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When to Replace Your Dog’s Collar & Harness – How to Know It’s Time


Dog collars and harnesses are arguably the most important accessories your dog will have in its lifetime. And although many harnesses and collars are design to last, you will more than likely have to replace them at some point—whether it’s due to wear and tear, functionality, or something else that has jeopardized the safety of the accessories.

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Leather Vs. Nylon Dog Collar: Pros, Cons, & Difference

Nylon dog collar next to leather dog collar for our compare and contrast

Choosing the right type of collar for your dog can be a tough decision, with so many options to choose from. How can you tell what’s best for your precious pupperino?

Among the many types and varieties of collars, the two most popular are nylon and leather dog collars. But is one better than the other? There might be more to this question than you might think! There are a few things to consider when choosing collars.

Nylon Dog Collars

Afforable. Customizable. Fun

One of the most common and most easy to maintain, nylon dog collars are a low-maintenance option for busy dog parents. Here are answers to some of the most common questions about them:

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Nylon Dog Collars: Facts & Information

  • Material: Flat collars made of woven nylon mesh with a plastic or metal buckle attached. 
  • Customization: They come in various colors and designs and can easily be customized and personalized with embroidery. 
  • Options: Many people choose nylon collars because they are easy to find and fit for dogs of every size.
  • Maintenance: Nylon collars are easier to clean and don’t retain as many smells.
  • Price: Nylon collars cost less than other collars, making them cost-effective. Our nylon collars range from $20-40. 
  • Durability: They’re lightweight and strong, able to hold up impressively in water and humid climates.
  • Skin Sensitivity: While nylon collars are safe for dogs, some dogs are sensitive to or allergic to nylon. Before you get one for your pup, talk to your veterinarian to see if it has any sensitivity to nylon.

Cleaning Nylon Dog Collars

Nylon dog collars are easier to clean and don’t retain as many smells. They’re also very waterproof/resistant. So, if your pup still finds a way to get their collar stinky and dirty, you don’t have to stress about cleaning.

You can clean a nylon dog collar with soap and a bucket, in the dishwasher, or washing machine.

Leather Dog Collars

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Classy. Stylish. Durable

Leather dog collars provide a classy and timeless look for dogs. There are many personalization options for leather dog collars, such as embossing or even carved designs.

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Leather Dog Collars: Facts & Information


  • Material: Mimi Green uses thick, full-grain English bridle leather—beveled and hand-polished—and only the sturdiest hardware.
  • Customization: Add an engraved buckle or nameplate with your dog’s name, details, and medical info. Select the style of leather band you like, the size, then pick a buckle style. 
  • Options: Leather dog collars typically come in flat and rolled shapes. Rolled collars are a fantastic option for pups with thick, longer fur since they prevent the fur from getting matted, as it would with a flat collar.
  • Maintenance: A leather dog collar should be cleaned every couple of months to keep it at its best. 
  • Price: Quality leather collars are more expensive than other dog collars. Our leather collars range from $45 to $120 for our custom studded “lux” collar.
  • Durability: One of the best aspects of leather collars is that they are extremely durable and can last a dog’s life as long as it is maintained correctly.
  • Skin Sensitivity:  Leather collars are made from safe, natural, and organic materials. Because of this, they are less likely to irritate than collars made from other materials. Without proper maintenance, leather dog collars can become dry and brittle and can potentially cause chafing.
  • Comfortability: Leather collars “breathe” and can take in the oils from your dog’s coat and skin to help them break in and soften, making them more comfortable. 
  • Water-Permeability: As long as the leather is regularly and properly maintained, it can get wet! However, if your dog is a water lover, we’d recommend a waterproof dog collar as an alternative.

Custom and Designer Nylon/Leather Dog Collars

With so many options available, it’s important to remember that collars play a crucial role in keeping your furry pal safe. Shop for a collar that fits well, keeps your pet secure, and matches your and your dog’s personality. 

Mimi Green offers a wide range of patterns, colors, and designs for our dog collars and leashes made from nylon, leather, and more!

The Carlson Pug Gang Represent Personalized Dog Collar Buckles!

I love these pugs.  If you have been following us for long, you probably recognize Zoe, Zack and their little sis Zelda Pug. They are probably 3 of our biggest cheerleaders, they’ve been wearing Mimi Green almost exclusively for the past 4 years!

Pugs Personalized Dog CollarsThey belong to my friend Tracy, she says they are a pug gang but I’m not too scared 😉 Although, anytime someone is missing an eye I gotta wonder what happened to the other guy in the fight! The missing eye defiantly makes Zoe look mysterious 😉

Zelda is wearing our new Cora collar, Zack is wearing the Tangerine Collar, Zoe is in the Madeline Collar and all three of them are wearing our laser engraved personalized collar buckles!

What I love about these personalized collars is that there is no need for noisy jingling tags, but Tracy likes the look of their handmade tags so these pugs wear both.

I know it must be hard to choose between the plastic and metal engraved buckle collars, so I thought I’d put together a list about each of their qualities to help.


  1. The plastic buckle is contoured, the metal buckle is not. (This is mainly why the Carlson Pugs are wearing the plastic)
  2. I like the look of the white engraving on the black buckle, it is really different and super good looking.

METAL ENGRAVED PERSONALIZED DOG COLLAR BUCKLE:personalized dog collars-no jingling tag!

  1. The metal buckle feels really special. It weighs the same amount as the plastic buckle, but it feels more substantial.
  2. I like that the engraving on the metal buckle looks like the engraving on a dog Id tag. It just makes sense.

I think that either way you can’t go wrong. They are both really wonderful buckles and they are both super strong (which is very important in a dog collar buckle).  My dogs are currently using the plastic buckles and we love them. I also have an engraved plastic buckle on my camera strap (pictures coming very soon — it looks SO cool!) with my named engraved. Tracy’s dad came up with that idea — brilliant, right!? I feel so happy every time I see my buckle with MY name on it! I imagine that my dogs feel the same way about their engraved buckles (well they would if they could read right!)