Give Your Furry Friend Some Style With A Personalised Dog Collar!

A personalised dog collar gives your pooch the style they deserve, as well as an essential part to being easily identified. Don't miss the chance to see our expert round up of the most sought after brands.

For almost as long as we have shared our life with man’s best friend we have used dog collars.(See here for Tweed Collars) Right from the beginning, they were a stylish and practical accessory. These have been extremely popular for a long time as they help your pooch be identified should they run off or escape.

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Nowadays they are made from all sorts of materials and come in a huge array of styles. We have reviewed some of the best pet collars that will make Fido stand out from the crowd.


Custom Made Collars For Your Pet

It is believed these were first used in Ancient Egypt and paintings on the walls of tombs display dogs wearing them. However, these were mainly for decorative purposes and it was the Greeks that began using them for more practical reasons, they often had spikes to protect their throats from wolves while protecting livestock.

By the Middle Ages, many of the aristocracy kept pets, and neckbands were an important status symbol, the higher position the more decorated they were with some being made of solid gold and adorned with precious jewels.

Hunting dogs wore simple leather unless hunting dangerous prey such as wolves, wild boar and bears in which case they would wear ones with prongs and spikes for protection. 

Some Antique Items

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By the 18th century, neckbands would often have the owner’s name written on them in addition to catchy sayings of the time. A common one was

"I am His Majesty's dog at Kew; Pray tell me Sir, whose dog are you?" from a rhyme by Alexander Pope

In fact, in 2010 a small one with a brass plaque declaring the owner to be Charles Dickens sold for over £7,000 At the time, pet collars were usually made from leather, or metals such as silver, brass and gold.

These days, however, they can be made from any number of materials and decorated all manner of baubles although customised ones with a name and sometimes telephone number are still a popular choice. 


Correct measurements for canine collars

It is important to get the measurements correct when purchasing any sort of collar whether it is a leather one or with a name stitched into it.

Sizes vary with different brands so always measure your pups neck to ensure a comfortable fit, this is especially important as you can customize and often you will not offer get a refund or replacement if the error is down to your mistake (make sure you get the spelling right too)

The best way is to use a measuring tape and wrap this around the neck where Fido’s usual one sits but be sure to leave room to insert 2 fingers underneath.

Another method is using a piece of string then measure the string against a ruler. The neckband should be tight enough that is does not present a danger of the doggy getting caught up in something yet loose enough not to cause restricted breathing or put pressure on your pet's delicate neck.

Many collars are adjustable nowadays, so it is simply a question of ordering the one which includes the measurement you have taken but if the seller states the collars are small, medium and large check the sizes a small from one may fit a cavapoo while another brand may require an extra small. 


What is the best choice

There are some excellent quality personalized ones available online, but with the right tools did you know it’s quite simple to make your own too.

This video shows how to make a leather one for your dog.

There are several things to take into account when buying a collar.

  • Is it for a growing puppy?
    If so there is no point purchasing an expensive custom-made collar as your pup will soon grow out of it, buy one which does the job, investing in a more expensive one after he has done with his growth spurt.
  • Will Fido be getting dirty?
    Working animals such as spaniels, Labradors and gundogs spend a lot of time in the countryside in muddy fields and even water, so it is important to buy one which is washable or easy to wipe clean.
  • Does your pet pull on the lead?
    If you have a canine that pulls on the lead you may be better off with a no-pull harness. You can still have a smart collar displaying a name and phone number in case of emergencies, without the pulling. 
  • Cost
    Most nylon ones are affordable, but they can deteriorate over time, so it is important to check regularly for wear and tear, leather tends to be a bit more expensive but is hardwearing and easy to clean. Always buy the best you can afford as cheaper alternatives can be a false economy (check the reviews).

Reviews

Custom Collar

This bright embroidered collar made of durable nylon comes in 2 sizes and 6 colours. Extremely durable it can be customised with a choice of coloured threads displaying your pet’s name and phone number up to 25 characters.

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    Stainless steel D ring
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    Adjustable
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    Strong side release buckle

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    Takes a while to arrive
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    Only 1 width (1”)

Puppy Cat Pet NAME Collar(Pink, XS)

A unique neckband this is made of PU leather and makes a great gift. There are 4 sizes, and colours, black, red, pink or blue, each has a chrome-plated buckle and is customised with diamante letters and a charm of your choice.

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    Stylish
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    4 Colours
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    Value for money

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    Only for fashion not suitable as a restraint
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    Only 1.5cm not wide enough for larger or furry canine's
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    Only short names of 4-8 letters

Personalised Collar

Made in the UK from quality Ancol bridle leather and strong fittings these customised collars are fantastic value for money and come in no less than 8 sizes. They can be laser engraved with your text of choice, you can even choose what font, making it truly unique.

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    Real Leather
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    Durable
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    3 Colours

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    N/A

Leather Collar

Made from real leather with a choice of 4 colours and chrome plated cast buckle and loops. These collars can be engraved with letters, numbers and addresses, meaning in the unlikely event of your pet running off you can be contacted straight away.

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    UK stock
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    Real Leather
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    Durable

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    Bit chunky for small companions

Strong Nylon Collars

Sold by Personalised Pets Ltd these strong nylon collars come in a range of colours and sizes making them ideal for most breeds. Your chosen text (up to 12 characters) can be embroidered in various coloured threads and being washable they will remain looking good.

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    Strong nylon webbing
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    Washable
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    Stainless steel buckle

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    Buckle holes not reinforced so could fray

Blueberry Pet Dark Teal Classic Embroidered with Name & Phone Number

This basic collar will keep your pooch looking stylish all year long. Your phone number and dog’s name can be embroidered permanently onto the polyester ensuring they can be returned if they escape. Available in five colours: pink, citron, blazing orange, purple and dark teal. They are also easy to clean and long-lasting.

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    Washable
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    Choice of thread colour
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    Value for money

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    Stretches over time
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    A bit flimsy

Berry Engraved Soft Leather Neckband with Custom Nameplate

This durable collar is made from soft comfortable leather with an engraved nameplate which displays your pet’s name and phone number. Available in 3 colours; black red and pink it is ideal for all breeds and comes with a quality guarantee for complete peace of mind.

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    High-quality leather
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    Different widths
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    Strong alloy buckle

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Black PU Leather Collar with Engraved Name ID Plate

Made of luxury PU leather this stylish personalised collar comes with a brushed steel nameplate which can be engraved free of charge and is firmly studded to the centre. Hard wearing, it comes in a range of sizes ideal for both small and larger dogs.

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    Robust
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    Quality workmanship
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    Strong hardware

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Mogoko Dog Puppy Cat Pet Name

This two-tone collar is ideal for smaller dogs and puppies, it is made from weather-resistant PU leather, with pink padded lining and comes with an engraved nameplate which is clear and easy to read. Adjustable, and hardwearing it comes in 4 colours; black blue, brown, and red.

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    Re-enforced buckle holes
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    Adjustable
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    Comfortable

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    Only for dogs up to 14” neck
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    Takes a while to arrive

Conclusion

Almost 300 stray dogs are found every day in the UK and while some are deliberately abandoned many have run off or escaped. It is now the law to have your dog micro-chipped, so they may find their way back to you eventually if the person who finds them takes them to a local vet.

However, if your canine companion is wearing a personalised neckband with name and phone number, the process of them being returned is a lot quicker and easier. I personally liked the leather one, made with soft Ancol bridle as it comes in a variety of sizes, is hardwearing and the choice of colours and fonts make it totally unique.

Hopefully, your four-legged friend will never get lost but if it does happen a personalised pet collar will help get him home where he belongs.

John Devlin
 

Husband, father and avid dog lover. Currently the proud owner of George a pedigree Golden Retriever that barely leaves my side. However, cute this sounds a little break from the dog hairs every now and then would be nice!

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