How to Choose a Proper Collar
While obtaining a collar may at first seem like the easiest thing in the world, there are actually several important key factors to keep in mind. A cheap collar of the wrong thickness and width can be just terrible for the Pomeranian.
Here what you will want to look for:
1) Material -
The best collar for a Pomeranian puppy
or dog will be a lightweight, waterproof material. While chains made of various metals can be cute (depending on their design) most will be too heavy for this small toy sized dog. If it is not water resistant or water repellent, it will hold in moisture (from conditioner sprays, wet fur after baths, rain sprinkles, etc.) and could become smelly and create a safe haven for bacteria between the collar and the fur at worst.
Jeweled and decorated collars can be cute and as long as they are not heavy, these are just fine. The only thing you'll want to check is that it is a quality piece so that the decorations cannot fall off to then possibly be swallowed.
2) Width and Thickness -
When a collar is too narrow and thin, it can cut into a Pom's neck area, causing discomfort. Alternatively, if it is too wide or too thick, it can impede mobility; a dog can have trouble turning his head, dropping his head down to eat and drink, etc.
The right width will be 1/4 inch for a Pomeranian puppy and 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch for an adult, depending on his weight. Although they are small, do not use a cat collar on a Pom; they are too narrow and are not appropriate.
3) Proper Adjustability -
When you have a collar that only has segmented sections in which to choose for making it tighter or looser, you may find that none of the settings fit your particular Pomeranian. The best type of collar for a Pom will have a sliding size adjuster that you can tailor to your puppy or dog's exact needs.
The Right Fit for a Pomeranian's Collar
While the general rule for dogs is to measure the neck and add one inch, this does not hold true for the Pomeranian breed due to its profuse coat of fur. The collar should be adjusted so that you can slip TWO fingers underneath it and easily spin it; but not so loose that it could snag on anything or slip off.
When to Take the Collar Off
In order to properly groom your Pom, you will want to remove the collar every time that you brush the coat unless you're doing a quick touch-up. This will allow you to make nice, long sweeping strokes from the back of the head and down the back to pick up shedded hairs without having it in the way.
You'll also want to remove the collar for baths so that you can completely cleanse and condition the entire coat. Once your Pom is completely dry, it can be put back on.
*** If you do not like the collar that you have for your Pom now and would like to see our top-rated recommendations, look to "Accessories" in the Pomeranian Specialty Shoppe.
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