Shit The Dog Snobs Love: Collars and Leashes

19 Dec

Here at The Dog Snobs, the three of us have varying affection for dog accessories.  While Potnoodle and Fang have a collar for every occasion, BusyBee tends to stick to the basics.  That being said, all of us love high-quality collars and leashes.  Below we share some of our favorites.


**The Cheap**



How doth Potnoodle love Onlead Leashes? Let her count the ways… or just count how many she has. Wait, no. She doesn’t want to do that. Just trust us. It’s enough. Cheap, good leather, free shipping. And by cheap… we mean seriously cheap. Show us a cheaper leather leash of the same quality and Potnoodle will eat her eight foot euro lead.

White Pine:    

If you have a coated dog and you don’t know what White Pine is… we’re  about to change your life. They are, without a doubt, the softest nylon out there. Made out of tubular nylon, the leashes are as soft on your hands as the collar is on your dog’s throat.



It’s like a blood diamond but it’s a collar so it’s cool.

Just need a plain collar with no extra bling in a fun color or pattern that you know is going to last? Rogz is Fang’s South African contact. The collection of chain martingales is becoming problematic. While buying them retail can be pricey, online they’re a $7 investment that will stand up to serious wear and tear. Anecdotally, their leashes are prone to fraying, but their collars are an extremely good value and take over a huge portion of Fang’s training bag.

**The Less Cheap**


Krebs Recycled Leashes:

As much as it pains her to admit it,  BusyBee’s time in Seattle may just be turning her into a crunchy granola hippie who loves recycled anything, including leashes. The Krebs leash is a great option, especially for those who frequently encounter mud, rain (lots of rain), and other elements.  It’s not only sturdy, but is easy to wash and quick to dry.  Plus, you’re like, saving the planet and shit.  Al Gore would be proud.


Silly Buddy:

Mr. T modeling his Silly Buddy Collar (Photo Courtesy of Raindog Photography)

Mr. T modeling his Silly Buddy Collar (Photo Courtesy of Raindog Photography)

Does your dog need to look particularly dapper?  Does he need slightly less formal attire?  Silly Buddy has you covered with their removable bow-tie collars.   Their handmade collars and leashes in a variety of fun patterns and most come with a bowtie that can snap on or off depending on your mood.

The Collar Shop:

If you want unique patterns, the Collar Shop is almost certain to have what you want.  From sock monkeys to mustaches to “goth cupcakes” (yes, that is a real fabric name), they have enough options for pretty much every day of the year.  Just don’t tell Potnoodle.  She has a problem.


Collar Mania: 

I in once of his many Collar Mania collars

Speaking of Potnoodle’s collar problem… meet her dealer. Beautiful, sturdy, and a really good price… plus some of the best customer service out there. You’d be hard pressed to beat her selection but if she doesn’t have what you want… she’ll order a different fabric for you.

Aggie’s Anvil:

Aggie’s Anvil is a recent obsession of Potnoodle’s, and one she has yet to pass on to the other dog snobs. Thick Aluminum (or Brass) that is stamped or engraved with whatever you want… and Potnoodle wants a lot. The first one came from a contest, but five more for one dog followed in short order.



Honey Badger don’t… whoa I want the Raccoons.

Based out of Georgia these collars are cute, sturdy and customizable for your needs. With an insane collection of ribbon, if you can’t find something your dog needs, you’re not looking hard enough. If you have a thing for Scandinavian ribbon this is your place. Z is currently rocking her badger collar not caring and being pretty bad-ass.

**The Super Duper Not Cheap**

Ella’s Lead:

Potnoodle’s custom Ella’s Lead

We hesitate to put EL in the Super Duper Not Cheap category, since their prices are so nice for the type of work they do, but they definitely aren’t Petsmart ‘leather’ cheap… and that’s why we like them.

Leashes By Design

If you compete in obedience regularly, you’ve seen these and been incredibly envious. I admit that I covet a friend’s leash and collar set like no other and have had a design picked out as a present for finishing Z’s UDX since 2011. Fully custom kangaroo braided leather sets(Including braiding style, beading (if any), color, size and closure style, these are show-stoppers. She does a bunch of other stuff too, and is busy so if you want one, get in line early but we promise it’ll be worth the wait.

Paco Collars:


… Get their own review on Friday. They’re just that awesome.

Other Places we like: Sexy Beast, MJ Lessard Sellier (Closed right now but she’ll be back!) and Southern Gold Goldens (Gorgeous show leads).

So, did we miss anything?  Want to share your favorites?  Go right ahead! 

41 Responses to “Shit The Dog Snobs Love: Collars and Leashes”

  1. Kat Roll December 19, 2013 at 2:19 am #
    The best collars ever!!!

    • Patti July 1, 2014 at 1:08 am #

      Great looking collars, but they have NO contact info at their website!
      I had a question I wanted to ask before buying, so I guess I won’t be buying from them.

  2. Christine December 19, 2013 at 2:23 am #

    I put my slippery pups in martingale collars, and I adore the ones from 2Hound Designs. Not cheap, but surprisingly good quality given the fragility of some of the fabrics they use. And some of them are seriously drool-over-able works of art

    • Missy December 28, 2013 at 11:24 pm #

      Yeah, I’m surprised 2HoundsDesigns didn’t make the list. Their collars are gorgeous, reasonably priced, and they last forever. My Sheltie has been wearing his for years.

  3. Sunny's girl December 19, 2013 at 2:25 am #

    Since you included metal tags, Doggone tags is one of my favorite addictions. It started with this one and went on from there.

  4. Mia Bartlett December 19, 2013 at 2:36 am #

    Love paco collars, but they are very expensive!! I’d rather spend my money on quality food!

  5. cheryl December 19, 2013 at 2:45 am #

    I have definitely become addicted to Collar Addict collars. You design your own collar from leather, ribbon, webbing, rivets, etc. This company is fantastic. They have a Facebook page as well. Yep, I’m totally hooked……

  6. Amy Crawford December 19, 2013 at 3:00 am #

    We’ve enjoyed these light up collars at night in the cold north:

  7. Brad Griggs December 19, 2013 at 3:09 am #

    There is some nice stuff in this article however I would have to say that the best bespoke leather gear I have ever seen is made right here in Australia by the crew at Ruthless Leather.

    It’s superb gear – as a professional trainer I love this stuff and it’s my favourite high end gear (even though they charge mid range prices).

    Thanks for a great writeup guys!

    • Natalie December 19, 2013 at 3:31 am #

      Ah I would love a Ruthless collar! A little too pricey for me right now, but they are beautiful and I’m sure absolutely worth it.

  8. casdog1 December 19, 2013 at 3:20 am #

    How could you forget Lupine? Their martingales are my favorite daily wear, heavy duty, get dirty collars. I hook their tags to the dead ring so I don’y accidentally attach the leash to the tag ring.

    And for fancy custom work, I LOVE First Dog Custom Leather & Oli Collars. First Dog actually is remarkably cheap considering the incredibly quality of the work. And Oli Collars are just sell-your-soul gorgeous.

    First Dog Custom Leather:

    Oli Collars:

  9. shanwich December 19, 2013 at 3:32 am #

    oh yes! i love love love dog gear!! ruffwear webmaster harnesses, and singletrak packs. boalite collars and leashes with pockets. lupine collars are pretty, good price, and last forever. recycled rope leashes are awesome.

  10. Chelsea December 19, 2013 at 3:41 am #

    Oh hey, I love Collar Shop and Ella’s Lead!!

    My current favorites are Stillwater Kennel Supply (strongest collars EVAR. And my leather ring harness is amazing), and my beta biothane from DogWalkies. I also have a lovely red dragon collar from 2 Hound Design that I use on special occasions… well, ones in which I don’t feel like showing off my beta biothane collar or my Nightcrawler from EL.

  11. Lisa December 19, 2013 at 4:25 am #

    I love Fuzzy Wumpets!! The collars are beautiful and range from reasonably priced to really expensive and wow would I love to have some!!! They are well made and soft on my Frenchies’ necks.

  12. Catherine Duke December 19, 2013 at 5:47 am #

    We LOVE LOVE LOVE our Paco Collars!! ❤

  13. Erica December 19, 2013 at 5:54 am #

    Karma Collars and Mad Dog Metalworks! Great now I have even more stuff to add to my list of collars my two dogs don’t need…. already feel like they own more clothing then I do.

  14. donnasoderstrom December 19, 2013 at 7:05 am #

    Ahhh, collars… some women buy jewelry, or perhaps shoes. Nothing picks me up like a new collar for one of my Sussex. Why travel? to find new collars, of course!
    BTW, my Pyrenees has had the same collar, forever. Buried in the white fur. It’s not for the dog – it is for me.

  15. Joan Harrigan December 19, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    Three nominations from New England– Hogan Leather for leads and leather collars– Top quality bridle leather, and the longer you have it, the better it feels. For colorful collars and leads– Mackenzie of Maine ( She designs the ribbon/fabric for the collars and they are absolutely beautiful. My 4 dogs (3 standard poodles and a Norwich) have quite a few– because I keep seeing new patterns I love.

  16. Cheryl December 19, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    Oh jeez, I’ve been googling collars and leashes from all of the above posts. What fantastic gear and ouch on my wallet.

  17. Jennifer December 19, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    I’ve got a beautiful braided kangaroo martingale/leash set from

    I see that she’s now offering custom made article bags!! I’m off to do some shopping…….

  18. Ayoka Bubar, CPDT-KA December 19, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    My new favorite everyday dog leash is the Technika Beyond Control Leash by Canine Equipment.

    It’s the swiss army knife of leashes. It’s made of tubular nylon, with an O ring in the middle, two adjustable sides and two snaps on each end. It can be used as a hands-fee leash (one that fits around my WIDE middle), as a splitter for two dogs or for folks who like to be extra safe and attach a leash to both collar AND harness.

  19. Sara December 19, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    All 4 oft dogs have a different collar and leash for everything we do. Nylon for when we are out hiking, slip leashes for agility(customary for each dog), < matching collars for travel, waterproof collars for when we go to the lake or camping. Not to mention matching leashes for all of these. My dogs also have their own colors. I know, I have a problem….my husband tells me all the time…

    • Erica December 21, 2013 at 3:04 am #

      I feel like we were meant to be best friends or something. I recently switched from mainly using collars to mainly using collars, so I got to go buy harnesses for swimming, for normal walks, for public, etc.

      • Sara December 21, 2013 at 3:44 am #

        Any excuse to buy a new collar and leash! And if I ermine for one dog that’s not fair, they all have to get a new one 🙂

  20. Michele December 19, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    Potnoodle is a Who fan!

    • PhineasDog December 19, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

      I want her Who collar. It’s gorgeous, and would probably look great on my wheaten

      • TheDogSnobs December 20, 2013 at 1:09 am #

        Shhhh, she’s on the DL. She also has an “Allons-y!” tag from aggie’s anvil.

  21. Seadanes December 19, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    Speaking of things from Seattle that are recycled, we love Etsy shop Greenbelts collars. She repurposes old leather belts into gorgeous collars. I have one that just broke after 5 years of regular swims in it. She fashioned it into a cuff for me to wear! Check it out:

  22. PitBullLover December 20, 2013 at 3:24 am #

    I have to say that with all the great leather makers out there, it’s a shame that only Paco gets a detailed review. Their stuff is great and all, but I can get the same durability and quality of leather at other collar makers (some of which mentioned in the Dog Snobs post as well as comment section) for MUCH cheaper. With great customer service to boot. Just my two cents.

    • TheDogSnobs December 20, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

      We all have Paco stuff. We went over it on Facebook but we only have so much disposable income. If two out of three of us own something, we’ll review it but there’s not a ton of overlap. My favorite leather goods were made by my local tack shop, but unless you live here that’s pretty useless. 🙂

  23. houndsofgrey December 20, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    My current favorite for collars is Hound Haberdashery, on etsy ( Great pricing, quick, amazing quality (seriously, an embroidered collar that can stand up to the hell my girl puts it through is a blue-eyed miracle) and she’s always been great about custom orders.

    Greyhound collars are kind of a specialty thing, so it’s pretty exciting to find a shop that understands our needs: lots of people use martingales for training or walking, but my greys live in theirs for safety reasons and that’s a level of abuse that has most collars fraying or fading within a few months.

  24. Ellie December 20, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

    We’re a pet family masquerading as a sport family, and I just don’t get the Paco thing. Studded leather will never ever be my style. Well made by cool people, yeah. Ugly as heck, also true. If I’m going to spend too much money on a collar, I’d rather have a braided one from now-defunct Mascot, but clearly (based on their sales) that’s just me.

  25. Kara December 21, 2013 at 2:57 am #

    I’m a big fan of Ella’s Lead! I ordered a custom Green Lantern collar for my Aussie boy to wear at agility trials (he has a terrifying knack for weaseling out of flat collars and breaking out of breakaway collars), and that collar is hands-down the best thing ever. Rebecca at EL was fantastic to work with, and the collar itself is AMAZING (gorgeous, true colors, fantastic hardware). Expensive, sure, but I’d order from them again in a heartbeat.

  26. Elaine December 22, 2013 at 3:05 am #

    what you have missed is Mes Amis Collars the same fabric as white pines (who I used to use) but more colors!!!

  27. Louise Nielsen December 22, 2013 at 7:41 am #

    You guys should check out ( ) it´s in german, Go go google translate 😉

    Awesomely insane nice collars ❤ and leashes.

  28. tinylurcher December 24, 2013 at 2:04 am #

    I can’t believe nobody mentioned Tierisch Exclusiv! Their sighthound collars are gorgeous!

  29. Nora Merhar December 26, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

    Braided buffalo leather leashes from They have an amazing range of colors, and custom make the leashes for you. Unbelievably soft and strong. As long as you don’t leave them in dog’s reach (my boyfriend has caused a couple to get chewed), they will last forever.

  30. amanda Bushee January 2, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    complete geek check… but love the sonic 🙂

  31. Dog Accessories Australia January 13, 2014 at 7:03 am #

    I like a dog collars. Thanks for this information. We’re a pet family masquerading as a sport family,The collection of chain martingales is becoming problematic.

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