Tweed Collars are Perfect for Dogs, Check the 6 Best Harris, Pink and Red Below
Add a little luxury to your pet's attire with a smart tweed dog collar, the ultimate in style tweed is a tough fabric that has insulating properties and is resistant to wind and rain. The vast array of colours and styles means you will be sure to find something that suits your canine companion perfect for any occasion.
Why Choose Harris Tweed collars for dogs?
Harris Tweed is made using the same sustainable methods that have been used for centuries. Over time literally, hundreds of patterns have been developed in a range of colours and as the wool is dyed before it is spun, it allows the blending of multiple shades into the fabric meaning the Harris Tweed collar you choose for your dog will be unique.
Gone are the days when Harris tweed was rough and scratchy these days the soft, warm fabric is the height of luxury and style ensuring your four-legged friend looks his best for any occasion, the fabric is also weather resistant so don't worry if you get caught in a downpour the dye won't run or the fabric shrink.
Extremely durable, while a Tweed collar may cost a little more it will last and remain looking good making your pampered pooch the envy of his doggy friends.
How to measure your dog for a collar
Just like us humans, dogs come in a variety of shapes and sizes so it is essential when you purchase a tweed collar or any type of collar that you measure correctly. You can do this in several ways.
If you have an adult dog with a well-fitting collar just measure the collar and order one the same size. Alternatively, use a tape measure placed where his usual collar sits and allow sufficient room for 2 fingers to slip underneath. You could also use a piece of string then measure the string with a ruler. The collar should be snug enough not to get caught or come off but not too tight that it places pressure on the throat.
If you are ordering a martingale collar you will also need to measure the circumference just behind the ears, this is because in sighthounds the neck is wider than the head and may slip off if not measured correctly.
Most collars are adjustable these days so it is simply a question of ordering one that falls between the measurements you obtain, for buckle collars add an extra two inches to ensure the correct fit and if the seller is offering just small, medium and large, always check the sizes as manufacturers vary and while a large from one company may fit a Labrador, others may fit a Springer Spaniel.
What is Tweed?
Tweed is thought to have originated in Scotland and Ireland, it was a handwoven fabric made by farmers to protect them from time spent outdoors in the chilly damp Scottish weather. Rough to touch, it was a thick cloth with the colours being muted and earthy.
There are 2 theories as to where the name came from; many believe it was named after the river Tweed but legend has it that the name came from the weave of the fabric which in Scotland was known as "tweel" In 1826 a London clerk wrote tweed instead of tweel on an order consignment and hence the name was born.
Most of us think of tweed as being worn by the upper classes and it began to be so during the first half of the 19th century when English noblemen acquired many country estates in Scotland for hunting and outdoor leisure activities. One of the first estate tweeds was designed by Prince Albert when he purchased Balmoral for Queen Victoria.
Created to blend in with the highland terrain of Aberdeenshire, it was a mixture of blue, red and white sprinkles giving it a grey appearance perfect for Deer stalking, it then became fashionable for all the estates to have their own tweeds.
One of the most famous nowadays especially for collar and lead sets is; Harris Tweed, which was originally handwoven by islanders in the Outer Hebrides on yes, you've guessed it; the Isle of Harris.
Harris Tweed is protected under a government ruling that states only 100% original fabric can be called by the name so look out for the trademark, it is important not to be taken in by cheaper alternatives as they could be inferior quality.
What to Consider
Breed - The first thing you need to consider when choosing the best tweed collar for your canine companion is breed some breeds of dog need special collars for example if you have a sighthound you will need a martingale collar these extra wide collars put less pressure on delicate necks and as hounds have thinner heads than necks will prevent the collar from slipping off.
If you have a giant breed or extremely powerful dog like the Staffy you will need a strong collar and if you have a breed that suffers from breathing difficulties like the brachycephalic breeds (Pug, Bulldog, Shih Tzu) you may need to use a harness instead.
Fur - When choosing a collar for a fluffy breed that is groomed regularly you will need an adjustable collar to take into account the growth of fur. If you measure a Poodle or Schnauzer, for example, there could be a couple of inches difference between just after a grooming session and just before.
Width – Collars come in a range of widths and the common rule of thumb is the larger the dog the greater the width. Obviously, a Great Dane or Bullmastiff (more on this breed here) needs a wider collar than a Chihuahua not only would a tiny dog look ridiculous with a large collar it would also be too heavy as the fittings correspond the size.
Design – Many people buy collars because they look cute and yes if you want a red tweed collar for your dog that comes in the correct size and width, that’s fine, but some dogs may need a waterproof collar if they swim a lot or if they work at night perhaps a reflective collar. There are even collars and leads which inform others that the dog is training, nervous, friendly or blind.
Age – If you have a puppy that is still growing it is important to take this into account and buy an adjustable collar that can be slackened as your pooch gets older. Some breeds especially larger ones grow extremely fast and it is essential to check the collar regularly to ensure it is not too tight. You may find you need a new collar every few weeks so wait until Fido is fully grown before splashing out on an expensive one.
Materials - Materials used in the making of dog collars include:
Leather is strong durable and usually more expensive than other materials but is a popular choice for dog collars as it lasts a long time and does not chafe sensitive necks. Don’t worry if you prefer leather collars but like the look of tweed though as many have tweed fabric sewn onto the outside with a soft leather interior ensuring maximum comfort for your pet.
Fabric collars for example bandana style collars are usually bought as a fashion statement, not functionality. While they are not as strong as the other materials they are certainly stylish and are often seen on smaller breeds of dog.
Many dog collars are made out of Polypropylene webbing; this a woven fabric which is very strong and inexpensive making it a popular choice. It has the advantage that it can be covered in ribbon or fabric and most of the best tweed collars will have webbing as a core making them both strong and stylish.
Rope is another popular material used for dog collars as it controls a dog effectively and is also extremely strong Rope collars are usually covered in padded material to prevent chafing.
Metal dog collars are often used for large dogs and, the most common are half check collars which are easy to put on and take off, leave no collar mark on fluffy dogs and can prevent a dog slipping out of their collar if they panic. Half check collars consist of metal links attached to either leather or webbing both of which can incorporate tweed fabric.
Padding is added to most quality dog collars, this soft lining prevents damage or chafing to the dog's skin and this is especially important for dogs who pull or have sensitive skin. Most luxury tweed dog collars have padding combining comfort and style.
Cost – Depending on the materials and fittings you can expect to pay anything from £5 upwards for a dog collar, Designer leather collars can cost hundreds of pounds while a quality tweed collar and lead set for your dog will set you back between £20-£100.
1. Hand woven Harris tweed dog bow tie
This stylish accessory made by artytarty is perfect for those who want to add the country look to an existing collar. Handwoven and made in the UK it simply slips over your dog’s collar and is perfect for any occasion.
2. Pink Check Dog Collar in Stunning Harris Tweed
Made from genuine Harris Tweed this beautiful pink collar is the perfect accessory for your pooch. Made from 100% natural materials using traditional methods it comes in a range of sizes, is extremely hard-wearing with strong metal buckle and D-ring and is also easy to clean.
3. Hand Made Original Harris Dog Collar
The Harris collar is made using 100% Harris Tweed wool, and comes in 3 colours blue, grey and rust brown because the fabric is woven by hand and has a slightly different pattern the collar is unique, lined with a leather, for added strength, the metal fittings are surgical steel and include an engravable Hennessy and Sons name tag.
4. Tweed Bow Tie Collar Stanley,
“Bang on trend” this pretty tweed collar by Pet London with orange lining and luxury embossed metal charm is perfect for the dog about town. Adjustable for the perfect fit and incorporating a snazzy bow tie this collar can be used with Pet Londons range of interchangeable leads.
5. Blue Dog Collar In Stunning Harris Tweed Fabric
Available in 3 colours, these white, blue and red tweed collars all have a distinctive herringbone pattern and are made using 100% natural products here in the UK, They come in small medium and large and will give any discerning dog a unique Scottish look.
6. Harris Tweed Collar And Lead Set
This lovely Harris Tweed set comes in a range of sizes and a variety of colours so whether you are looking for a pink tweed collar for your Dachshund or a blue tweed collar for your Labrador you will not be disappointed. Combining style and strength this smart set will make your pooch stand out from the crowd.
While all of these dog collars have high ratings, the best bet would have to be the Harris Tweed collar and lead set by Glen Appin. It is the best value for money as it comes with a lead and has strong metal fittings and comes in a range of colours and sizes.
Of course, with Harris Tweed coming in a range of patterns it is all down to personal taste and you may decide to go with the slip-on bow tie which can be added to any collar for a special occasion. One thing is certain if you want to have the best-dressed dog around a Tweed dog collar is a great choice for comfort and style.