While a dog doesn't need to wear a collar in the house all the time, it's a legal requirement for any dog in a public place to have one with the name and address of the owner. That's why we've made it our mission to find the best dog collars.
We know it can be difficult to decide the best product for your dog - they are man's best friend after all! That's why we've scouted out the collars that will be fit for any dog whilst keeping them look totally paw-some.
Our shortlist of the best dog collars:
As well as microchipping your pet, a collar helps to identify your dog quickly should it become lost and makes it easy to grab your dog if there's danger around. But how do you choose the right collar for your dog?
Firstly, you should decide what you want your dog collar to do. Do you need it to be easily washable? Is comfort your priority? Do you want your dog to be a style icon?
Whatever your preference, we've rounded up a selection of dog collars to help you find your dog's new favourite accessory.
If you go walking after dark, don't forget to think about a light up collar.
How we chose the best dog collars:
To help us decide what dog collars deserve the title of the best dog collars in the UK, we looked for five key features:
Safety: Safety is a pet owner's number one priority, and it's ours too. Whether it's selecting options made from natural materials or collars with safety features, we've thought of it all.
Comfortable fit: You want to ensure your beloved pet is comfortable, right? That's why you must choose an option that won't slip off, isn't tight or too heavy. This will vary between different breeds, ages of dogs and preferences.
Design: As well as being a comfortable fit, we've picked collars that have practical features like leash attachments - this will keep both owner and pooch happy.
Value: According to PDSA, People's Dispensary for Sick Animals - a veterinary charity in the UK, the cost of owning a dog can range from £4,500 up to £13,000 for their whole lifetime. That's why choosing a dog collar that won't cost the earth is so important.
Durability: That said, you want to get your money's worth, and sometimes splashing out that little extra cash can mean you get a longer-lasting collar. You should replace a collar when it doesn't fit, it starts showing signs of wear or it just doesn't work for your dog any longer.
The best dog collars in the UK 2022
All of these collars have been hand-selected by What's The Best shopping experts. Our team has spent hours investigating and researching the best dog collars, so you can choose the best one. We'd never recommend a product we don't believe in. Find out why you should trust us here.
Best anti-irritation dog collar
Julius K9 sounds like a cartoon villain. That's almost enough to warrant buying this collar alone. Turns out it's actually much more than a name. The Julius-K9 won't irritate your dog's coat and is available in a range of colours. We love that there's a colour to suit your pet's personality. As well as being robust, it's also excellent value for money and a high-quality product. Available in 20mm, 25mm, 40mm and 50mm as well as a range of colours.
EzyDog Neo Dog Collar
Best waterproof dog collar
This durable, waterproof collar is made with polyester and neoprene, making it fast-drying, easy to clean, padded, soft and comfortable for your pooch. It has a built-in ID clip to securely attach your dog's tags and is easy to fit using the quick release buckle. The reflective material is ideal for visibility at night time. Available in lots of colours and sizes.
Mungo & Maud Rope Dog Collar
Best luxury dog collar
This Mungo & Maud collar is a luxurious treat for the dog who's living its best life. The cotton rope and leather trim are durable and the brass hardware is a long-lasting, stylish addition. Matching leads are also available.
Rantow Adjustable Durable Comfortable Basic Leather Collar
Best adjustable dog collar
Looking for a classic collar? This sturdy leather version is made to last. Probably suited more to medium or large dogs due to its weight, it's comfortable for your dog and easy to put on and remove.
Ruffwear Classic Dog Collar
Best classic dog collar
This adventure inspired collar is made of durable woven material with a sturdy plastic clip and slider for easy on/off and adjustment. Lightweight and comfortable, it has a rust-resistant aluminium v-ring and silicone tag silencer, if you're not a fan of the jingling. Matching leads are also available with this collar.
Red Dingo Designer Dog Collar
Best fun dog collar
Robust but not bulky, this collar would be great for dogs who don't really enjoy wearing a collar. What's more, if your dog likes to swim and play in the mud, you'll be glad to know the design doesn't fade or discolour with washing. Adjustable for the perfect fit, this collar has a unique bone-shaped buckle for quick fitting and release.
Wild One Waterproof Dog Collar, Grey
Best stylish dog collar
If your pooch is a cultural icon, then they'll need a dog collar to match their status. This matt-finish dog collar from MADE.com is weather-resistant, durable and easy to clean. It also comes with a matching lead, so you can be the ultimate fashion duo on your walks. This collar is best for medium-sized dogs, as it measures 30-38 cm around the neck.
FAQs on dog collars
What are the types of dog collars?
Not sure what dog collar to choose? Here are five different types of dog collars available on the market.
Flat collar: A flat collar is the most common type of collar. It uses a buckle or strap, which can be adjusted to fit your pet perfectly. However, it can choke your dog if it's too tight or they can slip out of it if it's loose. If your dog pulls on the lead, we'd recommend using a different type of collar.
Head collar: Great for assisting with puppy training, a head collar can have a calming effect on your dog as it gives them all the control. As this is attached to the head, do not pull on the lead abruptly.
Harness : Good for walks, a harness will strap over your dog's body and will reduce the strain on your pet's neck and back.
Martingale: These types of dog collars provide more control over your dog without choking them - these are often used for greyhounds and whippets.
Pinch collar: Pronged or pinch collars are dangerous to your animal as there is a potential risk of injury and pain because it's designed to tighten around a dog's neck. We strongly recommend against this option. Read more about pinch collars and why they can compromise dog welfare.
Should my dog wear a collar at all times?
According to Petplan, a London-based pet insurance company, "By law, when a dog is in a public place, it must wear a collar. This – or a tag attached to the collar – must also bear its owner's name and address.
"Additionally worth knowing is that owners can be fined up to £2,000 if they don't comply."
In order to get your dog used to wearing a collar, we'd recommend getting them to wear one at all times. As long as it isn't tight, it shouldn't be uncomfortable to wear.
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Are dog collars uncomfortable?
The wrong collar for your beloved pet can be uncomfortable; that's why it's so important to shop around for the right one. The most important requirement is to ensure that a collar isn't too tight for your dog. The material can also play a huge part in whether or not it's suitable.
That said, how do you know if a dog collar is uncomfortable? First of all: trust your instincts. If a collar looks rough, awkward on or troublesome, then it probably is.
Secondly, we'd recommend reading reviews about the fit as well as doing thorough research into the right type of collar for its breed.
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How to clean dog collars:
Did you know that you should regularly clean your dog collar? Every time your pup gets mud, dog hair or anything else on its collar it should be cleaned. The best and easiest way to clean your dog collar is by letting it soak in hot, soapy water for at least ten minutes.
Top tip: Use one of our recommendations for the best dog shampoos to clean the collar as the cleaning ingredients used are safe for animals.
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Jade Moscrop is a Deputy Commercial Content Editor for WhatsTheBest, specialising in lifestyle topics. She also writes for Closer, Heat, and Mother&Baby.
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