A dog collar isn't just a fashion statement. It lets you display your dog's tags and makes it easier to control him. If he gets lost, the collar tells people he's somebody's pet. He'll be wearing it a lot, so it's important to choose one that's comfortable.
Nylon dog collars are typically flat collars made out of woven nylon mesh. They come with either a metal buckle or a hard plastic clasp and are available in a wide range of colors and patterns. Nylon collars are made in a wide variety of sizes and are usually adjustable, so it's easy to find one to fit any dog.
Nylon Pros and Cons
Nylon collars tend to be affordable and widely available. They're lightweight and comfortable for dogs to wear on a daily basis. They tend to be rugged enough to not need replacing too often and cheap enough to easily replace. On the other hand, if your dog tends to pull on his leash, a nylon collar will stretch out over time. There's a chance that plastic fasteners could break with excessive pulling. There's also a danger that. if your dog roughhouses with another dog while wearing this type of collar, the other dog's mouth could get caught in it, harming one dog or both.
Leather collars are made out of animal hyde, typically that of a cow. They come in flat or rolled versions, usually with a metal buckle. They tend to be pricey, especially if they're made of quality leather. The range of color choices is limited, as they usually come in black or varying shades of brown. They're adjustable in the same way that your leather belt is adjustable, with holes punched into one end that allow you to adjust the length. Basically, it's like a leather belt for your dog's neck.
Leather Pros and Cons
Like any other leather product, you get what you pay for. Cheap leather can crack and break, which can be a hazard when going on walks. If you choose a leather collar it's best to spring for one that's well-made with quality leather. Leather collars, like nylon, can stretch out over time, especially those that get wet. They're not as readily available as nylon collar. A particularly stiff leather collar might chafe your dog's neck. Also, if your dog manages to get his mouth around the collar, he might decide make his expensive fashion accessory a treat.
Jean Marie Bauhaus has been writing about a wide range of topics since 2000. Her articles have appeared on a number of popular websites, and she is also the author of two urban fantasy novels. She has a Bachelor of Science in social science from Rogers State University.