4 Essentials to Consider when Purchasing a Dog Collar

October 31, 2022

Choosing a Dog Collar - Valgray Pistachio and Silver Dog Collar

Being a dog parent is one of the most rewarding experiences in life. Raising a pup or an older dog allows you to build an unparalleled bond, driving home the age-old notion that dogs indeed are a human's best friend. Together, you will go on countless adventures and explore many corners of the world. In our books, there is no experience more magical or life-affirming.

However, being a pet parent also entails a tremendous amount of responsibility, especially when it comes to ensuring that your dog has all the necessary care and equipment to give them the best quality of life. Dog collars are one such item that should be considered carefully before purchase.

Dog collars are one of the most standard accessories; however, choosing one can be a daunting and somewhat overwhelming task. How do you choose the perfect collar for your pet with so many varieties around? These essential tips might help you in your hunt for the perfect collar.


  1. Sizing: Sizing is perhaps one of the most critical considerations when choosing a dog collar. If the collar is too big, you run the risk of your dog slipping out of it. The results could prove fatal if this occurs on a public walk or in a busy, traffic-laden location. However, if the collar is too tight, this can cause medical harm, injure the trachea (especially for smaller breeds), and cause breathing difficulties. For this reason, collars that are too tight can also be hugely dangerous. This is why correct sizing is paramount. At Valgray, we cater to all sizes of canines, from tiny teacup breeds to giant ones. We also encourage all dog parents to measure their dog's neck using our tutorial and sizing guide to ensure you choose the correct collar.


  1. Quality: It's also important to consider quality and durability. Sure, you can opt for a budget collar, but it won't last long and will most likely be prone to significant wear and tear, including fraying. At worst, it could break entirely, rendering itself useless. If this occurs outside the home, it could also lead to trouble. This is why we are so passionate about durable, premium materials, including the highest, sports-grade PVC-coated nylon. Our collars are also waterproof, ensuring they can withstand the elements.


  1. Engravings and identification tags: A dog collar can be one of the best ways to protect your dog. If he or she runs out the gate or goes a little further afield on a walk while chasing a bird, the name tag on the collar can be the first identifying feature if a kindly passer-by picks them up. When you purchase premium collars at Valgray, we'll engrave the collar tag for free because we understand just how critical this feature is. Having your dog's name on the collar - as well as contactable numbers in case of an emergency - is essential to ensure their safety and, of course, your peace of mind as a pet parent.


  1. Aesthetics: Finally, we also believe in the importance of aesthetics. Who said your pup couldn't be a trendsetter too? Our premium collars are available in several colours, including blush and rose gold, pistachio and silver, bone grey and yellow gold, and midnight and silver. Each collar has an elegant colour-plated tag, which we'll laser-engrave with your dog's name and emergency contact number for free. Those looking to elevate their pup's style game can also opt for our matching collar and leash sets.


Things to Consider When Choosing a Dog Collar


Explore Valgray for Premium Pet Accessories

Explore our dynamic product collection and kit your pup with high-quality collars, leads, and handcrafted snoods. We believe that every pup deserves the best, so why not give them just that with our sophisticated dog accessories? We are all about comfort, safety, and style, always prioritising the well-being of your best friend. For more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch and we will happily advise.



By shopping with Valgray, you're not only selecting a brand, but you're also becoming a part of the Valgray family and embracing a lifestyle centered around animal welfare, supreme comfort, and impeccable fashion. Our dog collars and accessories are locally produced to radiate elegance and coziness, ensuring that your furry companion is not only the most stylish but also the happiest pup around. We recognize that our customers consider their dogs as family members, which is why we design our dog products with emphasis on quality, style, and comfort. To learn more about our exceptional products, browse our online store or alternatively, reach out to the Valgray team. We're eager to have a conversation with you and share our fashionable products!

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The Valgray Collar Sizing Guide
Valgray luxury dog accessory product sizing guide & sizing chart for all size dog collar blog banner. Image from The Valgray Collar Sizing Guide page.


Collars for all dog sizes!

Valgray is one of the few brands that cater for the truly tiny pooch with our X-Small collars. We also go the extra mile to ensure we cater for the giant breeds with measurements reaching up to 75cm.

Never try to guess your dog's neck size! Avoid disappointment by first making sure you measure your pup’s neck for the most accurate sizing.

Then, refer to our sizing chart below to find the most appropriate collar size for your doggie. Remember to select a collar size that will fit comfortably and allow for movement.

I don't know how to measure my dog's neck?

Don’t have a tape measure lying around? No problem! To learn how to measure your dog's neck safely with various household items, click here.

Valgray luxury dog accessory product sizing guide & sizing chart for extra large, large, medium, small and extra small dog collars. Image from The Valgray Collar Sizing Guide page.

Personal customisation

We try our best to cater to every breed, but some doggos might need a little extra at-home customisation to achieve the perfect fit. Our PVC-coated nylon straps are soft, making adjustments at home very easy. Use a standard leather punching tool to add additional holes, or use a utility knife to trim the length of your collar.

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