Pitbulls are adorable, loving, and very affectionate dogs (despite the rep they might have). They're curious animals who love to play, explore, and spend time with their families.
They are, however, a very strong dog breed, and – if your dog is anything like the Bullies we know – they love to chew almost anything! A collar is an essential training tool and often the first one we use with puppies, so it's crucial we get them a comfortable and sturdy dog collar that's going to withstand all the adventures your pooch takes it on!
We've done our research to find the best Pitbull collar for all our sweet and strong pups out there!
What to think about when buying a Pitbull collar?
Not all dog breeds are the same – so it's not a case of one collar fits all. Especially with strong pups such as Pitbulls, there are a few extra things you need to consider when buying them the best dog collar.
Pitbulls, along with other breeds such as Mastiffs, Rottweilers, and Saint Bernards are some of the strongest dogs you can get. Their short, stocky build allows them to be low to the ground, meaning they can get a good grip and pull hard.
It's really important you get a Pitbull collar that can withstand such strong pulling. You want to make sure it's made from a strong material. Leather collars or those made from strong nylon are usually a good choice.
It's also a good idea to look at the collar fastening. Many Pitbull owners choose collars with a belt buckle as this is a secure way of making sure your dog can't pull themselves free. If you do get a collar with a normal clasp, make sure it's a very strong one.
Materials such as metal and nylon also make it harder for your dog to chew (which they'll probably try). Bullies love to play with everything so their collars need to withstand a bit of rough and tumble.
One reason why some people (those who haven't spent that much time around Pitbulls) find them so intimidating is that they're really muscular dogs. They have such strong necks that they're often the same width as their heads!
Whilst this makes them stand out in a crowd, it can make buying the best dog collars for Pitbulls a bit difficult as many of them can easily slip off. It's important you get a collar that sits snugly on their neck without being too tight.
Lots of owners like to opt for martingale collars as these offer a little extra security. A martingale collar has an adjustable inner loop and an outer loop that you attach the leash to. The inner loop gives you extra control over your pup and can't get too tight or too loose and slip over their head.
Pitbulls have a single coat which can be fairly fine. Whilst this means they don't shed as much as other, fluffier, pups, their skin can be a little sensitive. It's important you buy a Pitbull dog collar that's made of good material and which won't rub your dog's neck too much.
Buying a collar that has a good amount of padding and a wider fit can help to distribute pressure and not irritate their skin.
How it adds to their appearance
Ok, so this is a bit of a weird one, but it's something many dog owners think about.
Lots of people feel intimidated by Pitbulls and a part of it can be their collar. Black studded collars, for example, add to the impression that these pups are aggressive. A lighter-colored, softer collar can make them look friendlier and more approachable.
Of course, if your pup is a guard dog, a strong and intimidating collar could help them do their job even better!
How often they'll wear it
It's a really good idea to make your dogs (not just Pitbulls) wear a collar all the time. If you get a good quality one that won't irritate your dog's skin, there's no reason why they should even notice they have it on!
Unfortunately, we can put all the measures in place, but dogs just sometimes escape. Of course, GPS collars are a good way of finding them, but a collar with a nametag is also really useful. Make sure that whichever of the Pitbull collars you buy has the possibility for you to add an ID tag.
The 8 best Pitbull collars
So, bearing all those points in mind, we've come up with the 8 best collars for you to get your Pitbull.
This is a great, classic dog collar that comes in 5 attractive colors. It's made of sturdy leather and even comes with a lifetime replacement guarantee! The belt buckle is very durable and will ensure that your Bullie can't pull free.
The leather is naturally tanned which means no dyes or chemicals have been used and it shouldn't irritate your pup's skin. It's a good width and well-padded so won't rub. This Pitbull dog collar also comes with a small, brass ring for attaching ID tags.
It's a strong, comfortable, and practical dog collar that's ideal for Pitbulls!
Black Rhino does excellent Pitbull dog collars. They're lightweight collars that come in a number of different colors so you can choose your (and your pup's) favorite! Although lightweight, it's a very durable and sturdy collar that will withstand Pitbull pulling.
It's well-padded and made of soft and strong nylon so it won't rub your Pitbull's sensitive skin. The padding is made from neoprene which is smell- and waterproof, so ideal for rainy walks. These dog collars also come with reflective stitching, helping your pup to stay safe at night.
They come in 4 different sizes so are even a good choice for Pitbull puppies.
This is a really long-lasting Pitbull collar that's comfortable and looks great! It also comes in 8 bright colors to make your pup stand out at the doggie park.
The metal buckles and sturdy nylon ensure that it's chew-proof and the useful handle helps you to really get control of your pup when they start to pull. The bungee design of the handle lets you feel confident whilst training your Pitbull but also prevents you from injuring them. This function also makes it a great training collar.
It comes in 3 sizes and is made from breathable material which will stop your dog from getting hot and sweaty in summer which can cause skin irritations.
This is a great everyday collar that will be comfortable on your Pitbull's neck but which will also withstand playtime and adventures. It's made from strong nylon and has comfy inner padding to stop rubbing.
It comes in two sizes but each collar has five different adjustment points which means most owners can make it perfectly fit their Pitbull. It also comes with a hook and loop panel for you to add military patches and a strong, metal d ring for ID tags.
The Elite Tactical Collar is a great training collar that's particularly easy to get on and off. Some owners like to change their pup's collars in between training sessions and this can be a bit fiddly. But not with the magic sticker and quick release metal buckle.
It's also made from very strong nylon and the unique fastening makes it almost impossible for your dog to pull free. It has a useful training handle that can be used for extra control or when practicing obedience.
There's also a really useful hook and loop material section which you can use to add patches such as your dog's ID, or information about whether they're a support dog, working dog, or if someone shouldn't pet them.
This is a strong, faux leather collar that's sure to deter any intruder or potential threat! It comes in 6 different colors (OK, the hot pink with silver spikes isn't quite as scary as the black) and in 4 different sizes depending on the size of your puppy's or dog's neck.
This collar is 2 inches wide which is a great width for Pitbull dog collars as it's even more comfortable. It's also durable, stylish, and comes with a sturdy belt buckle. Studded collars aren't for everyone but they definitely help a guard dog!
If you're looking for durability and style then this is definitely the right Pitbull collar for you. The wide, strong, and comfortable collar comes in 8 different colors and combinations to match every dog's personality.
It's well-padded with sheepskin for comfort and the buckles are made from stainless steel to prevent rust. Riparo also thinks about the environment and sends all their collars in recyclable packaging and donates 1% of their proceeds to animal shelters and charities.
This is a practical leather collar that's comfortable and very stylish!
So, these are some of the best collars for Pitbulls that pull (and those that don't)! It's worth investing a little extra money in a good-quality collar that will withstand fun walks, chewing, and pulling.
Although initially cheaper, lesser-quality Pitbull dog collars will break and you'll have to buy more!
Which one is your favorite?
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!