Measure your little pals neck with a tape measure of some sort; a sewing cloth type works the best or a string in a pinch. Keep in mind puppies grow fairly quickly and it is important to always check their collar for tightness. When measuring the neck insert 2 fingers under the tape or string to allow for proper fit. If a string is used mark the length with a sharpie. You can now measure it with a ruler, yard stick or a tape measure. As a rule of thumb the 2 fingers between the collar and the pup’s neck is the right fit. Everyone has their own way and you can usually tell when it is getting to tight. For example some dogs scratch and/or wiggle their head much more than normal as it gets too tight.
Okay now you’ve got the length measurement and it is time to select your pup’s collar; there are so many choices! Probably the 2 most popular styles are leather and nylon. Next you have to select the width of the small dog collar. They typically are available in 3/8” for very small dogs like teacups, ½”, 5/8” or 1 “ widths. Some come with a quick release buckle others utilize the standard belt buckle type. If the collar length with a standard belt type buckle is: 8-10” = 10” from the center of the buckle to the farthest hole and 8” to the closet hole. In other words is the range of adjustability. Different manufacturers vary a bit with sizing charts but these are at least a starting point. XS = 6-12”, S = 9-15” and M = 12-18” is an example. Sometimes you will even read up to this weight this size etc but that can definitely vary by dog breed. It is your choice. Most dog owners use the collar around the neck of a dog for control, identification, or other purposes. Identification, licenses and medical information is often placed on small dog collars. Collars are also useful for controlling the dog, as they provide a handle for grabbing. We like having a separate ID tag with name and phone information to go along with our license tag which jingles nicely and allows us to know where our pup is located, especially in the dark. Some owners prefer other jingling devices like bells, especially with small puppies that can easily be stepped upon or accidently kicked.
The collar you select will ultimately keep your new puppy safe and comfortable. A Small Dog’s World has a great selection of small dog collars to meet all your puppies needs.