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Dog Collars

A Short History And The Different Kinds Of Dog Collars


The first dog taxation or licensing laws came into being in Europe. Schweinfurt, Germany is on record with laws regarding the licensing and disposition of dogs in 1598. Amsterdam, Holland was collecting dog taxes and issuing dog collars in 1797, with the proceeds benefiting orphans and widows. Most European countries are known to have issued dog collars and collected dog taxes in the 1800s.


A dog collar is a piece of material, usually leather, chain, nylon or other fabric, that is put around the neck of a dog for control and identification. It usually has a metal ring for attaching dog licenses, owner's information, medical information, and a place to attach a leash or other restraint.



Types of dog Collars


Buckle Collars

Buckle collars, also called flat collars, are usually nylon or leather with a buckle similar to a belt buckle or a quick-release buckle. The collar should be fitted to be loose enough so that it can easily move around the dog's neck but tight enough so that it doesn't come off without unbuckling it. There is usually a metal ring for attaching identification tags, dog licenses and a leash.


Stud Collars

A Stud collar is a buckle collar but is fitted with sharp points and metal studs that prevent another animal from biting the dog's neck. While such a collar may appear brutal, it is actually the best collar for a milder mannered or older animal interacting with its more aggressive fellows.


Slip Collars

Slip collars, also called choke collars, are made from either chain or nylon. They have a metal ring on both ends. The chain or nylon is put through one ring to make a loop. The loop is put over the dog's head so that it is around the dog's neck. When ring on the loose end is pulled, the noose tightens around the dog's neck, hence the name choke collar. The collar is not intended to choke the dog. It is a very effective training collar when used correctly.



Martingale Collars

Martingale collars, sometimes called greyhound collars, are somewhat like a slip collar, but are wider. They consist of a longer section usually made of leather, chain, or nylon, joined through metal rings by a circle of chain, leather or nylon to which the leash is fastened; pulling on the leash tightens the collar, but because of its width, it prevents the chain from tangling in a dog's coat and prevents the collar from being pulled tightly enough to cut off the dog's airway. It also spreads pressure on the dog's neck over a larger area so are less uncomfortable for a dog than a slip collar when they are tightened. They are the type of collar most often used with greyhounds.


Prong Collars

Prong Collars, also called pinch collars are made out of metal and consist of removable sections. Each section is made so that when the collar is tightened by pulling in the leash, it pinches the dog's neck. It is supposed to simulate the mother dog correcting the young dog for bad behavior. It is used specifically for training or controlling unruly dogs.


Flea Collars

Flea collars are impregnated with chemicals that repel fleas. They are usually worn in addition to a conventional collar. There are some dogs that are allergic to the chemicals impregnated into the collar.


Elizabethan Collars

An Elizabethan collar, shaped like a truncated cone, is worn by a pet, usually a cat or dog, to prevent it from scratching a wound on its head or neck or licking a wound or infection on its body. It is usually prescribed by a veterinarian.


For a great selection of all kinds of dog collars and leashes, go to:  Dog Collars.


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