This guide relates to points to consider when buying a Traditional Staffordshire Bull Terrier or Bull Terrier Collar.
1. When you wish to purchase a collar for your dog first thing to consider is what you want the collar for. Today there is a wide range of widths available to choose from. If you want a show collar for the show ring the width to choose is either 5/8" or 3/4"this is because a thinner collar will show off the neck better and the dog doesn`t look all collar and lead in the show ring. If the collar is intended to be for everyday use then the ideal widths to go for are from 3/4" wide up to 1 1/2" wide depending upon your dog.To explain this more a 1 1/2" wide collar would be fine on an big adult dog which could carry this width off however if you put this on a young female or pup it would probably look wrong and be far too bulky and heavy, so a 3/4" to 1" would be far better. As a guide a 1 1/4" width is a good standard width for an adult dog for everyday use and a 1" width for an adult female for everyday use. A good tip is to cut a couple of pieces of card to the widths you like and hold them against your dogs neck, this gives a good idea of how a collar will look in this width. Remember all dogs are different and what looks great on one doesn`t always suit another.
2. Length of Collar is the next subject. To get the size right there are a couple of things to consider. First of all is your dog mature, a Stafford will continue to grow up until 2 years old, sometimes longer, so if under this age you need to allow for extra growth when you buy a collar if you want it to last. This point can also be true for a Rescue Dog which can sometimes need to put on a bit of weight. With a Traditional Stafford Collar which has a stud design area on either side of the D-ring the ideal finished size to try to aim for is for the centre hole of the 5 holes on the collar to fit your fully grown Dog. This fitting allows for the full design to be properly shown off on either side of the neck as intended. When you measure your dogs neck use a soft tape and measure not too tight and not too loose or you can measure his old collar from the buckle to hole used, leather section only (Do not include the buckle). Look for a collar with the neck range stated and try to go for one with your dogs neck size in the centre of that range (If adult) or at the begining of the size range if still growing.
IF YOU ARE UNSURE ON ANY POINTS REGARDING SIZE AND FIT ALWAYS TALK TO YOUR COLLAR MAKER WHO SHOULD BE ABLE TO HELP YOU GET IT RIGHT.
The last thing to think about is finish. and colour of leather. Traditional Stafford Collars used to be Brass finish only and in a traditional Black or Brown. Today there is a far greater choice, with both Brass or Chrome finish or a combination of Brass and Chrome finish and a variety of leather colours. Again this choice is about what would suit your dog best. Traditional Black Leather with Chrome studs looks fantastic on a black dog but Brown with Brass looks far better on a tiger brindle. For the reds or pieds we also do a Newmarket leather which looks great either with brass or chrome finish. Remember the Brass or Chrome fixtures and fittings will also need a polish from time to time to keep their shine which is a point to consider when opting for a light coloured leather. We find Autosol to be the best it will polish both brass or chrome and a tube will last a long time.
Design choice is down to the individual owner, it is a matter of personal taste. The old fashioned Traditional clincher collars are still very popular and still look great, but if you want a more individual look there are plenty of stud design combinations now available and we can even offer a Bespoke Service, so there is no need to stick to just the one design anymore. With so much choice in decorative stud designs and Head Stud Choices that are now available there is no need for you or your dog to make do and have to have the same Design as every other Staffie, why not be different and let your Dog Stand Out from the crowd.