How to Measure for Collars

How to Measure for a Martingale Collar or Side Release Buckle Collar

How to Measure for a Martingale Collar or Buckle Collar

Step 1:  Measure your Dogs Neck and Head size.

Use a soft tape measure, piece of ribbon or string to measure.

Head Size : From under the dog’s throat, over the ears to top of head.  

Neck Size : Loosely measure the neck where the collar would normally sit, sliding two fingers between the dog's neck and measuring tape.  Adding the two fingers should make the collar size about 2" larger than the dog's neck size for proper Martingale Fitting (1" - 1-1/2" is adequate for small dogs).

Step 2:  Choosing the Right Sized Collar

For martingale collars use the neck and head sizes from Step 1.  Order a collar that will fall within this range of measurements.  

For side release buckle collars, take the neck size and compare it with our standard dog collar sizes, to choose the correct size.  

Standard Sizes and Breed Examples

These are some general recommendations based on dog breeds.  Please measure your dog carefully before ordering, to insure correct fit.

X-Small (6" - 10")

Italian Greyhound (5 - 10 lbs)

Yorkie (8 - 10 lbs)

Small (9" -13")

Italian Greyhound (11 - 14 lbs)

Maltese (6-9 lbs)

Miniature Pinscher (8-10 lbs)

Papillon (9-10 lbs)

Pomeranian (11 lbs)

Medium (12" - 16")

Greyhound (Small, under 50 lbs)

Beagle (18-30 lbs)

Boston Terrier (15-25 lbs)

Cocker Spaniel (24-28 lbs)

Miniature Schnauzer (13-15 lbs)

Shih Tzu (12-14 lbs)

Large (14" - 18")

Greyhound (over 50 lbs)

Basset Hound (40-51 lbs) 

Boxer (51-77 lbs)

English Bulldog (49-55 lbs)

English Springer Spaniel (49-53 lbs)

Golden Retriever (60-75 lbs)

Vizsla (49-62 lbs)

X-Large (16" - 22")

German Shepard (75-85 lbs)

Labrador Retriever (80 - 90 lbs)

Weimaraner (75 - 85 lbs)

Doberman Pinscher (75 - 90 lbs)

XX-Large (18" - 26")

Great Dane (90 - 130 lbs)

Newfoundland (90 - 120 lbs)