What is the average neck size for your breed of dog?

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Choosing the right size collar for your dog can seem quite challenging, especially for first-time pet owners. So, how do you know what size collar to get your dog? This guide will help you understand how to measure your dog’s neck correctly and provide you with a handy chart showing the average neck size by dog breed.

To determine what size collar to get for your dog, you need first to measure their neck circumference accurately. Here are some steps on how you can do this:

1. Find a Soft Measuring Tape: This tool will allow you to wrap around your dog’s neck comfortably and get an accurate measurement.
2. Position Correctly: Position the measuring tape around where the collar usually sits (which is generally around the middle of their neck).
3. Take Measurements: Make sure that it’s snug but not tight. Don’t put any fingers underneath the tape measure, that will give an incorrect size!

If you don’t have a soft measuring tape, you can use a piece of string, then measure the string length with a ruler.

Average Neck Size by Dog Breed Chart

If you’re not absolutely sure on whether you’ve measured your dog’s neck correctly, we’ve put together a fairly comprehensive chart of the average neck size for many dog breeds.  We haven’t listed every breed as you’d be here all day, but have covered the most common dogs found here in the UK.

Dog Breed Average Neck Size (cm) Average Neck Size (inches)
Afghan Hound 35.5 – 45.7cm 14″ – 18″
Airedale Terrier 40.6 – 50.8cm 16″ – 20″
Alaskan Malamute 45.7 – 61cm 18″ – 24″
Australian Shepherd 35.5 – 45.7cm 14″ – 18″
Basenji 25.4 – 35.5cm 10″ – 14″
Basset Hound 40.6 – 55.9cm 16″ – 22″
Beagle 30.5 – 40.6cm 12″ – 16″
Bedlington Terrier 25.4 – 35.5cm 10″ – 14″
Bernese Mountain Dog 50.8 – 66cm 20″ – 26″
Bichon Frise 25.4 – 35.5cm 10″ – 14″
Border Collie 35.5 – 45.7cm 14″ – 18″
Border Terrier 25.4 – 35.5cm 10″ – 14″
Boston Terrier 30.5 – 40.6cm 12″ – 16″
Boxer 40.6 – 55.9cm 16″ – 22″
Bull Terrier 35.5 – 45.7cm 14″ – 18″
Cairn Terrier 25.4 – 35.5cm 10″ – 14″
Cavachon 25.4 – 35.5cm 10″ – 14″
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 25.4 – 35.5cm 10″ – 14″
Cavapoo 25.4 – 35.5cm 10″ – 14″
Chihuhua 15.2 – 25.4cm 6″ – 10″
Chinese Crested 20.3 – 30.5cm 8″ – 12″
Cockapoo 25.4 – 35.5cm 10″ – 14″
Cocker Spaniel 30.5 – 40.6cm 12″ – 16″
Collie 40.6 – 50.8cm 16″ – 20″
Corgi 30.5 – 40.6cm 12″ – 16″
Dachshund – Standard 25.4 – 35.5cm 10″ – 14″
Dalmatian 35.5 – 45.7cm 14″ – 18″
Doberman 45.7 – 55.9cm 18″ – 22″
English Setter 35.5 – 45.7cm 14″ – 18″
Flat Coated Retriever 40.6 – 50.8cm 16″ – 20″
French Bulldog 30.5 – 40.6cm 12″ – 16″
Fox Terrier 25.4 – 35.5cm 10″ – 14″
German Shepherd 45.7 – 61cm 18″ – 24″
German Shorthair Pointer 40.6 – 50.8cm 16″ – 20″
Goldendoodle 35.5 – 45.7cm 14″ – 18″
Golden Retriever 40.6 – 50.8cm 16″ – 20″
Great Dane 50.8 – 66cm 20″ – 26″
Greyhound 30.5 – 45.7cm 12″ – 18″
Havanese 20.3 – 30.5cm 8″ – 12″
Irish Setter 35.5 – 45.7cm 14″ – 18″
Irish Terrier 30.5 – 40.6cm 12″ – 16″
Irish Wolfhound 45.7 – 61cm 18″ – 24″
Italian Greyhound 20.3 – 30.5cm 8″ – 12″
Jack Russell Terrier 25.4 – 35.5cm 10″ – 14″
Labrador 40.6 – 50.8cm 16″ – 20″
Labradoodle 35.5 – 45.7cm 14″ – 18″
Lhasa Apso 25.4 – 35.5cm 10″ – 14″
Lurcher 35.5 – 45.7cm 14″ – 18″
Maltese 20.3 – 30.5cm 8″ – 12″
Miniature Dachshund 20.3 – 30.5cm 8″ – 12″
Miniature Goldendoodle 25.4 – 35.5cm 10″ – 14″
Miniature Pinscher 20.3 – 30.5cm 8″ – 12″
Miniature Poodle 25.4 – 35.5cm 10″ – 14″
Old English Sheepdog 40.6 – 55.9cm 16″ – 22″
Papillon 20.3 – 30.5cm 8″ – 12″
Pekingese 25.4 – 35.5cm 10″ – 14″
Pomeranian 20.3 – 30.5cm 8″ – 12″
Pharaoh Hound 35.5 – 45.7cm 14″ – 18″
Poodle – Standard 35.5 – 45.7cm 14″ – 18″
Portuguese Water Dog 35.5 – 45.7cm 14″ – 18″
Pug 30.5 – 40.6cm 12″ – 16″
Rhodesian Ridgeback 45.7 – 61cm 18″ – 24″
Rottweiller 45.7 – 61cm 18″ – 24″
St. Bernard 55.9 – 71.1cm 22″ – 28″
Saluki 30.5 – 40.6cm 12″ – 16″
Schnauzer – Giant 45.7 – 61cm 18″ – 24″
Schnauzer – Standard 35.5 – 45.7cm 14″ – 18″
Schnauzer – Miniature 25.4 – 35.5cm 10″ – 14″
Scottish Terrier 30.5 – 40.6cm 12″ – 16″
Shar Pei 35.5 – 45.7cm” 14″ – 18″
Shetland Sheep Dog 30.5 – 40.6cm 12″ – 16″
Shiba Inu 30.5 – 40.6cm 12″ – 16″
Shichon 25.4 – 35.5cm 10″ – 14″
Shih Tzu 25.4 – 35.5cm 10″ – 14″
Siberian Husky 45.7 – 55.9cm 18″ – 22″
Silky Terrier 22.9 – 40.6cm 9″ – 12″
Springer Spaniel 35.5 – 45.7cm 14″ – 18″
Staffordshire Terrier 40.6 – 50.8cm 16″ – 20″
Toy Poodle 20.3 – 30.5cm 8″ – 12″
Vizsla 38.1 – 45.7cm 15″ – 18″
Weimaraner 40.6 – 50.8cm 16″ – 20″
West Highland Terrier 28 – 35.5cm 11″ – 14″
Wheaten Terrier 35.5 – 45.7cm” 14″ – 18″
Whippet 25.4 – 35.5cm 10″ – 14″
Yorkshire Terrier 22.9 – 40.6cm 9″ – 12″

Tips For Choosing the Right Dog Collar Size

While using the dog collar sizes chart and measuring your dog’s neck are crucial steps in finding the right collar, there are other factors to consider as well:

  • Dog’s Age: If your dog is still growing, remember to account for future growth. Puppies will need new collars as they grow older and larger.  Many people ask us for a collar that will fit from puppy all the way through to adulthood.  This simply doesn’t exist, as a dog’s needs from a collar develop as they age.
  • Sex: Whether you have a dog or bitch will affect your dog’s neck size, as can whether they have been spayed or neutered.

In conclusion, knowing what size collar to get your dog involves accurately measuring your dog’s neck size, referring to a reliable dog collar sizes chart, and considering other factors such as age, breed and sex of the dog. With these steps, you can ensure that your furry friend has a comfortable and secure collar that suits their needs perfectly.

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