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Collar Style Comparison

Collar Style Comparison

What are the main collar styles and their purpose?

Most collars fit into one of the three categories: Center-Ring, D-end, or Standard. The center-ring style is used when you are concerned about a hunting dog getting his collar hung on a tree limb or branch. The center ring allows the collar to flex in a way that the material would not naturally flex, and the dog can back out of the collar if it is fitted loosely. It can also be used to fasten a leash to the collar, but it could be possible for the dog to back out and get loose if the collar is not tight enough. Click here to see our full line of Center Ring Collars.

A center ring collar that has both a center ring and a "D" to hook a leash to is sometimes referred to as a "Double Ring Collar"

The "D" End Collars are a variation of the standard collar. The "D" comes before the buckle on this style. When used with a leash this is the most secure design since the dog actually pulls against two layers of collar. If a dog somehow managed to pull the "D" loose from where it is attached to the collar material, he would still not be able to run loose. This is the best design for strong pulling dogs. Click here to see our full line of D-End Collars.

The Standard Collar is made more or less like a man's belt. This is the most common dog collar design. Most versions have a "D" ring to attach a leash. Click here to see our full line of Standard Collars.

What are the different styles of buckle available?

Most buckle styles fit into one of two categories: Roller buckle or Double buckle. However, a few models use a hybrid buckle that combines the collar and double buckles for the best of both worlds. We also carry several adjustable collars with quick release or cinch buckles. Roller buckles are easy to put on and remove. These collars have a single sided buckle with a roller that allows the collar material to slide easily through. Collars with this style buckle almost always have a keeper to prevent excess material from flapping.

Double buckles are designed so that the material passes through the buckle twice for the most secure fastening. The double buckle actually acts as its own keeper.

Either style buckle can be used with any style collar.

What different materials are collars made of?

We have multiple types of materials that our collars are constructed from. These include many different kinds of leather collars, several styles of nylon collars, and an expansive selection of vinyl-coated webbing collars such as our Day Glow and TufFlex.

What kinds of colors and brands are the collars available in?

We carry an extremely extensive selection of colors and brands of collars. Whether you want a visibly bright collar to keep track of your dogs, an attractive sleek leather collar, or a incredibly durable nylon collar, we have exactly what you need.

What is the difference between NS and CS?

NS stands for "neck size" and is the standard measurement from the buckle of the collar to the adjustment holes. Since collars contain multiple adjustment holes, it is vitally important that you measure your dog's neck to comfortably fit him with the correctly sized collar. CS stands for "collar size" and is the standard measurement from the buckle to the tip or end of the collar. Dog's necks are narrowest at the base of the skull and broaden toward the shoulders. This should be considered when you decide where you want the collar to sit on the neck.

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