What is the Best Collar for Alaskan Malamutes 2021?

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An Alaskan Malamute’s collar is very important, not only for walking purposes but also for identification. Finding the right one can be difficult though, especially with a Malamute’s thick coat making it almost impossible for their name tags to stick out. So, what is the best collar for Alaskan Malamutes? We’ve got you covered with our personal recommendations!

 

Table of the Best Collars for Alaskan Malamutes

 

Should My Alaskan Malamute Wear a Collar?

When it comes to deciding whether a collar is suitable for your Malamute, you really have to look at your individual situation and the reasons you want them to wear one.

In general, a collar can be used for two things:

  • As a way of attaching a leash during exercise
  • As a form of identification by having attached nametags

We’ll look at these two in more detail separately.

Using a collar during exercise

In the majority of cases, we would recommend using a harness rather than a collar for an Alaskan Malamute. Harnesses provide better control over your dog, which is especially needed thanks to a Malamute’s impressive size, and reduce the risk of strain injuries to both you and your Mal.

Using a harness is also better for Malamutes who are prone to pulling as they don’t choke the wearer and they protect your Mal’s precious coat rather than dig into it.

There are some cases though where wearing a collar is a more suitable choice. If your Malamute is unlucky enough to have a skin condition that is easily irritated or is currently suffering with a hotspot, then a collar can be better as there is no contact with the body except for at the neck.

You may also find that your Mal simply doesn’t like wearing a harness and can feel restricted. This is uncommon thanks to the breed’s working history but if your Mal is being picky, they may feel more comfortable and behave better whilst only wearing a collar.

If you are confident that your Malamute is well behaved and properly trained during walks and exercise, then using a collar is a perfectly fine choice. We would still recommend trying a harness if you haven’t already.

You can check out our recommendations for the best Alaskan Malamute harnesses and read more about their benefits here.

For day-to-day wear

alaskan malamute on a leash outside, what is the best collar for Alaskan Malamutes

In our opinion, the best use of a collar for an Alaskan Malamute is as a form of identification and during daily wear. In many countries and states, it is illegal for you to take your dog in a public space without some form of identification tag. Having your Mal be microchipped is not enough and they must have visible identification, making a collar a perfect choice.

We have our Malamutes wear their collars 24/7, only removing them during bath time and grooming sessions or when our Mals are blowing coat. This way, if the worst were to happen and our Mals somehow managed to escape, they have our contact information with them and can be identified by anyone who finds them.

Of course, this makes it very important to find a collar which is comfortable to wear all day and doesn’t dig into your Malamute’s coat without being loose enough to slip off.

When it comes to exercise, a harness can usually just be worn on top of a collar as they fit at different parts of the body. If you’re concerned this might cause discomfort to your Mal, we suggest investing in a separate set of tags that can be kept on their harness and simply taking their collar off until they’re home again.

 

What is the Best Collar for Alaskan Malamutes?

Looking for the right collar for your Malamute can be a difficult task. You need to find something comfy enough for daily wear, that doesn’t irritate their coat but is also strong enough to last a long time. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled our personal favourites that have kept our Mals looking smart and feeling secure through the years.

 

The Comfort Collar by Black Rhino – $$

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Available Colours: Aqua, Pink, Blue, Red, Black

Material: Neoprene

We mentioned the importance of comfort when finding the right collar for your Mal, and you won’t find much better than The Comfort Collar by Black Rhino.

The collar has a thick layer of neoprene padding along the inside which prevents it from digging into your Mal’s coat and stops any irritation whilst they are exercising. We use the large size but you should always check their guides to find the right fit for your Malamute.

The collar is very heavy duty and we’ve had no problems with the stitching fraying, even after months of daily use. The stitching itself is also reflective although we must admit it isn’t as visible as it potentially could be.

Looking at the reviews, it seems that some people find the buckle difficult to open. Our Malamutes wear their collars almost always and so it isn’t something we’ve personally noticed but it’s worth noting.

PROS:

+ Thick neoprene padding for added comfort

+ Heavy duty stitching

+ Available in several colours

+ Adjustable fit

CONS:

– Not very reflective

– Buckle can be tricky to open

 

Leather Dog Collar by DAIHAQIKO – $$

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Available Colours: Brown, Black

Material: Leather

When it comes to durability, one of the best materials for a dog collar is leather and our personal pick is by DAIHAQIKO.

Its stylish and sleek design makes it perfect for any dog with subtle gold-coloured hardware that provides a more sophisticated look without the hefty price tag. The collar is also very well made and extremely durable, and DAIHAQIKO claims it will last for 3-5 years.

Make sure to double-check your Mal’s neck width as leather generally has less stretch than other manufactured materials, although DAIHAQIKO do offer 60 days to return it if the fit is not quite right.

 PROS:

+ Lasts for 3-5 years

+ Sleek and classic design

+ 60 days to return, 1 year guarantee

+ Genuine leather

CONS:

– Not reflective

 

Spring Scent Floral Collar by Blueberry Pet – $

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Available Colours: Various designs

Material: Polyester

If you’re looking for a collar that makes a fashion statement, the Spring Scent Floral Collar by Blueberry Pet is perfect for you.

Available in a huge range of patterns, the collar not only looks good but is also made to last. The buckle is easy to open for us humans but stays securely in place during rigorous exercise. The material is thick enough that it won’t dig into your Mal’s coat, and the large D-ring stands out through all their fur.

We recommend getting the large size for your Malamute but once again, check their size against the provided guidelines. Blueberry Pet also sell a wide range of matching accessories for those of you who love to coordinate.

PROS:

+ Wide range of available patterns

+ Large D-ring for tags

+ Has an easy-to-open buckle

+ Matching accessories are available

CONS:

– Some reviews mention inconsistencies between size guide and actual size of the collar

 

Reflective Dog Collar by CollarDirect – $

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Available Colours: Orange, Aqua, Blue, Pink, Red, Green, Black, Purple

Material: Nylon

Keeping your Malamute visible whilst on a walk, especially is you usually walk at night, should be a priority. The Reflective Dog Collar by CollarDirect is one of our favourites and it just about as bright as you can possibly get.

The collar comes in a wide range of bright colours and has two reflective strips sewn in the whole way around. The strap itself is very wide and allows the collar to rest over the top of your Malamute’s coat, and the D-ring is especially large meaning their tags won’t get lost amongst their fur.

Despite the very affordable price, the collar is still high quality and feels very sturdy.

PROS:

+ Very reflective and highly visible

+ Large D-ring for tags

+ Wide strap that doesn’t dig in

+ Affordable and long-lasting

CONS:

– Reviews mention that colours fade over time

 

A note on shock collars and prong collars

Here at The Malamute Mom, we do not endorse the use of shock collars or prong collars on your Malamute. These collars have the intention of training your dog to behave better through negative reinforcement by physically hurting them, either through small electric shocks or by pinching their skin. There are far better and more sustainable ways of training your Malamute than to use negative reinforcement that results in fear.

If your Malamute is not yet trained to walk on a leash, using positive reinforcement will build a better relationship between you both and will lead to them looking forward to their walks rather than the other way around.

 

Final Thoughts

Whether it’s for walking purposes or everyday wear, our recommendations are bound to keep your Malamute looking stylish and easily identifiable.

If you have any questions about the mentioned products, or anything relating to Alaskan Malamutes, you can contact us here.

 

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