12 best dog collars: Leather, personalised and light up designs

Anna Tobin
·1 min read
We tested these for comfort, fit, durability (including metal fittings), practicality and (because we all want our pooches to look good) aesthetics (iStock/The Independent)
We tested these for comfort, fit, durability (including metal fittings), practicality and (because we all want our pooches to look good) aesthetics (iStock/The Independent)

Collars aren’t just a stylish accessory for your pooch – dogs are actually required to wear them by law. All dogs must wear one with an ID badge detailing their owner’s names and contact details when out and about in a public place.

To be kind to your dog and keep them safe, the collar should feel comfortable and fit well – that means one that isn’t either too tight or too loose.

Vets advise being able to easily fit two fingers between the collar and your dog’s neck. With growing or older pooches, both of which can gain or lose weight quickly, you’ll obviously need to do the two fingers check more regularly.

If you walk your dog when it’s getting dark, consider a reflective, or even LED lit collar. But don’t go near collars with prongs, electric-shock devices or choke chains as they can not only be uncomfortable but cause pain. If your dog doesn’t like the feeling, use reward-based training to get them used to it.

We tested collars for comfort, fit, durability (including metal fittings), practicality and (because we all want our pooches to look good) aesthetics. If the manufacture claimed it was washable, we tested for that too.

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