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The Importance of Proper Wholesale Dog Collars and Leads

For dog owners, providing appropriate collars and leads for your canine companion is an important responsibility. The right equipment keeps your dog safe and comfortable while allowing for proper control during walks or other activities. As a business catering to dog owners, understanding the options available can help you better serve your customers. Let us take a look at what collars and leads you should be stocking as we move into the new year.

Types of Dog Collars

There are a variety of wholesale dog collars and lead styles on the market, each with their own pros, cons, and appropriate uses. Before we begin our journey, let us look at the average collar and neck size of the most popular dog breeds:

Breed of DogAdult dog neck size (cm)Adult dog neck size (inches)
Afghan Hound41-51cm16-20″
Alaskan Malamute46-56cm18-22″
Australian Shepherd41-56cm16-22″
Australian Shepherd Miniature25-36cm10-14″
Basset Hound42-51cm17-20″
Bearded Collie41-48cm16-19″
Bedlington Terrier35-45cm14-18″
Bernese Mountain Dog51-56cm20-22″
Bichon Frise35-46cm14-18″
Border Collie41-46cm16-18″
Border Terrier28-33cm11-13″
Boston Terrier30-45cm12-18″
British Bulldog46cm-61cm18-24″
Cairn Terrier37-42cm14-16″
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel25-36cm10-14″
Chinese Crested20-28cm8-11″
Chow Chow50-65cm20-26″
Cocker Spaniel30-46cm12-18″
Dachshund (Standard)30-41cm12-16″
Doberman Pinscher46-61cm18-24″
English Bulldog45-62cm18-24″
English Bull Terrier30-46cm12-18″
English Setter46-61cm18-24″
Flat Coated Retriever46-61cm18-24
French Bulldog30-41cm12-16″
Fox Terrier41-45cm16-18″
German Shepherd46-60cm18-24″
German Short Haired Pointer38-43cm15-17″
Golden Retriever45-53cm18-21″
Gordon Setter46-61cm18-24″
Great Dane51-66cm20-26″
Irish Setter41-45cm16-18″
Irish Terrier35-45cm14-18″
Irish Wolfhound55-65cm22-26″
Italian Greyhound20-28cm8-11″
Jack Russell25-36cm10-14″
Japanese Akita51-61cm20-24″
Labradoodle Miniature30-41cm12-16″
Lhasa Apso35-45cm14-18″
Maltese Terrier25-36cm10-14″
Miniature Dachshund20-34cm8-13″
Miniature Goldendoodle35-41cm14-16″
Miniature Pinscher20-28cm8-11″
Miniature Poodle25-41cm10-16″
Miniature Schnauzer25-41cm10-16″
Old English Sheepdog46-61cm18-24″
Poodle (Toy)20-36cm8-14″
Puggle (Pug/Beagle)30-46cm12-18″
Rhodesian Ridgeback51-58cm20-23″
Schnauzer (Standard)36-51cm14-20″
Scottish Terrier35-45cm14-18″
Shiba Inu35-41cm14-16″
Shih Tzu35-42cm14-16.5″
Shetland Sheepdog28-46cm11-18″
Siberian Husky46-50cm18-20″
Springer Spaniel36-46cm14-18″
Staffordshire Bull Terrier45-60cm18-24″
St Bernard66-81cm26-32″
Hungarian Vizsla38-66cm15-18″
Welsh Cardigan Corgi35-40cm14-16″
Welsh Pembroke Corgi35-40cm14-16″
West Highland Terrier35-41cm13-15″
Yorkshire Terrier25-30cm10-12″

Let us now look at the most popular types of dog collars on the market and which type might be best for your store.

Flat Collars

The most common type of wholesale dog collar and lead features a flat nylon or leather band that fastens with a plastic or metal buckle. These collars are suitable for most dogs and situations. Choose an appropriate width based on your dog’s size. Generally, wider collars provide more control with less pressure. Make sure you can fit two fingers between the collar and your dog’s neck.

Martingale Collars

This collar style features twin loops and tightens gently when pulled to prevent escape. It provides control while reducing choking risks compared to standard collars. Martingale collars work well for breeds with wider heads and necks relative to their collar size, like Greyhounds. They should not be left on unattended.

Head Halters

Head halters wrap around a dog’s snout and neck to allow steering and control of the head with gentle pressure similar to reining a horse. These halters provide excellent control over pulling for strong, large breed dogs in particular. Choose high-quality halters and introduce them gradually with positive reinforcement to create good associations.

Choosing the Proper Size

  • Measure your dog’s neck with a fabric tape measure for accuracy.
  • Allow room for two adult fingers between the collar and their throat.
  • Account for seasonal weight changes long-haired breeds may experience.
  • Refer to individual manufacturers’ sizing charts when available.
  • When in doubt, size up if your dog is still growing.

A proper fitting collar should be snug but not constricting. You should be able to slide two flat adult fingers between the collar and your dog’s neck. Check the tightness regularly as your dog moves around. Growing puppies will need frequent collar size adjustments.

Types of Dog Leads

Dog leads connect your dog’s collar to your hand, providing control and direction during walks and other activities outside your home or yard. There are a few common varieties to consider.

Standard Dog Leash

The classic option, standard dog leashes range from 4-8 feet in length. They easily attach to your dog’s collar. Choose shorter leads for high traffic areas requiring more control, and longer lines for exploring nature trails. Consider a high-quality leather or woven nylon leash for durability. Make sure any clasps feature safety closures.

Retractable Dog Leash

Retractable leashes allow your dog more freedom to explore and move around you while maintaining control via the lockable nylon cord. However, they require careful use to avoid burns from rapid retraction or entanglement. They work best for well-trained dogs in open, low distraction spaces only. The locks can fail over time.

Double Handle Leash

Double handle leashes offer two hand-holds: one near the collar attachment for close control, and a secondary adjustable-length grip for allowing your dog more movement. The dual handles build good habits by teaching your dog to give back slack when asked. They work well for strong pullers.

To Conclude our Wholesale Dog Collars and Leads:

No single “best” lead or collar works perfectly in all situations. Assess your own dog’s size, temperament and training needs when selecting the most appropriate option. With the proper education, your business can help guide your customers to informed choices. If you have any other pet-related topics you would like us to cover, don’t hesitate to ask! Please get in touch HERE.