What is a martingale collar? A martingale collar is a design of collar that helps prevent a dog from slipping out of their collar. Unlike traditional collars that have to be buckled uncomfortably tight to prevent escape, a martingale collar is loose and comfortable until engaged. Adjusted properly, a martingale collar never chokes, but contracts snugly to prevent escape when needed.
Martingale dog collars are also known as greyhound, whippet or humane choke collars. The martingale dog collar was designed for use with sighthounds because their necks are larger than their heads and they can often slip out of buckle collars. These collars are increasingly gaining popularity among other breed owners. They are particularly effective for any breed where the head is smaller than their neck and so are prone to slipping or backing out of their collar. They are also extremely useful for breeds with thick fur around the neck which hinders the secure fastening of traditional buckle collars.
How does it work?
A martingale collar is made with two loops. The larger loop is slipped onto the dog’s neck and a leash is then clipped to the D-ring on the smaller loop. When the dog tries to pull, the tension on the leash pulls the small loop taut, which makes the large loop smaller and tighter on the neck, thus preventing escape. This is quite different from choke collars that can strangle your dog – because a martingale collar will instead only tighten from the smaller loupe which is enough to prevent escape but without tightening too much.
Either use an existing buckle collar or form a loop from string or tape. Adjust it to find the size that slides comfortably over your hound’s head. Once on, check that it will slide off without hurting your hound’s ears. Now measure your hound’s neck at a mid point on the neck, or where you wish the collar to sit when in use. When you have these two measurements, compare them to the sizes in our size chart. The correct size is the one which covers both these measurements.
Adjust the collar to its widest measurement and slide over your dog’s head. Once around the neck, readjust the collar to fit around his or her neck like you would with a normal collar, ideally 2-3 finger widths between your dog’s neck and the collar.
The short answer is; any breed! The greatest benefit of martingale collars is that the design stops the dog being able to back out of its collar, so if you wish to feel safer when out and about with your pooch, a martingale collar is ideal.
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