Some dogs don’t mind dog collars at all, especially if they’ve been wearing them since they were puppies. But putting a dog collar on a dog who is used to running around freely may be quite the ordeal.
You better find the best dog collars you can find for either pup to want to wear this identity tag all day long. While it may be easy to believe that some dogs don’t need top dog collars and just any old plain one will do, your dog may say otherwise.
The best collar for a puppy, especially a rambunctious one, may need to be one that’s not only durable but also lightweight enough that it doesn’t become too heavy on the dog. Soft dog collars don’t necessarily have to be flimsy, and we can prove it.
But for bigger, muscular dogs, only heavy-duty dog collars will do the trick. In these 30 options below, find out what your options are.
Top-Raed Dog Collars
The GoTags Embroidered can include your dog’s name and permanent phone number.
- 15 thread color options (neon pink, red, neon green, orange, baby pink, sky blue, white, black, navy blue, neon yellow, turquoise, purple, cotton candy, gold, Jolly Rancher)
- 5 collar color options (red, blue, orange, black, pink)
- Available in four sizes (X-Small, 8-12 inches x ⅜ inches; Small, 11-16 inches x ⅝ inches; Medium, 14-20 inches x ¾ inches; Large, 18-26 inches x 1 inch)
This strong, nylon dog collar can help you and a passersby identify both your dog’s name and your number should the dog end up getting loose. The GoTags Embroidered includes stainless steel D-rings for tags and leashes.
- Four adjustable sizes
- High-quality nylon webbing
- English alphabet characters only
- Adjustable slider could rest over some of the custom embroideries
The Illumiseen LED can hold up to five hours of illumination for a colorful walk around town.
- Available in six LED lights (bright orange, cotton candy pink, neon green, royal blue, ruby red, sunburst yellow)
- Available in six sizes (XX-small, X-small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large)
- USB rechargeable
This may be one of the most comfortable dog collars for both safe walking and no extra expenses for batteries. You can change the light option from steady to flashing to a slow flash, with one simple click.
Check out the matching dog leashes (sold separately) to make you and your dog easily visible for night walks.
- USB rechargeable
- Night visibility options
- Not waterproof (but are weatherproof)
- Several users said the light stopped working, even when fully charged, after multiple uses
The Illumiseen LED is covered by a lifetime guarantee.
If you’re looking for the best Martingale collar or blueberry dog collar, you have plenty of options to choose from here.
- Available in 22 colors
- Four collar design options (regular, Martingale, personalized, seatbelt)
- Chrome-coated metal D ring
Made from nylon fabric with high-density webbing, this dog collar is designed to be durable. In addition to blueberry collars, there is an option for a one-inch seatbelt (16.5 inches x 25.5 inches).
The blueberry pet 22 is available in 14 sizes: X-Small, Small, Medium, or Large. If you want the matching leash, it’s sold separately.
- Eco-friendly plastic buckles
- More than 550 laboratory tests and more than 750 in-line, final random inspections
- Collar does not stretch on its own
- One user said the collar broke the second day he had it
Made from high-density polyester webbing with a neoprene bottom layer, you’ll have plenty of designer options with the Blueberry Pet Paisley Print. Use the loop tied to the logo to add your favorite dog charms or pendants.
- Neoprene padded material
- Available in 11 featured patterns (although Amazon’s listing says 12)
- Harness and leash options available, in addition to Small, 12-16 inches; Medium, 14.5-20 inches; and Large, 18-26 inches
While some dog collars are OK for your dog to wear without your direct supervision, the Blueberry Pet Paisley Print is not one that should be left on while unattended. While you can purchase the matching leash, do not add the leash to the pendant loop area.
- Eco-friendly plastic buckle
- Metal D ring is chrome coated to add durability
- Collar does not stretch on its own
- Not intended for tie-out
While the Blueberry 8 above is intended to celebrate falling leaves and Thanksgiving, the Halloween decor (pumpkin, bats, owls, haunted houses) for the Blueberry Pet 10 will be a big hit at Halloween parties and trick-or-treating nights.
- Available in eight designs
- High-density polyester
- Nickel-free hardware
If you want your dog to enjoy the haunted house, pumpkins, and other Halloween decor, go for it. But it can be taken off to avoid irritating the dog while resting or walking. The Blueberry Pet 10 is not made for a tie out.
- Eco-friendly plastic
- One reviewer reported the “cheap” looking buckle was quite strong on her muscular dog
- Unlike listing warnings, one reviewer found that the collar did indeed readjust on its own
- The attachable decor may be “too big,” according to some users
In addition to celebrating both Halloween and Christmas, the solid colors on the Blazin Safety can be used all year round.
- Available in 10 colors (black, blue, red, green, orange, pink, purple, blue)
- Two red color versions, one specified for Christmas
- Two red color versions, one specified for Halloween
The LED strips have individual bulbs that fit through the resizing clasp, unlike copycat versions. You have four size options to choose from: X-Small (8.1-10.75 inches); Small (9.8-14.2 inches); Medium (13.8-19.7 inches); Large and X-Large (19.3-27.6 inches)
- USB rechargeable (runs for more than eight hours)
- Water-resistant flashing light
- Sizes run large, so confirm the fit (resize 40 percent of total length)
- USB charger does not have an indicator to know when it’s fully charged
The Blazin Safety is backed by a 100 percent lifetime guarantee. If it’s not what you desire, you have the option for a money-back guarantee.
From small dog collars to large dog collars, the Black Rhino is both comfortable and heavy-duty. This is ideal for stronger, bigger dogs, as well as small dogs who tend to be pullers.
- Available in five colors (aqua/grey, blue/grey, pink/black, red/black, black)
- Available in four sizes (Small, Medium, Large, X-Large)
- Ultra-soft neoprene padded dog collar
The durable hardware in this collar is ideal for energetic, playful dogs. If you want the matching adjustable training leashes, they are sold separately.
- Reflective technology for early morning and late-night walks
- One reviewer said neoprene padding is not as plentiful as it appears
- Underside of the buckle rubbed a raw spot in one user’s dog’s neck
The Black Rhino is covered by a money-back guarantee, including a 100 percent refund.
Maybe you’re looking for metal dog collars. Although the Country Brook Petz aren’t all made of metal, they do have mirror-like metal hardware on them.
- Available in 25 colors
- Available in four sizes (Small, 11-13 inches; Medium, 13-16 inches; Large, 16-22 inches; X-Large, 18-26 inches)
- Premium nylon
Built with aluminum and stainless steel hardware, the Country Brook Petz may not be the strongest out there but they are strong enough to not fray or break like some other flimsy, plastic collars.
The silky soft nylon around the neck area should also make your dog feel comfortable.
- Colorfast dye that won’t fade or run when wet
- Fast and free shipping
- Not for tie-out
- One user reported the buckle would no longer catch
Are you looking for pretty dog collars? Well, you’ve found several, and some that have a less-is-more chic design.
- Quick-release buckle
- Name plate and phone number personalization option (up to 30 characters)
- Metal adjustment buckle
Available in six color variations and three sizes (Small, Medium, Large), feel free to buy all of these easy-to-clean dog collars and switch them out as the mood hits you.
Durable nylon inner designs include Black White Grid, Blue Iris, Bohemia Daisy, Camouflage Green, Mint Green Floral, or Navy Blue. They are all available in Small (10-15.5 inches), Medium (12-19.5 inches), and Large (14-23.5 inches).
- Can adjust the necklace size for comfort
- May have to get used to the heavy-duty noise from the metal buckle
- Several users said the fabric started to unravel within a short time period
The Beirui Personalized is covered by a 100 percent quality guarantee, and you can choose between a free replacement or refund for any reason.
Maybe you’re not sure which brand to choose, but you’re sure you want to make sure your pup is stylish. Look no further than the Pet-Soft & Comfy Bowtie.
- Available in six designs (stripe, black dot, black and red, flower, fox, red dot)
- Available in six sizes (XX-Small, 1.75 x 3.25 inches; X-Small, 1.75 x 3.25 inches; Small, 2 x 4 inches; Medium, 2.28 x 4.8 inches; Large, 2.75 x 5.2 inches; X-Large; 2.75 x 5.2 inches)
- Attached to the collar using an elastic strap
Each 100 percent cotton bowtie can be removed from the Pet-Soft & Comfy. Rinse it with water and mild soap. The actual collar can be washed via machine.
- Machine washable
- Pattern placement may vary (differ from online photos)
- Sample picture will not match made-to-order versions
Whether it’s Christmas time and you want your dog to look a little more festive, or are just in the mood to give him an extra flair, the KUDES Christmas Snowflake option is worth it.
- Available in two Christmas designs in red and green
- Brown and black design for non-holidays
- Available in three sizes (Small, 9.6 x 13.8 inches; Medium, 11.8 x 17.8 inches; Large, 14.2 x 21.7 inches)
Made with durable, high-density polyester webbing and fine stitching, the KUDES Christmas Snowflake is both stylish and sturdy.
- Easy press button design to open and close
- Movable bowtie
- Bells may be louder than expected
- Another user didn’t want the bell on the bowtie at all
The Tuff Pupper has a padded inner collar and elastic security handle to be both comfortable for the dog and easy to keep your dog under control.
- Padded reflective dog collar
- 100 percent stainless steel hardware
- Handle included
With a durable nylon layer and metal buckle and eyelets, you can try out six different colors (Epic Black, March Red, Midnight Blue, Forest Green, Hot Pink, Steel Grey). There are also three size options: Small (10.5-14.5 inches); Medium (13.5-18.5 inches); X-Large (18.5-22.5 inches).
- Adjustable sizing
- Snag proof and rustproof
- A few users reported the adjustable pull area started to fray
- May not be ideal for dogs who roughhouse
The Tuff Pupper has a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. If this isn’t the dog collar for you and/or your dog, you have a 60-day money-back guarantee for any reason. Additionally, there is a lifetime guarantee against manufacturer defects.
The Native Pup is a wonderful addition to your holiday Christmas postcards. Plus your dog will be the talk of the walk throughout all of December.
- Available in three sizes (Small, 11-17 inches; Medium, 13-20 inches; Large, 16-26 inches)
- Available in eight different Christmas designs
- Durable polyester
Unlike some collars that just have the print on the outside, the Native Pup is designed in-house with the Christmas decor all around. And the sturdy plastic clip and metal D-ring help to hold the dog collar up well and are easy to clip on for walking.
- Branding on packaging instead of the collar
- Smooth, shiny finish
- Check inside of collar for sharp stitching
- Buckle may come undone; check early and often
If you happen to have one dog that needs more control than the other or a dog who seems to be going through a transitional period, you may want to test out the three-hook options for the Byleedur.
- Heavy-duty zinc alloy buckle
- Available in grey and beige
- Heavy-duty massive carabiner with 360-degree swivel
With the three-ring leash option, you can control just how much flexibility you want your dog to have and the length of the leash as you two walk.
The set, which is available in X-Small (8-12 inches), Small (11-15.7 inches), Medium (13.8-19.7 inches), and Large (15.7-24 inches), consists of a dog leash (length range of 41.3-68.2 inches) plus the collar.
The Byleedur is made from a mix of dacron and cotton; only the hooks, swivel, and buckle come in rose gold.
- Adjustable length
- Rose gold design in clip areas
- Collar kept coming off of one dog
- Buckle reportedly does not hold securely
The Expawlorer bandana set comes with a bell, so you always know where your fashionable, bow tie-wearing dog is at all times.
- Available in three sizes (Small, 9-11 inches; Medium, 11-16 inches; Large, 16-20 inches)
- Cotton bandana
- Available in two colors (beige, blue)
The Expawlorer bandana set comes with a needle belt buckle and six metal holes for adjustment. Made of polyurethane and cotton material, this collar is soft enough to wear without your pet (ideally) being uncomfortable.
- Adjustable collar to bowtie option
- Hand-sewn buttons for an added accessory
- A handful of users reported that the bow tie fell off after two weeks
- Name tag may rotate upside down, according to one user
For dog owners who ended up with marks on their hands from holding heavier material (ex. leather) collars, the beebiepet has a much-softer and easier feel.
- High-density nylon webbing
- Quick-release buckle with safety lock
- Foam handle
The reflective stitches on the beebiepet have a durable, tangle-free hook. And the set is easy to clean in a washing machine. Choose between 10 variations of collars and leashes, duo leashes, and duo collars.
- Adjustable buckle
- Rustproof D-ring
- Quite a few users reported that the collar may not be strong enough for some dogs
- Quick-release buckle reportedly gets stuck
The Yunlep Tactical K9 is not only adjustable but has a control handle for dog owners who are in the middle of training their pets.
- Metal hook
- Heavy-duty metal buckle
- Velcro area for ID patch
Available in four colors (black, camo, coyote brown, ranger green), the Yunlep Tactical K9 is made to be strong enough to secure your dog but soft enough to avoid an allergic reaction.
The lead on the handle also ensures that the dog will not try to lead the walk. It is also adjustable for various kinds of dogs. Choose between Medium (14-18.5 inches), Large (18-21.5 inches), or X-Large (21-24.5 inches).
- Easy handle for daily training
- Soft padded lining
- Color ring and clip reportedly rubbed off
- One user reported the stitching is not strong enough to hook up to a leash
Celebrate the fall season with the maple decor attached to the Blueberry Pet 10. The pumpkin and turkey will lead you right into the November festivities of Thanksgiving.
If you’re trying to loosen things up for the family dinner, strut your dog in first. (And if you like this brand and design idea, and want a spooky Halloween version, keep scrolling down.)
- Available in eight designs
- High-density polyester
- Nickel-free hardware
If the vibrant colors aren’t fun enough to admire, there’s also a fun, contrasting print on the inside and outside of the Blueberry Pet 10.
- Eco-friendly plastic
- Thanksgiving decor can be taken off if it irritates the dog
- Collar does not stretch on its own
- Not made for a tie out
Suitable for a tie out, the PARTNER Basic works out well if you want to add metal ID labels, bone buckles, etc.
- High-quality nylon
- Available in two colors: blue and red (although online images look pinker)
- Lock-in release buckle
You don’t have to worry about fading with this one. It’s made to avoid dog skin irritation and can be adjusted for a neck circumference of 12-16 inches. The metal D ring can attach to any ID tag or belt, as needed.
Switch out the red and blue color options as desired.
- Environmental protection buckle
- Washable and reusable
- Not suitable for large dogs
- Individual packaging is a waste of plastic; may not be thrilling for eco-friendly consumers
If you are not satisfied with the PARTNER Basic, there is a replacement or refund option.
Who says that a dog collar has to be your usual nylon or other cloth materials? Add a little more cool to your dog’s everyday attire with the Abaxaca.
- 18K Gold-Plated
- Heavy-duty stainless steel (19 mm)
- Available in six colors: 16 inches, 18 inches, 20 inches, 22 inches, 24 inches, 26 inches
The metal button (imported from Germany) on the Abaxaca is permanently closed, and it is intended to be so heavy duty that it will not break off. With a high-plated, polished technology, this collar is a conversation piece as you walk down the street.
- No-fade technology
- Product is handmade
- Not ideal for owners who are not a fan of choke chain collars
- One reviewer reported that the link holding the ring separated in less than two weeks
While a plain dog-collar will do the trick, the Vcalabashor just looks so much cooler than some others. And it comes in multiple colors so you can switch this out instead of chasing your dog around the house trying to wear outfits.
- Polyurethane inner
- Metal D ring
- Eight available colors stylishly braided with black (Fuschia, orange, pink, red, teal, violet, white, yellow)
The Vcalabashor has a nameplate to make sure your dog can easily be found in the event (s)he gets loose from the yard. This collar has soft inner padding to make the collar comfortable to wear.
Made from genuine leather, this dog collar is not only sturdy but it also has anti-ripped eyelets on the adjustable buckle. And the nameplate text characters are etched in by laser.
- Adjustable buckle
- Personalized engraving option
- Reviewer reported collar started peeling after three weeks
- Another reviewer said the leather is only in the Vs stitched into the collar
If your dog is a puller or needs a heavy-duty-collar, the ThinkPet does the trick with a handle to hold, as well as reflective strips for greater visibility at night.
- High-density nylon and buckle
- Strong metal clip
- Available in Small (16.5-18 inches), Medium (17-19.5 inches), Large (18.5-26 inches), X-Large (19.5-34 inches)
The ThinkPet can be used for walking, running, and/or daily training. The control collar has a neoprene padded handle for quick control, and neat stitching along the lining.
The reflective collar has integrated stripes that are both fashionable and improve visibility.
- Nylon buckle prevents dog escapes
- Padded breathable material
- Verify measurements upon opening; one user said the listed measurements did not match what was received
- Another user said the collar broke in less than 10 days
The Lionet Paws will meet all three requirements for your dog: It’s comfortable, durable, and stylish.
- Available in six sizes (XX-Small, 7-11 inches; X-Small, 8-12 inches; Small, 10-16 inches; Medium, 12-22 inches; Large, 16-24 inches; X-Large, 16-26 inches)
- Stainless steel D ring
- Available in six colors (green and white grid; grey lines; peony; purple grid; yellow and white grid; grid)
The Lionet Paws gives your dog an extra bit of flair with the bow tie, attached by two elastic straps. This handmade dog collar (only) is OK to wash in an electric washing machine.
But do not expect the same collar in the online images; they are cut randomly.
- Adjustable roll buckle
- Easy snap-on buckle
- Material is not stretchy
- Bow ties are not machine washable (rinse with warm water and soap)
As with any other kind of genuine leather, the Warner Brand Cumberland may be a bit stiffer in its initial use. Allow for a bit more flexibility, in addition to allowing your dog to get used to a collar that is more durable than soft.
- Available in four colors (black, golden tan, red, rich brown)
- Available in five sizes (19-inch for necks that are 15-17 inches; 21-inch for necks that 16-19 inches; 23-inch for 18-21 inches; 25-inch for necks that are 20-23 inches; 27-inch for necks that are 22-25 inches)
- Genuine leather
If you’re used to your dog wearing a certain size, you may have to do a bit of investigating and testing with the Warner Brand Cumberland. This is one of many brands that may not fit the same, regardless of the “safe” size.
- Free engraved brass ID tag
- ID tag is riveted to collar in legible, computerized font
- May be stiff when initially worn
- Not intended for dogs with necks smaller than 15 inches
The sleepy pup full-grain, which has a smooth rolling buckle, cast D ring, and double cap, is made to be durable and stylish.
- Available in five colors (black, dark brown, gray, light brown, natural)
- Full-grain leather (100 percent real leather)
- Rolling buckle
Unlike nylon or polyester collars, which are much softer but maybe not as durable, this dog collar is more durable than other brands and versions.
This timeless style can be ordered in a Small (12-16 inches); Medium/Large (16-20 inches); Medium (14-18 inches); Large and X-Large (20-24 inches); Large (18-22 inches); X-Large (22-26 inches).
- Rust-resistant zinc alloy buckles
- May be stiff when first worn, as is with all leather
- 5-inch collars may be more sufficient for dogs that pull
Personalized collars help passersby recognize who your dog belongs to, assuming your dog is friendly. And the reflective feature on the Sinobear makes it that much easier to identify the dog at night, too.
- Available in six colors (aqua, red, sky blue, orchid, black, lime)
- Available in four sizes (X-Small, 10-15 inches; Small, 10-15 inches; Medium 12-19 inches; Large (14-22 inches)
- Metal quick-release buckle
If you’re into the Sinobear, you may want to invest in the matching dog leash, too. For your personalization needs, keep in mind that there is a 16-character max with two to three lines recommended.
- Laser tech texting will last for years
- Reflective threads
- Red collar leans more toward rose-red or hot pink, not pure red
- Expect two to three weeks for shipping from China; not eligible for Amazon Prime
If this is not for you and your dog, it is covered by a one-year quality guarantee.
Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but who says it can’t be your girl dog’s best friend, too?
- Available in two sizes (X-Small, 7-9 inches; Small, 9-13 inches)
- Velvet and polyurethane material
- Bling Diamante decor
The EXPAWLORER Rhinestone, made of bright red, pink, or rose, is easy to spot. And the heart pendant adds an extra layer of femininity to it, too. The buckle is alloy and silver plated. When it’s not in use, please keep in a “dry bag.”
- Can double as a collar for your cat, too
- Sparkles in the light
- Only intended for smaller dogs
- Must add an extra loop for tags
Buy the ZTON for your upcoming wedding or formal event, and your dog is all set.
- Velcro closure
- Available in two sizes: Small (9.1-11.8 inches); Large (11.8-14.2 inches)
- Available in seven designs: Black and white, black and yellow, blue, Christmas designs, red and white, red multi-color pattern, yellow and white pattern
Made of comfortable cotton and polyester, the ZTON easily fastens with its velcro closure.
- High-moisture absorption
- Not suitable for dogs with necks larger than 11 inches
- Listing warns of “imperfect features like thread residue and defective sewing” due to being handmade
What’s better than flowers in a vase? It’s these flowers on the Blueberry Pet 5.
- Available in seven floral designs in collar, harness, leash combinations
- Available in four sizes (X-Small, 7.5-10 inches; Small, 12-16 inches; Medium, 14.5-20 inches; Large, 18-26 inches)
Enjoy the flowery Blueberry Pet 5 for everything from a wedding to introduce spring. If the flower bothers your dog, you can take it right off and still enjoy the flowery design of the collar.
- Flower can be removed
- Eco-friendly plastic buckle
- Not intended for a tie out
- Not recommended to be left on unattended
If you’re more of a nightwalker who prefers reflective material, the KSWLLO is perfect for you. And it even has a USB rechargeable collar to make sure you don’t end up with a light-up collar that dies only a few days after you buy it.
- USB rechargeable with battery box
- Polyurethane leather
- Leash hook loop
In addition to being reflective for night walks, this double-stitched snap buckle is intended to be heavy-duty and waterproof, perfect for hiking and rainy, cold walks. (If you have a dog who loves cold weather, this is the kind of dog collar made for him.)
It comes in three sizes: Small (14.17-15.74 inches); Medium (18.11-19.68 inches); Large (22-23.6 inches). The KSWLLO also includes three flashing light settings: slow, fast, or continuous.
- Waterproof and dustproof
- Adjustable buckle
- May need to charge for at least six hours
- Collar may have to be worn toward the side; otherwise, tag area (by neck) will cover up reflective side when walking behind dog
Contact the Amazon seller ahead of time to confirm a (potential) refund or replacement policy. The listing does confirm a three-year warranty on the battery.
Hopefully one of these 30 dog collar options works well for your dog. But before ordering one, you should measure around your dog’s neck. Use a piece of string or a tape measure to confirm how much material is needed to snugly fit around the collar.
Avoid assuming that one dog collar size will match the same size in another brand. If you’re not quite sure about the ideal size, you should be able to insert two fingers between the collar and the dog’s neck.
A properly fitting collar and harness should be secure enough that it won’t fall off but leave enough room so your dog can’t chew through it. Just make sure you pay attention to how your dog reacts to the collar early on.
Small whimpering may be due to anything from a too-small dog collar or inner stitching that pinches. Your dog will recognize comfort immediately, regardless of how cute or stylish the collar is. Let your pup be the judge of which collar works best for him.
The team at PetStruggles has also completed detailed collar reviews for the following breeds:
Best Dog Collar
Here are the ratings of the best 30 dog collars currently on the market
- Illumiseen LED
- Blueberry Pet Classic
- Blueberry Pet Paisley Print
- Blueberry Pet 10 Halloween
- Blazin’ Safety
- Black Rhino
- Country Brook Petz
- Tuff Pupper
- Native Pup
- beebiepet Classic
- Yunlep Tactical K9
- Blueberry Pet 10 Fall
- Partner Basic
- Lionet Paws
- Warner Brand Cumberland
- Sleepy pup Full Grain
- Expawlorer Rhinestone
- Blueberry Pet 5