Great Danes are very large and powerful dogs. Finding a good quality collar that can withstand regular use can be challenging if you don’t understand what to look for.
Here are a few things to consider when picking out a collar for a Great Dane and some choices that caught our eye at Scoutknows:
Measure well and allow for some fast growth if your Great Dane is a puppy or young adult dog.
During the first 12-18 months of life, your dog is going to grow a lot and at a very fast rate too! If you buy a collar that is too exact of a fit you will find that they outgrow it quickly.
Don’t pay a lot for puppy collars. Since they grow so fast, during puppyhood is not the time to invest in a designer dog collar. If you like that type of thing then wait until their growth slows down a little or they are basically grown. Don’t get them the least expensive collar because that is probably not going to be strong enough to hold up over time. Don’t worry though, because in this post you will see collars that are stylish and suited for adult dogs that want to show off some style too!
Harness vs. Collar
Consider a harness if you want more control. Some dogs respond better or are just more comfortable with harnesses especially if they travel in a car regularly and have to be buckled in. If your dog pulls a lot, a harness can help with training and stop all that wheezing that can happen when they really want to go and won’t keep a good pace with you. I like harnesses far better than choke collars that seem to be ineffective with too many dogs.
Blueberry Pet 6 Colors 3M Reflective Classic Fashion Color Dog Collar, Violet, Large, Neck 18″-26″, Adjustable Collars for Dogs
We love Blueberry Pet collars because they are tough, stylish, affordable, and adjustable. This collar fits necks from 18″-26″ which means you can get one when your Dane is a young adult and it will expand plenty to meet their future growth needs. The fun selection of colors and the 3M reflective striping make this a practical collar for those that like to take their dog for walks or just want to make sure that they are visible in case they get loose and get in the road.
Downtown Pet Supply 2″ Wide Premium Leather Studded Dog Collar, X-Large Black, by
While this 2-inch wide leather collar with studs looks like a super premium designer collar, it is very affordable. For those that want a punk or tough dog look for their Great Dane this is a bargain. A thicker collar lends more strength and control generally. Just be sure that a collar this thick doesn’t rub their fur too much.. This collar is suited for dogs that are not in the water very often. If you get this collar just make sure to have one that is not leather for when you hit the lake, river, or ocean with your giant pooch!
Black Rhino – The Comfort Collar Ultra Soft Neoprene Padded Dog Collar All Breeds – Heavy Duty Adjustable Reflective Weatherproof (Large, Blue/Grey)
This luxuriously padded collar fits necks 18-22″ making it a good choice for large Great Dane puppies and young adult dogs. The padding means that it won’t rub or irritate the skin which is very important when getting a dog used to wearing any type of collar at all on a regular basis.
Max and Neo MAX Reflective Metal Buckle Dog Collar – We Donate a Collar to a Dog Rescue for Every Collar Sold (X-Large, Black)
The Max and Neo Collar is pretty cool because it offers a very secure buckling set up. You have a double buckle to make sure that this collar doesn’t come loose during play or when your Great Dane sees that pesky squirrel on your daily walk. This nylon collar has reflective properties for safety, and you can get a wide range of sizes. The XL is affordable and fits a 22″-26″ neck. Scout likes that every purchase includes a donation to a dog charity!
Soft Touch Collars Leather Padded Dog Collar, Extra Large, Tan Teal, XL with Heavy Duty Brass Buckle, 28″ Long x 1 3/4″ Wide, Fits Neck Size 22″ to 25″ inches
If you have considered a leather collar but are worried about rubbing and chaffing, then this soft padded leather collar is just what you and your Great Dane need for durability and comfort. This is a mid-priced collar but it offers very high quality and comes in a variety of colors. These are so stylish that you may want to get one of several colors so you can mix it up once in awhile!
RUFFWEAR – Front Range Harness, Blue Dusk (2017), Large/X-Large
Ruffwear makes some extremely high-quality gear for dogs. If you need a harness for life’s adventures with your dog then this harness is a bargain that will last a long time and provide supreme comfort. If you are always being pulled by your Dane this harness can help you maintain better control and encourage them to give up the habit altogether. There is a pocket for tucking in your dog’s ID. The strong aluminum rings on the top and the chest give you options for attaching your dog’s leash or restraining when traveling.
2 Hounds Design Freedom No-Pull Dog Harness, Adjustable Comfortable Control for Dog Walking, Made in USA (Leash Sold Separately) (XXLarge 1″) (Teal)
This is an alternative to a padded harness. If your dog prefers wearing less then this harness can take care of that. Just make sure that you adjust it well after he or she wears it for a 10-minute walk. Of course, you should also pay attention to any indication that something is uncomfortable for them at any point. This gives you a chance to stop any rubbing or chaffing ahead of time before they decide they don’t like the harness you bought. The easy clip-in buckles save time while the sturdy top ring allows you to attach your favorite leash and employ the nylon ring attachment to gently yet firmly control your dog.
Personalized Dog Collar, Custom Collars Embroidered w/Pet Name & Phone Number – Blue, Black, Pink, Red & Orange Collars for Boy & Girl Dogs; 4 Adjustable Sizes: XSmall, Small, Medium, Large
Gotags embroidered collars come personalized, so you don’t have to worry about ID tags falling off. It is still a good idea to keep a rabies tag on there in some areas of course. These collars are great for dogs that don’t like tags making noise on their collars or that play rough and tend to lose their tags. These collars come in many colors and sizes and they are a bargain for any Great Dane no matter what age they are!
Creation Core 3M Reflective Mesh Padded Dog Collar Adjustable Nylon Outdoor Adventure Pet Collar, Orange XXXL
Creation Core collars are super comfortable and feature 3M reflective striping. The variety of collars and sizes as well as the quality make these collars a great choice for Great Dane puppies or adults. Ths soft mesh is easy on your dog’s skin and it dries out fast if they decide to splash around outside or take a dip with you on a hot weekend. While you can get this collar in black, it comes mostly in bright colors that help keep you and your pooch safe while you are out and about.
EXCELLENT ELITE SPANKER Nylon Tactical Dog Collar Military Adjustable Training Dog Collar with Double Metal D Ring Buckle(CoyoteBrown-XL)
This eye-catching collar is made in a military tactical style that is used for training dogs. The double hole design and sturdy nylon construction and stitching are made to hold up to dog’s that like to stay busy outside. If you hit the trail a lot with your dog and want a collar that can stand up to long trips and swimming while providing padded comfort, then this is the collar for you. The XL size fits a neck up to 25 inches.
Leashing Your Dog
Finding a leash to go with the collar is important. A collar that is tough and durable is only half of the equation. You need a leash that can handle a giant dog. Remember that Great Dane’s are not small for long! Scout has a great post to help you find the best leash for a large dog.
Collar Needs Change Over Time
Remember to occasionally check your dog’s collar to make sure it is not causing any skin or hair issues. If you are forced to use a choke collar or bark collar, try to get your dog trained so that you can switch to a regular collar. Training collars are not the best long-term solution if you can do something to avoid it.
You may have to try out several different collars or harnesses before you find a style that you and your dog are both comfortable with. Having a larger dog also means more adjustments may be needed during major growth phases.