Bringing a new dog into the family is an exciting experience. However, with all the cuteness, dogs come with a bit of work and responsibility. One of the most important pet accessories is the dog collar. The dog collar must hold the ID and license tags, as well as keep your pet comfy and restrained on long walks and outings. As you shop around for the perfect collar– and while considering all the factors such as sizing, style, material and durability– it is also necessary to consider your dog’s breed. All dogs are not the same – every breed has a personality of their own. Some collars are suited for a specific breed’s disposition, while some are recommended for particular breeds due to their strength and neck thickness. Here is a guide on how to pick the best dog collar based on breed.
Small Breed Dogs
Small breeds are probably the cutest pets out there! They start small and stay small. Most of them possess a unique sense of fearlessness and gentleness, making them an excellent pet to carry around. They are also perfect for families with small children. Due to their weak and very sensitive necks, a half-inch collar with a quick release buckle will make it easy to clip on and off and help prevent injury to their throats. Ideally, a nylon & leather pet collar will work perfectly well and hold up when your pooch gets a little chew happy. While choosing dog collars for your small breed, keep in mind that wider options are a poor decision, certainly because they weigh more.
Medium Breed Dogs
Most medium-sized dog breeds, like the German shepherd, are very tough, fearless, and energetic. Their incredibly smart and athletic nature makes them ideal for police K9 and other dog working roles. For these reasons, very thin collars (like the half-inch width used for small breeds above) are not recommended. Instead, relatively thick bridle leather collars will help control their energy and strength when they catch sight of that squirrel. English bridle leather is soft, durable and comfortable for your dog to wear.
Large Breed Dogs
Large framed power breeds are powerful and fiercely dedicated to protecting their people and home. For this reason, thin collars won’t cut it for most of them. For safety’s sake, a thick, durable collar is an excellent option. Preferably, a heavy synthetic or leather dog collar is the best everyday collar for the large breeds. However, you may need a martingale or other training collar if he is a working dog. If your big dog is known to do well on the leash, a traditional leather & nylon collar will still do.
Dog Collar Recommendations Based on Breeds
|X-Small||Chihuahua, Yorkshire Terrier, Silky Terrier, Papillion, Italian Greyhound, Papillion, Chinese Crested, Affenpinscher, and all young puppies of any breed||18.5CM – 28.5CM or
7” – 11”
|2CM||Lightweight leather & nylon collars|
|Small||Dachshund, Corgi, Pug, French Bulldog, Cocker Spaniel, Cairn Terrier, and Scottish Terrier||28.5CM – 38.5CM or
11” – 16”
|Medium||American English Coonhound, English Bulldog, Collie, Boxer, Bloodhound, Siberian Husky, Doberman Pinscher, English Springer Spaniel, American Foxhound, and other large breed puppies older than 5 months.||38.5CM – 47.5CM or
16” – 23”
|3CM||Bridle leather dog collars|
|Large||Saint Bernard, Rottweiler, Newfoundland, Great Pyrenees, Great Dane, Bull Mastiff, Caucasian Shepherd, Scottish Deerhound, and Komondor.||47.5CM – 57.5CM or
20” – 30”
As a basic rule of thumb, choose a lightweight and narrower collar for smaller dog breeds and increase in durability, weight, and width at the size increases. However, remember there are exemptions to this rule. If you are still unsure of the best collar to buy, worry no more! Woofwerks sizing guide will help you determine the ideal length and width for your dog collar.