As Christmas and the holidays approach it is time to consider just how your dog is going to be decked out this party season. Designer dog collars are a great way to add a bit of class, elegance, sparkle or good old bling to your pooch's looks, no matter what size or breed they may be. Often designer collars are considered only the trappings of toy dogs that are often seen in the purses and on the arms of the rich and famous. While these dogs often have the cutting edge in fashionable dog collars, there are lots of designer options out there for all breeds and all price ranges.
For those owners that really want to add some dazzle to their dogs over the Christmas holidays and beyond, there are some very elegant and stylish collars by a variety of designers of human fashions and accessories. Swarovski crystal pieces added to leather collars and leads ensures your dog is sure to draw attention while out and about. These collars and leads are typically designed for the small and toy breeds with prices ranging from approximately fifty dollars up to two hundred based on the amount of crystal on the collar and lead. Colors are very festive and bright from the traditional red and blue colors through to multicolored crystal beads and crystal design. Keep in mind these collars and leads are practical as well as beautiful, but they are designed typically for the toy and small sized dogs rather than the medium to large breeds.
Maybe dazzle and sparkle isn't your style or wouldn't look good on your dog. Don't worry; there are many other options for designer dog collars that will be just as spectacular. If you are a fan of the most famous of designers you may be surprised to find that dog collars, clothing and fashion accessories for dogs of all sizes are also generated by these gurus of fashion. This is a great way to coordinate your accessories and styles with your dog, adding that extra touch of fashion for every event.
Gucci actually has a line of dog collars and leads, all neatly branded with the famous Gucci crest charm as well as little additions such as bows and the famous Gucci symbol through the fabric of the collar. These collars, which come in three different sizes of small, medium and large, are priced at just under three hundred dollars, with matching leads priced at four hundred and fifty dollars. Colors of the collars and leads vary, but one of the most popular is a green, red, green stripe pattern with black leather finishing. All the rings, snaps and hardware on the collars and leashes are brass or ruthenium and are very durable and long lasting.
Not to be outdone, several other fashion houses also have their own line of dog collars, leashes, carriers and fashion accessories. Coach actually makes several different styles of leather dog collars and leads which range in price from just under to just over the one hundred dollar mark. Like most Coach products the dog collars and leashes feature the Coach logo and high level of craftsmanship. Other designers with their own line of dog leashes and leads are popping up on the fashion runway, definitely driven by demand from consumers that want their dogs to be right in style.
If you want a designer collar but also are on a budget there are several options. The first is to look for specific smaller companies that specialize in one of a kind or limited numbers of collars. These colors can often be customized with your dog's name, favorite colors, favorite objects or even activities the dog likes to do. There are collars with Labrador Retrievers, collars with Boxers and literally any other breed. These collars tend to be nylon or nylon cotton blends, highly durable but not terribly expensive. Adding charms, logos, name plates and other accessories to the collars allows them to quickly become one of kind designer items.
Often these smaller companies that make designer collars also offer leashes or leads that match the collar to create a unique looking set. Specific widths of collars can also be requested, more suitable for different sizes of dogs. Wide, soft collars are great for the longer necked dogs while breeds with shorter necks often look best in the narrower and brighter collars. Wide, rich leather collars with brass name plates or decorative rivets are also a great way to add a touch of fashion for the larger dogs. These collars just seem to suit the dog and add to their beauty.
Don't forget that harnesses can also be designer items as well. Adding collar, beads, charms and patterned fabric on a basic harness can really add a touch of pizzazz. These harnesses are often available at pet stores or through special orders, just be sure to carefully measure your dog and order slightly larger than the basic fit. This will allow for growth, especially with younger dogs.
For those with Gucci taste on a very limited budget, you can still find designer collars that are fashioned to look like the top of the line options. Many of these collars are very low cost but still ideal for special occasions and heading out on the town. Shopping online at various discount pet stores, online only pet stores and even clearance areas of designer websites can land you some great deals at a fraction of the retail price.
Remember that designer collars are often produced as accessories, not as an every day collar. They may not stand up to constantly being worn and may not be suitable for wearing outside in wet weather. In order to keep your designer dog collar looking in top shape, follow all manufacturers' recommendations when it comes to wear. It is also important to check the collar for any loose items that may cause choking problems should the dog eat them by mistake or play with them if they are not secured to the collar.