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Best Dog Collars for 2020

In the UK, it is the law for your dog to be wearing a collar and some form of owner identification when in a public place.

Not only does a collar keep your dog safe and make it easier to reunite with you should they run off, but you may also want to use it as a way to walk your dog, either alongside or instead of a harness or headcollar.

Therefore, it is important to get something strong, good quality and which fits well. You may also want a collar which lights up for nightly dog walks, makes them easier to control or you may want a particular style to match their lead or coat.

Below are the best dog collars available to buy for every breed, need and speed of the dog.

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    Dogs & Horses Rolled Leather Tan & Brass
    • Rolled leather for reduced risk of fraying
    • Really strong fastenings
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    Leuchtie LED Easy Charge White Dog Collar
    • Easy to take on and off
    • Rechargeable
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    Seresto Flea and Tick Control
    • Long-lasting protection
    • Vet approved
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    Top 10 Best Dog Collars Reviewed

    1.
    Dogs & Horses Rolled Leather Tan & Brass

    Leather collars are good quality, don’t fray and can last for years. And they look the part – classy and high-end, even without the price tag.

    Dogs & Horses is a well-known brand when it comes to quality leather pet goods, and this collar is made from Full-grain leather hide and soft European leather for comfortable wear. The brass and nickel-plated brass fittings and accessories are also of the highest quality, so you don’t have to worry about them wearing away or coming undone when out for a walk.

    It is available in several colours, including green, orange and pink for a pop of colour, but we love the tan shade for something which looks the part. The rolled leather means more comfortable wear for your pup too, without the sharpness of the flat clean edges.

    Features

    • Rolled leather for reduced risk of fraying
    • Really strong fastenings

    Specifications

    • Size: XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL
    • Colour: Tan

    2.
    Leuchtie LED Easy Charge White Dog Collar

    Light up collars are a fabulous way to ensure both you and your dog are visible when out walking when it is starting to go dark. But of course, they don’t shine bright forever, and some don’t even have replaceable batteries.

    So this model from Leuchtie is a real top pick. It features a recharging station which can be plugged into any PC or power supply plug via the USB lead. Each collar has five LED lights, which should last for up to 20 hours before needing to be recharged.

    Despite involving electric, it is 100% waterproof. There are no buckles or difficult fastenings either, as you just slip it over their head. It will sense when it is needed too, so the charge won’t be used unnecessarily.

    To pick the right collar size, you will need to measure the head circumference as opposed to the neck, but this is simple to do and there are four sizes to pick from. It can’t be used as an actual lead collar, but this does mean you don’t have to mess about with changing their collar for every occasion.

    Features

    • Easy to take on and off
    • Rechargeable

    Specifications

    • Size: 40cm, 45cm, 50cm, 55cm
    • Colour: White

    3.
    Seresto Flea and Tick Control

    Flea collars for both dogs and cats can be widely frowned upon, but Seresto collars are veterinary approved and work in a safe manner so there is nothing to worry about.

    It will last for seven to eight months, which is much longer than other flea collars and indeed spot-on treatments. You should also use an ordinary collar when out walking in public for safety, but this one gives you peace of mind when it comes to your dog’s health.

    You will have to purchase the size which best suits your dog, either small or large, depending on weight. The small size is for dogs under 8kg, and you’ll have to answer some strict questions regarding your knowledge of the product and the application in order to buy.

    Features

    • Long-lasting protection
    • Vet approved

    Specifications

    • Size: Small, Large
    • Colour: Grey

    4.
    Dogs & Horses Padded Leather Hound Charcoal Grey Dog Collar

    Greyhounds, whippets, lurchers, and similar slim breeds are very slight given their passion and history for running, so when it comes to equipment such as collars, you have to get a bit specific.

    Anything too thin could hurt their neck if there is a tug on their lead, and it also has to be relatively lightweight and adjustable to fit around their thinner necks without being large enough to slip over their heads when on a walk. Luckily, they are a popular breed so there are plenty out there.

    This traditionally handcrafted option is not only fabulous quality but also looks really classy too. Available in three size choices, the fastenings and accents are made from brass, and the leather is not only long-lasting but is also easy to care for and maintain over time.

    Features

    • Premium leather

    Specifications

    • Size: S, M, L
    • Colour: Black

    5.
    Didog Soft Leather Padded Custom Dog Collar

    When your dog is in public, they must wear a collar or tag with your details on in case they become lost. Most people opt for tags, but they can become worn and even fall off. And when they are worn or have fallen off is probably when you’d need their help the most.

    So an alternative is to print details on their collar. This one is soft leather, with a nameplate on which you can put on your name and a contact number. It asks for your dog’s name, but we think it is best to put yours on there to prevent any possible thieves knowing your pet’s name.

    There is a great choice of colours, and you can even choose to buy a set if you want a matching lead. Size options are also generous, from 25cm to 63cm inclusive.

    The details on the plate look a lot nicer than when they are printed straight onto the collar in our opinion, and there is still a D-ring on there which you can attach a lead or a back-up ID tag to.

    Features

    • Stylish yet personalised

    Specifications

    • Size: S, M, L, XL, XXL
    • Colour: Pink, Blue, Purple, Brown, Green

    6.
    Ancol Stars Small Bite Puppy Dog Collar & Lead Set

    Puppies obviously need something smaller than adult dogs, but also something which is comfortable for them to get used to and which is easy for you, the owner, to fasten without restraining them.

    This collar ticks all of the boxes, and as a bonus, it even comes with a matching lead. The plastic clip buckle is safe on their skin and quick to release and put together, and you can tighten or loosen the collar as they grow.

    You can also use it with smaller breeds such as chihuahuas and it is available in several colours so you can make your prince or princess stand out from the rest of the pack.

    Features

    • Small size
    • Easy fitting

    Specifications

    • Size: X Small/Small
    • Colour: Red

    7.
    Barbour Tartan Dog Collar

    Are you one of those really really outdoorsy people whose Sunday isn’t complete without a huge walk in the countryside? Barbour is the brand of the great outdoors, and your dog shouldn’t miss out.

    Made by Ancol, who is one of the most trusted brands when it comes to dog products and accessories, this collar features Barbour’s iconic tartan print with a leather lining and strong brass-effect fittings to ensure a quality product that is going to last for years (as you’d expect from these brands).

    Barbour also has a huge range of matching products, so there is no reason why you cannot purchase matching leads, coats, bandanas and even blankets.

    Features

    • Quality lining
    • Barbour stamp

    Specifications

    • Size: Medium
    • Colour: Dark Blue/Tartan

    8.
    Cath Kidston Novelty Dog Fabric Printed Collar

    Another brand which is sought-after by those who like their dog to really look the part and have the best of the best.

    This is a good fabric choice, which will likely appeal if you want to avoid leather for ethical or maintenance reasons. 100% cotton, it features a black plastic clip buckle for easy fastening and less chance of wear, and the D-ring for the lead or headcollar clip is strong and substantial.

    You can purchase matching leads, and there are also accessories such as bowls, blankets and coats in the Cath Kidston range.

    Features

    • Fashionable pick

    Specifications

    • Size: S, M, L
    • Colour: Grey

    9.
    Blueberry Pet Safety Training Martingale Dog Collar

    What is a martingale collar we hear you ask? If you’re not sure, it is a form of a collar which is primarily used when training and has a history being used on dogs such as sighthounds with thin necks.

    There is no buckle and no way to tighten it. Instead, it is a slip collar which tightens if the dog pulls against the leash, but is otherwise lose and comfortable around their neck.

    They are a good solution for any dogs who otherwise slip out of ordinary collars, as they don’t have to be ridiculously tight all of the time. It can be set so it stops at a certain place as opposed to getting far too tight around their neck, and the slip over placement means you can get out of the door a lot quicker when you are off on a walk. You can also purchase it customised if you need a solid form of identification.

    Features

    • Strong nylon fabric

    Specifications

    • Size: S, M, L
    • Colour: Choice of 19

    10.
    Bioflow Dog Collar

    Magnetic collars are said to help relieve symptoms of arthritis, and while the scientific proof that they can definitely help is a bit thin on the ground, there have been some stories of miracle work by other users.

    After all, the technology comes from the human magnetic bracelets which have helped people suffering from joint issues over the years so there is no harm in trying if your dog is currently seeing the effects of old age or medical issues which match their breed.

    It contains a Central Reverse Polarity magnet module, which encourages blood flow. There have been a few people who have said that this has been a bit too strong for their small breeds, so we would say it is best suited to larger dogs such as Labradors who have a history of arthritis and similar issues.

    Features

    • Designed to help joint issues

    Specifications

    • Size: Small, Large
    • Colour: Red

    Buying Guide

    Types Of Fastening

    There are two main options here, clip buckles and frame style buckles. The former is simply two parts, often plastic, which clip into each other and the length of the collar is adjusted using a slider or manually shortening it. It is most commonly found with nylon collars.

    A frame buckle is the traditional ‘prong and hole’ type found on most human belts. The length is adjusted by inserting the prong into a different hole. It can be found on all materials and is often seen as being a bit more reliable, especially if you will be using a lead on the collar. But they can wear away easier and the material could tear around the holes, so extra caution is needed.

    You can also buy a slip collar, which simply goes over their head with no need for adjustment or fastening. They can either be measured perfectly and more for decoration (such as light-up collars) or can be a martingale design which gets tighter if the dog pulls on the lead.

    Materials

    The three most common materials are leather, cotton or nylon.

    Nylon

    These are more lightweight, made from a woven mesh which is strong. They are great for embroidering and are often a bit more flexible in terms of sizing

    Cotton

    Similar to nylon, but natural and usually slightly softer. This could be better for any dogs who have very thin fur or sensitive necks and who won’t like the rough nylon rubbing on them

    Leather

    Usually made from cowhide but there are alternatives such as elk out there, as well as a faux leather for anyone conscious about this. They come rolled or flat (the former being a bit more gentle) and can be less likely to wear away over time if you buy a decent make and material. They can be pricier, but expect this to be offset by longevity.

    Breeds

    The best collar for your dog could depend on their breed. For example, greyhound and whippet breeds may need something thicker to protect their thin necks from any pulls or sharpness. Yet, thick collars should be avoided on breeds with short necks as it restricts their head movement and airways too much.

    Bulldogs and Staffordshire bull terriers could need a very string leather in order to be strong enough around their neck should you walk them on the lead or need to grab them as they run past.

    Also, think about your dog’s fur. If they don’t have much and could, therefore, feel the collar when wearing, opt for soft material and something not too obtrusive, such as a thin leather.

    Flea Collars

    We have picked Seresto as our top choice of flea collar for both dogs and cats. Vet-approved and safe, it works by safely spreading the flea treatment through the dog’s fur without releasing toxic gasses.

    Flea collars, both in the past and some brands other than Seresto, are generally not recommended by a lot of vets and professionals. They work by emitting a toxic gas to the immediate area, so only kill fleas close to the collar and don’t actually combat the issue. Your dog’s face may be free of fleas but their body would not be.

    There was also thought to be issues with how the collars worked, with reports of reactions on the skin, and the possibility that they could ingest the chemicals when cleaning themselves. They were also relatively short-lived, but a Seresto model can work for up to eight months.

    Shock Collars

    Electric shock collars are worn around a dog’s neck and provide the dog with a shock either via a remote or an automatic trigger (such as the sound of barking).

    This means that they train dogs through fear and pain as opposed to a natural willingness to learn and obey. In studies by DEFRA, this was seen to have long-lasting negative effects on the behaviour of dogs, even when used under professional guidance.

    Dogs also can’t tell why they have been shocked in a lot of cases so could learn negative traits. For example, they may think they have been shocked because there is a dog nearby or because there are other humans around, as opposed to because they have done something they shouldn’t have, which could cause dangerous behaviour towards these factors.

    Many groups, such as the Kennel Club, RSPCA, Animal Behaviour and Training Council and the British Veterinary Association are heavily against the use of shock collars. The government has introduced plans to ban them, but they are still on sale through sites such as Amazon and eBay, and still recommended by some trainers. This is despite other retailers banning them.

    We do not support the use of shock collars and would advise owners to use other methods of training. Your vet will be able to point you in the direction of behaviourists or trainers who do not use these.

    There are slightly more ethical barking solutions out there, such as citronella collars, but they are still not perfect and not great for every single dog so always ask for professional recommendations and do plenty of research.

    Other Buyers Ask...

    Which Collar Is Best For A Puppy?

    A puppy will need something smaller than an adult collar, and usually softer as well to help protect their throat and trachea.

    There are dedicated puppy collars out there, as well as small breed collars which could be best for larger puppies. Many come with a matching lead which is just the right length.

    How Do I Measure For A Dog Collar?

    Take the circumference of your dog’s neck using a soft tape measure or some string, and add around two inches onto this. So a dog with a 20-inch neck should wear a collar which is between 18 and 22 inches.

    Obviously, you can be restricted with sizings available, so pick the one which best matches the measurements. Collars can always be tightened, so if your dog falls into the middle of two sizings, opt to go up.

    You should be able to fit two fingers under the collar comfortably, but it also needs to be snug so it doesn’t easily come off.

    Always monitor your dog’s collar size, too. Changes such as getting their winter coat, having been to the groomers, weight loss and grain or going through adolescence could mean you need to slacken or tighten it regularly, or maybe even have two collars to hand.