How do I choose the right brush?
A brush is a very personal choice. What works for one person or dog might not for another. So choose based on your needs and how you use your brush. You might even need more than one brush, a different one for different needs.
Basically, the thicker and heavier the coat, the firmer the brush pad and pins you will need. If your dog's hair is hard to brush or you do a lot of dematting, buy a "working" brush - one built to hold up to heavy use. The Bass pin brushes are a great choice. For long, flowing or delicate coats, choose a soft to medium brush made for routine maintenance or finish grooming. Choose the VIP, Madan or Special Master brushes for this application.
Slicker brushes are valuable for removing undercoat. Size and firmness are up to you, just be careful to use it properly. See the product description for advice on that.
Combination brushes - those made with a natural boar bristle reinforced with nylon pins, such as the Bass Elite brushes (my favorite), are durable and valuable for a variety of uses from dematting to finishing.