All about leather dog collars
Leather dog collars are a good choice for the pet owner who wants to combine functionality with style. Not so long ago, many pet owners were not concerned with the appearance of their dog’s collar. However today, things have changed and people are now demanding style as a well as robustness. Leather is known for its durable qualities and is able to withstand the wear and tear of frequent use whilst also looking good. Virtually every pet store will house a wide collection of leather collars in almost every colour, size and design imaginable.
Leather tends to age well, which is another reason why dog owners tend to invest in this slightly more expensive type of collar. Although it can occasionally crack, a leather collar will remain strong and if cared for correctly, will last for years.
It’s important to bear in mind that leather collars are not suitable for use when training a dog; for this, harnesses and ‘choke-chain’ style collars are the better choice. Leather collars are best suited for everyday use, when the dog has been properly trained and is used to obeying commands.
Because this is the kind of collar that the dog will wear almost every day, it’s essential to get the fit just right. Although it’s nice to have a cute collar in a bright colour or pattern, the first thing that should be considered before this is how well it will fit the dog in question. Before picking one out at the pet shop, make sure to use a measuring tape around your dog’s neck to get an idea of their size. Remember to add just under an inch to the final measurement, as the dog will need some extra room to allow for comfortable breathing, particularly when the collar is pulled by the lead during a walk.
Although it is generally understood that leather is one of the best materials to use for a dog collar, not all leather collars are of the same high quality. Make sure to do some research and if you can, spend a little bit of extra money on a collar of a higher standard, as a well made leather collar is likely to last several years longer than a cheaper version. A slightly more expensive dog collar will also be significantly more comfortable for the dog who is wearing it.