Dog Collars

7 of the Best Dog Collars for Sensitive Neck in 2023 – Vets Recommendations

This page was last updated on 15 March 2023.

Turns out the Shepherd I own doesn’t like sharing me and he is just always lying in wait to attack my Retriever, which he did eventually.

So, I began going through collar after collar, checking the quality, softness, sensitivity to the skin, and skin allergies, until he let one stay on without whining.

What I learned through that experience allowed me to craft this list.

Best Dog Collars For Sensitive Neck – A Self-Curated List

Here’s the list I was talking about:

1. Luxury Real Leather Padded Dog Collar – Best for Sensitive Skin

There’s just something about leather that gives accessories made out of it a distinguished appeal. That appeal is clearly present in this luxury real leather padded collar from Soft Touch Collars.

Design-wise it’s as simple as it gets. Beautiful, sleek, and comfortable.

The collar that I got for my Retriever was a large size, suitable for neck sizes between 18 to 21 inches. However, three more sizes are available, each of which can fit a different circumference range.

Meaning, regardless of the size of your dog, you can probably find a size that is suitable.

The single-pin tie buckle is made of brass and stitched on pretty well. As a bonus, the collar also includes a dog tag ring, also made of brass.

Both, the ring and the buckle, are lacquered so you don’t have to fear it rusting. 

Also, thanks to the side-sealed edges, the collar is able to withstand most wear-and-tear scenarios quite well. Though, that doesn’t mean this collar cannot be damaged.

It is made of leather after all and requires proper care if you wish for it to last long. One small care tip is to remove it before bath time and before going to bed.

On a positive note, the inside is padded and covered with sheepskin; that’s what makes it so comfortable for the dogs.

  • High-quality and durable leather built
  • Brass buckle and dog tag ring are rust-resistant
  • Can be bought in multiple sizes and colors
  • Padded insides make it very comfortable for sensitive neck
  • Comes with a lifetime warranty from the manufacturer
  • The dog tag ring cannot be used to attach a leash
  • Can seem too thick on some breeds like Chihuahuas

2. Black Rhino Ultra Soft Neoprene Padded Dog Collar

Now I understand that leather collars aren’t everyone’s style. So for those of you wishing to stand out from the crowd, here’s a collar that is sure to get you and your rover noticed the Black Rhino ultra-soft neoprene padded dog collar.

Come under a small budget, the fabric collar has a striped design that comes in multiple bright-colored combinations. The simple buckle closure makes it easier to put it around the neck of any pooch.

I found it to be different than other brands in terms of sizing. So, when ordering it, make sure you have the correct measurements of your dog’s neck.

The synthetic rubber or neoprene padding is what makes this collar so comfortable to wear. The good thing about neoprene is that it is water-resistant.

And, despite being wet, it doesn’t smell. Keeping the padding well in place is a high-quality reflective thread. The reflective thread also makes the doggy visible under dusk and evening light.

The fabric itself also feels quite durable and easily withstands the usual wear and tear an active mutt can cause. So, for those of you who have a playful pup, this collar gets two thumbs up.

  • The neoprene padding and built makes this collar very durable
  • Comes in a plethora of color combinations that suit every style
  • The simple buckle fastener makes it easy to put on any dog
  • With reflective stitching, the dog stays visible in even dim natural light
  • It is a steal for its unbelievable price
  • There’s no place to put a dog tag on the collar
  • The company name is quite visible on the collar and is usually mistaken as the dog’s name

3. Blueberry Soft & Comfy Dog Collar for Sensitive Neck

A leather collar or even a brightly colored collar would look good on a dog that’s cute, cuddly, and feminine; like a poodle. For such dogs, you need a collar that adds to their cuteness. These floral patterned collars from the Blueberry pet store do just that.

Made from high-density printed polyester fabric, these floral print collars have neoprene padding inside. Meaning, you don’t have to worry about them smelling or getting ruined when wet.

The 1-inch width of the collar makes the prints very visible, adding to your dog’s beauty.

The fastener on this one is a side-release clip buckle that is made of recyclable plastic. The collar also holds a chrome-coated D-ring that’s crafted out of metal. It can be used to strap on a leash or a dog tag or even both.

If you are wondering whether there is a separate ring to hang a dog tag, well, yes. It is placed right under the company name tag on the collar.

Apart from being super affordable, these Blueberry pet store collars are also very lightweight. And the high-density polyester material makes these collars durable and long-lasting. Just remember to order the right size and you won’t have anything to worry about.

  • Available in a wide range of floral prints
  • The side-release plastic buckle makes it easy to quickly put on or take off this collar
  • The included plastic loop makes it easy to adjust the length to a comfortable fit
  • This collar is super soft to the feel and doesn’t cause any kind of irritation
  • The large D ring is perfect to clasp on a leash
  • The plastic buckle ruins the overall aesthetic appeal of this collar
  • The print fades rather quickly under direct sunlight exposure

4. FunTags Full Reflective Dog Collar for Small, Medium, and Large Dogs

It’s hard to believe that a hypoallergenic dog collar without any kind of padding can be comfortable, especially one that has a sensitive neck. It is, however, true in the case of this FunTags full reflective dog collar.

Its comfort is one of the reasons why I included it on my list of best dog collars for sensitive skin. Available in multiple sizes to fit all types of dogs, this nylon-made dog collar is durable and strong.

A reflective strip is sewn over the nylon to make night walks easier and safer for the dog.

A plastic side release buckle is affixed to it for easy fastening. A chrome D-ring is also sewn in on the collar for easy attachment of a dog tag or a leash or both if you like.

The collar also has a plastic loop placed in the center which can be used to adjust the length of the collar according to the circumference of the neck of your hound. However, the adjustment is also dependent on the size you purchase.

Aesthetically, this FunTag’s collar is very simple. There aren’t any fancy accents or attachments included except for the already-mentioned D-ring.

Unlike many similarly styled collars, this one doesn’t even have a brand name tag. In terms of price, it’s amazingly affordable. And you have a large choice of colors to buy from.

  • It has a simple, minimalistic design
  • It comes in a wide variety of sizes and colors
  • Depending on the size you choose, it can be adjusted up to 8-inches
  • The nylon base feels sturdy and durable
  • The reflective strip makes it easier to walk the dog in the dark
  • The size adjustment loop slips on nylon and loosens the collar on active dogs

5. Fuzzy Friends Dog Collar and Leash for Sensitive Skin

Even though nylon collars are durable and lightweight, one thing about them has always put me off. They are not breathable. Nylon, being synthetic, traps heat against the skin.

While that doesn’t do much harm, it can make certain dogs feel agitated, especially if they are furry like my Golden Retriever.

Fortunately, the problem was thought upon and solved by this Fuzzy Friends leash and collar combo. It’s a non-irritating dog collar made using natural hemp fibers, this dog collar has a cotton lining that keeps your best friend comfortable in the hottest weather.

The collar and the leash have reinforced stitching so you don’t have to worry about either of them snapping when the dog shows any aggression.

The natural hemp fiber is also easy on the skin, meaning there will be no allergies because of the collar. This dog collar also holds a minimalistic design with very few accents.

A black-colored plastic side release buckle works as the fastener for the collar. A black-colored plastic loop is also included for size adjustment. Right next to the buckle is a chrome D ring to attach the leash and the dog tag.

You also don’t have to worry about it getting wet or stinking. The cotton lining is smell resistant and the natural hemp fiber is absorbent and hydrophobic, making it perfect for dogs who love to play in the water.

  • Cotton lining and natural hemp fibers make it strong and comfortable
  • Hemp fibers are hydrophobic and don’t cause allergies
  • Perfect for dogs with itchy and bald necks
  • It’s available in three colors
  • The 1-inch wide thickness looks good on dogs of all sizes
  • Trust me on this; you won’t find anything wrong with it.
non irritating dog collar

6. Metric USA Soft Collar for Dogs with Sensitive Skin

I understand that people have different preferences for their dogs. So, for those who want a fabric dog collar with a single-pin tie buckle, well, this one is for you.

Apart from the fastening buckle, there’s one more thing that’s different in this dog collar from the last few entries of this list. This soft dog collar from Metric USA is padded. It’s a dog collar that won’t rub the fur off!

In fact, it is padded in style with a visible molded design that imitates a bone pattern.

The usual chrome D-ring is also welded on the collar for connecting a leash. The holes that hold the metal pole are covered with metal grommets for reinforced protection.

There is also, of course, a wide range of colors available. Despite being padded and heavily trimmed with metal accents, Metric USA has managed to keep this collar very lightweight.

Here’s another kicker; this dog collar is wash-safe. If for any reason, it gets dirty, simply hand wash it and lay it out to dry.

The collar also holds a loop that carries the company’s branding and is perfect to tuck away the excess collar length once it’s fastened on the neck.

Also, the color is a full solid. The only contrast you will see is the inline fabric that is sewn on to hold the padding and the loop with the branding.

One thing I would like to say is, regardless of what color you choose, the black contrast and the metal accents make the collar look very appealing.

  • Pillow-cased padding rests the collar very comfortably on the neck
  • It can be bought in 5 solid colors
  • The metal accents and the metal buckle reinforces its durability
  • The collar can be easily washed if need be
  • The 1-inch width looks great on large dogs
  • The single-tie metal buckle limits sizing for an exact fit
  • Can be a hassle to put it on your dog

7. Kruz Dual Adjustable Dog & Puppy Collar for Sensitive Skin

So, the last entrant on this list is a dog collar from Kruz. It is the only one here that is made out of mesh. The mesh material itself is soft and comfortable, ensures breathability, and is perfect for all weather; thus, making it the best collar for dogs with skin allergies.

A plastic side-release snap buckle guarantees hassle-free sporting every time. There’s also a D-ring welded on for latching on a leash. The D-ring is chrome polished and, as per the manufacturer, can withstand saltwater. Although, I haven’t tried that myself.

Kruz made this collar with a double layer of mesh to add to its tensile strength, so you don’t have to worry about the collar snapping when your hairy friend is tugging you around during walks.

Like most fabric-made collars, this one also has a loop to offer a custom fit around the neck of the hound.

Other, run-of-the-mill options include wide color and size ranges and 1-inch width. And, while the mesh material does have some tension, it isn’t enough to stress the neck of the dog or cause discomfort.

Compared to its competitors, it is a bit on the pricier side, however, I will say that the price is well deserved.

  • The buckle is made of high-quality plastic and provides a sturdy grip
  • It’s easy to wash and dry
  • The mesh material is soft and doesn’t require additional padding
  • It can be bought in multiple vibrant colors
  • The breathable and stretchy mesh built provides a snuggly fit
  • The colors seem too masculine depending on individual preference
  • Larger dogs can easily slip out of the collar

How to stop your dog’s sensitive neck from getting hurt?

Taking care of a sensitive neck requires a little effort and care. I’m not saying you’ll have to wrap the dog in styrofoam.  But there are a few things that you should take care of religiously. 

1. Do not leave the collar for too long

Leaving the collar on the dog’s neck for a long time will result in itch and redness. The extra pressure on the skin will trigger a massive auto-immune response that will result in the dog’s discomfort. Not knowing how long you should leave the collar is every owner’s story.

Whenever you feel like asking that question, use the general rule of thumb that allows a collar for 4 hours max. Depending on your dog’s sensitivity condition, you could reduce that further to the length of its training session.

2. Keep a check on the contact points

You should keep an eagle’s eye on the possibility or severity of an allergic attack on your dog.

The possibility is one thing, leaving out the collar on the dog and waiting for the allergic reaction to get severe is completely nuts. Refrain from doing that at all. Do not use the collar when your dog is already suffering from a reaction of some sort.

3. Keep a level below his capacity

This is a general direction for all dog owners, but when it comes to allergy-prone dogs, you have to take extra care. Make sure you select a level that’s below the capacity of your pet.

For example, if it jumps in surprise on a level, you select one below it. Repeat this until the dog shows no surprising reaction but only shakes his head or searches for the source of the stimulation.

4. Correct only when the unwanted behavior is exhibited

Unnecessary corrections such as those done to punish the dog will only lead to a disaster. I have seen that nothing good comes out of that.

As a trainer, I suggest that you should correct the dog when it exhibits unwanted behavior. You have to be vigilant enough to see that coming or use the collar when the hour of his misbehavior is nigh.

5. Use positive reinforcement in tandem with collars

Positive reinforcement is a technique through which the dogs learn what pleases their owners to feed them their favorite treats. They understand that to get the reward, they’ll have to do what’s asked of them.

When you use this with the collar, the end result not only reaches sooner but is also concrete enough to last for months if not years. This also discourages you from using the remote too often because positive reinforcement also acts like a shortcut.


There you go, guys. That is it for my list. I have tried my best to share as much information as possible on these dog collars.

Even though I have tried all of the collars mentioned here, my favorite for my Retriever still remains the padded leather one. Its beautiful tan shade goes perfectly with the golden fur of my newest pet friend.

Despite being comfortable and looking very fancy, leather can cause some irritation in extremely hot weather.

Now, I am yet to see such weather with my Retriever, but if you live in a place that witnesses extreme temperatures, I suggest you avoid buying the leather collar.

Go for a breathable collar option instead. The Kruz mesh collar is a great choice. Or if you want a fancier look, the Fuzzy Friends natural hemp collar is also a good value for your money.

For places with mild to cold temperatures, any of the collars with padding would be good.

No matter which one you choose, I suggest that you accurately measure the neck of your dog and order the right size.

If the collar you get is too tight around the neck, it won’t be comfortable for the dog anyway. And if it is too loose, it will fail to serve its purpose.

In the end, I hope you find this list useful. If you would like to share my experiences with other dog accessories and products, do let me know!

About the author

Linda Michaels

Linda Michaels is a proud owner of a Labradoodle named Mylo. She is a trainer who posts about dog training and behavior.
🎓: University of California, Davis
📍: Washington Boulevard Animal Hospital