Dalmatian wearing a grey dog collar

How To Choose A Dog Collar

Is the thought of picking the right dog collar leaving you overwhelmed? Fear not! In this comprehensive and friendly guide, we'll walk you through the essential steps of choosing the perfect collar for your furry companion. Whether you have a small breed or a larger pup, we've got you covered. Let's dive in!


How To Choose The Perfect Dog Collar

When it comes to selecting a dog collar, there are a few factors to consider. Let's break them down:

1. Material

Dog collars come in various materials, such as fabric (nylon or polyester), leather, faux-leather, metal, and rope. Your choice of material should depend on your dog's needs. Nylon collars are lightweight, easy to clean, and often come in fun designs, while leather collars are durable and gentle on your dog's coat.

2. Style

Collars also come in different styles, some with buckles and others with clips. Both options have their pros and cons. Buckles tend to be sturdier, while clips are quicker to put on and take off. The most popular style is the flat collar, which sits flush with your dog's neck and helps distribute pressure evenly, making it suitable for dogs that tend to pull. Rounded collars, usually made of leather or rope, are ideal for dogs with long coats or those sensitive to flat collars

3. Dog's Breed

Consider your dog's breed when picking a collar. For long-necked breeds like hounds, specialised collars designed for their comfort and support may be the best choice. On the other hand, for smaller breeds or puppies, opt for lightweight collars like nylon to prevent unnecessary strain on their necks. For larger dogs, durable options like leather collars can provide the needed support.

4. Dog Collar Purpose

Think about how you plan to use the collar. If it's primarily for holding your dog's ID tag, and you'll use a harness for walks, a lightweight collar like nylon will do just fine. However, if you intend to attach the leash to the collar directly, a sturdy leather collar might be more suitable.


    How to Fit a Dog Collar Correctly

    Ensuring the right fit is crucial for your dog's comfort and safety. Here's a simple guide to measure your dog's collar size:

    1. Use a fabric tape measure and wrap it around your dog's neck where the collar would sit.
    2. Leave two fingers of space between the measuring tape and your dog's neck.
    3. Take the measurement and add one to two inches.
    4. Use this measurement to find the appropriate size in the collar's size guide.

    How to measure a dog collar


    For puppies, keep in mind that they grow rapidly in the first few months. Opt for adjustable nylon collars that can accommodate their growth. Introducing your puppy to wearing a collar early on, even before their first walk, can help them get used to it and make the first walk less intimidating.


    Lords & Labradors Dog Collars Size Guide

    If you're looking to get your dog one of our Herdwick or Twill dog collars, we've put our size guide below to give you a helping hand in picking the right size for your dog

    Dalmatian wearing a grey dog collar

    Size Neck Size Breed Recommendations
    Chihuahua, Yorkshire terrier
    Jack Russell, Norfolk Terrier
    Cockapoo, Standard Dachshund, Spaniel
     Bulldog, Schnauzer, English Bull Terrier
    Labrador, Red Setter, Labradoodle
    Retriever, Great Dane, Doberman
     Bullmastiff, Dogue de Bordeaux, Newfoundland

    The Correct Tightness of Dog Collar

    Finding the right balance between security and comfort is essential. A general rule of thumb is to make sure you can fit two fingers between the collar and your dog's neck. This ensures it's snug enough not to slip off easily but not too tight to cause discomfort.

    Equip your furry friend with the perfect dog collar for all your adventures. With our friendly guide, you'll have the confidence to make an informed decision that prioritizes your dog's comfort, safety, and style. Happy walks await you and your beloved companion! Explore our range of designer dog collars to find the perfect match today.

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