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Dog Collar Sizing Guide

Collar Type

Measuring For a Plain, Greyhound or Whippet Collar

There are two methods for working out the best size to order from us:

Method 1 

Measure an existing collar that fits as you like it. This is the best method to get a good measurement. Please measure from the very end of the leather at the buckle (but not including the buckle) to the hole that fits your dog the best (not to the end of the collar). This length is the one you should select for your new Equus collar.

Method 2

Measure around your dogs neck using a tape measure. You should have the tape measure closely around your dogs neck without your fingers underneath and so that you should not be able to easily pull the tape or collar over the dogs ears from the fitted position. This method of measuring is not as accurate as Method 1 as a tape measure is much lighter and thinner than a collar, so we would recommend you add 1 1/2" to the measurement you take. If possible please use Method 1 (above) as you will get a better measurement.

Please remember that too long is better then too short, so generally always round up rather than down. The size you order from us is not the entire length of the collar - please follow the methods above to get the correct size. 

What we do with your measurement.

Most of our collars come with 5 holes that are 3/4" apart. The only exception is the smaller collars (smaller than 12") which have 5 holes 5/8" apart. We will make your collar up so that the size you have selected is in the middle of these holes, giving you a range of adjustment both longer and shorter. Your collar will be made specifically for you so we are able to vary this should you require it, as bespoke makers we want to make you and your dog the perfect collar.

Half Check Collars

If You Use your Half Check as an All Day Everyday Collar and/or your dog is allowed of the lead wearing his half check

We suggest you order a collar 3" shorter than your dogs neck size. The collar will need to be a closer fit than one just worn on the lead only, so we need to make your collar a bit shorter. Using our example dog with a 16" neck above we would suggest a 13" half check is ordered (total length c. 17 1/2" inc chain) or a 13"-16" adjustable half check (total length c. 17 1/2" to 20 1/2").

If You Only Use your Half Check whilst your dog is on a Lead

We would suggest you order a collar that is 2" smaller than your dogs neck measurement as taken above. If, for example, your dogs neck measurment is 16" we would suggest you order a 14" half check collar. The size that you select indicates the length of the leather strap only, the chain will add approx 4 1/2"-5" to this length so there will be sufficient room for the collar to be put on and taken off. Our 14" collar in this example will have a total length of c. 18 1/2" including the chain.

Of course, the length of collar will alter the degree of check that is given. Some trainers suggest that when in use with a lead the sides of the check collar should touch one another. Others (including us) suggest that there should be approx 1 1/2" - 2" of chain still visible, giving a greater degree of check effect. We are very happy to help you select the perfect length if you wish, please just get in touch.

Selecting an adjustable half check collar is identical to the process above but we would suggest that you select the measurement achieved above as the smallest size. Going back to our dog above with a 16" neck, we would suggest that 14" is the optimum size so a 14"-17" collar would be the best choice and would give you a good range of adjustment. Also as above we are very happy to help you choose their perfect size and have a lot of experience doing so for a huge variety of breeds so please do get in touch.

If You are Stuck!

We have helped people find the perfect sized collar for Jack Russels to Italian Greyhounds to Leonburgers. If you're unsure of the best size we're very happy to talk through fitting options with you, please just get in touch, our contact details are in the top right of your screen on every page.