There are a huge range of dog collars available, varying not only the materials, and styles but also how they function. In this guide we focus on leather collars, looking at both the pros and cons, as well as recommending some for you to check out.

With a primary focus on safety for both you and your dog, lets break down the different types, we will look at harnesses and haltis in another post.

Why Leather?

Perhaps the most popular of collar types at the moment, leather is durable and hard wearing, and unlike a lot of other materials it isn't prone to fraying, breaking or rotting.

On the style stakes, leather collars score well, they can come in a whole range of colours, or perhaps you might like a more traditional look, possibly with an accent of coloured stitching.

Being a natural material, leather collars are comfortable on the dog's neck, some synthetic materials might cause you dog irritation, or if your dog has sensitive skin, possibly a reacting and even sores if not identified quickly enough.

Looking at the disadvantages, the main one is the relatively high cost, however you need to offset this with the fact they often last longer. If leather isn't cared for properly (as with other collar types), it can become smelly.

If your dog has a high drive to chew, they might well love to get their teeth into leather - this is often very true especially while a puppy is teething, as the soft texture feels nice for their teeth. If you find your puppy is chewing or attempting to chew her (or another dog's) collar, try to replace the interest with a focus on a chew toy of a similar texture.

Looking After Your Collar

Without any maintenance, leather collars should last well, but to maximise their lifetime. and keep them looking great, I treat them much as I treat any other leather materials I have. If you condition, polish, and clean your leather collar will enjoy an increased lifespan of many years. As well as regular cleaning, I use Chambers balsam and Furnature Clinic, just make sure the product has dried with no residue left, and of course make sure it is safe to use around dogs.

If you do not care properly for your collar, you could risk the collar becoming brittle and cracking. Not only could this be uncomfortable for you dog, it does also weaken the collar, and the last thing you want is a collar failing when you need it most.


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