houston

    I did too..I have the furminator,from our previous longer haired dogs, and it works so so on Otis' fur, but the curry brush looks to be what I need to try..
    Thanks for the ideas guys..

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  • P

    I too have always used a curry 'comb' - old time breeders in the uK nearly always used them.

    I have tried the Furminator but it always seems that it might be tearing the fur. Can anyone with more experience of them please give me your opinions on that. Dan, can you advise ?

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  • I use a zoom groom - best when slightly wet. Although i find the best thing is a shedding blade. You need to use it carefully and sparingly but it works a treat for the neck area and 'trousers' when they get long. I will look out for a rubber curry comb at Crufts. :)

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  • I always used a rubber hound glove on Benji, he realy enjoyed it.

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  • @Patty:

    I too have always used a curry 'comb' - old time breeders in the uK nearly always used them.

    I have tried the Furminator but it always seems that it might be tearing the fur. Can anyone with more experience of them please give me your opinions on that. Dan, can you advise ?

    It sounds like it's tearing it doesn't it. I just can't find anything that works on his thick course fur. Curry comb worked great on my last 2 that had the very small short hairs. This is the second tri I have had that had the thick fur.

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  • First Basenji's

    I picked up a Zoom Groom and it definitely removes a lot of loose fur, but I wonder if I'm missing some trick about how to use it? It doesn't collect all the hair as neatly as I had hoped, but rather, I have to go back and brush off the loose fur with my hand. Wet brush, same effect. Lots of loose fur still sticks all over the futon or couch or my lap or wherever Bowpi happens to be sitting. On the other hand, she REALLY enjoys her grooming sessions!

    I'm also getting a lot of dandruff out of her. I wonder if it's just loose, dead skin that never really got shaken off before, and will decrease over time. Both my dogs are getting daily fish oil and flaxseed oil supplements (I switch back and forth).

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    Where can I get this rubber curry brush ?? I have a red one just like it but would like another one ! It's perfect for my smooth coat Chi . Any one know where I can still find this ?

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