4 of our Favourite Dog Collars and Leads for all Weathers and Every Occasion
If you’re an avid dog-fanatic like me, you’ve only got to look at your Instagram feed to be bombarded with eye-catching images of stylish pups brandishing the latest canine couture.
With so many choices, settling on the perfect collar and lead for your pooch can be quite a mind-boggling experience.
Almost 15 years ago, when I first got Pops, a dog collar was a dog collar. Most of them were made from leather, or some cheaper alternative and they came in any colour way. Providing, that is, you were only after black or brown!
Fast forward to Gertie’s puppy days, and the choice is endless! Floral designs, beaded collars, velvet bowties, bold bandanas. There is something to suit the most lavish of tastes and the most generous of budgets.
What should I consider when choosing the Perfect Dog Collar and Lead?
When choosing the ideal collar and lead for your pup there is lots to consider. Some breeds, such as our pointy-nosed pals like Lurchers and Greyhounds need specialist Martingale style collars.
Other breeds like Pugs and Frenchies need to be walked on a harness so as not to restrict their breathing.
Puppies and young dogs who require training often benefit from a harness, so they can be walked on a longer lead until they have learned to walk to heel.
So, after taking into account the needs of your pup, the next factor for me is practicality and comfort. Yes, we all aspire for our canine companion to be the talk of the park, parading their latest designer doggy apparel.
But to me, practicality comes first and foremost! I want a collar and lead that will look great, but scrub up well! After all, no one wants a dirty-looking dog!
Our 4 Favourite Dog Collar and Lead Sets
So here are four of our favourite UK dog collars and leads. Rigorously tested by my two trusty terriers and put through their paces when it comes to braving the British elements!
And yes, you’ve guessed it. With a pawdrobe larger than my own clothing collection, Gerts and Pops have accessories for all occasions, all weathers, and all seasons!
Price: From £10
Perfect for: High Days and Holidays!
Kim’s accessories are just the ticket for dog-friendly holidays or days out at the park. These affordable, durable collars and leads are available in a range of gorgeous designs.
Think fabulous florals, busy bees, Spring squirrels, and pretty patchwork.
Beautifully made and thoughtfully designed each collar is lined with a soft velvet ribbon for optimum comfort, and finished with a side release buckle of a complimentary colour.
Not only do these fabulous collars come with matching leads, but you can even treat your pup to a matching flower or bowtie to really make them stand out from the crowd.
Practicality: Machine washable at 30 degrees
Durability: Leo Charley and Me accessories are built to last. Eye-catching, yet super practical they are a firm favourite.
Price: From £17
Perfect for: Mad Days and Mucky Days!
Reg&Bob are our go-to collars and leads. They are just fab! Perfect for our British weather they survive any storm! Tearing through the waves, racing through the undergrowth, or rolling around in the mud! [or worse!]
Reg&Bob accessories are designed for Dogs who want to be Dogs and this could not be a more fitting strap-line.
Super stylish and available in 7 striking colours, every dog owner needs at least one Reg&Bob collar and lead set in their life.
Our Reg&Bob sets have been washed time and time again. They never lose their colour and come up like new.
Practically: Machine washable at 30 degrees
Durability: Strong as an Ox! No really, these beauties are super durable and built with adventure in mind!
Price: From £24.99
Perfect for: Leisurely Days Out
I have been so impressed with this slip lead from Luna’s Loft. I’ll be honest, I’d not used a slip lead before, but it’s turned out to be just perfect for Gertie.
Gerts can have, what many people ignorantly label ‘Small Dog Syndrome.’ She can be known to serenade other dogs when we walk past them, entirely due to fear! However, give her freedom and independence and she doesn’t make a sound.
I often joke that she is my shadow. She never strays far from my heels and walks beautifully off lead without any reactivity whatsoever. However, as we all know in certain situations leads are essential.
This slip lead provides her with the freedom to feel safe and in control. Strolling around a country garden on a Sunday afternoon with my two girls is my idea of heaven and this lead is the perfect accessory for doing just that.
Practicality: Hand wash only
Durability: Very well made and I love that the lead has a slightly springy feel. It’s also very comfy to hold and has a good grip.
Price: Similar from £12
Perfect for: Dapper Days
Now and again we all need a dapper day! An excuse to dress up smart and ‘paw-rade!’ This tweed collar and lead set from Joules is the dog’s danglies!
People always jest that Pops has a very regal pose, so I think this suits her perfectly!
Reasonably priced, this set is perfect for a doggy afternoon tea with paw pals! It’s not something I’d dress Pops in every day as it wouldn’t stand the wear and tear [or the British weather!] But for special occasions, it’s just the job!
Practicality: Not washable
Durability: Like all Joules products, this lead and collar set is very well made. The material however means it’s only suitable on dry days!
Let Us Know What Your Favourite Dog Collar and Lead is
After all, a dog can never have too many accessories right? We’re always on the lookout for more!
Let us know your favourite brand, and if we’ve inspired you to try one of our favourites for yourself, please leave us a comment.
Woofs and Wags
Kate, Pops and Gertie