Picking for Your Pup: How to Choose the Best Collar for Dogs


Did you know that every year, over 10 million dogs and cats are either lost or stolen? And that 1 in 3 pets will become lost at some point in their life?

The truth is, that no matter how well you take care of your pet, there’s a chance that your pet will go missing at some point or another. 

The good news is, that recovering your pet isn’t an impossible process- if they’re wearing the right collar. 

So, how do you pick the right collar for your dog?

Check out this guide to learn how to choose the best collar for dogs. 

Size Up Your Dog

Before you purchase a dog collar, your primary consideration should be the size of your dog. 

Buy a collar that’s too small, and your pet will be highly uncomfortable. Buy one that’s too big, and your dog will just shake it off. 

Also, you want to make sure you buy a collar that is an appropriate weight. You don’t want your small dog being weighed down by a collar that is too big for them. And again, big dogs will be able to shake off collars that are super light. 

Generally, collars are usually marked by size, so this helps take some of the guesswork out.

Understand the Different Types of Dog Collars 

There are a lot of different types of dog collars out there. Before you purchase, it’s very important to understand what each type has to offer. Let’s take a look. 

Martingale Collars 

These are double loop collars that are designed to tighten when your dog tugs. 

However, they’re much less likely to make your dog choke than chain collars slip leashes, or spike collars are. 

If you own a greyhound, this may be the perfect collar for your dog, as these collars were designed with these types of dogs in mind. 

Breakaway Collar 

If your dog is often getting stuck on something, breakaway collars are a great option. This is because they’re specifically designed to pop off your dog with ease in the event they get stuck to something or they get pulled. 

While this may seem like an unlikely problem, there are actually a lot of dog deaths that have resulted from a collar getting stuck and the dog being strangled. 

Quick Release Collar 

If you find loop collars to be a huge pain to put on, quick release collars are a great option. 

These collars come with an easy-on, easy-off snap that’s perfect for a playful pooch. 

Buckle Collar 

A buckle collar is the most traditional style collar. It comes with your standard buckles and notches, just like the kind you’d wear around your waist. 

These collars are considered to be extremely durable, with very little chance of them falling off. If you have an active dog you like to take with you for hikes and swims, this collar is a great option. 


While technically not a collar, a harness is still a popular tool for any pet owner who enjoys walking their dog. 

Harnesses are great because they allow you to maintain control without putting any strain on your dog’s neck. 

However, harnesses do come with a downside. Oftentimes, these devices encourage pups to pull, particularly when the harness clip is located on the back of the dog. 

Also, you won’t want to leave your dog in a harness all day, as it can irritate their skin. 

That being said, harnesses are still a great option for when you’re taking your dog for a walk. 

LED/ Reflective Collar 

If you take your dog outside in the wee hours of the morning or evening, then an LED/reflective collar is a great option. 

With these collars, you can let your dog roam free in the dog park without having to constantly worry about tracking their every move.


Once you’ve selected the collar style, it’s time to think about the material. 

Here’s a break down of the different materials you have to choose from:


Nylon is one of the most common dog collar materials. 

It’s pliable, affordable, and it comes in a lot of different colors and styles. It’s also a great option for smaller dogs who have sensitive coats. 

That being said, there are some downsides to nylon. Nylon can get pretty smelly, so if your dog is really active, this may not be the best option. Also, nylon doesn’t last as long as more durable materials like leather or biothane. 

Waterproof Biothane

Biothane is a polyester material that is coated in urethane and vinyl. It’s more or less a synthetic leather material. 

Just like nylon, biothane comes in a variety of colors and styles. It also holds up well against water, extreme temperatures, and smells. 

If you have an extremely active dog, this material is a great choice. 


A leather collar gives your dog the elegant and classy look they deserve. 

Not only that, but leather is also extremely durable. Plus, there are different types of leather available, such as Italian leather. English bridled leather and paddled leather, so you’re sure to find something that works for your pup. 

You can click here to view some stylish leather collars. 


Regardless of the style and material you choose, you always want to make sure you personalize your dog collar with an ID. 

The dog ID should include the following information:

  • Your dog’s name
  • Your name
  • Your address and phone number
  • Any other pertinent information- For example, if your dog is blind, has an allergy, if they bite, etc. 

If your dog gets lost, the collar is what will help bring them back home. 

Collar for Dogs: Are You Ready to Purchase? 

As you can see, choosing the right collar for dogs takes a lot of careful consideration. 

But, it’s definitely worth it, as the right collar will make both you and your pooch happy. 

If you have any questions about choosing a dog collar, let us know in the comments below. 

And, once you buy a collar for your dog, it’s time to buy a collar for your cat. Read this guide to learn how to choose a cat collar.