Greyhounds are a breed of sighthound dog originally bred for coursing, hunting and racing. These elegant hounds stand out from the crowd with sleek bodies, graceful strides, and long, muscular necks. But did you know these attributes that make greyhounds distinctive also affect their collar needs?
This post explores why greyhounds need unique collars, what makes a collar suitable, and how to shop for the best collar for your sighthound. So, let’s delve into the fascinating subject of greyhound dog collars and uncover the importance of finding the perfect fit.
Understanding Greyhound Anatomy
To understand the unique collar needs of sighthounds, let’s take a closer look at their neck and head anatomy. Greyhounds and lurchers, which are a cross between greyhounds and another breed of dog, have long, slender necks but their heads are small compared to the size of their necks. This means traditional leather collars, designed to fit snugly around the neck, can easily slip over their heads.
Furthermore, sighthounds have thin skin and less body fat than other dog breeds. This makes them more sensitive to pressure and discomfort caused by ill-fitting or tight collars. The delicate nature of their throat means we must take extra care when choosing the best collar size and style to ensure their safety and comfort.
Do Greyhounds Need to Wear Wide Collars?
Their long necks, small heads and muscular builds mean that Greyhounds, lurchers and Whippets need a wider collar than most breeds of dogs. Narrow collars can lead to injury if your Greyhound lunges forward suddenly when walking on leads.
There are two main types of dog collars that you will typically use when walking Greyhound and lurchers, which we’ll look at in further detail.
Fishtail collars are wider in the middle and narrow on either end so that when laid flat, they look similar to a fish’s tail. They offer several benefits.
- The wider section helps distribute pressure more evenly, reducing the risk of injury to the throat.
- The narrower section at the back of the collar prevents it from slipping off over the head, ensuring it stays in place during walks.
- Fishtail collars offer a stylish and elegant look that complements greyhounds’ sleek and graceful appearance.
Martingale collars are designed with a loop that gently tightens when tension is applied, preventing the dog from being able to back out of the collar while providing a more secure fit.
Used properly, they can discourage pulling or lunging without relying on excessive force. This makes them popular for training and walking greyhounds on leads, offering safety and comfort.
For more details, head over to our handy martingale collar guide.
Personalising Your Greyhound’s Collar
Choosing the perfect collar for your Greyhound is vital to ensure their comfort, safety, and well-being. Wide collars, such as fishtail and martingale style collars, offer specific benefits tailored to greyhounds’ unique anatomy and needs.
Now that you understand the importance of wide collars for greyhounds, it’s time to shop and find the perfect collar for your elegant hound. Check out our wide range of greyhound collars hand-crafted with soft Italian leather and genuine Preciosa crystals in a rainbow of colours.
Shop now and discover the difference Petiquette leather collars can make for the comfort of your Greyhound!