Golden Retrievers are one of the most popular breeds across America. Anyone who has ever had one in their home won’t be surprised by this. They’re fun-loving, loyal, very caring, and highly intelligent dogs. Some might say the perfect pet!
So, if you’re thinking about adopting one of these incredible dogs into your family, you’re going to need to buy them a Golden Retriever collar. But what do you need to look for? Which is best? Here’s what you need to know.
What to look for when buying a Golden Retriever dog collar
Of course, you want to make sure you’re buying your pup the best collar possible. But there are a few things to bear in mind to make sure it’s right for them
- Weight. Your Golden Retriever will be wearing their collar for long parts of the day – if not all of it, so it has to be comfortable for them. It shouldn’t be too heavy. They need to barely notice they’ve got it on!
- Size. It’s important that the collar isn’t too tight. But also not too loose! You should be able to snuggly fit two fingers between the collar and your dog’s neck. It should tighten slightly if they pull when on the leash, but obviously not be uncomfortable for them.
- Material. When investing in a dog collar, you want to make sure it’s durable and will be able to withstand playtime and anything else your pup gets up to. Golden Retrievers also love water, so to avoid a bad-smelling collar and discomfort, you might want to make sure it’s waterproof.
- Width. Golden Retrievers are really active dogs so they need a collar that’s comfortable to wear and that supports them. Depending on how long your dog’s hair is, you may want to get them a rolled collar rather than a flat collar to avoid matting.
The best dog collars for Golden Retrievers: our 10 picks
Here are 10 great dog collars that your Golden Retriever will love. They’re all durable, comfortable, stylish, and should withstand all of your busy pup’s activities.
This hand-crafted, padded collar comes in 5 different color combinations to meet any dog’s style requirements! The super-soft leather is strong, safe, and comfortable for your Golden Retriever to wear and won’t rub their skin or hair.
Although not specifically waterproof, the leather is sealed to withstand the odd pond swim. It also comes with a D ring which is located on the other side of the collar to the buckle for easy access and attachment, and there's a small ring to attach your pup’s ID tag to.
It comes in 4 different sizes and the large (18-21 inches) should fit most Golden Retrievers perfectly.
This premium leather collar is hand-stitched to ensure durability and strength. It’s lined with padding to make it extra comfy for your dog but is strong and will withstand a bit of pulling. The collar is water-resistant, meaning your pup can go swimming with no problems and that it can also be wiped down if it gets dirty.
It comes in five different colors – ranging from brown to hot pink – so you’ll be able to find something both you and your dog like.
It’s best to measure your pet’s neck before buying, but size large should fit most Golden Retrievers. You can also get a matching leash to complete the set.
This is a really durable collar for Golden Retrievers that will withstand most of what these boisterous dogs put it through! It’s a flat collar and has a soft, padded lining for added comfort. It comes in 3 different colors and each has 5 adjustable points for an easy fit.
Each point is a double metal buckle which will ensure the collar stays on. The durable nylon isn’t waterproof, however, so if your pet is a real swimmer this may not be the right collar for you.
Size large fits dogs with neck sizes of 17.7 to 20.9 inches, which should work for most Golden Retrievers.
The Blueberry Pet collar is a great and sturdy one that your dog will love. It’s also a reflective dog collar to keep them that extra bit safe!
It comes in four different and vibrant colors and each is made from high-density nylon webbing to make sure it can withstand rough games of tag in the dog park.
It has a classic buckle that’s made from environmentally friendly plastic which is robust but also easy to undo. It’s water-resistant and also machine washable – so you can always ensure it and your pup smell good!
Dogs love to go on walks and adventures, especially Golden Retrievers, and with this collar, they’ll be fully set. It comes in 5 different colors and 4 different sizes.
You should measure your dog’s neck before buying but either of the two larger sizes will fit them. It’s been designed with dog owners in mind, so has a side-release buckle and a movable D-ring to make things easier for you.
The reflective stitches also ensure your pup is safe when out walking after dark and there's a matching harness you can buy.
When it comes to our pets, we can never do too much. We always want to make sure they’re as safe as possible and this is one of the best collars for doing that.
You can choose from 5 different base colors and numerous thread colors to design a unique collar with your pup’s name and number written on it. No more lost dog tags!
It’s made from durable nylon and should be comfortable even if your dog's fur is long. It has a noncorrosive D-ring to attach a leash to and a side-opening buckle for ease.
The large should fit well, but if your dog has a slightly smaller neck you may want to measure them and get a medium.
This collar can be used as a great training collar or for regular walks. It comes in 4 different sizes so can be used with Golden Retriever puppies all the way up to adult dogs.
The intelligent design means the collar tightens when your pup pulls and loosens when they stop – perfect for Golden Retrievers that like to pull on the leash and a better option to a prong collar!
You also want to make sure that your dog’s collar is comfortable and this one has been designed with that in mind.
It won’t cause matting or baldness and won’t irritate them. It’s made from durable material and is easy for you to get on and off. Because of the training aspect, it isn’t recommended you use this collar for playtime.
Circle T Oak Tanned Round Collar
Whether to get your pup a flat or rolled collar really depends on them, their skin, and their fur.
Some say that rolled collars are better for dogs with longer hair as they reduce matting and can also help those with sensitivity problems. This is a really strong and durable collar made out of leather with a solid leather core, which gives it its rounded shape.
It’s also extremely comfortable on your dog's neck and the leather will become more supple over time. This collar comes in sizes to fit Golden Retrievers with neck sizes of 10 to 20 inches.
This is the perfect collar if your Golden Retriever is a bit of an escape artist! It’s made with two loops that tighten if your pup pulls and loosen as they relax so there’s no chance of them slipping out of their collar. It’s extremely durable and should last you a really long time. It comes in 4 different and bright colors and 3 sizes. Depending on your dog’s neck, a large should fit best (but a medium might fit some better). It has an easy-to-close clasp and a metal loop to attach an ID tag to.
Like all Martingale collars, your pup should only be in them for walks and training. They’re not suitable for playtime or all-day use.
EzyDog Neo Collar
This is definitely one of the best dog collars for Golden Retrievers. It’s robust, comfortable, and comes in 10 vibrant colors and patterns.
It’s made with the same material used to make wetsuits so is fully waterproof and perfect for a day out at the beach! It’s also really easy to wipe down in case it gets dirty.
The hook and loop fastener makes it easy to adjust the collar to the size of your Golden Retriever and the quick release buckle means it’s fuss-free to put on and off.
It also has reflective striping right the way around the collar so your pup will be seen in low light too.
Taking the time to make sure you get your dog the right collar is well worth it – after all, it’s something they’re going to be wearing often. These are 10 great Golden Retriever collars that they’re sure to love!
Do you have a Golden Retriever puppy or adult dog? Which collar would you get them?
I’m Charlotte, a content and copywriter from the North of England and currently living in Berlin. Animals have always been a huge part of my life, so writing about dogs is a total pleasure! I love all kinds of dogs and their cheeky personalities, but I’d have to say Weimaraners are my favourite!