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Last updated: 19 Aug 2020

The Best Dog Collars (Review) in 2020

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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

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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

Specification:
  • Brand: GoTags

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

Specification:
  • Brand: Black Rhino
  • Weight: 4 ounces

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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

Specification:
  • Brand: Perri’s

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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

Specification:
  • Brand: Custom Catch
  • Model: CC-DC-GL-PI-RD-NOPNT

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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

Specification:
  • Brand: Illumiseen
  • Weight: 4 ounces

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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

Specification:
  • Brand: Blueberry Pet
  • Weight: 2.4 ounces

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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

Specification:
  • Brand: AOLOVE
  • Weight: 1.6 ounces

The Best Dog Collars Buying Guide

What to Look Out for When Buying a Dog Collar

Choosing a dog collar cannot solely depend on what color compliments your pet’s fur shade. Unfortunately, the process of purchasing a collar is far more complicated. We’ve identified the fundamental categories that must be individually considered – the size, design, material, and type of collar – before choosing the right collar for your best friend.

*Side Note: We will not be discussing the materials used to make prong or chain collars, nor will we be listing them as types of collars below. This decision was made on account of the harmful mental and physical consequences these collars inflict. Above all, we believe dogs should be treated ethically, and wish to depict this principal in our content.

  • Size

It shouldn’t have to be said, but the collar you picked out for your Great Dane won’t fit your Chihuahua. How to measure for the correct collar size for small and large dogs alike is explicitly detailed in our FAQ section below.

  • Design

There are so many collar aesthetics from dog owners to choose from, ranging from bold to dainty. Personalized dog collars in particular add a little charisma and individuality to an accessory that all dogs wear around their necks. On one end of the spectrum, owners cleverly imprint their phone number and their dog’s name on their collars just in case their hanging tag falls off, whereas some owners arguably take it a little too far by customizing these collars with a photo of their dog.

  • Material

Neoprene: Also known as polychloroprene, neoprene collars are extremely lightweight and recommended for dogs with sensitive skin. To the advantage of both dogs and their owners, neoprene collars are fully waterproof – meaning that your dog jumping in the water for a splash about won’t damage their accessory.

Leather: Although leather collars usually come with a steep price tag, the comfort and class they exude makes it all worth it. Your dog will be bouncing around for years to come with their favorite leather collar around their necks due to their longevity and durability. Don’t be duped by fake leather collars, such as bonded leather that is composed from both real and fake leather (leftover pieces of hide).

Nylon: Nylon collars are certainly fun; we’ll give you that. For only a couple of bucks, you can walk into any pet store and choose between an immeasurable number of kooky collars boasting all sorts of patterns and colors. Yet their inexpensive nature most often results in them breaking or looking ragged within a few months to a year.

  • Type

There are heaps of different types of dog collars on the market, yet only a minority are appropriate to place around our pet’s delicate necks. Let’s check out the leading varieties below.

Dog is waitingDifferent Types of Dog Collars

LED Collars: Up early for work in the morning or consistently arriving home late to find your pup pestering you for a walk? LED collars give you peace of mind when out on early morning or nighttime walks: your pup can now run off the lead as they please thanks to a combination of flashing and solid LED lights and reflective material on their collar. If worse comes to worst and your dog runs off into the night, this type of collar alerts other pedestrians and road users to their presence.

Standard Collars: This type of collar is usually composed of a plastic or metal buckle. They’re simple and perfect for dogs who require minimal supervision on their walks.

Martingale Collars: Although we in no way condone the use of prong and choke collars, the martingale collar is a much less extreme alternative for training dogs. Initially designed for sighthounds by virtue of their necks being larger than their heads, thereby resulting in buckle collars slipping cleanly off, a martingale collar ensures more control. Composed of two loops – one for adjusting the fit of the collar around your pup’s neck, the other providing extra control when on the lead – the dual mechanism places tension around a dog’s neck if they start to pull. The collar slackens as soon as your dog stop pulling on their lead. Although a dog should never be left unsupervised when wearing a martingale collar due to the potential that the metal elements may slip down and cause your pup to chew on them, consequently damaging their teeth, these collars pose no other safety risks.

Are Dog Collars Really Dangerous?

Humane dog collars like those outlined above are recommended for your furry friend, as they provide a place to keep a dog owner’s contact details. This being said, some dog collars absolutely are dangerous and should be banned. Animal rights organization PETA actively campaign against the use of prong and choke collars, deeming them to fly in the face of positive reinforcement tactics. In fact, the very design of these collars is to punish dogs by administering pain or discomfort. One graphic fact indicating of the type of abuse prong collars inflict on dogs is that dogs develop scar tissue around their necks due to the painful metal protrusions pinching the skin around their necks. As scar tissue has no feeling, dogs continue to pull, being completely unaware that they’re hurting themselves in the process. Likewise, choke collars are physically and mentally dangerous. Regarding the former, their use has been affiliated with crushing tracheas, fracturing bones, and prolapsing eyeballs. Concerning the latter, simply imagine the incredible fear a dog must feel having a collar that chokes them placed round their neck and you’ll sympathize.

Accordingly, it is essential that you read the correct information on collars to ensure that you don’t buy the wrong one and end up unintentionally harming your lovely dog. In order to safeguard your pup’s health, the FAQ we’ve compiled below aims to point you in the right direction so you can be confident out on your walks together.

Small dog russian toy enjoying the sunBest Dog Collars FAQ:

Q: Should my dog wear a collar all the time?

A: Although it depends on the state laws, it is a legal requirement in several states for your dog to be on a leash in public outdoor areas. Not only should a collar be worn for legal reasons, if your dog wanders off anywhere, having your contact details around their neck will increase the chances that they’ll arrive home safe and sound.

Q: How do I choose the correct collar size?

A: By following a few simple steps, your dog will be measured in a quick and precise fashion for their new collar.

  1. Find a reliable tool for measuring: Measuring around your dog’s neck cannot be properly carried out if all you have lying around is a ruler. Invest in a reliable measuring tape – preferably a cloth seamstress’s tape measure – before achieving this task. If you’ve lost all your collars and can’t wait until you have time to purchase a measuring tape, using a piece of string to measure for a tight fit and then measuring this string with a ruler is your best chance of success.
  2. Take your measurement: You should measure your dog for a collar several inches down from their head. For medium to large dogs, add two inches; for small dogs, add one inch.
  3. Ensure you aren’t measuring for the collar too tightly: Taking the perfect measurement all relies on ensuring the measurement is ‘snug’, not tight, around your dog’s neck. An effective benchmark is sliding two fingers under your dog’s collar. Is the space between your pup’s neck and the collar too small to carry out this request? Your dog requires a larger collar. Contrarily, too much space calls for a smaller size of collar.

Q: What age should a dog wear a collar?

A: Training your dog to behave on the lead is often an arduous process – but one that should commence once they reach ten weeks old. As your puppy won’t have received the necessary jags at this point to go out on walks, you can practice walking with them on the lead in your garden or even inside your home. Before training your puppy on the lead begins, your pup should have spent a few days becoming accustomed to the feeling of a collar around their neck.

Q: What kind of collar is best for a puppy?

A: Puppies’ necks are so petite and delicate that neoprene or nylon collars are recommended due to their lightweight construction. However, if you own a puppy from a breed who have slimmer heads such as Greyhounds, a martingale collar is the way to go to stop your pupper slipping out of their collar.

Q: How do I clean my collar?

A: The majority of dog collars aren’t machine washable, leading to some owners disregarding this chore entirely. However, you’ll regret this decision when your pet’s collar starts to smell funky, rubbing off on your dog’s skin, and then spreading to their beds, your couch – you name it!

To prevent this stench from spreading throughout your home, all you have to do is take the normal shampoo you use to wash your pet and add a small amount to a bowl of hot water. Next, place your dog’s collar in the bowl – if it’s really grimy, rub the dirt off whilst it’s in the water. After letting the collar soak for twenty minutes, squeeze out any residual water and place it on the radiator or outside in the sun to allow it to dry off nicely.

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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