Leather collars are durable and the most comfortable of all the collars. Some leathers get softer and better as they are worn. Example: Italian leathers are soft and high endurance. Leathers are expensive, but they last longer than other collars. There may be some upkeep needed for the collars; it depends on the collars. Leather is a natural product that will last a long time with proper care.
Occasional cleaning with leather care products is a good idea, and the use of leather conditioners is recommended. The vendors we buy from will provide instructions on how to take care of your products. Following these instructions will prolong the life and appearance of our products. We do not recommend leather for puppies; they outgrow their collars to fast. For animals with long hair, please consider rounded collars, the fur does not get tangled with use of those collars.
Leather collars will almost always use a buckle closure unless the collar is for training purposes. A leather buckle collar is measured by placing the tape at the edge of the leather on the buckle end and measuring to the middle or last hole (depending on the manufacturer) on the collar, not to the tapered end of the leather. To find the best fit for a leather collar, always check the sizing guides provided by us with the collar.
Nylon/Ribbon Collars are popular for their stylish looks, price, and clean ability. They come in a variety of styles: buckles, snap away, and martingales. They usually have matching leads and provide a stylish look for your pet.
Hemp collars: why should you choose hemp dog collar and not a synthetic one, or even one of those colorful fabric ones? There are quite a few advantages of buying hemp versus nylon or cotton.
No allergies: Hemp is known for its hypo-allergenic properties. These are perfect for very sensitive dogs (or cats), who easily develop allergies due to chemicals found in synthetic materials, and even cotton (dye and pesticides, used for growing cotton).
Eco-friendly: Unlike cotton and nylon, hemp is so much more ecologically friendly. Hemp is grown without any use of pesticides and fungicides because the plant itself is very resistant to diseases, extreme weather, and pests. When the hemp collar becomes old, damaged or simply unusable, the base hemp webbing can be separated from other parts. This hemp webbing will then decompose naturally! Other parts can be recycled or reused.
Martingale collars: Made of two connected loops, the leash connects to the small loop, while the dog's neck goes in the big loop. When the dog pulls, or when the owner corrects (tugs the leash), the big loop tightens around the dog's neck. The martingale design allows for a fabric or leather correction collar that can be comfortably loose most of the time. The small interlocking loop can be made of fabric as well or can be a chain for quicker action.
Martingale collars popular for Greyhounds, and other sighthounds can also be used on any dog. The reason they are more common for sighthounds is that it is easy for these breeds to slip out of their collars due to their slender heads. Martingales only tighten when the dog tries to slip out.
Proper fit is important for safety and a more pleasant walk. Please review the video provided at the top of our collars section. Collars may be loose when just lounging around the house, but they should be high and snug when out for a walk. Place the collar right behind the dog's ears, and tighten it so that you can only fit two fingers underneath. If the collar slips down to the dog's shoulders, it will press on his trachea and potentially collapse it. Small dogs have the most problem with this effect.
If it's too loose, he can get out of it and take off. Neither of these is desirable events! Some collars are just decorative and not meant for walking or controlling your pet. Please use appropriate collars for the safety of your pet. There are some leather and simulated collars that have bling and still good for walking.