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Finding a Proper Collar for Your Small Dog

May 27, 2008
Choosing the right small dog collar for your dog is more important than you might think. What might work best for a medium to large dog could not only be unsuitable but harmful for a small dog. The two most important things in selecting the right small dog collar are proper fit and comfort.

To be sure the collar fits properly, don't rely on what looks like might fit or settle for on that is too large just because it is easier to find. A properly fitting small dog collar will fit snug but not tight. One that is too loose can catch on things and could cause the dog to strangle trying to get loose. To ensure the right fit, measure the dog's neck. On average, a five pound dog will have a neck circumference of about eight inches. When choosing a small dog collar, do not rely on the size shown on the package as different companies have different sizing criteria. Check to see if the actual neck size is also listed.

Consider the age of the dog when buying a small dog collar, too. If your small dog is a puppy, you will need to allow for growth so the collar should be able to adjust as the puppy grows. For an adult small dog collar, such a consideration is not crucial.

The right fit of the small dog collar is important for comfort and so are the right materials. Small dogs are of a more delicate build than larger dogs, so a small dog collar needs to be softer and gentler on their small necks. Collars that are to thick, heavy, wide and/or rigid will not only be uncomfortable but they can chafe and cause sores. Good choices for small dog collars are nylon and soft leather.

Beyond fit and comfort, the choice of the right small dog collar is personal preference. You can choose one that is simple and utilitarian or as fancy and ornate are you want to go. Maybe you would like to get your small dog's collar in a style that suits his personality or breed. As long as the small dog collar fit properly and is comfortable, you can be as creative as you like in your selection.

Finding a collar for a small dog is not always easy. Many stores that do not sell just pet supplies often have limited choices. The best options for finding the right small dog collar are usually a store that specializes in pet supplies. This can be online or off. There are even pet boutiques that specialize in products designed for small dogs. Depending on the style and material of the collar, the price can range anywhere from about $3 on up. The average price, though, is generally from $7 to $10.

Keep in mind that the primary function of your small dog's collar is to keep his tags on him at all times. So you don't want to neglect putting those tags on just because you think they would 'spoil the look' of the small dog collar your dog is wearing. Those tags can mean the difference between getting your dog back and/or him getting the care he might need if he should get lost. That small dog collar could save his life and get you reunited with him.
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