Dog Collar Styles & Sizing
Sighthound Collars also called Martingale Collars, in all lengths, and widths of 5/8 inch, 3/4 inch, 1 inch, 1-1/2 inch, and 2 inch. The safest and most commonly used collar for all Sighthounds is the "double-loop" safety collar, knon in some parts of the USA as the "martingale" or "humane safety choke" collar. Quite simply, it is two loops – the larger loop adjustable to the size of the dog's neck; the smaller loop, often referred to as the handle, has a D-ring attached to it. When a leash is attached to the D-ring, the larger loop tightens around the dog's neck and prevents the dog sliding backward out of the collar. The restraint is firm and secure, but never pinches or gags the dog.
Standard Side-Release Collars come in all lengths, and widths of 5/8 inch, 3/4 inch, 1 inch and 1-1/2 inch.
The Single Loop – Mrs. Bones created the Single Loop specifically to bypass the need for a plastic closure collars for tiny or very large dogs. This collar does not open in the traditional manner, but expands and contracts by using the brass slider. The collar is extended the full way, slipped over the dog's head, and then adjusted to fit the dog's neck comfortably. This style is especially useful for tiny dogs – Italian Greyhounds, Chihuahuas, Chinese Crested Dogs, Maltese, Miniature Doberman, Pekingese, Shih Tzu and Yorkies.
On the other end of the size scale, Poodles, Airedales, Goldens, Vizsla, Doberman, and other large dogs with long necks have been able to wear 2-inch wide collars by using this style, which bypasses the 2-inch plastic closure. The 2-inch plastic closure is very bulky and uncomfortable.
From years of experience, Mrs. Bones believes that the most important factor in selecting a new collar for you dog is the WIDTH.
Frequently Mrs. Bones receives telephone calls that go like this: "Hi. I absolutely LOVE that 2-inch Dragonfire trim, and I HAVE to have it for my dog. What is he? He is a Cocker Spaniel.' Of course such a wide trim would make a poor Cocker look like he was stuffed into a turtleneck sweater, and he would be incredibly uncomfortable; he would then paw at the collar, scratch it, and try to get his message across in whatever possible way.
This is why it is very important to select a trim that is the proper width for the size and neck length of the dog. Small dog — narrow collar, medium size dog — medium width collar, and so on.
To determine the size (length) of the Mrs. Bones collar most appropriate for your dog, measure loosely around your dog's neck where you want the collar to rest. If the measurement is right on the edge of a size (14-3/4 inches, for example) you should get the next size up, especially if the dog is young, or specify exact measurement for a custom fit. All of Mrs. Bones' collars are adjustable.
3/4 inch Wide: Trims for dogs whose neck measures 11-15 inches (Small size) such as Boston Terriers, Dachshunds, Jack Russell Terriers, Shih-tzu, Miniature Schnauzers, and Miniature Poodles.
1 inch Wide: Trims for dogs whose neck measures 15-19 inches (Medium size) such as Dalmatians, Irish Setters, Weimaraner, Boxers, Corgis, Whippets and Labradors (who usually have short necks).
1-1/2 inch Wide: Trims for dogs whose neck measures 19-23 inches (Large size) such as Golden Retrievers, Rottweilers, Doberman, Bassett Hounds, and Medium, Large and Extra Large Sighthounds.
2 inch Wide: Trims appropriate only for larger Sighthounds, Mastiffs, Great Danes, Giant Schnauzers.