Chances are if you have a dog, large or small, you will already 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 dog collars. Therefore making it easier to be contacted if their dog strays. 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?
I have seen and observed large dogs when out and about, and a good collar can be the difference between keeping control of your animal or not!
Maybe you’re thinking, “Why is that important?”.
Because, the larger the dog, the faster they can run. As a result it’s easier to get away from you if they slip their collar. This is the case especially if they are not fully trained or choose to ignore your frantic recall instructions!
I’m not saying that small dogs are any less difficult to get back. 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.
Whatever your dog’s size is, a good collar can make all the difference to maintaining control.
What makes a good collar?
From a 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. In addition, it also needs to have a good connection point for your leash.
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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. Otherwise it can impact on their breathing and potential choking. 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. This means not high up towards their ears. Neither 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. As an alternative, use a piece of string. Cut it to length and then lay it flat on a hard surface. Then 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 fibres as well these days. However 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. As a result you might want to consider a dog collar with high-grade stainless steel.
What do I think is the best large dog collar?
My favourite 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 SupaTuff for nothing!
What other big dog collars are good?
This next collar comes a very close second for me.
Perri's Padded Leather Dog Collar
- Made of natural leather, with lambskin padding on the inside. This means comfort for your dog.
- Heaps of colours to choose 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, so you have that extra reassurance of quality.
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What if you have a dog that pulls?
If your dog pulls on the lead, you may want to consider a harness. Ideal for large and stronger dogs, this is one of the best on the market.
Babyltrl No-Pull Heavy Duty Dog Harness
- Heavy duty and difficult to tear, due to a unique triangular connection of the straps on the back.
- Sturdy metal rings give two options when out walking. Firstly the front clip discourages pulling. Secondly the clip on the back allows for more relaxed walking.
- Quick snap buckles means easy hassle-free on and off. Even so, the straps at the chest and neck are fully adjustable. This allows a custom fit for your furry friend.
- The lining is padded and breathable, meaning extra comfort for your dog. In addition it dries quickly after getting wet.
- Reflective patches add an extra safety measure, allowing your dog to be seen more easily at night.
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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, I’ve witnessed a husky wrapping a leash around a buggy with a toddler, another dog and a lamp post all at once. So 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 great fabric collars out there as well, some of which have embroidered names on. These are fun, colourful 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 enjoyed reading this. I welcome your own thoughts and experiences on large dog collars. In particular, I want to hear if you’ve 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.
Feel free to leave any comments or questions below and I’ll get back to you.
Happy Walkies my friends!