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Traditional Dog Collar Measuring Tips

  • Measure around your dog's neck using a cloth measuring tape positioned where his dog collar sits. (Tip: If you do not have a cloth tape measure, try using a piece of string and then measure the string with a ruler.)
  • Add 2 inches to the measurement. This is your dog's neck size.
  • Check the collar's fit. It should be snug with enough room to slide two fingers between your dog's neck and his collar.

The width of the collar should be proportional to your dog's size: 1 inch or wider for large dogs; 3/4 inch for medium dogs; 1/2 inch or under for small or toy dogs.

Nylon Collar

A nylon collar is a good choice if:

  • You need a basic collar for everyday use
  • You have a puppy
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Nylon Collar

A reflective collar is a good choice if:

  • You enjoy nighttime walks
  • You need to monitor your dog while outside at night
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Sporting Collar

A sporting collar is a good choice if:

  • You spend a lot of time outdoors with your dog
  • You are involved in hunting trials or sporting events
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Leather Collar

A leather collar is a good choice if:

  • You want a natural, versatile collar that gains character with age
  • You have an active dog that requires a hard-wearing collar
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FAQs about Traditional Collars

Which type of collar is best for my growing puppy?

Nylon collars are fully adjustable, allowing the collar to grow along with your puppy. Frequently check the fit of your puppy's collar and ensure it still fits. If you can slide two fingers underneath the collar comfortably without it slipping over your puppy's head, it's a good fit.

Which type of collar is best for my hunting or sporting dog?

Hunting or sporting collars are available in camouflage to help decrease your dog's visibility or bright orange to increase visibility during hunting trials or sporting events.

Which type of collar can I use with a tie-out?

For safety purposes, a nylon collar with a metal quick-snap closure is the only type of collar recommended for tie-out use. Note: Tie-outs are intended to be used for short periods of time only.

How can I make my dog more visible at night?

Reflective collars are great for nighttime walks because they are made with a special safety material that reflects light. For maximum nighttime visibility, try a lighted collar or ID tag. They come equipped with LED lights that can be seen up to a half mile away.

Is it true that my dog should never wear a collar while unattended?

Yes. A traditional or chain collar should never be left on your dog while you are away. A collar can get caught on an object and endanger your dog.

My dog's collar holds his ID tag. How can I keep him safe without a collar while unsupervised?

A break-away collar is great for keeping your dog safe while you're away. It has a special safety buckle that releases if your dog becomes entangled on an object or with another dog. To ensure your dog has his identification at all times, talk to your veterinarian or local humane society about tattooing or micro-chipping.

What is the difference between a rolled and a flat leather collar?

Rolled leather collars have a rounded shape that prevents chafing or hair breakage sometimes caused by other collars. They are especially useful for dogs with longer hair.

Flat leather collars are ideal for short-haired breeds and will not flatten or leave marks on fur.