The Cane Corso is a massive breed and even though it has very short hair that is relatively easy to maintain, there is still a lot of hair to get through. And like any dog, it has the potential to get matted and uncomfortable. There are a lot of different dog brushes and a somewhat surprising range of different types available to choose from.
Below, we have listed 10 of the best brushes for Cane Corsos including rakes, soft-bristled brushes, and other options. We have included reviews of the top picks and a brief buyer’s guide to help you find the right brush for your dog and you.
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The 10 Best Brushes For Cane Corsos
1. Burt’s Bees Palm Bristle Brush– Best Overall
The Cane Corso has short hair that is easy to manage, but there is a lot of it and if your Corso likes to spend time outdoors, it will likely get covered in dust and debris. Burt’s Bees Palm Bristle Brush is made from bamboo and recycled materials so it is environmentally friendly. The soft bristles are made from hemp, which won’t cause any allergic or other reactions, and the palm brush has been designed so that it fits neatly into the hand. As well as removing dirt, the hemp bristles also smooth and tidy the coat so your pup will look great and feel comfortable.
The brush is reasonably priced, however, the bristles are a little stiffer than some other brushes, so you have to be careful not to apply too much pressure when using it. The moderate price, comfortable positioning, and environmentally friendly materials make this the best overall brush for Cane Corsos.
2. Kong Dog Zoom Groom Multi-Use Brush – Best Value
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The Kong Dog Zoom Groom Multi-Use Brush doesn’t look like a traditional dog grooming brush. It is a palm brush but rather than having bristles, it has rubber fingers. As well as slicking the short hair of your Corso, the fingers reach through the coat and effectively massage the skin underneath. The brush is multi-purpose because it can be used wet so is ideal for making sure shampoo gets into your dog’s coat while bathing, and it can be used dry to help get rid of dust and dirt while also smoothing the coat and removing dead hair.
The Kong is really inexpensive and its multi-purpose uses make it our choice as the best brush for Cane Corsos for the money. However, being made from flexible rubber, it is a little fragile. It certainly won’t hold up to being chewed by your dog and the rubber fingers can become damaged after a while.
3. FURminator Short Hair Dog Deshedding Tool – Premium Choice
While the Cane Corso coat may be short, it still has the potential to shed, especially during shedding season. And shedding can be uncomfortable for your dog and leave the house covered in short, stubbly bristles. A de-shedding tool can help in your fight against shedding, by removing dead and shed hair in a controlled manner without damaging the healthy top coat.
The FURminator Short Hair Dog Deshedding Tool removes the shed undercoat hair without damaging the top layer. This means that your Corso’s coat can continue to do its job of protecting the dog and regulating body temperature, but by removing the dead hair underneath, you can leave your pup feeling comfortable and relaxed, and you can control the amount of hair that is shed through the house.
The FURminator is a popular and effective de-shedding tool but it is pricier than most other dog brushes. The teeth are made from stainless steel, though, so they should last years without needing to be replaced.
4. PetBrush by WetBrush Ultimate Groomer Dog Brush – Best for Puppies
The PetBrush by WetBrush Ultimate Groomer Dog Brush is a dual-sided brush that has a metal-pinned detangler on one side and a traditional bristle brush on the other. Cane Corsos do have very short hair, which means that it is unlikely to become tangled and matted, but it is still possible, especially with puppies that roll around and have a fluffier coat. The soft bristles on the other side of the brush are great for slicking hair and removing dead hairs and leaving your puppy comfortable. The bristles do start out quite stiff, but they will soften down with regular use. Both sides are easy to clean, so you can quickly remove any hair buildup.
The PetBrush is reasonably priced and a good choice for getting puppy Cane Corsos used to being groomed.
5. FURminator Dog Grooming Rake
A dog grooming rake is so called because it has a series of teeth that sit perpendicular to the head of the brush. The user rakes the brush down the dog’s coat, going with the grain, and this helps to pull and remove dead hair from the dog. A rake can help remove tangles and knots and because it removes dead hair, it can also help prevent shedding from being a big problem in the home.
If your Corso has slightly thicker or longer hair, it would benefit from the FURminator Dog Grooming Rake, which will leave its coat looking smooth and ensure your dog is comfortable. The FURminator is made with an anti-microbial plastic handle and stainless steel pins. The whole thing is easy to clean and does a good job on thick undercoats. It is also reasonably priced, but it won’t prove that effective on most Cane Corsos. If yours is a mixed breed and has longer hair, this rake will be beneficial.
6. Safari Bamboo Pin & Bristle Combo Dog Brush
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You’ll rarely need the metal pin side of the Safari Bamboo Pin & Bristle Combo Dog Brush for your Cane Corso, but if you have two or more dogs and one is a longer-coated dog, this combo brush will prove very useful for your Corso and your other dog. The pin side is good for removing tangles and dead hair from longer coats, while the bristle side removes dirt and debris from short coats, encourages the distribution of natural oils around the dog’s coat, and helps smooth and slick the short coat of the Corso. Its ergonomic handle is made from bamboo so is comfortable and environmentally friendly.
The Safari Bamboo Pin & Bristle Combo Dog Brush is great for multi-dog families that include a Cane Corso, although it is a little on the expensive side.
7. Safari Bristle Dog Brush
The Cane Corso’s coat is relatively simple. It is a short, slick coat. The slickness comes from the natural oils in your dog’s coat, and by using the right brush and through regular brushing, you can encourage these natural oils around the whole body and coat, ensuring a slick, clean look. The simple coat of the Cane Corso only really requires a simple brush, in most instances, and as long as the Corso is the only dog in the house that needs regular grooming.
The Safari Bristle Dog Brush is a plastic-handled bristle brush that can be used to keep your Corso looking tidy and feeling great. However, the bristles are very soft and the brush is expensive for what it is.
8. Vetnique Labs Furbliss Pet Brush
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The Vetnique Labs Furbliss Pet Brush is a silicone bath brush. It has a silicone palm handle and silicone tongues. It can be used wet or dry, so it is useful for soaping and washing your dog while being bathed and for brushing the coat when dry. The tongues extend so that they get through the coat and rub and massage the skin underneath. The brush is made from medical-grade silicone so it is safe for use in any condition. It is also dishwasher and washing machine safe so it can be kept clean and sterile between uses, rather than gathering mold in the corner of the shower.
The Vetnique Labs Furbliss Pet Brush is useful for bath times and after, but it is expensive for a simple silicone brush and it is easily destroyed if your Corso gets hold of it.
9. Safari Self Cleaning Slicker Brush
Slicker brushes are designed to remove dead hair but they are also used to smooth and slick down smooth coats, like those of Cane Corsos. They do this by using very thin metal pins and most dogs enjoy the sensation of being brushed with this type of brush, although you do need to be careful to ensure that you don’t push too hard or you could cause some pain or discomfort.
The Safari Self Cleaning Slicker Brush has tiny metal pins and it does a decent job of slicking short coats. It also has a pin retracting system so that when the brush has gathered a lot of hair, you can push the retractor button and it will remove the hairs for you, making it self-cleaning.
However, it is quite expensive for a slicker and you really do need to be careful not to apply too much pressure when you’re using it.
10. Frisco Grooming Gloves
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Some dogs are extremely resistant to the idea of being groomed and will back away as soon as they see a brush. This can especially be a problem with short-coated dogs because they feel every pin and every bristle on their skin.
Frisco Grooming Gloves can make it easier to groom resistant dogs because it is a similar sensation to being petted. The gloves gather loose fur and help manage the dog’s coat. They have an adjustable strap so should fit any hand size, and they work on short coats and can be used on wet or dry fur. The gloves are a good option for owners of dogs that dislike being groomed, but they aren’t suitable for large-handed owners, despite the adjustable straps, and they don’t do a great job of gathering fur.
The Cane Corso is a giant of a breed and it loves to spend time outdoors burning off energy. Although it does have a short coat, it can get dusty and messy, especially after a long walk, and you will need to provide regular bathing and grooming to ensure your Corso looks its best and is comfortable and healthy. Fortunately, because of the short coat, matting is very unlikely, unless you have a Corso mix with longer hair, but the breed does shed and so it can be especially beneficial to groom regularly in a bid to prevent shed hair from filling the house and getting on every surface.
Effective grooming is not only about technique, but it also requires the use of a good grooming brush or grooming product. Below, we look at the different types of grooming brushes that are best suited to the short-haired coat of the Cane Corso to help you find the best brush for your needs.
There is a huge selection of grooming brushes available, but not all will be suitable for use on your Corso. The metal pin brushes might be beneficial for Corso mixes that have longer hair but not necessarily for typical Corso hair, and because there’s very little protection between the coat and the skin, one of these might irritate your dog’s skin. With that said, some Corsos might enjoy the sensation. Typically, the best grooming brushes for Cane Corsos are:
Tips For Better Grooming
Cane Corsos are active dogs that can be stubborn and independent, which means grooming time can be a challenge for some. However, it is an important aspect of owning a dog. If you really find it difficult, consult a professional groomer—they have the tools and the experience how to deal with even the largest dog breeds. Alternatively, try these tips to make grooming easier and more effective:
Cane Corsos are an incredible breed of dog. They are massive and they have short, slick coats. While the coat is short it still requires regular maintenance to ensure that the dog is comfortable and also to help prevent a massive collection of shed hairs around the house. Above, you will find reviews of the best brushes for Cane Corsos as well as a guide to help you choose the one most appropriate for your dog.
We found the Burt’s Bees Palm Bristle to offer the best results for the price, although the bristles might be a little firm for some dogs. The Kong Zoom Groom is an inexpensive and surprisingly effective rubber brush, although it will only last seconds if your Corso gets hold of it.
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