COAT PROTECTING SATIN COLLARS
Measurements are for the satin cuff circumference and height. Chain length minus the rings is the cuff size circumference. For proper fit the collar should slide without stopping over your dog’s back skull and ears when removing it. To measure the correct size measure loosely around the distance from the throat diagonally to over your dog’s back skull. This measurement should not be snug and allow additional inches if your dog has full mane coat over its neck area (ie show length coat). The cuff does not stretch, the chain when on lead will snug up to help prevent slipping back out of the collar, keeping your dog safer. Sizes are based on traditional chain lengths. Chains are argon welded and chrome plated for maximum strength and durability. They will not tarnish, rust, or break. You may consider using a smaller sized collar for your puppy and switch to an adult size when your puppy is approx. 6 months of age. I can help you determine the proper sizing if you are unsure by the throat/over back skull measurement, coat length/desired coat length and your dogs size. Dogs in longer coat or with a wider back skull will need a larger cuff size.
Sizes Actual cuff circumference | cuff height customized to any height at no extra charge. The 20″ size is most often requested at 4″ cuff height.
- 11″ | cuff height 2″ | Toy Poodle, Yorkshire Terrier
- 12″ | cuff height 2″-2.5″ | Toy Poodle, Mini Poodle puppy, Bichon, Maltese, Shih Tzu
- 14.5″ | cuff height 2.5″- 3″| Mini Poodle, Bedlington, Shih Tzu, West Highland White Terrier
- 16.5″ | cuff height 3″- 3.5″ | Bichon, Shih Tzu, Spaniel, West Highland White Terrier
- 18″ | cuff height 4″ | Standard Poodle (sm. adult or puppy up to 6 months), Setter
- 20″ | cuff height 5″ or 4″ | Standard Poodle (adult females), Keeshond, Afghan
- 22″ | cuff height 5″ | Standard Poodle (adult males), Afghan, Portuguese Water Dog
- 24″ | cuff height 5″ | Portuguese Water Dog, VERY lg. male in full show coat, OES
Chain Weights Toy Poodle sizes 12″ & 14″ avail. in ultra light show chain +$10.50 additional cost or can be made with your supplied chain. Standard chain lengths used (rings in measurement below, rings NOT in actual constructed collar cuff size):
- 12″ | 1.5 mm (extra fine) used for 11″ cuff
- 14″ | 2.0 mm (fine) used for 12″ cuff
- 16″ | 2.0 mm (fine) used for 14.5″ cuff
- 18″ | 2.0 mm (fine) used for 16.5″ cuff
- 20″ | 2.5 mm (medium) used for 18″ cuff
- 22″ | 2.5 mm (medium) used for 20″ cuff
- 24″ | 3.0 mm (heavy) used for 22″ cuff
- 26″ | 4.0 mm (heavy) used for 24″ cuff
Fabric choice is key in producing the most effective coat protecting collar. The Quilted Hound collars are all sewn from high quality 100% polyester satin from a Canadian fabric producer. Duchess satin has a lustrous surface and durable weight. Most commonly used for bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses, duchess satin works wonderfully for coat protecting collars. Many of the solids are a slightly heavier weight (dress weight) and patterned satin are trade standard blouse weight. I often suggest the blouse weight patterned satin for the wee ones as they slide and compress the fastest. Both types of satin slide smoothly over coat to minimize friction. Why not Silk? While silk is a fine quality fabric, it does not stand up as a collar fabric. The delicate silk fibers quickly break losing smoothness, looking tattered and reducing the function of the collar.
The satin cuff will not snag, mat or break coat the way a typical flat, chain or rolled leather collar will. All collars cause friction. The satin cuff will disperse friction over a much larger area reducing its impact on valuable hair. It also prevents hair from getting caught in the chain creating breakage and pulling out coat. There are no additional adornments added to Quilted Hound collars to snag or break ear hair. It’s very important to keep your dog’s hair clean, unclean hair increases friction and breaks with or without a collar.
The collar is designed to slide around the neck. If your dog is extremely active and pulls on the chain a lot, a much more durable grosgrain centre ribbon is available for super busy dogs (ie Mini Poodles) that tend to be spinney and more active at the end of the lead. Grosgrain is denser and takes more wear under the chain then the usual satin ribbon option. Satin Coat Protection Collars are meant for use when on a leash and attended. Leg Protectors are for use when attended, do not leave QH or any other leggings on your dog when unattended or in a crate. All wear and abuse on the collar is wear not damaging your dogs coat.
I’m occasionally asked to sew the chain completely inside the satin cuff or under a full length of ribbon. I do not offer collars so constructed as it reduces the speed in which the chain moves, creating a risk of your dog slipping from the satin cuff and becomes a safety issue. A martingale sewn into the cuff does not close properly over the satin and also poses the risk of slipping out of the cuff. While protecting coat is our goal, keeping your dog safe is the utmost priority. When properly fitted the chain and cuff work to keep your dog as well as his hair protected ♥ ~Renee