Choosing a collar for your pooch can be a challenge. Let's face it, there are THOUSANDS of options out there for you. The thing is, it's an important decision. It's deeper than simply selecting a nice colour. And it’s especially important you make the right choice if you have a small breed dog. A traditional collar and a leash might actually injure small dogs when they go for a walk due to sensitive skin and soft throats, to which small breeds are typically more prone.
What's more, the younger the dog, the even greater the risk because those dogs will be more anxious and therefore more likely to yank and harm themselves.
With a correctly fitted and comfortable collar, controlling your dog becomes easier and therefore takes any unnecessary strain off your relationship.
Picking the proper collar for a small dog breed requires researching the correct material, size, and collar width, amongst other factors, that can help protect the structure of a small-bodied dog. Let's take a look at what factors will make the most sense for your small or even young dog.
First Up: Does My Dog Need To Wear a Collar? 🤔
Whilst it's up to you what your dog wears on your own property, there are rules to follow when you're in public places. In fact, legally, all dogs must wear a collar and ID tag when out in public, therefore you want to ensure your dog has a comfortable, yet secure collar. For more on the requirements for your dog to wear identification when in public areas, search 'dog ID requirements (state)'.
What is the Best Material for Small Dogs? 🧶
The material of the collar is the first important consideration when choosing a style for your little mate. Licensed Veterinarian, Dr Hsia says: "Nylon collars are lightweight, durable, and easy to clean, making them a popular choice for many dog owners."
However, some dogs can be sensitive to nylon, it is actually a common irritant, ESPECIALLY if your dog has sensitive skin. That’s why other materials, like PU leather, might be a better fit for your dog if their skin doesn't react well to nylon. The ST ARGO collar is made from a lightweight, easy to clean and super soft PU leather which is perfect for dogs of all shapes and sizes, but particularly for small breeds due to it’s incredibly lightweight nature.
The Best Collar Closure for Small Dogs 🔒
This is the burning question: are buckles or clasps better for a dog collar?
Whilst side clasps add an element of extra convenience, vets and trainers warn against these quick-release collars when walking your dog on a leash, as they pose a risk of popping open. If this happens near a busy road, it could be disastrous.
We recommend selecting a traditional buckle closure for your small dog’s collar. This ensures he or she is not at risk of popping out of the collar whilst on a walk!
Best Sizes for Small Dog Collars 🤏🏻
When it comes to choosing the best size, go by the manufacturers recommendations, as all collars will be a different size depending on the brand. There is no universal standard.
Collar Widths for Tiny Pups 🐭
Not only is the length and size of a collar important, but choosing the right collar width for your small dog is also critical. Small dogs tend to have smaller necks. The ratio of the collar's length to the width of the collar is one element to consider as you don't want to put a very thick, short collar on a dog in the same way that you don't want a very long, thin collar that puts high pressure on the dog's neck. Generally speaking, smaller dogs need collars that are narrower in size. Our collars are as narrow as 1cm wide, this works great for tiny dogs like chihuahuas.
The Importance of Selecting the Right Sized Collar 🤝
It may not seem like such a big deal to find a collar, so long as the collar stays on the dog and doesn't slip off. However, the science behind how improper collar sizes and fits can impact different dogs depending on their personalities is extensive. Especially for pups that are being trained, owners should take special care to protect their dogs' bodies while walking them.
Dogs that are untrained, disobedient, or easily spooked have the tendency to pull on the leash that is connected to their collar. The collar needs to be fit and shaped to cause the least strain on the neck or else the dog experiences a choking sensation on his or her throat. The excess pressure impacts the muscles as well as nerves and the airway system, and so there is a risk of injury if an improperly sized collar is used. Finding the right size, material, and style for your dog's personality can prevent injuries from happening.
Take the Time to Find the Right Small Dog Collar 🧘🏼♀️
Here’s how to accurately and safely fit your small dog for the right sized collar:
- Measure their neck using a tape measure at the widest part;
- Ensure 2 fingers are between the neck and collar, this ensures the fit is not too tight.
Compare this measurement with our size guide and select accordingly.
ST ARGO Collar for Small Dogs - Pros
🎨 Eight colour-ways
💪🏼 Canvas backing to prevent breakage
🔒Secure hardware closure
🤝 Durable thanks to the oil coating
👀 Matching walk set options
🙌🏼 Five holes for adjustability
A teriffic overall choice collar for small breed dogs is the ST ARGO dog collar. Made from comfortable cruelty-free material that won't rub your dog's neck, it's available in 8 different colour-ways. Our fashionable and lightweight collars are strong enough for any size dog, but their combination of flexibility and softness is perfect for small breeds and puppies.