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Dog Collar Buying Guide: Which Dog Collar Is Best For My Dog?

Buying the right collar for your dog is an important decision. Especially if you’re about to get your first puppy.

There are just so many out there! All in different sizes, colours and materials and all at different prices too.

Ideally, you want to make sure your dog is as comfortable as possible while wearing one, as well as avoid the common pitfalls that many people make when choosing a new dog collar.

By following our guide, we hope you’ll have a much clearer view as to what type of collar is right for your dog.

How to find the right size dog collar

Finding the right size is the most important part of buying a new dog collar. Before you start, you’ll need to find out what size your dog’s neck is.

The best way to go about this is to use a measuring tape and gently place it around your dog’s neck.

Make a note of the size and then add on two inches - then you’ll have your dog’s neck size.

It’s important to make sure you keep this close to hand when buying a dog collar, as different types and makes of collars vary quite a lot. So, a size small in one type of collar for example, may not be the same as a size small in another type.

If you’re not sure, just check the product descriptions under our dog collars, to find out the exact sizing.

Once your dog’s collar is on, you should be able to fit two fingers underneath comfortably.

And if you’re sizing up your puppy for his new collar, you will need to measure them every couple of weeks to see what size collar they need – you'll definitely need more than one!

The collar should be loose enough to let them move around and breathe comfortably, but not so loose that they can pull it straight off over their head!

Types of dog collars

Once you know your dog’s collar size, you’ll want to choose the type. And even though it’s tempting to go on style alone, there are a few differences you’ll want to consider before you make your final decision.

Neoprene collars

Neoprene is the same material that’s used to make wet suits so it’s brilliant if you have a dog who loves to splash around in the water. It’s also breathable and easy to keep clean so a great choice for mucky pups too who love to play in the mud!

Our Neoprene Collars are extremely popular, and they come in a wide selection of colours and sizes.

One thing to note is that they are a little bit thicker than some collars, so make sure you take that into account when choosing which one is right for your dog.

beautiful boy boxer dog wearing a blue neoprene dog collar with a big smile on his face

Nylon collars

Nylon collars are a classic choice and are suitable for a wide variety of breeds. Not only are they comfortable to wear, but they’re good for pets with skin allergies.

They’re also great value for money and come in a variety of designs. Check out our Army Print Dog Collars which come complete with a steel D-ring for easy lead attachment.

Leather collars

Leather collars are super smart and extra strong, making them the perfect choice for larger dogs or just those who have a mind of their own!

The metal buckles are also extremely helpful in making sure your dog’s collar stays on as they fasten securely. Perfect for pups who like to try and slip out of their collars or while you’re training your dog.

We have both classic leather and soft leather collars available in a range of sizes.

stunning black labrador wearing a black leather collar with a big smile on his face

Collar vs Harness: Which is better for dogs?

While browsing dog collars, you may also be considering getting a harness for your dog.

These can be a great solution for all sorts of reasons:

  • They’re great if your dog is still in training as they help them not to get so distracted.
  • They help to stop your dog from pulling or jumping while out and about.
  • They’re ideal for specific breeds such as pugs as they’re a more comfortable fit for them.
  • They’re a good choice if your dog is a breed that’s susceptible to respiratory problems. Collars can sometimes interfere with a dog’s breathing if the lead is tugged or pulled on too hard.
  • Harnesses are also ideal for small and toy dog breeds, as well as injured dogs, as they are gentler on fragile bodies.

gorgeous tiny chihuahua with blonde fur in a blue paddling pool wearing a black mesh vest harness

The only issue people tend to come across is that, even though you want your dog to wear a harness – they may disagree. So, getting one on your dog – and getting it to stay on - can be tricky.

Collars are specifically good for dogs who crave comfort as well as those who don’t want to spend a long time getting ready for walkies! They can be slipped on and off easily and they’re also super convenient for attaching their ID tags too.

Happy dog collar hunting and of course, if you have any questions about any of our products, just ping us a message on Facebook and we’ll get back to you asap @meandmypetsofficial.

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