Every dog needs a collar. Not only so you have something to clip the lead on to, but also so you and your canine companion stay on the right side of the law. The snappily titled Control of Dogs Order 1992 ruled that all pups must wear one in public places, complete with an identity tag showing the owner’s name and address. Collars, like our doggies, come in all shapes, sizes and styles. Alex Frith of dog lifestyle blog Barkarama shares her top picks. Among them you’ll find durable, comfortable and some super-stylish pieces for your faithful hound.
1. Ferplast Hypo-Allergenic Dog Collar: £10, leadthewalk.com
For collar-phobic canines, this one’s designed to be super-comfortable and won’t irritate sensitive skin. It’s made from a flexible but tough, rubber-like material (it’s waterproof) and adjusts precisely to your dog’s neck measurements. The idiot-proof fastening does away with faffing with pins and buckles, too.
2. Neon Spot Dog Collar: from £8, cathkidston.com
Made from sturdy printed leather in neon pink, this bright little number comes in sizes small, medium and large. There’s a co-ordinating lead if you fancy going matchy-matchy on walks.
3. Hiro + Wolf Emerald Green Geometric Sighthound Collar: from £29, store.styletails.com
Designed specifically for the leggier, leaner breeds including lurchers, whippets and greyhounds, this hand-made collar is shaped to stay put on smaller-headed hounds and protect delicate windpipes. The green geometric pattern and chic leather trim mean they’ll stand out in the park.
4. Rokabone Huxley Leather Dog Collar: from £38, notonthehighstreet.com
We love the little details on this pillar-box red collar. The embossing, braided loop and sweet, bone-shaped charm make it a stand-out option. It’s crafted from Italian leather – there are six colours and two widths to choose from – and has chunky brass hardware.
5. Dogs & Horses Colours Leather Collar: from £30, fetch.co.uk
Made from durable chocolate-brown saddlery leather (as used in the equestrian world), with a light blue, soft leather lining, this one is a smart choice. It comes in an impressive eight sizes and numerous colour combinations.
6. Frida Firenze Screw Stud Dog Collar: £65, leadthewalk.com
This is one for pampered smaller pooches. Handmade in Frida Firenze’s workshop in Tuscany from gorgeous soft leather, the attention to detail is impressive, with the gold studs and pendant drop.
7. Bobby Dog Collar: from £16, poppyandrufus.co.uk
British dog lifestyle brand Poppy & Rufus has added its signature doggy print to collars. This hard-wearing one with practical black clip fastenings and a strong silver metal ring for the lead comes in two bright colour combos and four sizes.
8. Finely Tooled Feather Collar: £58, freepeople.com
Looking to buy something special for your pooch? With its intricate leather feather design and smart brass hardware, this hand-tooled collar from the US-based outfit is a special buy.
9. Salt Dog Studios Navy Striped PJ’s Dog Collar: from £15.95, amazon.co.uk
We love the pyjama-inspired stripes on this fabric collar, which is handmade in Whitstable, Kent. It has a webbing core to keep it strong enough for energetic pups and a luxe-looking velvet lining. This one’s washable and available in six sizes.
10. Simba Jones Leather Beaded Dog Collar: from £23, notonthehighstreet.com
These handmade, beaded leather dog collars are made on the coast of Kenya. Despite their intricate design, they are still suitable for everyday wear. All feature a vertical stripe pattern and there are eight colour options to choose from, with sizes to fit breeds from Chihuahuas to Great Danes.
Ferplast’s Hypo-Allergenic Dog Collar, with its innovative design and commitment to comfort is a steal at £10. Rokabone’s leather number looks great, but it’s not a case of style over substance - one of these collars will last for years of walks. Our absolute fave has to be the Tooled Feather Collar, which will only get better with age, just like your beloved dog.
Read Alex’s dog blog at barkarama.co.uk
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