Which Dog Collar Width is Right For Walking On Leash?

Determining the appropriate collar width for your dog can be a tough decision.

Generally, the smaller the dog, the smaller the width for the collar.  Or the larger the dog, the wider the collar.  Some mid-size dogs can pull off any width and have it look fantastic.  For well trained dogs that never pull - it's all boils down to personal preference.

DOG SIZE & POWER LEVEL MATTERS

A 5/8 wide collar would look silly and also be an unsafe choice for a powerful and large Great Dane to wear on walks and a 2" wide collar for a tiny Shih Tzu would never work.

Keep the size of your dog in mind when selecting the correct collar width for your dog. This will dictate how wide the collar should be.  Wider collars will be more comfortable around a big dog's neck than a more narrow collar (which can dig in if the dog pulls).


IF YOUR DOG PULLS - GO WIDER. EVEN FOR TINY DOGS
Even the smallest dog can damage their throat with extreme pulling. Choosing the correct collar width is essential to protect a puller's throat, and prioritizing comfort while out for walks will make leash training both successful and enjoyable.  It is wise to go WIDER for dog's who pull. Wider collars distribute the pressure onto a wider surface area of the neck, whereas narrower collars dig in sharply to a dog that pulls against the leash.

Wider collars look fantastic on bigger dogs (especially with short coats and long necks) and they are certainly more comfortable for large dogs too. Remember, narrow collars can dig in sharply to a throat if the dog pulls and this is especially true on big and powerful dogs. Strong dogs, heavy pullers, or dogs bordering on the next size up will want to select a wider collar.

 

IF YOUR DOG NEVER PULLS AND IS MID-SIZED
Congratulations! Any width collar will function properly and will be up to your personal preference and what you think looks best on your pup's neck!

IF YOUR DOG HAS LONG HAIR & DOESN'T PULL
Personal preference reins supreme under this circumstance. If you would like to increase the chances of your collar showing up, consider going wider.