We are often asked if rolled leather dog collars are the same as round leather dog collars? and the short answer is NO.
There are many companies who list their dog collars as rolled leather while their products are made of round leather and vice versa. Obviously, this can be a marketing strategy but as a business owner I believe honesty and transparency with customers is a must for long term success.
Rolled leather dog collars are simply that, a piece of leather rolled and stitched together. These collars are typically made of Latigo leather that is tough and durable but can be a bit rough on a dog’s skin due to the rough nature of the leather. Furthermore, the leather used for those type of collars is typically made in China or India and is loaded with chemicals. Since the pet has to wear their collar pretty much around the clock and their skin is the largest organ, all the nasty toxins get absorbed through their skin and enter their bodies as well as directly irritating the neck area from chemicals rubbing off onto the pet's skin. There goes the benefit of leather being the most natural and closest to a pet’s own skin chemistry.
So in short, rolled leather dog collars do their job of preventing hair matting but they can be a bit tough on the skin leading to irritation. Another downside to rolled leather is that it is not suitable for dogs that pull. Although, it is pretty durable, the constant pulling will expand the leather until it eventually breaks. When purchasing a rolled leather collar, I recommend looking for a “Made in USA” or “Made in Europe” label to ensure you are getting the highest quality product without the unnecessary toxins.
Round leather dog collars are typically made of softer leather on the outside and a rope on the inside. These collars are typically even nicer to prevent hair matting and more comfortable. Most of the round collars on the market are made from medium to soft leather on the outside and a hard rope on the inside. Although these collars are more comfortable than Rolled Leather Collars they can still be quite stiff and not 100% comfortable for a pet.
Most makers also have an outside stitching/edging on their round collars that can rub against the dog’s hair/fur and contribute to matting and irritation. It is difficult to tell from a picture how soft a dog collar is and whether it has an outside edging, (The makers typically don't show this part on their pictures) so make sure you read the product description well or ask the manufacturer about the edging and what type of material has been used as well as what country the leather is from. Over 90% of leather is made in China or India so be ware of that.
Note, most companies who go the extra mile to provide clean materials to their customers will typically rave about it on their website. So if you don' t see it mentioned in their product description it is a good indicator that the product is not clean and most likely from China.
We noticed that there was a need for a round dog collar that is 100% natural, comfortable, durable and trendy which is why we created the Paris Collection. These Round Leather Dog Collars are made of Sustainable Leather from Century Old Tanneries in Italy. The colors are derived from plants and not chemicals. It takes about 40 days to transform raw hides into unique, durable and versatile vegetable tanned leather. 90% of leather today is typically made in a couple of days using harsh chemicals.
TIMELY Denmark combines Functional Danish Design with the latest Technology to protect our environment, companions and employees. The Paris Collars have been chosen as a favorite product of 2017 by the American Modern Dog Magazine and are the only round collars on the market without outside edging.
So in the end, it may cost us a few more pennies per square foot of leather, but we feel that it is a small price to pay for leather that will last longer, is kinder to our companions as well as the earth.
For the Love of Pets, People and Planet
Owner of HUND Denmark LLC