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Sullivan Comb For Dogs

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. 

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

Sullivan comb 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. 

I would guess that a Newfie owner who owned livestock is responsible for the find. 

Teflon Sullivan comb for dogs

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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.

Sullivan Teflon comb

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.

Sullivan Comb Alternatives

If a Sullivan Comb isn’t in your budget, several alternatives cost a lot less. 

The Weaver Livestock Show Comb is almost identical to the Sullivan Comb except that it’s all metal and the teeth are slightly longer. 

I bought this comb to compare it and they’re the same length, same teeth spacing and have the same number of teeth but the teeth on the Weaver Comb are slightly longer which might be better for really dense coats. 

The Weaver Comb is also about $30 cheaper.

The Odermore Long-Tooth Undercoat Rake is another good option.

This rake is a lot smaller than the Sullivan or Weaver combs and the teeth are slightly shorter but it’s a durable rake for under $15.

It’s also good to use on smaller dogs that have a double coat like a Corgi.

I feel like it’s significantly heavier than the bigger combs so if you have wrist or hand issues, this might not be a good option. 


Teflon Sullivan comb for dogs

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:

  1. 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. Using a Sullivan comb on a dog
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 

Best shedding comb for dogs

Do You Have To Have a Sullivan Comb For Your Newfoundland?

Absolutely not. 

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. 

Sullivan Teflon comb

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. 

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