How Many Collars Should a Dog Have?

Who says dogs can't be stylish too?

Having multiple collars for your pup is about more than just fashion - it ensures comfort, safety, and flair for any occasion.

From everyday ID tags to festive bandanas and durable outdoor collars - rotating different collars has practical benefits too. It allows you to accessorize your dog for any event while keeping each collar in top condition.

Follow our tips on choosing collars that combine function and style.

Dog Collars: The Basics

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Identification Tags

Dog collars play a vital role, especially in identification. Every dog should wear a collar with a secure ID tag, including the dog's name, owner's name, address, and phone number. This significantly boosts the chances of a lost dog being reunited with its owner. It's advisable for dogs to wear their identification collars constantly, even indoors, ensuring they are always prepared in case of unexpected accidents.

Leashes and Harnesses

In addition to flat collars with ID tags, many dog owners opt for harnesses and leashes. Harnesses distribute pressure evenly, ensuring safety and comfort, particularly for small dogs and breeds like Poodles and Chihuahuas, which have narrow heads and tracheas prone to damage from collars.

Stylish and Practical Collars

While identification and control are the primary purposes of dog collars, they can also make a fashion statement. From basic nylon collars to designer leather and gemstone collars, there are so many styles to choose from. Whimsical patterns and seasonal designs allow you to accessorize your dog for any occasion.

Reasons to Have Multiple Collars

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While one properly fitted collar with ID tags is essential for every dog, there are good reasons to have multiple collars for your furry friend. Different collars can serve different purposes.

Everyday Collars

A dog's regular collar with ID tags should be the one they wear daily. It's a good idea to have a backup of this collar in case the original gets lost. This spare should also have your contact information attached. You'll want to get your dog accustomed to wearing a collar at all times.

Activity Collars

Have a special collar just for walks, hikes, or other outdoor adventures. This collar can have a leash attached and should be more durable and waterproof. A reflective or LED collar makes it easy to keep an eye on your dog in low light. A separate activity collar will keep your dog's regular collar clean and free of wear and tear.

Seasonal and Holiday Collars

Change up your dog's look for seasonal events and holidays like Halloween, Christmas, birthdays, or Fourth of July. It's a festive way to celebrate and doesn't need to be expensive. Many dogs enjoy wearing bandanas, too. Just make sure any seasonal collar has your contact info attached. The collar should be in addition to, not instead of, their regular ID collar.

Choosing the Right Collar for Your Dog: 3 Things to Look For

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When selecting a collar for your dog, there are a few important factors to consider in order to ensure proper fit, comfort, and safety. 

1. Fit and Comfort

When choosing a collar, proper fit is essential. It should be snug enough to prevent slipping over your dog's head but loose enough for two fingers to comfortably fit between the collar and your dog's neck. Avoid overly tight or restrictive collars, and periodically check the fit, as your dog's neck size may change over time. In addition, select a collar made from a soft and durable material that won't irritate your dog's skin.

2. Material

Considering collar materials is crucial, too. Nylon collars are lightweight, easy to clean, and quick drying. Leather collars are stylish, durable, and long-lasting.

For puppies and small dogs, opt for narrower collars, while wider ones distribute pressure better for larger breeds. The choice of material depends on your dog's needs and your preferences, but prioritize durability and comfort above all.

3. Buckle or Clip Closure

When choosing a collar, you'll also need to decide between a buckle closure or a clip closure.

Buckle collars are the most common and secure type of closure. They fasten with a plastic or metal buckle and come in either adjustable or fixed sizing. Buckle collars are less prone to coming undone accidentally.

For clip collars, there is a metal ring where the collar snaps together. These can be handy for quick release but have a greater chance of becoming detached and should only be used under supervision. 

Susan Lanci Designs: Stylish Collars and Accessories

Susan Lanci is a premium brand specializing in unique and fashionable pet collars, leashes, harnesses, carriers, and other accessories. Our products are handmade with high-quality materials.

Dazzle Their Neck With Crystal Rocks

Picture of the Crystal Rocks Collar from Susan Lanci, made to fit your dog properly.

Susan Lanci's Crystal Rocks Collar is the perfect accent for pups who love to sparkle. This collar features a stunning bouquet of laser-cut diamond-like crystals in an innovative "open structure" design. The open backs reflect light from every angle for maximum brilliance.

Choose from 14 rich hues like Royal Blue or Pink Sapphire to complement your dog's coat and style. Each collar is handcrafted from soft, durable Ultrasuede® fabric for comfort and easy care.

The Crystal Rocks Collar adds luxe style without the hassle. Let your pup shine bright like a diamond with this eye-catching couture piece!

Dapper Dogs Love Plaid

Image of the Scotty Charcoal Plaid Bow Tie Collar, perfect for dogs who wear collars with style

Add some preppy charm to your pup's look with the Scotty Charcoal Plaid Bow Tie Collar. This sophisticated collar features a black and white houndstooth pattern accented with a removable charcoal bow tie.

Choose from 7 sizes to get the perfect fit for your dog's neck. The soft Ultrasuede® fabric provides maximum comfort while the durable nickel-plated hardware withstands daily wear.

Let your pooch strut their stuff in classic style with this tailored plaid and bow tie collar. It brings together comfort, convenience, and undeniable cuteness for the dapper dog about town.

Stylish Dog Collar FAQs

How often should I change my dog's collar?

It's recommended to replace your dog's collar every 6 to 12 months, even if it's still in good condition. Collars can weaken over time. Switching them regularly helps ensure proper fit and safety.

What collar is best for a puppy?

For puppies, a lightweight nylon buckle collar with adjustable sizing works well. Make sure it fits snugly but is roomy enough for growth. Have your puppy get used to wearing a collar in short intervals. 

When should I switch to a limited-slip collar?

Use a limited-slip or martingale collar if your dog is prone to backing out of a collar or has a narrow head that makes slipping out easy. This type tightens slightly when pulled but won't choke your dog.

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