How to Measure for A Dog Collar

by Farmer Jack
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One of the dog accessories that you should never fail to invest in is the collar. This is an integral unit that will help you restrain your dog as you take a walk in the park to avoid getting into trouble with the law.

Other functions include identification and enhancing the pet’s beauty.

It is crucial that you get a collar that would fit your dog perfectly so that it does not become a source of discomfort and give you the service you are looking for.

In this article, we shall guide you on how you can measure for a dog collar so that you only end up with something that will be a perfect fit for the canine.

Have a read to find out more.

Measuring for a Dog Collar

There are two major ways of measuring for a dog collar, and they include:

  • Measuring the pet’s neck
  • Using an old collar

We shall provide you with a detailed guideline on how to go about both methods.

I) Measuring the Pet’s Neck

This is a very straightforward process that should not give you much trouble. Here, the goal is to determine the neck’s circumference where the collar will sit.

Since a phone cable is readily available and almost everyone has one, we shall use it in our illustration. Hold one end of the cable between your finger and thumb and gently wrap the other side around your canine’s neck.

Then, ensure it is snug enough such that you can effortlessly fit two fingers between the collar and your neck. Release the charger end of the cable and mark the location on the cord that met the charger end with your finger.

Lastly, use a tape measure to get the measurement that you acquired with the cable.

Easy, isn’t it?

II) Use an Old/Current Collar

Before we embark on this method, we will point out a common mistake whereby pet owners measure from one end of the collar to another. Instead, you should start at the point where the end of the female side of the connector meets the male side.

Should you make the mistake of measuring from the end, you will end up with a measurement that is about an inch or two away from what you are looking for. In the end, you will not get a unit with the perfect fit.


  • If you have a fully grown dog whose measurement lies between the sizes listed, we advise that you go for the smaller of the two sizes. This way, there will be no extra material hanging off one end of the collar.
  • If your dog is still growing, the smart thing would be to go for the larger size.
  • And if you have a collar with a size range, always go for the size range whereby your measurement lies close to the middle of the sizes to give you sufficient room to adjust up and down.

Final Thought

We cannot emphasize enough the importance of getting your dog a perfect fitting collar. If you do so, your dog will be comfortable, plus you will have an easier time restraining your canine. Hopefully, this piece that we came up with has helped you realize how easy it is to measure your dog’s neck so that you can get a suitable fitting unit with fewer complications.

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