Understanding Collar Width - Karma Collars: Leather Dog Collars

Understanding Collar Width

Choosing a collar width can be very confusing... We have broken down our products into width categories under our Custom Collar heading on our website to help you pick the right width for your dog's size. The right collar width is crucial for your dog's comfort and safety.

There are exceptions to the rule, but basically, the smaller the dog the narrower the collar. The narrowest collar we sell is 1/2" wide (half inch), which is very skinny. Half-inch collars are great for Chihuahuas, Doxies, and very small-framed dogs. The widest collars we sell are 2 inches wide, which is a great size for Mastiffs, Large framed power breeds, and dogs with long necks. Here is a quick guide to help match collar width with your dog's size.

MICRO & SMALL FRAMED DOGS (20-pounds or under): Dogs this size generally have 9"-12" necks. Opt for Narrower collars around 1/2," 5/8," and 3/4" wide collars for small dogs These are lighter weight and won't overwhelm smaller necks.  If your dog is a dainty little one, stick with 1/2" collars, as they are lightweight and narrow. If you have a tough little dog, you could go all the way up to our 3/4" collars. Some smaller dogs can even handle our 1" collars tapered to 3/4" at the front, like the Little Ranger Dog Collar our Little Blossom collars. 

SMALLER & MEDIUM FRAMED DOGS (20 to 35-pound dogs): Dogs this size generally have 13"-15" necks. We recommend our 3/4" to 1" wide collars for medium sized dogs, if your dog is on the smaller side we can always taper our 1" collars down in the front to keep the hardware bulk to a minimum, like our Django Dog Collar and Yessena collars. This range offers balance between durability and comfort.

LARGER FRAMED DOGS (40 to 65-pound dogs): Dogs this size generally have 16"-19" necks. We recommend our 1.25" and 1.5" wide collars for larger dogs to ensure durability and longevity. If you do not use your flat/buckle collar for walking or you have an older large dog, you can always go with a narrower collar to reduce weight and bulk. Tapering can always be requested on larger necks 18" and larger, we automatically taper collars with neck sizes smaller than 17.75". Click on these links to view our full line of 1.25" and 1.5" width collars.


The 1.5" wide double layer collars may be too wide for some standard poodles and the width (1.5”) of the collar can press between the top of the shoulder bone and the bones of the neck. We recommend a 1" width size for this breed.

EXTRA LARGE FRAMED DOGS (70 + pound dogs): We generally recommend 1.5" to 2" wide collars for extra large breed dogs. Our collars are not intended for extended tethering use (as a primary mode of confinement), so we find that 1.5" wide collars are often plenty for everyday wear... But 2" collars are just tons of fun and give us so much design space the possibilities are almost endless. Also, these widths offer optimal support and stability for larger necks.

Remember, the collar should fit snugly but not to tight around your dog's neck. Always measure your dog's neck to ensure a proper fit. Choosing the right collar width will keep your furry friend comfortable and secure during walks and playtime.

Hope this sheds some light on the vast selection of collars we offer. Have fun and never hesitate to email us if you have questions or would like to have a custom collar made! info@karmacollars.com

See our collar guide for sizing here: SIZE GUIDE 

*If you would like a collar wider than 2" we can make it, just email us for a custom quote.

Check out a few of our custom dog collars here: