Finding the right collar for your dog can be an onerous task, given the thousands out there. Here’s a helping paw from Shake Paws towards finding collars for medium-sized dogs
Without wishing to overwhelm you, there are a number of things to consider when choosing a collar for your dog. Size, of course, is all important and Shake Paws’ Dog collar size guide is here to help. But there are other factors to bear in mind, such as how easy it will be to clean, how durable it is and whether or not it’s safe. If you walk your dog a lot at night, then maybe you should consider a reflective collar.
Collars come in all shapes, sizes and colours. There are even breed-specific collars, such as those tailored to the needs of sight hounds. So there is a collar to suit every taste bud and situation, you just have to look hard enough.
The selection of collars below are little more than a sample of what’s available. You’ll find many more examples in Shake Paws’ product pages.
Shotshell dog collar
A distinctive dog collar with an actual brass shotgun hull and plain leather lead both crafted in genuine, finely tanned leather. Available in even sizes 16in to 26in. Collar is ¾in wide. Personalise with engraving on brass plate – up to two lines, 13 characters per line for free. Matching 6ft lead sold separately. Made in USA.
★ Buy from Orvis, $29.
Lupine Muddy Paws patterned adjustable dog collar
The Lupine Muddy Paws collar is available in a variety of fashion-inspired patterns to fit medium to large dogs (13–22in). Its 3/4in width is suitable for a wide range of dogs, from terriers to sporting breeds. Distributor Collarways also offers matching padded handle leads. Made in NH, USA.
★ Buy from Amazon, £12.70.
Mammoth XT Rhinestone crystal diamond leather collar
The Mammoth XT Rhinestone Pet Collar comes with three, four or five rows of bling rhinestones. Its made from high-quality leather with a zinc–alloy buckle and D-ring for attaching dog leashes and pendants. Available in three sizes to accommodate most breeds, in black, pink and white.
★ Buy from Amazon, £11.99.
EzyDog Neo camouflage dog collar
The EzyDog Neo dog collar is made from soft neoprene, as used in wetsuits, and reinforced with nylon webbing. Neoprene is easy to clean, quick to dry and waterproof. It’s also non-porous, which reduces the odour that traditional collars retain. The D-ring is made from stainless steel so it won’t rust. The Neo collar also features hook and loop adjustment, a quick-release buckle, separate ID attachment and reflective piping for night-time safety.
★ Buy from Amazon, £13.20.
Lupine Tickled Pink patterned dog collar
Another collar from Collarways, the Lupine Tickled Pink patterned collar is made from jacquard woven nylon, with the pattern woven into the webbing. Features include strong bar-tack stitching, a welded D-ring and a custom designed side-release buckle. Available in a range of patterns, in three size ranges for medium to large dogs (13–22in diameters) with matching leads also available.
★ Buy from Amazon, £12.70.
Platinum Pets Signature Quality roped leather dog collar
The Signature Quality roped leather collar is made from durable and soft 100% real leather with a heavy-duty brass D-ring. The collar is designed to be both comfortable and durable to fit neck diameters of 15.5–19in. Made in the USA.
★ Buy from PetSmart, $28.99.
Red Dingo plain dog collar
Red Dingo patterned collars and leads are available in a wide range of designs, including flower power, spotty and paisley. All collars have the unique buckle clip for quick-release fastening and are made from high-density nylon and durable ribbon.
★ Buy from Amazon, £6.35.
The Paws Colour Fusion dog collar
The Paws Colour Fusion dog collars are available with matching leads (note not included in the price). They have a genuine leather top surface, with a faux leather lining to provide soft cushioning feel. Available in four sizes to fit most breeds. The medium version shown here is 2.5cm wide and 50cm long, suitable for neck sizes of 35–45cm. Various colours.
★ Buy from Amazon, £7.99.
Threaded leather dog collar
A soft treated leather dog collar, available in blue, brown and black, with a metal brace support. At 25mm wide and 55cm long, it’s suitable for medium to large dogs, with its approx. 17cm diameter.
★ Buy from Amazon, £6.99.
Best rolled leather dog collar
This soft rolled leather collar from Ace Dog Collars is hand-made using high-quality leather and traditional methods. It features a solid chrome buckle and D-ring, and its large 20in (50cm) size will fit neck sizes from 16in (40cm) to 18in (46cm).
★ Buy from Amazon, price £17.99.
Note: Shake Paws does not recommend ‘shock’ or ‘pinch/prong’ styles of collars. There are better ways to train a dog than by inflicting pain. For that reason, we will never feature those collars on this site, unless of course we find good reason to draw attention to their failings.