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How did you choose your dog’s collar?

I suppose for some people, a dog collar is a just that, a dog collar, but to me it is something much more. It’s a part of my dogs’ identity. It’s a representation of who they are and my memories of them.

When I first adopted Daisy she had this bright red collar that had been given her by the animal shelter. It was very pretty and contrasted beautifully with her white coat, but I really wanted one that would match her name. I wanted a collar that was a symbol of Daisy. One that would be hers alone.

The one I envisioned in my mind was periwinkle blue and had white daisies on it. I tell you, I searched high and low for that collar. Every store, every website, every pet expo – I was a woman obsessed. Unfortunately, I could never find one that exactly matched the one I had in my mind. The closest I got was a light purple with daisies on it, so I bought it. It has been Daisy’s collar ever since. Now it’s a part of who she is – her name, her sweet personality, etc. She is so like that delicate flower. Hardy and strong, but delicate too.

When my friend Jerry got his Rottweiler, Brutus, he made sure that he got him a nice leather dog collar with the Harley-Davidson emblem on it. Since Jerry rides a Harley, it only made sense that Brutus would wear a collar made by the same company. But the collar also fit Brutus’ personality. He is strong, adventurous, edgy and cool, just like the Harley-Davidson brand.

Our friend Clover, an Irish Setter, has a beautiful collar with bright green clovers on it. It contrasts so beautifully with her radiant red fur. Her mom chose it for many reasons – it matched her name, it was in keeping with the Irish in Irish Setter and it looked beautiful on her.

I know so many people who chose their dog’s collar because it matched their dog’s name, their personality or had some symbolic meaning behind it. So how about you? How did you choose your dog’s collar?

  1. April 30, 2012 at 6:07 AM

    I love getting pretty collars for Georgia because she looks like a boy. I wish there was a better selection here. They need to be martingales too, since she has quite a slim head. Most of the BigDog collars here seem to be tough macho types, just the sort I DON’T want! So I make do by putting ribbons and flowers on. (Doesn’t always help.)

    I notice a lot of dogs in American blogs have awesome collars which makes me very jealous. Love your daisy and peace ones 🙂

  2. gopetfriendly
    April 30, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    The collars in the picture are gorgeous – I sometimes wish I had girl dogs so I could buy them pretty colored collars. My boys have been wearing the same collars for more than a year. I chose them because I liked the design, and I got them matching collars so people would know they’re brothers. I’ve been looking at rolled rope collars for them lately – they’re just solid colors, but I’m thinking they won’t mat the dog’s fur down as much.

  3. April 30, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Our Aussie wears a beautiful dark purple collar which looks nice against her white fur on her chest. My favorite color is purple and since my family wants me to be happy, Purdy wears a purple collar!

  4. Kristine
    April 30, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Gosh. I feel pretty bad now as I have not been nearly so selective. In fact, I’ll tell you a secret: we have not purchased a single collar for Shiva.

    Can you beat that? The blue one she wore for two years was the one given to us by the shelter. And then I won a nice leather one from Doggie Stylish, who also kindly replaced the colour when it ripped last summer. Karen also gifted us with a funky “agility” collar that Shiva is wearing right now. It has tiny pictures of a dog performing different obstacles on it and is simply adorable. The other collar we have is the shamrock collar I won from Sirius Republic.

    It’s kind of funny. I wonder how long we will go before we actually buy one ourselves!

    What collars do Jasper and Lady have? I’ll be keeping an eye out for periwinkle daisy collars from now on!

  5. Martie
    April 30, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    I felt I needed a Martingale collar so I chose a royal blue with yellow labs on it because Molly is a yellow lab mix. My reddish brown Doxie mix got a red collar with paw prints as a temporary collor because I haven’t found one I really like yet especially for her.

  6. April 30, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Yes, there are collars for every dog and owner. If you are looking for something classic and premium quality, you’re invited to visit the HL WHITINGHAM store where you’ll find colorful tartan plaids, leopard and safari-inspired khaki and more.
    see http://www.hlwhitingham.com Have fun!

  7. Petunia and Fletch's Mom
    April 30, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Petunia has always worn purple since the day I adopted her and dubbed her “Purple Petunia” at 5.5 months. It fits her personality perfectly. When I adopted Fletch a little over a year ago I had been hanging on to a coupon I won for a collar/leash set from DogIDCollar.com. Fletch looks black even though he’s really super dark cocoa brown and red is just stunning on him. So I ordered his set as red with royal blue lettering and phone and he wears it so regally. I’ve tried to floral one on Tuney but we always go back to solid purple canvas web. It’s just much more her. 😀

  8. April 30, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Our Best Friend was found roaming the streets wearing a choke chain collar (figures). A few years ago we bought him a Rogz collar, brown to match his coat, from a store that went out of business about 15 minutes after we bought it. When it broke after less than a year, we emailed the company which happens to be in South Africa! They told us their collars have lifetime guarantees, and sent us to a pet store on the other side of the city for a replacement, free of charge. And it’s a great store they sent us to– high-end pet food, no grains, no fillers, and good quality products. Too bad it’s about a tank of gas away from where we live!

  9. April 30, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    I am a looks kind of girl for all dogs except Mesa because she will beat one up

    Stop on by for a visit

  10. Jen
    April 30, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Elka’s first collar was a snap-buckle (the snap was metal) red nylon collar. I had an idea that red would look lovely on her, and it became “her color” in short order. Let’s see…then there was a short-lived red leather one with round studs on it that looked kind of like bottle caps, but it was far too big. Then there was the pyramid studded red one from The Punky Pup, which has closed its doors, which is a shame, because that collar was The One for awhile. Now, her Ella’s Lead collar, also red, has cogs on it that I picked out so that she could be a “Steampunk” dog!

    I have a black collar with brass/gold decoration on Ella’s Lead picked out for if we ever get a red Dobergirl (or boy). Shh, don’t tell my fiance!

  11. April 30, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    I decide by the color of their personality. I prefer solid colors and like to find just that right shade that compliments their fur and style and personality. Interesting thought!

  12. May 1, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Hmmmm, what an interesting post. I guess my dog collars say much more about me than about my dog. I’m very frugal and practical and even when I yearn for beauty I find it somewhat frivolous. For instance, I always talk myself out of cutting flowers so they can live longer outdoors.

    I’ve passed collars from one dog to the next. I do try to make sure the color and coat go well together but that’s about it.

    Of course my own wardrobe comes from the Salvation Army thrift store and I buy whatever fits with little regards of aesthetics or fashion. I hope Honey doesn’t care any more about her collar than I do or I could be seriously traumatizing her. 🙂

  13. Anna
    May 1, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    We recently adopted two puppies whom we named Rose and Ivy. They are black lab mixes and look somewhat alike. (They’re not identical–in fact, Rose is black black and Ivy is a very dark brown that’s almost black–but at first glance it is hard to tell them apart…especially if you don’t know them.) We bought Rose a red collar and Ivy a green collar to symbolize the colors of their names and thus help people distinguish them.

  14. DebsSweet
    May 2, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    I only use harnesses on my dogs. Putting something around their throats seems a bit scary to me. We have all heard the stories of collars getting caught and strangling the pet. It’s just how I feel. There are beautiful collars on the market though!

    • Mel
      May 3, 2012 at 6:33 AM

      I have harnesses too Deb, mostly for safety. I use them on Daisy and Lady when we go somewhere unusual because they are the ones who are most easily frightened and likely to bolt. There are some really cute harnesses out there too!

  15. Brandon
    October 18, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    My dog hates wearing a collar! We have tried leather collars, chains, nylon… he just hates having something around his neck… not that I can blame him! He will scratch at it for hours until I finally take it off him. Oh well…

  16. Sophia Williamson
    November 30, 2017 at 7:13 AM

    Very Good article! At the start of this month only, I adopted Hannah (My furry baby). At first, she didn’t liked to stay with the collar but then I got to Maria of Sassy Dog fashion and got a flower Collar for her & she was really happy with that.

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