When choosing a collar for your pet, consider their breed, size, character, temperament and behavioural patterns, plus your own goals.


To choose the correct size, measure the widest part of your dog’s neck. Always allow for slightly greater length (2-3 cm) to enable the collar to be adjusted. At the same time, remember that the better the fit, the more comfortable the collar will be for your dog.

A collar is sitting right if two fingers fit between it and your dog’s neck. However, make sure that your dog is unable to pull the collar over their head.

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If you need a custom size that isn’t available in our range, contact us and we’ll find a solution. You’ll find the size charts in the description of each product in our online store.


In addition to your dog’s character, consider the quality, comfort and function of the collar when choosing the material. Nowadays there is a wide range of materials to choose from, so you should consider the pros and cons of each.

Avoid tough and rigid materials that are uncomfortable for your dog and could ruin their coat. For example, metal chain collars and leather collars with rough edges can both damage and stain a dog’s coat. If you choose a leather collar, make sure that it’s soft, oiled and with rounded edges. To extend the lifetime of a leather collar, we recommend using leather care products.

The most similar-looking material to leather is BioThane. Under normal conditions a BioThane collar will last longer than a nylon or leather collar. Because of its composition (a polyester core with PVC coating), it’s a highly durable and long-lasting material. BioThane is 100% waterproof. Although extremely durable, it’s also soft and elastic (including in the cold). In addition, it’s stain-resistant, easy to clean and doesn’t need special care (unlike a leather collar, for example).

Nylon and fabric collars won’t chafe a dog’s coat: they are comfortable and machine-washable. These collars can usually be adjusted by and fastened with a quick-release plastic buckle. We recommend choosing a collar with a metal buckle instead of a plastic one, as plastic tends to break – especially if your dog pulls on the leash. Collars with metal buckles are slightly more expensive, but will ensure your dog’s safety.


The most important aspect to consider when choosing a collar is comfort: it should be easy to put on, take off, clean and adjust.

Fastening a collar with a classic metal buckle takes more time and can be difficult with energetic dogs, as they need to stand still while you do so. Nevertheless, this is a better option if your dog wears its collar all day. Collars with a quick-release buckle are easy and comfortable to use. However, we should remind you that a metal buckle is better than a plastic one, as it’s safer and unbreakable, even if your dog tends to pull on its leash.

If you’re considering using a choke, prong or electric collar, consult a professional. They will instruct you on how and for how long you should use such collars, so as to avoid hurting your dog. It has been proven that these extreme training devices can sometimes alter a dog’s bone structure and physique, not to mention their character.



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Yours, the Nelly&Dodo team