Posted by Glamour Mutt on 6/9/2015 to Dog Collars
With a sea of formidable options, choosing the best dog collar can be a daunting task. The material you choose is often the most important consideration. Smaller dogs tend to prefer softer, lightweight fabrics like ultrasuede, cotton, or calf leather, while big dogs have the weight to sustain a weightier material, such as bridle leather. Small dogs, less than 15 lbs will do best with collars of ½” width, and bigger dogs have a much wider assortment of widths (5/8” +) to choose from depending on the breed (and therefore neck girth). The general rule of thumb is that you should be able to fit 2 fingers between the neck and the collar, to insure the collar is tight enough to not slip off, but not so tight that it is uncomfortable. Fur length is also an important consideration, as for dogs with longer hair will find ‘rolled’ leather collars an excellent choice to prevent tangles uncomfortable fitting. Petite dogs and dogs with special needs, and those that then to pull, may find a harness is more suitable than a collar. A harness is often the best choice for teacups and breeds less than 10 lbs, as the weight distribution helps to prevent future collapsed trachea issues. The amount of pressure a dog pulls should always be taken into consideration as stronger thicker materials will mean a longer lasting collar which can be used for years to come.