We are spoilt for choice when it comes to collars these days, but what sort of collar should I buy and why should your dog wear one?
Well, firstly unless your dog is a working dog, then it is a legal requirement in the UK that in any public place your dog wears a collar and has an id tag attached fin out more here.
Collars are also very practical, they give you something to hold should you need to steady or quickly grab your dog and of course somewhere to attach a lead.
There are so many collars to choose from, buckle collars, side release collars, fishtail, martingale, slip collar, house collars, choke chains, semi-choke, flat or rolled and many more.
The most important thing to consider is what is right for my dog. Does my collar choice suit my dogs’ needs?
Does your dog pull? If it does, then consider a harness or a gentle leader, or better still find a good trainer who can work with you and your dog to stop the pulling. You do not want your dog to pull in a collar because the neck has some very sensitive parts that can get damaged and lead to serious injury, not only to the neck but the nerves and even the thyroid.
Next, you really want to think about what size your dog needs. You do not want it to snap if your dog jumps say there was a sudden noise, like a car backfiring on a busy road. If your dog jumps your collar needs to hold for their safety, so you probably wouldn’t put a skinny little collar on a big strong dog.
A collar doesn’t have to be expensive, a basic nylon collar will do the job perfectly well and collars start from as little as a few pounds and can be found in most pet shops as well as Amazon and Ebay. You really do want to make sure that it will not come undone or break under tension so ensure you buy good quality.
A buckle collar is probably the most secure, however, if you ever needed to get it off quickly, it is not the easiest to remove. For instance, if your dog got his collar caught on something and panicked.
The next thing to consider is what is it made from?
Fabric collars are popular and there are lots of brilliant small businesses that sell collars in every colour and pattern imaginable.
These collars usually have an inner webbing which gives strength and durability and they are practical because they can go in the washing machine. (Photo- Pet Pooch Boutique.)
Biothane sometimes referred to as vegan leather is another great material. It is stink-proof so those poo rollers cant ruin it, you can scrub it and it is fairly indestructible.
So think about the type of dog you own. Are they a couch potato or do they get into some serious rough and tumble when they are out and about? Make sure you pick the right collar for your dog.
I don’t think there are any real hard and fast rules about what you should or shouldn’t wear. Collars are a great way to accessorise your dog and show off theirs and your personality. There is such a great choice and here are some of my favourites:
Traditional leather collars never go out of fashion but you can really up the style ante with this range from Lurril. They have been featured in Vogue several times. The collars are a soft leather with a wool felt lining.
Not great for dogs who wallow in puddles or rivers every time they go out, but a very smart collar for those nice days out. There are matching leads and harnesses and plenty of colours to choose from.
If you have a sighthound with a long slender neck, then you may favour a fishtail or a martingale style. Fishtail styles have a nice wide section to give some protection around the throat. They generally come in leather.
Martingales are hugely popular with sighthounds, they do not have a buckle or clasp but slip on over the head, they are made of two loops, one will tighten to prevent the collar for coming over the head if your dog pulls back.
Martingales come in a variety of widths, whippets and Italian Greyhounds tend to go for the 1.5inch where bigger Galgo and Greyhounds go the 2inch. This snazzy one is from Greyhound Boutique.
Once you start collecting collars like doggy necklaces, there’s a very real problem of where to store them all. I have piles all over the house.
I think besides the practical aspect, a collar is a great reflection of personality and gives us owners a chance to indulge in a spot of doggy shopping which is always great but how much would you spend on a collar?
Worlds most expensive dog collar!
From the I Love Dogs La Collection de Bijoux, Amour Amour is the world’s most expensive dog collar with the price tag of $1.8 million. It is a one-of-a-kind, 52-carat diamond dog collar with crocodile leather and platinum. The collar includes 1600 hand-set diamonds with a seven-carat, D-IF, brilliant-cut centre diamond.
Don’t worry if your budget doesn’t run to this – they have a budget range around $900!