In order to have a satisfying experience with your dog, you need to know how to choose the right collar. Not all dogs have the same size or strength, or do the same activities or have the same length of hair, all of which will affect the selection.
You have many choices such as nylon or leather; but before choosing one or the other, you should know their main characteristics.
The nylon dog collar
Nylon dog collars are generally flat collars made of woven nylon mesh. They have a metal buckle or a hard plastic clasp and are available in a wide range of colors and patterns. Nylon collars are made in a wide variety of sizes and are usually adjustable, so it’s easy to find one for any dog.
Advantages and disadvantages of nylon collars
Nylon collars are generally affordable and widely available. They are lightweight and comfortable for dogs who wear them every day. They tend to be durable enough that they don’t need to be replaced too often and cheap enough to be replaced easily. However, if your dog tends to pull on the leash, a nylon collar will stretch over time. It is possible for plastic fasteners to break due to excessive pulling.
Leather dog collars
Leather collars come in flat or rolled versions, usually with a metal buckle. They tend to be expensive, especially if they are made of high quality leather. The range of color options is limited, as they are usually available in black or varying shades of brown. They are adjustable in the same way as the leather belt, with holes drilled in one end that allow you to adjust the length.
Advantages and disadvantages of the leather collar
Like any other leather product, you get what you pay for. Cheap leather can crack and break. Also, like nylon collars, these collars can stretch over time, especially if they get wet. Finally, this particularly stiff material could rub your dog’s neck and cause irritation if he has sensitive skin.