Choosing a dog collar

We stock a wide selection of Dog Collars and Leads suitable for all breeds, just click the menu system opposite to visit the other pages on this website. Whether you are selecting a collar and lead for the first time or replacing ones that are worn out or just looking for something different you've come to the right place.

 

Questions regarding the correct; Size, Fit, Comfort & Material are sometimes difficult to answer, especially when you are confronted with a large selection of colours, styles & materials for example; a Leather or Reflective Collar? This advice page should help you make your selection a little easier!

Choose your dog collar



Selecting the correct collar size?

Regardless of style or material, most collars have sufficient holes to make an adjustment up to 3 inches, therefore its normal to expect two sizes of collar to comfortably fit your dog. Please remember that neck sizes between the sexes do vary, so it is advisable to measure accurately your dogs neck before you make a purchase.

 

The Collar Guide below should help you decide what collar size you require for your dog and is based on adult breeds of dog of average size & weight. For cross breeds please select the type of dog that most resembles yours by size.

 

How To measure correctly

Measure the dog's neck at the collar position, making sure you place two fingers between the dog's neck and the collar to gauge the correct length. The length of a collar is measured from the buckle to the furthest hole.

BreedSizes
Afgan Hound 16 - 22 / 40 - 56cm
Airedale 16 - 22 / 40 - 56cm
Basset Hound 16 - 22 / 40 - 56cm
Beagle 12 - 18 / 30 - 46cm
Bloodhound 20 - 26 / 51 - 66cm
Boxer 18 - 22 / 46 - 56cm
Bulldog 16 - 24 / 41 - 61cm
Bull Terrier 16 - 24 / 41 - 61cm
Cairn Terrier 10 - 18 / 25 - 46cm
Chihuahua 8 - 14 / 20 - 36cm
Chow 18 - 24 / 46 - 61cm
Cocker Spaniel 12 - 20 / 30 - 51cm
Collie 18 - 22 / 46 - 56cm
Dachshund 14 - 18 / 36 - 46cm
Dachshund Miniature 10 - 16 / 25 - 41cm
Dalmation 18 - 22 / 46 - 56cm
Doberman 18 - 24 / 46 - 61cm
Fox Terrier 14 - 20 / 36 - 51cm
German Shepard 18 - 24 / 46 - 61cm
Golden Retriever 16 - 22 / 40 - 56cm
Great Dane 20 - 26 / 51 - 66cm
BreedSizes
Irish Terrier 14 - 20 / 36 - 51cm
Labrador Retriever 20 - 24 / 51 - 61cm
Old English Sheep Dog 18 - 24 / 46 - 61cm
Pekingese 12 - 16 / 30 - 41cm
Welsh Corgie 14 - 16 / 36 - 40cm
Pointer 18 - 24 / 46 - 61cm
Poodle Toy 10 - 14 / 25 - 36cm
Poodle Miniature 12 - 18 / 30 - 46cm
Poodle Standard 12 - 22 / 30 - 56cm
Poodle Large 14 - 20 / 36 - 51cm
Poodle French 14 - 18 / 36 - 46cm
Pug 12 - 16 / 30 - 40cm
St Bernard 26 - 30 / 66 - 76cm
Schnauzer Standard 14 - 22 / 36 - 56cm
Scottish Terrier 14 - 20 / 36 - 51cm
Setter English/Irish 18 - 22 / 46 - 56cm
Shetland S/Dog 14 - 20 / 36 - 51cm
Springer Spaniel 14 - 20 / 36 - 51cm
Weimaraner 16 - 22 / 40 - 56cm
Yorkshire Terrier 10 - 14 / 25 - 36cm
 

What Collar Should I Buy?

 

The choice of style and material is up to you, but here are some useful guidelines:

 

Leather Dog Collars and Leads

Leather is a Natural material which has a number of benefits, it looks wonderful, is strong and water repellant. However if your dog is guilty of constantly chewing or enjoys swimming, it is advisable to purchase a synthetic fibre such as nylon for both your collar and lead. There are many leather collars & leads on the market, but not all are made to the same quality as those shown on this website. The Leather Collars and Leads shown on the website are made from premium bridle leather that has a consistent grain and thickness.

 

The feel, smell and texture of the leather are important checks to make before buying. Some inferior leather collars and leads will crack when folded and split after little use. The natural oils of good quality leather provide an excellent water barrier, but if the product is dry and brittle then it will be quickly damaged by the elements and need replacing after a short period of time.

 

Leather is commonly used to produce collars for specific breeds of dog, for example a Bull Terrier Harness made from beautifully handcrafted bridle leather with brass decoration made to traditional designs, available on this website. Leather is also used to produce collars especially for whippets and greyhounds.
 

Nylon Dog Collars and Leads

Nylon is one of the strongest man made fibres which is colour fast, completely weather proof, very difficult to chew through and is suitable for most breeds of dog, including enormous Old English Mastiffs. The Nylon Collars shown on the website are made to a high manufacturing standard with heavy duty eyelets, washers and heavy gauge die cast buckles & triggers. We also sell Nylon Air Cushioned Leads and Collars that encapsulate thousands of tiny air pockets giving both dog and owner a remarkable soft cushion effect. Nylon Air Cushioned Collars & Leads are very suitable for dogs which constantly pull or older dogs that benefit from the softer feel of the material around their necks.

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Chain Dog Collars and Leads

Chain is the strongest material used to produce both collars and leads. Chain is used to make Check Chains or Choke Chains, as is often combined with leather or nylon as a combination check chain. Check Chains are good for training larger dogs to walk to heel without the constant pulling or straining at the leash. Please note this type of collar if used incorrectly can cause neck or throat injuries so please ensure that care is taken when using this collar. For training purposes, we would suggest a Nylon Check Chain Collar that is adjustable and provides a safeguard to prevent to much pressure being put on a dogs neck.

Adjustable Dog Collars

Adjustable Dog Collars are usually made from nylon and can be adjusted for a range of neck sizes. The collars normally have a quick release catch which is convenient to use when taking your dog for a walk or bringing your dog under control.

Reflective Dog Collars and Leads

Reflective Dog Collars & Leads use a special nylon thread that is woven into the nylon or printed on the nylon collar to reflect light from oncoming traffic, that provides both the owner & dog with increased safety at night. We sell a range of High Visibility Reflective Collars & Leads, just look at the other pages of this website.