Last updated: 25 Jun 2020

The Best Dog Collars (Review) in 2020

Personalized Dog Collar by GoTags

GoTags Personalized Dog Collar

Luxury Real Leather Padded Dog Collar by Soft Touch Collars

Soft Touch Collars Leather Collar

PetSafe Martingale Dog Collar

PetSafe Martingale Dog Collar

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Destin Benoit
Published 20:20 pm

There’s an ongoing debate as to which is better: a collar or a dog harness. While the scientific community decides on which of these two canine accessories is a lot safer for our furry pals, we can take confidence in the fact that our lovable pooches really do look more adorable with their collars around their necks. Some collars are great for training, too. And if you’re like countless other dog owners out there who love turning their pets into fashion icons of the animal world, try our list of the 10 best dog collars in 2019.

The Best Dog Collar


GoTags Personalized Dog Collar
GoTags Personalized Dog Collar

If you love embroidered things, then GoTags is for you. Each nylon band of the GoTags comes with personalized names and other information you would want embroidered onto the colorful collar. The GoTags come in 4 different sizes so it’s imperative that the accurate measurement of your pet’s neck circumference be obtained.

Ordering your pet’s GoTags is also made super easy as you will only need to choose the color of the collar, the color of the thread, the size of the collar, and the text to be embroidered. Sadly, you don’t get to choose the style of the font to be used. It would have completed the customization options of the GoTags. Nevertheless, the 15 thread color options should make up for it. The GoTags Personalized Collar also comes with heavy duty nylon webbing, side release buckle, and a durable D-ring made of stainless steel. Your only concern now is to get a matching leash.

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Premium-quality, smooth, tapered-edge nylon webbing

Heavy-duty leash and dog tag D-ring

Quick-release plastic secure buckle

5 color choices for the collar, 15 embroidery color choices, 4 collar sizes

  • Brand: GoTags


Soft Touch Collars Leather Dog Collar
Soft Touch Collars Leather Dog Collar

For those who appreciate the luxurious qualities of genuine leather, this one’s for you. One of the things you’ll appreciate about the Soft Touch Collars Luxury Real Leather Padded Collar is just how classically elegant the design is. The contrasting stitch provides a wonderful addition to the very fine grains that are embedded into each leather variant. From the classic black to contemporary brown or teal and even the edgy turquoise or light pink, you will definitely find something that will best reflect your pooch’s unique personality.

Since the leather material is padded, you can feel a lot safer about your pet’s optimum comfort, although leather is already quite soft and gentle on your pet’s skin. The leather is also naturally tanned without the need for the addition of harsh chemicals. The solid brass buckle and D-ring also add to the overall appeal of the Soft Touch.

Naturally-tanned full-grain genuine leather

Free from harsh dyes and other chemicals

Small dog tag D-ring

6 color design choices, 4 collar sizes

Lifetime guarantee

  • Brand: Soft Touch Collars
  • Model: no.1
  • Weight: 6.4 ounces


Blueberry Pet Regular Collars
Blueberry Pet Regular Collars

Some folks like it grand while others prefer to keep it simple. If you’re the latter kind of dog owner then you will also love the Blueberry Pet Classic Solid Color Dog Collar Collection. Available in either a straight collar or bandana style design, the Blueberry makes for a simple yet effective way to put an accessory around your pet’s neck. The band can also be customized if you want.

The Blueberry is constructed of heavy duty nylon fabric complete with eco-friendly plastic easy-snap buckles and chrome-plated D-ring. We do recommend getting the matching leash to really complete your dog’s fashion. Do understand, however, that the collar and the leash are sold separately. At the very least you won’t have a difficult time looking for a leash that matches well with the collar.

High density, durable dog collar

Quick-release secure buckles made of recycled plastic materials

Durable, chrome-coated metallic D-ring

11 color design options, 4 collar sizes

  • Brand: DCLS07S
  • Model: Blueberry Pet
  • Weight: 1.6 ounces


It cannot get any simpler than this. The Martingale Dog Collar with Quick Snap Buckle comes with a very straightforward, unassuming, and unpretentious design. It would seem that you can easily make one yourself, provided you have the materials available. The PetSafe Martingale is composed of only 3 different materials: metal D-ring and loops, sturdy plastic buckle, and heavy duty nylon band that comes in 3 different widths. The quick snap buckle allows for one-handed closure and opening of the canine neck accessory.

Compared to the usual belt-style buckle this can come in handy for folks who may have issues with their fine motor movements. The use of nylon as the Martingale’s band is also considered as thoughtful since nylon is a very strong and durable material. It may not have the luxurious look and feel of leather, but nylon sure can project a character of its own. Best of all, it is cheaper by several dollars than leather dog collars, too, making it an excellent option for cash-strapped dog owners.

Secure Martingale loop

Easy-on easy-off quick-release, easy-snap buckle

Durable, high quality nylon webbing

6 color options, 5 collar sizes

  • Brand: PetSafe
  • Model: PQC-S-3/4-RED
  • Weight: 2.4 ounces


Black Rhino Ultra Soft Dog Collar
Black Rhino Ultra Soft Dog Collar

If your furry companion is quite strong and rambunctious, and manages to get out of every possible collar you put on them, the Black Rhino Comfort Collar may be the product you’re looking for. Heavy-duty and strong, but at the same time lightweight and comfortable, this dog collar is perfect for powerful and highly energetic dogs. It’s made of incredibly tough materials that can not only withstand a lot of tugging and roughhousing, but all kinds of outdoor elements too, meaning it’s great for walking, jogging and hiking with your pup.

The collar also features neoprene padding, which provides comfort and helps protect your pet’s skin from irritation. This material also easily dries and has great resistance to odor, which makes it ideal for swimming. There are various sizes and colors available, so finding the right fit for your pup should be easy.

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Durable and strong, yet lightweight

Heavy-duty rounded buckle

Neoprene padding for comfort and odor resistance

Reflective stitching for safety

High-quality weather-proof material

  • Brand: Black Rhino
  • Weight: 4 ounces


Perri’s Padded Leather Dog Collar looks a lot more like the Soft Touch, but with one slight difference. While both products come fully padded, Perri’s padding takes on a more colorful design to provide contrast to the main band which is typically black. Aside from black though, Perri’s also come with the brownish Havana color. The padding is made of soft lambskin leather, providing a very comfortable fit around your dog’s neck.

The hardware is made of heavy duty solid brass for the Havana variant while stainless steel is the material of choice for the black-banded Perri’s. Regardless of the variant you choose you can always feel confident about the way your dog will look with the Perri’s around its neck.

Well-stitched, naturally-tanned, high quality, genuine full-grain leather

Heavy-duty, premium quality, solid brass hardware

Dog tag and / or leash metal D-ring attachment

14 color design choices, 5 collar sizes

  • Brand: Perri’s


Compared to the personalized canine neck accessories by GoTags, the dog collars of Custom Catch come fully engraved. At the very least you won’t have to worry about strands of thread loosening from the embroidery. Having the name of your pooch including its contact number or any other piece of information engraved into the soft leather band of the Custom Catch is a lot more effective and longer-lasting than having it embroidered. It is also less expensive than having it embroidered.

The good thing about personalized dog collars is that you have absolute control of what to put in the collar as well as how it will look like in the end. You also get to choose from a variety of adornments like paws, hearts, and bones, just to name a few. It is no wonder then that a lot of pet owners love the Custom Catch dog collars as it affords them substantial degree of control over what their pets will wear.

High-quality full-grain genuine leather

Engraving done in Vermont

Full personalization with custom text

3 whimsical for-dogs-only designs: paw, bone, heart

6 leather color choices, 4 collar sizes

  • Brand: Custom Catch


This is one cool dog collar that you would always want your dog to wear every time you take it out for a walk or a run in low light conditions or during the night. Along the entire length of the Illumiseen is a flexible strip of LED light that should increase your dog’s visibility in the dark. This greatly improves you and your dog’s safety as other people, especially motorists, will be alerted of your presence even from a distance.

Moreover, if your pooch happens to bolt, locating it will be a lot easier. The LED light can last a full 5 hours upon full charge which usually takes about an hour. The Illumiseen comes in 3 different light modes: slow flashing, rapid flashing, and steady beam. Aside from its safety features, the Illumiseen is also constructed of durable materials so you can always count on it to last your dog’s lifetime.

3 LED light modes: steady, rapid flash, slow flash

1-click toggling among different light modes

5-hour runtime after 1 hour of USB charging

Sturdy, durable, and water-resistant construction

6 LED light color options, 6 collar sizes

Lifetime warranty

  • Brand: Illumiseen
  • Weight: 4 ounces


Looking for cute dog collars for your pooch? The Blueberry Pet’s Floral Pattern Collar is a fantastic choice. Made of high-density polyester, this attractive collar is both durable and soft. Although made of (eco-friendly) plastic, the buckles are pretty sturdy, while the nickel-free coated D-ring adds even more durability to the mix. While soft, the collar is not stretchable, which is something you should keep in mind when picking out the sizes (the manufacturer advises leaving only 2 fingers between your dog’s neck and the collar).

This Blueberry Pet model comes in a host of different floral patterns  – all pretty and adorable-looking, perfect for both everyday use and occasions. There are also various sizes available, so finding the right collar for your pooch should be a piece of cake.

Made of high-density polyester

Eco-friendly plastic buckles and nickel-free coated D-ring

Soft but quite durable

13 floral patterns available

  • Brand: Blueberry Pet
  • Weight: 2.4 ounces


Available in extra-small to large sizes, the AOLOVE Basic Classis Padded Leather Pet Collars make for an excellent choice for collars especially if you intend to collect all 10 color variants. Each premium quality leather band comes integrated with 5 holes for easy adjustment to the circumference of your pet’s neck.

At any rate, this should help ensure you get a snug fit. Its heavy duty D-ring plus nickel-plated hardware also helps ensure the security of the collar attachment. At any rate, the overall styling is simple yet adorable enough to allow pooches to have their own signature look.

Premium quality, extra-soft leather material

Heavy duty nickel-plated metal alloy hardware

5 adjustment holes

Heavy duty D ring

10 color design options, 4 collar sizes

  • Brand: AOLOVE
  • Weight: 1.6 ounces

The Best Dog Collars Buying Guide

How We Chose the Canine Collars in Our List

Choosing a collar for our four-legged lovable pooches is like choosing the best-looking, most luxurious necklace we can provide for our loved ones. Of course, our pet dogs are not really like our human loved ones but they do deserve something special. And this is the jump-off point in our search of the top dog collars currently available in the market.

Like a human necklace, collars for dogs must be able to bring out the best in the personality of our pets. This essentially means that we have to look for accessories that can best represent the personalities and temperaments of our pooches. We do recognize that this is actually a very personal decision reflecting your own personal preferences so we decided to employ the assistance of countless other dog owners who happen to have already tried the neck accessory. At least, we’ll have a basis on whether to consider the canine product as uniquely fashionable and stylish for your pets or not.

Young sporty man walking with his bullmastiff dog

We then looked at the overall design and make of the neck accessory. We zeroed-in on the material or materials used in its construction. It is imperative that the collar be soft and smooth and not contain any harsh chemicals which can irritate the skin of your pup or hound. Safety is a major consideration even though dogs are considered as less superior than humans; they are still our best friends. As such, we wouldn’t want to use anything dangerous on them. This extends well into the different features that may have been built into the product. For example, if the closure mechanism snags or clips our pooch’s skin, then this would be grossly uncomfortable for our pets. They can get irritated and feel very anxious.

Sturdiness and durability are also favorable attributes of collars especially for large breeds and tenacious chewers. We don’t want you to buy a neck accessory today and gone tomorrow simply because Fido found it more palatable than its regular chew. At least, you can bet that no matter how vigorous your pooch is in chewing and chomping on almost anything, these collars should last at least several years, saving you money in the process.

Now, there are collars that are specifically designed for training pooches. Many of these are electronic. While we don’t have anything against the use of electronic dog training collars, we do have to make sure that they don’t hurt our beloved pet. An electric shock, even if it is supplied by a battery is still an electric shock and we clearly don’t want to startle or even scare our cherished pets.

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Are Dog Collars Really Dangerous?

There have been a lot of reports from distraught pet owners how their beloved pooch’s life was snuffed out of them because of their collars. We’ve read of dogs that have been strangled or even suffocated to death. The dangers of using pet collars are clearly becoming a major issue among pet owners. The following are just some of the dangers that have been identified with the use of collars:

  • Increased risk for glaucoma because of increased pressure in the eyes when dogs pull on their collars.
  • Increased risk of spinal injuries because of the jerking or pulling action of dogs on the leash which can irritate the very delicate spinal cord.
  • Increased incidence of herniated discs especially in the neck region and the mid and lower back regions. Again, the culprit they say is on the ligaments and muscles getting strained and overworked because of constant pulling and jerking.

We’re not saying we cannot use collars for our dogs. However, we should be responsible enough for their own safety. If the only reason why we put collars on our pets is to improve their look, then there are other ways we can make them look unique. If we use collar for behavior correction, studies show that positive reinforcement training works a lot better than any e-collar we can find. If we do decide to use a collar, we should choose a breakaway collar to reduce the risk of strangulation.

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Destin Benoit
Destin Benoit
A former Special Forces Canine Handler, Destin Benoit has extensive knowledge and experience with military canine training. He has worked with multiple military dogs in the most stressful places and situations in the world. Currently, Destin is a SOC Canine Handler, aiding in the protection of the US diplomats abroad.
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