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Old 02-07-2010, 06:02 PM
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I have a question about small dog neck sizes and collars.

I am making our first small dog collar today, EVER, for a Chinese Crested whose neck is 9".
It will be 3/4" wide.

What is the typical width for a dog collar small dog owners like to put on their small dogs? Would any of you go 1" thick?
And I'm talking about leather dog collars. Not fabric or nylon.
The leather I'm using is considerably thinner than the stuff I use for medium-big dog collars.
I just hope it's thick enough.

I'll take pictures when I'm done for any interested in seeing it.
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Old 02-07-2010, 06:03 PM
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I like putting 1" collars on the schnauzers (23 and 18 pounds) and 3/4"-1" on the poodles (13 and 6 pounds). All have longer necks that look in the the bigger sizes.
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Old 02-07-2010, 06:05 PM
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Luna's neck is 8" and no, I wouldn't buy a 1" thick leather collar. Generally I buy the 3/8", I think the biggest I'd go would be 5/8".
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Old 02-07-2010, 06:05 PM
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Personally I do 1/2 or 3/4 inch for my dogs' collars. It would depend on breed and neck size a bit, but I think 1 inch would be too thick for any of mine. Mia and Nard are 6-8 inches and the others are 8-10 inches.

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Old 02-07-2010, 06:13 PM
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Thanks, guys!
Just trying to get an idea of what to make.
Right now I have the hardware to make 1/2" and 3/4".
Decorating collars that small can be challenging though due to the fact that not many decorative patterns can be done.

I would think 1" would be too big, too, but I have a request for a collar for a chihuahua in 1".
I just don't want the customer to be disappointed by thinking 1" is thinner than it actually is.
I'm so used to making 1 1/2", 1 3/4", and 2" wide collars for bigger dogs, that thinking of making something as narrow as a 3/4" collar seems SOOOOOOOO small to me.
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Old 02-07-2010, 06:13 PM
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Piiiiicsss!!! sorry, I am no help

my cockers typically go with 3/4 collars. I think 1" on a chihuahua would be huge. Unless, of course, it's a big chihuahua

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Old 02-07-2010, 06:39 PM
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i love the look of a 1" sight hound looking collar on a crestie simply because they have very long elegant necks but id say 1/2-3/4" is more of a comfort size, with 1" for "fancyness" on a dog rubies size, shes got a 10" neck (and is standard size for a crestie...)
jasper is on the small end for a crestie and anything over 3/4" looks too big on his tiny 8" neck.

knowing my wowies, 1" would be huge, but i have wowies that adhere to standard with a blocky look in the 3-5lb range, a more "deer type" wowie with a longer slim neck might be able to pull of 1" but it would certainly look huge on any of ours lol.

I wonder if other dogs think Cresties are members of some weird religious cult?

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Old 02-07-2010, 06:39 PM
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I would put a 1" on Milo but he's not tiny...almost 20 lbs and he's gotta thick neck.
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Old 02-07-2010, 06:42 PM
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For reference sake, I don't like 1" collars on my collies with 18-20 in necks! But everyone is different.
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Old 02-07-2010, 06:55 PM
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keely is 8 lbs with an 8 inch neck and the biggest I would go on her is a 5/8 and thats ussually what i do get for her..
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