Nylon vs Leather Collars


Nylon or leather? Which is better for your lifestyle? Which will give your dog the perfect look?

While both types of collars are great, one may work better for you and your dog. Check out the characteristics of each, as well as some pros and cons.

Nylon vs. Leather Collars

Nylon Dog Collars

Nylon collars are made from a nylon webbing and they typically have a plastic or metal side release buckle. Nylon is available in a wide range of colors to perfectly fit your dog’s personality. These collars can be embroidered – or you can choose a classic hang tag or ScruffTag.

Being such a flexible material, nylon dog collars are easily adjustable to fit your dog’s neck just right. Nylon is lightweight and comfortable, yet durable enough to last your dog for years to come.


  • Holds up well in water and humidity – Nylon is a strong fiber, so it won’t become weak when exposed to water.
  • Easy to clean – Simply place in a garment bag and toss it in the washing machine or hand wash it with dish soap.
  • Comes in all your favorite colors – We carry 15 vibrant colors. Nylon is available in fun patterns too!
  • Simple to adjust – Check out this short video to see how.
  • Versatile – Nylon is a great fiber for standard collars, but martingale collars are made from nylon too.


  • Some dogs are allergic to nylon
  • Has the possibility of fraying – Watch this video to see how to fix this problem.
Nylon ScruffTag Dog Collars
To check out more nylon collars, click here.

Leather Dog Collars

Leather collars can be either flat or rolled. Rolled leather collars are great for dogs with long fur because it prevents matting. These collars have a timeless style and can last a great length of time if properly cared for. They typically have a belt buckle closure, which adds to the classic look. Leather dog collars can have either a nameplate or a ScruffTag. They are also available in colors or with padding for extra cushion.


  • More classic look
  • Conforms to dog’s neck over time – becomes more pliable over time
  • Will break under too much pressure – as in a case of dog’s playing and getting stuck in the collar
  • Made from natural materials – Less likely to cause irritation to your dog’s neck.


  • More work to maintain – click here for a guide on caring for leather collars
  • Not as hardy in water – can crack over time if not properly cared for
  • If allowed to get dry and brittle, leather collars can cause chaffing
Leather ScruffTag Collar
To check out more leather collars, click here.

Still not sure which is best for your pup?

For more information on Nylon Dog Collars, read our blog 3 Benefits of a Nylon Dog Collar.

For more information on Leather Dog Collars, read our blog High Quality Leather Collars.

About Sabrina Kremer

Sabrina is a content and marketing intern here at dogIDs. She is currently studying retail merchandising at NDSU. She enjoys reading and watching Netflix, but her favorite activity is exploring the outdoors with her pup, Peanut.

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  2. My dog loves this collar because no more jingle jangle. And I love this collar because no more jingle jangle. It fits my little dog (13 pounds) perfectly. Working with the seller was easy. I accidently ordered black and wanted purple. Easily contacted the seller and my dog wears purple.

  3. I’m glad I read this I learned that some dogs can be allergic to nylon! I like how with nylon you can change up the patterns here and there. Great post! Thanks for educating us.


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