Do German Shepherds Shed?
I want to laugh as I typed that question. Not only do German Shepherds shed, but they shed a lot. Everyone who owns one of these amazing animals is WELL aware of this fact, but there is hope. I have tried several different grooming tools for my GSD (her name is Kimber). Over the years, we have brushed her on a daily basis, but always have to vacuum our home every 3 or 4 days to keep up with all of her shedding. The brushing helps in ways that you simply can’t imagine unless you just like to vacuum. I searched all over Google for terms like “German Shepherd shedding brush” and “German Shepherd shedding tips” without finding anything except advertisements about the FURminator. I am not one who is easily swayed by well-crafted advertisements and/or reviews from various “top 10” websites. As time passed, I kept using my inexpensive dog brush and regularly vacuuming my home.
What Changed My Mind?
After balking at the price tag for several years, I came home one day to find that my wife had purchased one. Before I said anything, I carefully listened to her testimony about the HUGE amount of hair that she got off of Kimber after 15 minutes of brushing. She showed me the evidence in the garage trash can (there was enough fur in the trash can to build a small dog). I also took a close look at Kimber and was very surprised at how smooth her coat looked. I immediately became a fan. I had planned to write my daily blog post about more carpentry tools, but decided to write about this instead.
Torey the Cat and Kimber the GSD. Best friends...
My FURminator Review
As with any product that is available at places like Amazon, you’ll likely find all types of reviews. For the most part, you will find positive reviews on items like the FURminator. This article is my own review and opinion that is completely unbiased. The Furminator isn’t just a nifty gadget that will eventually find its way into the trash; it is a tool that will last many years. With anything of value, you obviously have to take care of it and store it in a location that is out of the weather. The overall construction of this well-crafted brush is very impressive. As you can see from the pictures, it has a rubber handle for a secure grip. It also features a self-cleaning button that is referred to as the “FURejector”. Note: these are not stock images; I took pictures of my own personal FURminator. The handle is also ergonomically designed for those intense brushing moments (with German Shepherds, Huskies, and other shedding breeds, this is a common occurrence in the life of the owner). Thankfully, my dog happens to love to be brushed. All I have to do is say “are you read to get brushed” and she will stand by until the job is complete. I still use my original brush for her daily maintenance. The FURminator is only meant to be used “1-2 times a week for 10-20 minutes each session” according to their website which is located here:
There is also a detailed FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section located here:
After all that extra brushing and vacuuming that I have been doing for all of these years, I regret that I didn’t make this purchase sooner. This proved to me that sometimes, the commercials and advertisements are actually true. In this case, the FURminator is worth every penny it costs. The featured image on this post was taken today as I was testing out our new toy.
Other Products From FURminator?
Perhaps you have a cat that sheds and you want to do something about it. Did you know there is a FURminator for cats? Yes…the FURminator deshedding tool comes in several different sizes and configurations for smaller breeds of dogs and cats. Each one is listed below with a brief description. There is a specific section below for the FURminator cat brush tools.
FURminator Deshedding Shampoo & Conditioner
While we are on the FURminator topic, let’s keep going! Deshedding shampoo and conditioner are also available for your precious dog. There are links and images below.
One more thing…
For those pesky vacuuming tasks, I have tried several different vacuums, but one stands out and has become my favorite (yes, I know…a man with a favorite vacuum…I like my home to be clean!). The Shark Rocket is awesome…plain and simple. We use it for our steps, for our cars, and to capture all of the GSD hair balls that seem to collect in the corners of our home (especially in places where Kimber likes to hang out). Click Here to check out the Shark Rocket at Amazon.