Over the years I’ve found that it’s not always easy to find big dog collars that are tough enough, and good-looking enough, for my Rottweilers.
But, I’ve also learned that it’s possible to find a collar that is both big and beautiful if you know where to look!
You really need an X-Large collar for adult Rotties and similar breeds.
Anything designed to fit large and giant breeds should fit a dog who weighs more than 100lbs and has a neck that’s bigger than 21″ (minimum).
Most regular ‘Large’ collars don’t make the grade.
On this page I’ve featured a huge range of products that don’t just meet these requirements, they go ‘above and beyond’.
Superior materials, expert craftsmanship, gorgeous designs… and many available in sizes that fit necks up to 30″ and more!!
And when it comes to styles, I’ve featured both ‘regular’ day-to-day collars and training collars such as martingales, chain/prong collars, and quick-grab designs.
Plus if you scroll on down the page, you’ll find a few tips that will help you choose a collar that you love, AND that fits properly.
There’s something for every dog, every need and every budget. Enjoy…..
Most of these collars are available in a huge range of sizes, so they won’t just fit your adult Rottweiler, but will look adorable on your Rottie puppy too!
Leather Collars For Big Dogs
My favorite collars are big, wide styles made from quality leather, with handsome buckles!
They can be plain, or embellished with solid metal accessories such as studs, rivets, plates and so on.
They last a l-o-n-g time and look great on Rottweilers and any big, muscular dog… and just seem to get better with age.
It’s important to choose one that’s made from premium leather, with strong stitching and solid hardware. Our big dogs are strong, and a poorly made collar or one constructed from inferior materials simply won’t be good enough.
Corduroy, Hemp, Nylon & More
Although leather is a timeless and classic material, there are tons of other practical, hard-wearing, and good-looking big dog collars.
I’ve picked out a handful of what I think are the best for you to look at.. and I know suede is technically leather, but the finish and look is so different that I’ve included those here 🙂
Training Collars For Large & Giant Breeds
No page of big dog collars would be complete without a selection of training collars.
These also come in a range of different styles and materials, and which one you choose depends a lot of your individual dog’s characteristics, what type of training you’re doing, and your own personal preference.
Martingale, ‘choke-chain’, prong, and quick-grab designs all have their own fans and critics.
Personally I think all but one of them is useful depending on the situation and your dog.
The one I wouldn’t advise inexperienced owners to use on an adult Rottweiler? The ‘choke-chain’ collar. And that’s why I haven’t featured any on this page.
Many people are surprised by this and assume that a prong collar is more unkind (even dangerous) than a regular chain collar – but they’re wrong…..
Rottweilers are big, strong dogs in fact they’re just too strong for a choke-chain collar, and if they pull against it and the owner is yanking and dragging on the other end of the leash, it can do serious damage to their trachea and throat.
A ‘pinch’ or ‘prong’ collar may look scary (especially the big dog collar variety!), and you may worry that you’ll hurt your Rottie by using one, but that’s not the case.
The prongs are rounded, and these only need to press gently against the dogs’ neck for him to be aware of the correction. That means that they’re actually safer and much less likely to hurt your dog.
These are what I always use on my Rotties (not puppies though, for them a regular buckle collar or a light-weight choke collar is fine because they’re just learning to walk on the leash and can be handled fairly easily with these).
I can promise you my dogs are loved to pieces and I’d never do anything to hurt them!
Martingale collars are an alternative to prong collars if you’re training an adolescent pup or an adult dog who isn’t inclined to try to pull you off your feet!
They work in a similar way to both the choke and prong collars. They’re designed to tighten around your dog’s neck, but because of the way they’re made (leather/fabric collar, with 2 ‘D’ rings and a chain or additional length of material between them) they don’t tighten all the way and therefore put less pressure on the neck.
So, let’s start with this type of training collar…
Lastly here are three prong collars, and a leather ‘Quick-Grab’ collar. The prong collars you’ll recognize, the quick-grab maybe not.
The latter is a fantastic training tool and anyone with an X-Large or Giant breed should have one! They give you the ability to grab hold of your dog’s collar firmly but easily, to correct any misbehavior (such as jumping on visitors, or snapping at the cat) or just to get his attention, lead him to another room etc.
If you’ve ever tried to hold onto a choke or prong collar, you’ll know how painful (and potentially dangerous for both of you) it can be. Getting a grip on a regular collar isn’t dangerous, but it can be difficult to get a good grip quickly.
The Quick-Grab has a strong handle attached to the thick, heavy duty collar which takes care of these problems.
Choosing & Sizing Big Dog Collars
If your Rottweiler is still a puppy, I can pretty much guarantee you that you’re going to go through several collars before his neck reaches it’s full potential in terms of size.
So there’s no need to invest in the expensive, hand-made, leather big dog collars right off the bat (unless of course you want to).
Puppies need to adjust to wearing a collar, and even large breed pups do best with a fairly soft, simple nylon buckle collar to begin with.
As he grows you can buy him something heavier, fancier… and more expensive.
When you’re looking at the smaller, puppy collars there are usually a ton to choose from. But the most important thing is to make sure the collar fits correctly, isn’t too big & heavy or small & narrow for your pup, and that it buckles securely.
You don’t want the collar to be too tight, or too loose. If you can fit two fingers between the collar and the dog’s neck comfortably then it’s about right. If the collar is too long, cut off the extra so that it doesn’t get chewed on or caught up.
If you don’t have your pup with you, or you’re ordering online, measure your pup/dogs’ neck and add about 2″ – 3″ to get the right size. Remember to check your puppys’ collar regularly as they get tight/small really fast.
Don’t wait until your little guys’ eyes are popping before you buy him a new one!
Choosing the right size for adult dogs follows the ‘two-finger’ rule as well. Remember not all ‘Large’ or ‘X-Large’ collars will be the same length, there can be variations between manufacturers and styles… so double check the measurements before you buy/order.
Although most petstores sell a selection of collars, you won’t find anything like the ones shown on this page. Luckily, you can order any of these great designs online (and see hundreds more) by checking out this website…
And last but not least, an important warning about the dangers of leaving a choke or prong training collar on your puppy or dog when he’s not in an actual supervised training session with you…
Training collars are designed to be worn during active training sessions – when your Rottweiler is right next to you, and under constant supervision.
It’s important to get into the habit of always removing it as soon as ‘work’ is over.
Judy, a regular visitor and contributor to this website (it’s her beautiful Angel who is modeling the pink collar a bit further up this page) shared the terrifying ordeal she and Angel went through as a result of her leaving a chain collar on her precious dog for just a couple of minutes… it’s a sobering and scary story, which so easily could have ended tragically.
Luckily it didn’t, but it was a close call. This story is a must-read for all dog owners and you can read it right here….. The Dangers Of Chain Collars.