News

How to Choose a Dog Collar

How to Choose a Dog Collar

We produce and offer a wide range of different dog collars. If you count all the brands, types and models available in local stores or online you will be probably lost in a sea of information. So, we'd like to give you useful tips how to make the right choice and save money on your next collar purchase.

 

The first important thing is to decide which criteria are the most important for you when choosing a dog collar: budget, functionality, material or size. This article will help you to understand what are the key insights of searching for a proper dog collar. And we are here to help you to make a right decision.

 

You will find on our website a lot of different dog collars that fit mostly large and medium dog breeds, so, if you are looking for a Yorkie or a Maltese collar, please, check another online store. The smallest collars will fit the neck size of 14 inches (35 cm). The width of the collar vary in between 1-3 inches (25-75 mm).

Let's see what are the most common questions concerning choosing a proper dog collar:

1. How to determine a suitable collar width?

Answer: The wider the collar the less pressure it puts on your dog's neck.

Example: A 1 inch wide collar will be less comfortable for a dog in comparison with a 3 inch wide collar because all the pressure will be applied over a smaller surface area.

Warning: Please note that wider collars are also heavier and should not be purchased for dogs with short necks.

Recommendation: If you are not sure which width to buy, please choose a standard 1 1/2 inch wide collar, which is the most popular average collar width for the majority of large and medium dog breeds.

2. How to determine an appropriate length of the collar?

Easily Adjustable Nylon Dog Collar: If you have an adult dog, then you won’t have any troubles with it. Healthy fully grown dogs usually stay the same weight and size for most of their life, therefore when you purchase a collar for a fully grown dog the adjustments will be minimal and you will probably use only one hole to adjust the collar on his or her neck. The exceptions are the dogs with long or dense hair the length of which can change from time to time because of season grooming and hair cuts.

 

For such dogs you should: For minimum adjustment - measure the neck circumference right after a haircut. For maximum adjustment - measure the neck circumference when your dog has the longest hair. Another exception is overweight or underweight dogs. In these cases, if you are going to put your dog on a diet, you should take into account how it can affect your dog’s dimensions. Please take it into account when buying a collar to avoid a situation of wasting money on a collar that no longer fits your pet.

 

The tricky situation is acquiring a collar for a puppy. The best thing to do is to choose a low budget collar until your puppy is at least 10-12 month old.

 

Example: For a 6 month old puppy with a neck size of 15 inches purchase a collar which will fit 15-19 inches.

The standard adjustment range is 4 inches (the distance between the smallest and largest adjustment hole of the collar). Four inches collar length will be great both for dogs with or without long hair. If you feel that you need a larger adjustment range, please contact us and we will be happy to help you in most cases. Sometimes an additional fee will be charged. Please note, that if you are going to use the collar on its smallest adjustment hole there will be an approximate 5-6 inches of extra collar length which you might want to cut off.

Warning: The biggest misconception is to measure your old dog collar and hope that based on this information you will purchase a good fitting one. This is wrong. What you need to do is to measure your dog’s neck circumference and choose the size of a new collar based on that. Measure it tightly, there is no need to add a finger or two because all of our collars are adjustable.

Example: If you need to buy a collar for an adult German Shepherd with a neck size of 20 inches (your dog never gets haircuts) then choose a collar which will fit a 20 inch neck size. The collar you will receive will be a collar with an adjustment range between 18-22 inches. The first hole will be close to 18 inches and the last hole will be close to 22 inches. There will be 5 adjustment holes total.

The most important criteria while choosing a dog collar:

Budget

We work hard to keep our dog collar prices the lowest in the world. We have a wide price range of collars. Some collars are more expensive, they are made of genuine leather and have the unique design. Remember, you get what you are paying for. We have fine nylon collars which are under $19. Being rather cheap, they are still of great quality and provide your dog with super comfort. There are also many wonderful and unique design collars within $20-$35 price range.

Material

We present you a large amount of genuine leather, nylon and metal collars. The choice of material for a collar depends on your requirements.

Nylon. Choose a nylon dog collar, if you want an easy-to-use all weather dog supply. It is suitable for walking under the rain, snow, swimming and for high humidity climate. These collars are rather strong, lightweight and low priced.

Leather. Choose genuine leather, if you want a safe natural dog collar which looks even better with years. A leather collar can serve you for a life time. Just make sure to treat it occasionally with water repellent and leather conditioner. Leather does not like water but when you apply a water repellent, you will protect it from moisture. So, if you get accidentally caught up in the rain, you may not worry too much about its quality. Leather collars are also perfect for dogs with sensitive skin who tend to have different kinds of allergies when contacting with artificial material.

Metal. Choose a metal collar when you are looking for a special one which will help you to correct your dog’s behavior. There are stainless steel, brass and curogan dog collars. Stainless steel collars are highly rustproof, they can be also covered with chrome layer for better resistance to wet. Curogan collars are great if you want to avoid allergies and discoloration of a dog’s coat.

We hope after reading these tips you have become much more confident about how to choose the most appropriate collar for your dog. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us for further assistance.