“ Bramd: Zoofari / Type: High visibility dog collar „
Please note, I am reviewing the Zoofari reflective collar, not the blue nylon collar shown above. It does appear to be the same thing though, except of course ours has a reflective strip stitched over it.
We have gone through a number of collars since bringing Tora (Staffy) home last year. She came with a brand new basic choke chain, but also had injuries from a previous collar which appears to have partially ingrown. ( Note for new doggie owners check your collars regularly, if the dog grows they can become tighter and tighter cutting into the skin with horrible injuries). So the obvious thing seemed to be to buy a harness, but then we discovered the punctures all over her shoulders. I eventually ended up with a 3 strand chain collar, which looked lovely and lasted about 3 weeks before rusting. I suppose I should give in and buy a proper Staffy collar, but I have one in the shed, I'm just not ready to bring it out yet as it belonged to my last dog, so the quest for the right collar continues.
This one was bargain, £1.99 from Lidl's. We bought the size large as I think the thicker band better suits my dog. I would have been bale to adjust the medium up enough to fit her as these are very adjustable. I have the large adjusted way down, but it still could go a bit smaller if I wished. I would guess that this would fit from Cocker Spaniel to Labrador. The size large is 1" wide. Adjusted to it's smallest it is roughly 18" At it's largest it is approximately 23 1/2".
The buckles and snaps look very sturdy and well made, and this does look like it will last for some time. The collar is made of a basic black nylon web but has a silver layer stitched over it with black paw prints. The silver layer does not really look reflective in normal lighting, but it certainly does light up at night with the streetlights or a torch. This really comes in handy, as except for a white chest and two white feet, my dog is black as coal. This makes it hard to see her if you let her off lead in the fields at night, so the glint of this collar makes it well worth buying in my opinion. It would also be handy for night walking as passing headlights would really light this up. Of course I still would not want my dog running off lead near cars, day or night.
I would have liked to wait until this collar has had the salt water test - a week at the beach to review it, but as that won't for months yet, and it is on sale now, I decided to go ahead and review it tonight. I have in the past used many nylon collars though and have found nylon holds up very well to salt water. The only thing that could go wrong on this would be the D ring where the leash attaches. It has survived the mud puddle test quite well though, wiping cleaning easily with a soft rag.
Tora seems happy enough with this at the moment. I'm sure she likes anything that means a walk, but she did scratch at this quite a bit at first. When it was first put on she fussed with it so much I took it off, only putting it on for a walk on two occasions, but after the second walk I left it on and it no longer bothers her. I can not find any rough seems or anything obvious and so am guessing it was just because she was used to wearing a metal chain.
I will update this review if I find any problems with how this lasts, but at under £2, it's worth a try if you want a reflective collar, or just a cheap spare. The matching leash was just £1 more and I may pick one up if there are any left on my next visit. Our local shop had these in medium and large only, but I assume a small is also available.