It seems like every day, sometimes several times a day we are asked how to measure a collar to make sure that it properly fits your dog. The inquiry usually goes “I’m trying to buy a new collar for my dog. His old collar is XX inches long. What size do I need to buy to make sure the new collar fits?” My usual answer to this question is that you need to measure your dog, not his collar.
At Lion Country Supply we measure all the collars we sell from the end of the buckle to the middle hole on the collar. There are five holes punched in all our collars to allow 1 ½ inches of adjustment either direction. To ensure that you order the proper size the first step is to measure your dog’s neck. Look at where his current collar lays on his neck. Now wrap a tape measure or string somewhat snugly around that part of his neck. Make sure it is snug, but not tight. Check the measurement on the tape measure or measure where you marked the string. This is your dog’s neck size.
When you order a collar select the size that comes closest to your dog’s neck size. Most of the collars we sell come in 13, 15, 17, 19, or 21 inch NECK SIZES. The actual collar will be a little longer to allow you to fasten it, and there will be two additional holes to allow adjustment shorter or longer as needed.
Remember to always measure your dog, not his collar.