I didn't know what that was so I looked it up. Later that day, a friend came over with his dog who was wearing one of these rolled leather collars. He says with other types of collars, his dog's fur would be rubbed off in sections under the collar. But the rolled collar doesn't disturb her fur.
How to Evaluate a Leather Dog Collar
I love the smell of leather. Maybe you do too. The rich scent of a leather store makes me feel luxurious and rich, even if I can only afford a keychain. And yes, a good leather collar is going to smell like leather.
But there are other factors besides the earthy smell to consider.
Leather is going to “give” or stretch with wear. Think of your favorite pair of leather shoes. After awhile, they become a little loose.
Most leather collars are fairly stiff to begin with but after you condition them with some saddle soap and your pet wears it for a few days it will begin to loosen up.
If you’ve never treated leather, it’s pretty simple.
You just rub the saddle soap onto and into the leather with a soft cloth. This will keep the collar clean and provide it some protection from rain.
If you do this a couple times a week and you have a high quality leather, it’ll get softer and eventually start to take on that aged look.
The most common type of leather dog collars are made of cowhide or pigskin though some may be made of crocodile. You might not be able to tell the difference between cowhide and pigskin (I can’t) but you’ll know crocodile by the pattern. It’ll look like little scales.
However, a popular technique is to emboss the look of crocodile onto the cheaper cow or pigskin collars. The tag will say if it’s embossed. This is a stamping process that makes the cheaper leather look more expensive and elegant.
It's Your Choice!
It’s up to you if you whether you want an inexpensive “fashion” leather collar for your dog to wear a few months or whether you want something more sturdy that’ll last you years. The latter will cost more upfront but it’ll improve with age as you care for it.
Good leather becomes softer and more supple over time. Soft, worn leather speaks of country estates and long horseback rides through the woods with Fido exploring alongside.