Dogs and people have a long history together. Their relationship started way back in ancient Egypt, Greece, Persia, and China. Surprisingly, DNA research has shown that domestication of dogs first took place more than thirty-two thousand years ago. The first owners enjoyed dogs’ assistance as they immediately became a great help with burdens such as tracking fugitives and securing farms, as well as hunting and retrieving wild game. These among other uses turned domesticated dogs into an interesting possession. Through the centuries, attitudes have shifted and humans have started to control, identify, protect and beautify dogs. Perhaps, this is what led to the emergence of dog collars and has since influenced their development to the modern times. In this week’s blog, we take a look at the entertaining history behind today’s premium dog collars.
The Origin of Dog Collars
When was the first dog collar invented? It’s somewhat elusive to say exactly who the first person was to develop best quality dog collars. However, images in ancient art reveal that collars were born out the desire to make a statement about the status of the owner and maybe that of the dog. This occurred around five thousand years ago among the ancient Egyptian kings, queens, and pharaohs who highly revered and construed dogs as precious commodities. As a symbol of significance, dogs were adorned with brass collars and decorated with precious gems. With the passage of time, the use of dog collars then passed onto other civilizations such as Greece.
Dog Collars Through the Ages
Although collars originated in Egypt, it was in ancient Greece that they found a practical purpose. Greek farmers mainly used dogs as herders and hunters. During these activities, battles were expected especially when wolves and other predators attacked their farms – herds of cattle, sheep, and other animals. The farmers realized that wolves targeted the animals’ necks. For this reason, they developed and armed their dogs with nail-covered leather collars to provide adequate protection against the enemy. This mode of security seemed to be very useful in warding off the feral wolves. For that reason, spiked leather collars became widespread throughout the realm. In the 11th century, the use of these spiked collars became popular in vicious sports but was later made illegal in the 1600s. With the onset of industrialization, padlock collars were invented to resolve disputes over ownership. The rightful master proved ownership by providing irrefutable proof – unlocking the padlock collars. Since then, best quality dog collars have registered insignificant changes.
Modern Day Dog Collars
In today’s world, dog collars have become more than just a symbol of ownership. They come in different designs, colors, and material to meet an owner’s needs including function, durability, and identity. For instance, LED dog collars light up around the dog’s neck and make romping at night safe and fun. Besides keeping your furry friend visible to motorists, these collars illuminate the area around and make it effortless to pick up nighttime poop (in case of any). Personalized leather dog collars, on the other hand, are fashionable yet so durable. Other premium dog collars include martingale collars. They are perfect for training, prevent neck injury, and prevent the dog from slipping out of their collars.
Can’t Beat Woofwerks
With the advent of more sophisticated technology, who knows what the future holds for premium dog collars? At Woofwerks, we doubt our leather and nylon dog collars will ever be beaten! Therefore, waste no time! Give us a call today and get your furry friend fine dog collars, leashes, and other accessories.