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What makes a beautiful but safe dog collar and a stylish, yet sturdy lead?

Updated: Aug 26, 2022

August 2022

Written by Helen at Poetic License

With so many dog collars and leads to choose from and sellers desperate to maximise profits and keep their businesses afloat during the economic downturn, it's become a dog-eat-dog marketplace, pushing some sellers to cut some rather dangerous corners. How do you know that your dog lead has even got webbing down the centre? How do you know that the buckle on your dog's collar isn't a handbag buckle bought off eBay?

Now eBay has its place don't get me wrong, but it is flooded with cheap buckles that are not safety tested, have no reported breaking load and these buckles can just randomly come undone while you're dog's just minding his own business at the bottom of the garden, or even worse, in traffic. This happens because the wings of the buckle are not properly engaged.

As for dog leads, I've even seen some that are made entirely of cotton or tweed with absolutely no internal webbing core. The thread is homey style dress sewing thread with a poor attempt at a zigzag stitch to give the effect of industrial quality stitching. The result is that with repeated pulling, wetting or chewing, a lead like this could give way.

Some sellers often either : 1. don't put webbing in their leads (because they're using a home sewing machine that can't stitch through thicker layers, also these home machines can't take industrial strength thread). To get round this problem some sellers only put the decorative fabric down one side of the lead while others just omit the webbing core altogether. 2. some sellers use cheap unbranded buckles with unspecified breaking loads. At Poetic License, on each of our standard collar listing photos you will see the breaking load for that particular size buckle. Some sellers use backpack/handbag buckles for their dog collars (at first glance they look similar to the real thing). These buckles are not meant for dog collars, but they're cheap so some sellers use them. 3. we always cut our large tartan checks on the bias so that nobody gets disappointed by a horizontal brown stripe with a thin blue strip along the lower edge when they thought they were getting a gorgeous blue, brown and green Macleod tartan Harris Tweed collar or lead. These big cloths need skill when scaled down onto something as relatively small as a dog collar, so we only ever cut on the bias, like our Macleod Tartan below (notice how you get a bit of each colour at a perfect angle)

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