When looking to purchase a martingale collar, you’ve probably noticed that there are tons of options and that some brands have different features than others. You want this type of collar to help train your dog, but you aren’t sure where to start.
Did you know the martingale collars were originally designed for sighthounds? Greyhounds, Whippets, Salukis, and Borzoi all have small heads compared to their necks, which allows them to easily slip from a traditional collar. The martingale was invented to prevent this.
We have gathered a review list of our top 10 favorite martingale collars, highlighting their pros/cons. For those who would like more information about sizing a martingale and its features, read through the buyer’s guide.
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The 10 Best Martingale Collars – Reviews 2020
1. Hyhug Anti-Escape Martingale Collar – Best Overall
The large version of this collar will fit neck sizes from 16 to 22 inches. It is made from 100% nylon fabric that is 1 inch wide. We like the reinforced stitching as well, and the folded joints allow for a tough yet smooth finish.
It comes in a variety of colors, and a matching leash is sold separately. It can be machine or hand-washed with like colors in cold water. The company offers a satisfaction guarantee, so you can return the product if you aren’t happy with it.
On the downside, you have to slip the collar over your dog’s head to get this on, which isn’t always the fastest option.
2. PetSafe Martingale Dog Collar – Best Value
The PetSafe is the best martingale for the money because it is made from high-quality nylon and recommended by vets and trainers as the best design for daily wear. We like the quick-snap buckle to allow for easy application and removal. There’s also a plastic loop on the collar to attach tags.
It comes in a variety of colors, and the medium size will fit neck sizes from 11 to 15 inches. Though there is confusion with the actual sizing of the collar, keep in mind that the choke portion adds another 5 inches to the circumference. In other words, the collar runs on the large size, so you may need to purchase a size smaller.
This did not make the number-one spot since finding the right size is confusing, though it is a well-made collar.
This is a chain martingale that is 1 inch wide and made with 2mm nylon. We like that the chain is stainless steel, so it will resist rusting, and the D-ring is 5mm thick. There is a sturdy snap buckle with a lockable tab to prevent accidental release, and it comes in a variety of colors.
Another nice feature is the reflective stitching along the collar that will increase visibility when on nighttime walks. The medium size will fit a 14- to 17-inch neck size. The company donates one collar to a dog rescue for every collar purchased.
On the downside, the chain doesn’t move as smoothly across the tension loops as one would expect. The Max and Neo collar is at the third spot on our list because it is more expensive, and the other two offer great features at a more affordable price.
4. Country Brook Petz Martingale Dog Collar
The Country Brook martingale comes in a 1-inch width on the large size, with an adjustable neck from 18 to 26 inches. This is a traditional martingale, so it does not feature a buckle. The nylon has a silky texture, and there is a large color assortment to suit any personality.
We like that the hardware is made from nickel-plated steel for great durability and strength. The collar is made in the U.S.A. and is available at an affordable price. On the downside, the seams have a slightly rough edge, which could be irritating to your dog.
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5. Blueberry Martingale Collars
This is another traditional collar that slips over the head and is made from nylon with high-density webbing to add durability. The company sells a matching leash separately, and they also offer personalization if you want to have your dog’s name embroidered onto the collar. Otherwise, there is no place to apply tags.
There are a multitude of colors to choose from, and the medium size will fit a 14.5- to 20-inch neck width. Unfortunately, the stitching does not appear to be as tightly woven and may not hold up as well over time. Certain owners may prefer a buckle rather than having to slip the collar on and off.
6. Dazzber Martingale Collar
The Dazzber is a heavy-duty martingale collar that is 1-inch wide, and the large size fits a 17- to 25-inch neck. We like the silky touch of the material, which is a polyester webbing. It is machine or hand washable in cold water. The patterns and designs on the collar are a unique and attractive feature.
This is a traditional martingale that does not offer a buckle. The company offers a 100% guarantee, so if you are not satisfied, they will exchange or return your money. Unfortunately, the material is somewhat stiff and non-flexible, and the plastic adjustment is bulky and difficult to adjust.
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7. Friends Forever Martingale Collars
This medium-size martingale is ideal for neck sizes of 16 to 22 inches, and it is made from high-quality nylon and offers reflective stitching. This collar also has an iron chain for control of the tension around the neck of the dog.
We like that the company offers a 100% guarantee with no questions asked if you are not satisfied with this collar. On the negative side, the plastic buckle is not the most durable, especially compared to the rest of the product.
The chain slip slides easily and provides the right amount of tension that it does not become uncomfortable for the dog, though it’s not made from rust-free material.
8. Mighty Paw Martingale Nylon Collar
This collar offers a unique two-in-one feature in that you can switch from a training (martingale) collar to a standard (non-cinch) collar by using separate D-rings. It is made of heavy-duty waterproof nylon, with extra stitching to add strength.
We like that the company is a family-owned business that prides itself on making quality dog products. The medium size will fit a 14- to 17-inch neck circumference and has a buckle for easy release when needed. The nylon is firmer but will loosen up with use and is easy to adjust.
On the downside, it is only offered in two colors, and the tag ring does not appear to be durable, since it is made of plastic.
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9. CollarDirect Reflective Martingale Collars
The CollarDirect offers a thick nylon collar with a reflective thread and a lockable plastic buckle. It also has a stainless-steel chain and O-rings that are rust-resistant. It is available in eight different colors, and the company offers matching leashes that can be purchased separately. Unfortunately, there is not a place to apply tiags.
The medium size will fit a 14- to 17-inch neck circumference, and we like that it seems to be true to the size given in the chart. On the downside, the collar is not flexible, and the plastic buckle is difficult to snap together and take apart. Certain users have reported that the chain breaks easily.
10. EXPAWLORER Martingale Collars
This martingale collar is made of polyester webbings and will fit a neck girth of 11 to 19 inches. It comes in different prints that resist fading. This is a traditional martingale, so it does not have a buckle and you have to slip it on and off your dog’s head.
This collar is not durable, being made of thin material that has a plastic feel to it, and it is stitched together poorly. It’s also too wide to be comfortable on most dogs. The sizing is not accurate, running larger than expected, and the company does not offer anything smaller.
If you are buying a martingale collar, chances are that you know what they are for and how to measure your dog and determine the size you need. This buyer’s guide will go over tips and features to consider when buying a martingale collar that is just right for your dog.
Types of Martingales
Considered both a training and safety collar, martingales are good for dogs who like to pull or are unruly on a leash. They offer more control so you will be walking your dog, instead of the dog walking you.
All collars are made with two loops, a welded D-ring, and three plated slides. There are two types of martingale collars: no-slip and check.
1. No-Slip Collar/Limited-Slip Collar
This is the most popular style used today, since it is effective at preventing your dog from backing out of the collar. The same material is used for the whole unit, and it provides a limited choke action so it doesn’t get too tight around your dog’s neck.
2. Check Collar/Half-Check Collar
These have half of the collar made from fabric, and the other half from a small chain. The chain acts as another way to get your dog’s attention by the sound it makes when using the choke action. This is the reason this type is popular with dog trainers. Like the no-slip collar, this is adjusted so it can’t become too tight.
Features of a Martingale Collar
Material: Durable nylon is the top choice, but it can be made from leather or other fabrics. If a chain is present, the ideal material is stainless steel since it is light and rust-resistant.
Buckle: If they come with a buckle, it could be made of plastic or metal, but keep in mind that this will add extra weight to the color. The buckle martingale is convenient, as it makes it easier to take on and off, and adds an extra degree of safety.
Width: The larger the dog, the wider the collar should be to provide extra durability. If you have a collar that is too wide for your dog, it could cause choking, besides being too bulky and heavy for smaller framed dogs. Some collars are extra wide and ideal for sighthounds because of their elongated skulls and thin fur.
Tag clip: There may or may not be a place to attach the tags — traditional martingale collars typically do not offer this feature. Other alternatives are to have identifying information embroidered on the collar or lasered into a buckle.
How to Correctly Fit a Martingale
It should fit like a regular collar: not too tight nor too loose. Remember that the collar will evenly tighten to a certain point when pulled. Fitting a collar is easy, but you do need to make sure to do it correctly or you may end up with a collar that doesn’t work effectively.
For Slip-On Collars:
- Measure the largest part of your dog’s head and the middle of their neck.
- The largest measurement is the one you will use for sizing. Now add two inches to the measurement for large dogs and 1.5 inches for smaller dogs.
For Collars With Buckles:
- Measure only the size of their neck.
- As with slip-on collars, add two inches for large dogs and 1.5 inches for smaller dogs.
When applying the new collar, you will need to adjust it to your dog. This is done by opening up the collar to the largest size, placing it around your dog’s neck, and then tightening it to where you can insert two fingers between the collar and the dog’s skin. Attach the leash to the D-ring; when tension is applied, there should be approximately three fingers’ width between the two O-rings. If not, the collar is most likely too tight and should be adjusted.
Unlike other collars, martingales are not meant to be worn at all times. They can be a choking hazard if left on unattended dogs, as it can snag on a branch, paw, or piece of furniture, making it difficult for the dog to free itself.
Do allow your dog to become familiar with the collar, but do this when you are present. Keep in mind that if you have been using the collar with no improvement noted, then the added pressure may be too much for your dog, making the martingale act more as a deterrent to their learning. A martingale collar may not be appropriate if this is noticed.
Tips & Facts
- The nickel-plating on a chain can cause gray discoloring on light-colored fur.
- Traditional martingales are made to slip over the head, which makes them lighter.
- Martingales are recommended by vets as one of the safest and efficient ways to train your dog, as they are much safer than choke collars.
- Rescue organizations use these collars because they are effective and the safest way of preventing a dog from escaping while on a leash.
- If your dog has thick fur, make sure that when you measure them, you get as near to the skin as possible.
- You may like a collar that is washable, whether by hand or machine.
- Not all materials will be comfortable for your dog. Usually, materials that are more flexible and softer to the touch are more enjoyable to wear.
Training your dog doesn’t need to be a difficult undertaking, and you especially don’t need to worry about how to choose the best martingale collar. We rounded up the 10 best collars in our review list, and the top three all have great features.
Our top pick is the Hyhug, with reinforced stitching and a smooth surface that is comfortable for your pet. For an affordable yet durable option, you may want to opt for the PetSafe, since it is made for daily wear and the quick snap buckle will make taking it on and off a breeze. Our premium choice is Max and Neo, with its stainless-steel chain and reflective stitching.
We hope our reviews list and buyer’s guide eases some of the frustration of picking a collar that will not only last but also fit your dog correctly and provide the best solution to your training and walking needs.
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- A Quick Look at DoggieDesigner’s Favorites
- The 10 Best Martingale Collars – Reviews 2020
- 1. Hyhug Anti-Escape Martingale Collar – Best Overall
- 2. PetSafe Martingale Dog Collar – Best Value
- 3. Max and Neo Steel Chain Martingale Collar – Premium Choice
- 4. Country Brook Petz Martingale Dog Collar
- 5. Blueberry Martingale Collars
- 6. Dazzber Martingale Collar
- 7. Friends Forever Martingale Collars
- 8. Mighty Paw Martingale Nylon Collar
- 9. CollarDirect Reflective Martingale Collars
- 10. EXPAWLORER Martingale Collars
- Buyer’s Guide
- Types of Martingales
- 1. No-Slip Collar/Limited-Slip Collar
- 2. Check Collar/Half-Check Collar
- Features of a Martingale Collar
- How to Correctly Fit a Martingale
- For Slip-On Collars:
- For Collars With Buckles:
- Tips & Facts