When pulled to its tightest point, the steel rings on either end of the collar should be almost touching. This prevents your dog from being able to back out of the collar whilst remaining comfortable when loose.
As most of our leather martingale collars are non-adjustable, we need a couple of measurements taken with a soft tape measure or piece of string to ensure the perfect fit.
If you have a sighthound, such as a greyhound, whippet or Italian greyhound (other sighthounds also apply!) then you'll need to measure the points detailed in steps 1 & 2. If you have a non sighthound breed, then if you measure the middle of the neck as shown in step 3.
The first measurement we need is the widest part of the head, which is generally over the ears. The martingale collar needs to slip over the head, so will need to be large enough to fit over this part.
See the blue line marked A in the photo below for a rough guide of where to measure this part of the head.
The second part is the narrowest part of the neck, which will be the circumference from under the chin around the top of the neck, just behind the ears. This is marked as line B on the image below.
With these two measurements we'll be able to create a tailor made martingale collar for your sighthound which will fit like a glove.
If your dog is not a sighthound, then you would simply need to measure the circumference of the neck at about the middle point, as shown by line C.
This padded Martingale collar is perfect if your dog has a habit of backing out of regular buckle collars or pulling on the lead. It solves the problem in a safe and comfortable way.
The collar is made by hand from luxuriously soft Italian calf leather, then lined and padded with the same soft leather. It feels soft and comfy against your dog’s neck, and won’t cause irritation or uncomfortable chaffing.
We’ll make the collar in any colour you like, and you can have different colours for the outer layer and the lining. Just pick your favourite combination from the drop down.
It’s available in 4 widths so it’s suitable for any dog breed. The wider the collar, the heavier the chain, although please note – we wouldn’t advise a half inch or 5/8” wide collar for larger dogs. The chain may snap if they pull on the lead regularly.
To make sure the collar is a comfortable fit, you’ll need to measure your dog’s neck before placing your order. There’s a guide below but if you get stuck, feel free toget in touch. We’re happy to answer any questions.
Do you need a new dog lead?
If you need a new dog lead, simply add one to your order. We’ll make it by hand with the same colour of high-quality Italian leather as the outer lining of your collar.
It measures around 1 metre in length from the handle to the clasp, and has a handy D ring in the handle so you can clip it to your shoulder when your dog is off the lead.