Choosing a Collar for your Dog
There are so many dog collars on the market, it's hard to know which to choose! We tried and tested 5 different types of collar so we can let you know what to expect and help you find the right one for your dog.
It's important to get your puppy used to wearing a collar as soon as possible. Even before they are out walking so they can get used to the feel of it around their necks and you don't later encounter any problems taking a collar on and off.
The next thing to get right before you order a collar is the fit. You should be able to fit 2 fingers between the collar and your dog's neck so, when measuring the neck, be sure to add a couple of centimetres. All good dog collar companies will have a sizing guide and help on how to measure on their websites.
Next you need to choose a design/material:
Leather collars are hardwearing and sturdy. They can be more expensive but if you find a well made one, it will last for years. They are also easy to keep clean so a good choice if your dog likes to get muddy! If your dog likes to swim, the leather can suffer from water marks.
Be sure to choose a collar that is made from genuine leather as bonded leather is not as sturdy.
All leather collars from Dogs and Horses are handmade in London using the softest leather which is stitched rather than riveted. The quality of Dogs and Horses collars is exceptional and completely worth the investment.
They are available in padded, rolled and hound design and prices start at £32.50.
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Rope is a natural material and although not quite as hardwearing as leather, a good quality rope collar should still be able to withstand considerable and water contact.
A well made rope collar will be free from any toxic dyes which can rub off onto your dog.
Oonalfie's rope collars are made from the highest quality, double braid, marine rope. Each collar is individually designed and handcrafted in Oxfordshire.
Oonalfie have several designs to suit dogs of all sizes and prices start at £59.50.
Polypropylene fabric is derived from the second most popular plastic in the world. The main benefit of this fabric is that it doesn't absorb moisture, making it an ideal collar choice for the adventurous dog who is happy to be out in all weathers, getting filthy and even swimming! It is also one of the lightest synthetic fibres in existence.
All Reg and Bob collars are made for dogs who want to be dogs and the polypropylene webbing is ideal for them.
With a Reg and Bob collar you don't need to sacrifice style for the sake of practicality as they come in a range of vibrant colours to suit dogs of all shapes and sizes.
Prices start at £17.00
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This one is for city dogs, special outings and sassy little divas!
If you like to frequent dog friendly places like Archie and his friend Daphne, you might want to keep a collar for special occasions, one that you don't wear to the muddy park!
Suede is soft, lightweight and comfortable, making ideal for smaller necks including sight hounds.
Rudy and Lou have a selection of suede collars all with added Swarovski crystals for that extra bit of luxury.
Rudy and Lou suede collars are made of super soft calf leather and prices start at £25.00
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Neoprene is a type of rubber (it's what wetsuits are made from) and is a popular material for dog collars because it is strong and flexible and, of course, waterproof!
After a lot of use, these collars may start to fray at the edges.
All collars and harnesses by DogLDN are lined with neoprene for extra comfort and padding.
Their collars include matching bows and start at £12.50.
You may find that your dog is more suited to a harness than a collar.
Harnesses are great for certain body shapes such as dachshunds and pugs but also good for any dog that likes to pull as it eases the strain on their necks.
It is essential that you get a well fitted harness as you can otherwise put strain on other areas of your dog's body.
Hiro + Wolf harnesses have lightly padded cotton chest plates which evenly distributes weight across the body making walkies a more comfortable experience
Prices start at £45