Chances are if you've had a dog before or are adding a new puppy to your family, you've been thinking about investing in a dog collar to keep your pooch extra safe.
Dog collars are definitely a worthwhile investment as a dog owner. Coming in all different shapes, sizes and materials, it can be overwhelming to select the best one for your beloved pup. We've all been there - blue or red? ID or no ID? Should I invest in a tracker?
Look no further though, because we've broken down the best dog collars for you as well as a guide to the things you should be looking for while purchasing the perfect collar for your pet. We've even looked at the best new pet trackers you can attach to a collar if that's something you're considering too.
Should my dog wear a collar all the time?
It's probably best that your dog doesn't wear a collar 24/7, simply because they can get uncomfortable. If you have a dog that stays in at night this is a great chance to take their collar off and give them some relief - just like us humans taking off our shoes indoors.
Keeping your dogs collar on at night can also become a choking hazard. If it gets caught on furniture or something in your home, then it could be a problem for your dog that you may not hear while you're asleep. Due to this, it's probably best to remove them at night.
Collars can be a really important source of identification for your dog, especially if it has a tag with a number on it. If your dog ever gets lost, a collar can become a lifesaver.
What dog collar is best?
This really depends on what you're looking for. When you're buying a dog collar there are definitely some major points to think about though. Before you invest, make sure to think about these things as a guide to buy the best dog collar for your dog:
Dogs come in many shapes and sizes, and just like any other dog product, you have to think about the size of your dog to choose the best collar for them. If you have a smaller dog breed like Yorkshire Terrier or Pug, you’ll want to invest in a small collar, whereas if you have a large dog like a Great Dane or Leonberger, you’ll definitely have to invest in a larger collar.
To ensure you know exactly what you’re getting, we recommend measuring your dog’s neck. You can do this with a tape measure around their neck – but remember you don’t want it too tight. If you don’t have a tape measure you can always use a shoelace or piece of string and then measure the length on a ruler. Add one or two inches depending on the size of your dog for that extra space.
Many dog collars are made of real leather which is a classic option. Or if you’re looking for an alternative try faux leather. You can also buy nylon or polyester collars which have a good variety of patterns and colours while being durable.
Most dog owners will consider an ID tag to ensure that your dog stays safe at all times. These usually come with a phone number and/or address to identify your dog if it gets lost. You can get collars with ID embedded into them so that your dog will never be lost. Of course, this just depends on what kind of collar you want as you can always get extra ID accessories alongside a collar.
Now, you can also invest in pet trackers to attach to collars for complete safety. Scroll further down this article to see our guide to the best dog trackers you can buy right now.
The best dog collars UK
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Julius-K9 Gray Collar with Handle, Safety Lock and Interchangeable Patch
Best durable dog collar
Julius-K9 is a collar known for its security, with high-quality, well-made materials your dog is sure to be safe with this collar. It also has a grab collar if you need to hold onto your pooch quickly. It won't irritate your dog and also comes in other colours if you're looking for a brighter option.
Soft Padded Leather Dog Collar by ophisleather
Best soft leather dog collar
If you want a bright and well-made collar for your pup, this is a great value option from ophisleather on Etsy. Coming in three sizes and five different colours, the collar is handmade with leather and stainless steel. They also offer exchanges if you're not completely happy.
Jojospetproducts Personalised Dog Collar, Embroidered and Engraved
Best dog collar with identification
Sometimes those ID tags can get too chunky or fall off, so we suggest investing in an engraved collar to ensure that your dog always stays identified. In this Jojospetproducts collar, you can embroider your dog's name and your number as well as engrave your address on the inside of the buckle. This way, your dog will have their own ID with them at all times.
Joules Ahoy Dog Collar
Best decorative dog collar
Want your pup to be looking like the best sailor there is? Check out this Joules Ahoy dog collar, which is only u00a310 to make your dog look chic in a classic navy stripe pattern. With breathable and durable cotton, you can adjust this collar to ensure your pooch is comfortable. Perfect for a party or just everyday cuteness - you can get a matching coat too.
Hound Real Leather Braided Dog Collar
Best braided dog collar
If you're looking for something a little different to the classic dog collar, this Hound Real Leather Braided dog collar is durable but stylish. A great option for a soft but secure collar. With natural cotton and real leather, this is a high-quality pick.
Illumiseen LED Dog Collar - USB Rechargeable
Best LED light-up collar
This bright collar will keep your dog totally safe and visible even in the dark. With its illuminated rechargeable LED light in a variety of colours, you can either have it on steady, rapid flashing or slow flashing. Made with lightweight and sturdy materials, all you need to do is clip it on. If you want to go a step further you can also get a matching LED dog lead.
Personalised Colourful Dog Collar by SPARKS AND DAUGHTERS
Best personalised dog collar
If you want an extra special collar for your perfect pooch, check out these personalised dog collars by SPARKS AND DAUGHTERS. With your dog's name in bold and bright colours, anyone will be able to spot them. With four sizes a variety of colours and two designs, you can decide what's perfect for your dog.
PRADA Padded buckled recycled-nylon dog collar
Best luxury dog collar
If you love to spoil your pup and you're looking for a designer luxury collar, check out this Prada collar which you can get from Selfridges. With the classic Prada plaque and padded fabric, you're getting ultimate style with this collar.
The best trackable dog collars and pet trackers UK
If your dog is prone to running off, or you want to keep an extra eye on your pooch, you can now get trackable dog collars.
These are made with a GPS inside the collar which usually links up to an app or website so that you can track your pup in live time. There are lots of different features to these collars or trackers including live tracking, creating distance limits and training plans.
Here are some of our top choices for the best pet trackers right now:
Weenect Dogs 2
Known as 'the worlds smallest GPS tracker for dogs', this Weenect Dog Tracker has no distance limit and real-time GPS tracking for your dog. You can also create an automatic training plan to make your dog tracker ring every time it is mealtime.
Tractive GPS DOG 4 Tracker
This tracker, which is 100% waterproof, has a LIVE mode, worldwide tracking and activity monitoring for you to keep an eye on your pooch at all times. The battery life lasts up to five days and so you'll be able to leave it on your pup for a while before it needs recharging. You will have to attach this to a pre-owned or new collar and pay for a subscription plan with this tracker but fees start from just u00a33.33 a month.
Pawfit 2 Dog GPS Tracker & Activity Monitor Included
Made with an embedded SIM with coverage across Europe and North America, this tracker uses GPS, Wi-Fi and cellular technology. There's a subscription fee of u00a33.59 a month and has activity monitoring.
Apple AirTag, Bluetooth Item Finder, 1 Pack
Apple AirTags have come onto the scene pretty recently but they're quite effective as a tracker if you have an Apple product. Using the 'Find My' app you can connect up the tag to help you track it down and hopefully your dog too. You'll have to get an additional accessory to attach this to your dog's collar, though.