Chances are if you have a dog, large or small, you will already have or be thinking about buying a dog collar. One of the most important factors about a dog collar is of course, if your dog goes missing. Many dog owners attach identity tags to their dog’s collar to make it easier to be contacted if someone else finds their dog.
However, a collar does much more than this. It provides a link between you and your dog when out walking, and a connection to the leash. Why have I mentioned large dog collars specifically? Through my own experience, and observations of other large dogs when out and about, a good collar can be the difference between keeping good control of your animal, or not!
Maybe you are thinking why is that important – in my view, the larger the dog, the faster they can run and the easier it is to get away from you if they slip their collar. Especially, if they are not fully trained or choose to ignore your frantic recall instructions!
Now, I’m not saying that small dogs are any less difficult to get back hold of. Some of them can be pretty tricky too, darting quickly here and there. However, smaller dogs are more likely to tire more quickly and hopefully at that point you can connect with them again relatively easily.
Either way, a good collar can make all the difference.
What makes a good large dog collar?
From the dog owners perspective, durability and your dog’s comfort are the two main considerations. You want something that will last a decent length of time, and provide good value for money. It also needs to be comfortable for your furry friend.
Let’s take a look at what you need to think about:
Collar Size and Fit
A collar needs to be snug enough so it stays on, even if your dog pulls on the leash. It also needs to be roomy enough that it doesn’t press on the neck or throat of your dog. A good measure is to be able to fit two fingers side-by-side between the collar and the front of your dog’s throat.
Advice on measuring your dog’s collar size
If you are buying a replacement collar, unless you are buying the exact same style from the same manufacturer, don’t measure the existing collar, but instead measure around your dog’s neck using a cloth measuring tape. (The builder-type measuring tapes are designed to measure in straight lines and their edges can be quite sharp, so far accuracy and safety it’s best to use a cloth one). Measure around your dog’s neck where the collar would normally sit – so not high up towards their ears, or so low that it’s actually where their shoulders and chest meet. It’s not necessary to use the two-finger spacing rule above for the actual measurement, as the collar you eventually buy will have scope to allow for this.
What if you don’t have a cloth measuring tape?
There is a way around this – use a piece of string and then lay the relevant length flat and measure with a ruler or builder’s measuring tape to get the end result you need.
Leather is of course a natural product, and very durable. However, it can be stiff to start with and may need to be oiled in order to soften. There are many man-made fibers as well these days, but take care as dogs who have allergies or are particularly sensitive to some chemicals are more likely to develop irritation to synthetic fabrics.
The metal loops and buckles need to provide the strength to stand up to the force a large dog can exert. If your dog is constantly in the water, be prepared for rust to develop quite quickly on some metals and you might want to consider high-grade stainless steel.
What do I think is the best?
My favorite brand of large dog collars come from Rogue Royalty. Made initially for working dogs in Australia, they now have a world-wide reputation for being the best in class for large dogs. They are not called SupaTuffTM for nothing!
What else is good?
This collar comes a very close second for me:
Average customer score: 88%
- Made of natural leather, with lambskin padding on the inside
- Heaps of colors to chooser from. I’ve selected the blue picture to really show you the comfortable padding on the inside. The black leather has stainless steel metal components, whilst brown leather has brass hardware.
- Made in the USA
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What if you have a puller?
If your dog pulls on the lead, is large and therefore strong, you may want to consider a harness solution. One of the best on the marker is this one:
Average customer score: 86%
- Comes with 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
- Comes in different sizes, but is also completely adjustable so you can get an exact fit for your individual dog or dogs.
- The harness is made of strong denim cloth, which is very durable and hard wearing. PLEASE NOTE: it should be washed before first use to avoid the dye running if you’re out on a walk and it rains, or the harness gets wet.
- This is a high-quality harness, with heavy-duty stitching designed to last
- Comes with harness, leash and an instruction manual – but basic instructions below show how it is put on.
Final thoughts of the day
I want to finish off this article with a couple of pointers for large dog owners
- Please take care with retractable leashes. I know they are incredibly popular and are one of the best selling types of leashes. However, having witnessed a husky wrapping a leash around a buggy with a toddler, another dog and a lamp post all at once, I’m not convinced they are such a wise choice for large dogs. The owner had no control, and once the husky started to pull, the locking mechanism wasn’t strong enough to stop the roll-out of the leash.
- There are some neat fabric collars out there as well, some of which have embroidered names on. These are fun, colorful and serve a purpose, but being wholly constructed from nylon and plastic, you can expect to have to replace them fairly regularly.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this. I would welcome your own thoughts and experiences on large dog collars – particularly if you have had either really good or really bad experiences with any. It all goes towards helping other dog owners out there, especially if they are new to owning a dog.
Would be great to hear from you, so feel free to leave any comments or questions below and I will get back to you.
Happy Walkies my friends!