A collar is the one accessory that your dog will likely wear every day. Because of this, it is important to choose a good quality dog collar that fits correctly and won’t irritate their skin or cause discomfort. Dog collars are also a great chance to show off your pooch's personality!
In this article, we will share three tips to help you choose the perfect collar for your dog.
1. Achieving the Perfect Fit
To ensure you buy the correct fitting collar it is important you measure the circumference of your dog's neck. This can be done by taking a piece of string and wrapping it around your dog’s neck. Take note of the point where the string meets itself, mark it out, and measure the length. You will use this length as a reference point for choosing the correct collar size for your dog.
When choosing the correct collar size you should get a collar that has 5 to 10 centimetres on either side of your reference point so that you give your pet ample breathing room. For example if the circumference of your dogs neck measured 40cm, you should aim to get an adjustable collar with a size range of 30-50cm. This will ensure that the collar isn't too loose or too tight, and you can achieve the perfect fit! Check out the illustrated size guide below to learn how to correctly measure up your dog for collars and other apparel.
For certain breeds, such as Greyhounds or Whippets, you may also want to consider the width of a collar, not just the length. This is because these breeds have a narrower head then neck, and may be able to slip out of normal width collars. So for these breeds an extra wide collar is more suitable. Wide dog collars also tend be more comfortable for walking, as they don't dig into your dog's neck as much compared to thin collars.
2. Choosing the Best Material
There are many different materials used in creating dog collars. Collars are usually made of nylon, although leather and plastics are also widely used. Each material has their own set of pros and cons. Aside from the look of each material, you should also consider its durability and the comfort of your dog.
Nylon and other synthetic materials are more durable but can leave colour in your dog’s hair, especially the lower quality ones. However there is a reason nylon collars are so popular. They are relatively cheap, are durable, and are available in a huge range of different colours and patterns.
For leather collars, it is important to ensure they are made from high-quality genuine leather, because the cheap kind can break down easily. Leather collars are less likely to stain your dog's hair, and also look great!
Metal collars need more care because they react easily to water and oxygen, and can develop rust. If you are considering a metal dog collar a stainless steel alloy is the best metal to use.
Plastic dog collars are also gaining popularity amongst dog owners as they super easy to keep clean, and are unlikely to stain your dogs coat. They also feature bright colours, making your dog easy to spot at the park or beach.
3. Quality Components
A good quality collar is much more than just the length of material. Much of what make a quality collar relies on the components used. A good-quality collar will have sturdy buckles and D-Rings, preferably made from a high quality metal or plastic. This will ensure that the collar lasts a long time.
There you have it, 3 Tips For Choosing The Best Collar for Your Dog. If you have some further suggestions or ideas, let us know in the comments below!
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