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Dog Collars

Dog collars are more than cute accessories. They’re meant to keep your dog safe on walks and if they should go missing.

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Dog collar buying guide

Shopping for a dog collar can be overwhelming — there are as many styles as there are tastes. Avoid analysis paralysis and consider what’s most important to you and your furry friend. Here are a few questions to get you started.

  • Is it safe? The Humane Society says to avoid choke collars, prong or pinch collars, and shock collars. Opt instead for flat collars, martingale collars, or head collars that have a loop for attaching an identification with your pet’s name and your contact information. We also recommend microchipping your pet as an added safety measure.
  • What is it made of? Nylon is one of the most popular dog collar materials. It’s versatile, machine washable, and affordable, but leather dog collars may last longer. They’re also generally more expensive. Nylon collars often come in bright, primary colors while leather collars usually have neutral hues. A big advantage of nylon is the possibility for reflectivity, a must-have if you frequently walk your dog late at night or early in the morning.
  • How heavy is it? Leather collars are usually considerably heavier than nylon ones. If you like the idea of a leather collar but don’t want the weight, look for one that combines leather and nylon or fabric webbing.
  • How much does it cost? While price is secondary to what’s best for your dog’s health, keep your budget in mind, especially if your dog roughhouses or gets dirty often, and you’re constantly replacing worn out leashes.
  • How big should it be? Measure your dog’s neck with a soft measuring tape, then select a collar in the matching size. You can’t rely on one brand’s medium size to exactly equal that of another.
  • How important is the design? There are collars meant for show and collars designed to get the job done. The best dog collar for you ultimately comes down to personal preference.


👉You should be able to fit two fingers between your dog’s neck and the collar. If you can’t, it’s too tight and needs to be loosened.

Now that you’ve thought about what’s important to you, compare those factors to these top collars:

Nylon Leather
Buckle
Snap
Color Choice
Reflective
Joytale Reflective Dog Collar, $13.99
Tuff Buckle Small Dog Collar, $6.37
ZippyPaws Vivid Collection, $17.99
Lupine Original Designs, $15.99
Blueberry Leather & Polyester Collar, $31.99
Blueberry Ladybug Collar, $17.99




Frequently asked questions

What are the best dog collars?

The best dog collars fit your dog comfortably, have a place to attach an ID and leash, and match your family’s habits and style. There are collars for different situations, including everyday use, training, following surgery, and special uses such as smart collars and collars with flea and tick prevention.

Are collars safe for dogs?

Yes! Avoid potential problems with the proper fit, as a collar should be neither too tight nor too loose. You should be able to fit two fingers between the collar and your dog’s neck. Watch for skin irritation including redness. Never leave on a damp collar, and look for other opportunities to give your dog’s neck a breather. Having more than one collar on hand allows you to rotate them, inspect for ticks or fleas, and wash them according to the manufacturer’s label.

Should dogs wear harnesses or collars?

Harnesses are great for walks, but a flat collar like the ones on this page are often best for everyday use. They display your dog’s ID and can easily clip to your dog’s harness or leash.

What is the most durable dog collar?

Leather is generally more durable than the more-common nylon collar, but it also tends to be more expensive and may not do well when frequently exposed to water. If your dog tends to chew on collars, look for one that has a lifetime guarantee like the Lupine Original Designs collar.