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The collar I got for my dog is a blue Ancol nylon collar. The reason I got this collar was not due to the make or the material but the colour.
I had decided my black dog was going to have a blue collar, I didn't want anything fancy and I wanted it to be blue so it would look good against his dark coat. I would never buy a red collar as my family are Chelsea supporters and red just isn't welcome.
I looked in Pets At Home and found all the collars were too fancy and sparkly for my liking so I visited Partners Pets and found they had a much wider choice and variety. They offer all shapes and sizes as well as colours and styles.
I believe Ancol is the make of this collar and whilst I have never heard of them, there was a large Ancol range in the pet shop. The thing I liked about the Ancol range most, was you could pick and mix, so if you wanted a smaller, thinner collar you could match it with a thicker lead.
The Ancol nylon collar comes in three colours, red, black and blue. You can however get different Ancol styles too, like leather and so on.
The Ancol collar comes in 7 different lengths and equally the cost matches the size, as shown below:
30 cm = £2.69
35 cm = £2.99
40 cm = £3.49
45 cm = £3.99
50 cm = £4.49
55 cm = £4.99
60 cm = £5.49
I am currently on my second Ancol collar (well the dog is) and not because it broke or anything but because he has outgrown the first one. He currently has the 40cm one and he has plenty of room to grow. The thing I like most and dislike most about these collars are there are no holes.
The reason I like it: You can make the collar as tight or loose as you want and you don't have to wait if you are in between holes for the dog's neck to catch up in growth with the next hole.
The reason I don't like it: My dog is a puppy and whilst he is good sitting still is not his forte, trying to get this on him whilst he is wiggling and punch the stem of the buckle through the material can be hard work. (NB: if possible, change collar length while dog asleep - works a treat)!
The collar is fairly durable and the colour is lovely, but they do get dirty and whilst they can be washed the colour does fade over time. As for being quite durable they are, but they easily snag, and this can cause little pulls in the collar, which I don't mind but my other half hates. Considering how much my dog chucks himself around on the floor I think it is surprising it hasn't got more snags.
The collar does have a sturdy zinc loop attached by the buckle to allow owners to put dog tags on it, and to clip the lead in to. The loop is a fair size and you can easily get a dog tag, microchip aware tag and the lead on without it being tight or awkward.
Overall I really like these collars, they are fairly basic and simple and in my view work well. But each to their own, I am not keen on leather leads or sparkly shiny leads so this one suits us, it is exactly what I pictured for my dog, and now he has it.
The collars also get thicker in width as the size gets bigger which is also good as this is to stop damage to the spin, a collar should be the width of 2 vertebrae, so the bigger the dog, the thicker the collar.