Let’s talk about the Sullivan Comb that has taken over the dog community.
I’ve had my Sullivan Comb for a few years now and every year, right around the time my dogs are getting ready to blow their winter coat, I share a video of me using it.
It blows people’s minds.
In fact, the Instagram reel of me using it on Lou about a month ago is sitting at over 1.2 million views.
It’s a great grooming tool and Newfie owners have been using it for years.
In fact, I first learned about it on one of the Newfoundland Facebook groups.
Let’s talk a little bit more about this popular grooming tool for dogs.
What Is Sullivan?
Sullivan is a very well-known brand in the livestock grooming industry.
The company produces a range of high-quality combs designed for different types of livestock, including cattle, sheep, and goats.
These combs are used by farmers, ranchers, and livestock exhibitors around the world to keep their animals looking their best.
Sullivan Supply, the parent company of Sullivan Comb, was founded in 1989 by John and Dede Sullivan.
Over the years, Sullivan Supply has grown into one of the leading suppliers of livestock grooming products, including combs, brushes, shampoos, and conditioners.
Their products don’t exactly target dog owners but dog owners have definitely learned how well their products work on dog breeds with a double coat like the Newfies.
My guess would be that a Newfie owner that owned livestock is responsible for the find.
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Different Types of Sullivan Combs
Just like regular dog grooming tools, the Sullivan Combs come in several different varieties to meet the specific grooming needs of different livestock.
Across the board, these combs are made from high-quality materials, such as durable plastic and stainless steel, and are designed to provide optimal results with minimal effort.
The Sullivan Comb choice for most dog owners is the basic aluminum handle farm animal comb.
Another popular choice is the Teflon Comb.
I have the Teflon Sullivan Comb which is kind of on the pricey side but it was the only style available at the time I was purchasing it.
The Teflon Comb works well for reducing static in the coat.
There’s also the Fluffer Comb. (I’ve never used this one)
This comb features long, flexible teeth that help to separate and lift the hair, creating a fluffy, full-bodied appearance.
The Fluffer Comb is popular with livestock exhibitors who want to give their animals a fuller, more voluminous look in the show ring.
The Sullivan Comb range also includes several combs designed for use on sheep and goats.
These combs feature shorter, more closely spaced teeth that are ideal for working with the finer, more delicate hair of livestock.
While Sullivan Comb is primarily designed for use on livestock, some dog owners may find it an effective way to manage undercoats and its large size makes it more efficient.
However, it’s important to note that Sullivan Combs are not specifically designed for use on dogs, so dog owners should use them with caution on dogs with sensitive skin.
Does The Sullivan Comb For Dogs Have a Blade?
The Sullivan Comb does not have a blade like a Furminator does so it won’t cut the hair.
It only has teeth or tines.
How To Use a Sullivan Comb On Dog Hair
Here are some general guidelines for using a Sullivan Comb on a dog:
- Choose the right comb: Sullivan Comb comes in different sizes and shapes, so choose one that is appropriate for your dog’s size and coat type. For example, I have the Teflon Sullivan Comb with comfort grip handle and I love it. It reduces static and it’s easy for me to hold. However, you can the wooden handle comb for half the cost.
- Spray the coat with a conditioning/detangling spray and then start at the dog’s head and work your way down. Make sure to brush in the direction the coat lays. Use short, gentle strokes, and avoid pulling or tugging on the hair.
- Focus on problem areas: Pay extra attention to areas where your dog’s hair is prone to matting, such as behind the ears, under the legs, and around the tail. Use the comb to gently separate the hair and work out any tangles or mats.
- Use a gentle touch: Dogs have sensitive skin, so it’s important to use a light touch when combing them. Avoid applying too much pressure or scraping the comb against their skin, which can cause discomfort or even injury.
- Be patient: Grooming a dog with a comb can be time-consuming, so be patient and take breaks as needed. Reward your dog with treats and praise for good behavior.
Where To Buy Sullivan Combs
You can find Sullivan products at Sullivan Supply stores and most farm stores like Tractor Supply or Farm and Fleet.
You can also purchase them online from Amazon or Chewy but they are often out of stock.
Here are a few reviews on Amazon from Newfie owners who use it.
Do You Have To Have a Sullivan Comb For Your Newfoundland?
A Sullivan Comb is not a necessity.
I use my comb most in the spring when Odin and Lou are blowing their coat and then I don’t use it much for the remainder of the year.
In my opinion, it works like an undercoat rake but on a bigger scale.
I can cover more body area with the comb than I can with a rake.
When it comes right down to it, it removes more undercoat in one pass because it’s bigger.
I don’t think it removes more loose undercoat in total than a rake or slicker brush.
I wouldn’t use a Sullivan Comb on a puppy because they don’t need it.
It’s important to note that while Sullivan Combs can be useful for grooming dogs, there are also many other combs and brushes specifically designed for use on dogs that may be more appropriate.
When choosing a comb for your dog, consider factors such as coat type, size, and grooming needs, and always use the comb with care and caution to avoid injuring or stressing your dog.
And the Sullivan Comb for dogs does not replace combing your Newfie.
Depending on your dog’s coat and which S comb you get, it might not make it through the undercoat and to the skin so Newfie owners should still be line combing their dog’s coat as much as possible to avoid matting and skin problems.