Finding new, unique collars for Isabella and Penelope has always been a hobby of mine. When I adopted Bella four years ago, I just always enjoyed finding collars in new patterns, seasonal prints, and unique designs.
As I began looking for collars outside of the big pet store chains like PetSmart and Petco, I started stumbling upon some small businesses creating great products. Today, some of these businesses have grown into big companies. However, others have remained small, local businesses that you can shop on Etsy.
Regardless of size, these are brands whose products I stand behind. Isabella + Penelope give them the Bark of Approval, and I invite you to check them out next time you’re shopping for a new collar for Fido.
Operating out of Rhode Island since 1984, Up Country, Inc. has had an unwavering attention to quality and design when it comes to creating dog products. From collars, leashes, beds, toys, and other lifestyle accessories, Up Country, Inc. hand sews and presses all of its products.
With over 120 collar designs, Up Country offers pet owners a variety of creative ways to “dress up” their dog.
I love Up Country, Inc. because the collars are such great quality. I’ve been putting Isabella in Up Country collars since I adopted her, and the colors don’t fade, the collars wash up great and they withstand the test of time.
Up Country, Inc. products are carried in a variety of small pet boutiques throughout the nation and are also available for purchase online. Whenever my husband, Alex, and I are traveling with Isabella and Penelope, we always make it a point to stop into small, local pet stores to see if they carry Up Country collars.
For instance, when we’re visiting Charleston, SC, we can’t help but stop in Woof Gang Bakery on King Street because the shop is stocked with cute designs by Up Country!
Here are a few of my favorite collars on their product line right now:
Lucy & Co. was actually created by the humans behind @dogsofinstagram. Inspired by their dog Lucy, Lucy & Co. creates high-quality collars, leads, bandanas, and more. Even better, the brand donates a portion of all proceeds to animal rescue foundations such as True Friends Animal Welfare Center, Found My Animal and Faithful Pet Rescue.
While the business started small, it quickly exploded with a large part of its promotion coming from the @dogsofinstagram account.
Even though Lucy & Co. isn’t a small business, I love what the brand stands for. Plus, the collars are great. Whether your prefer fabric, rope or leather, Lucy & Co. has a variety of options available for sale online.
I’ve linked a few of my favorites below.
In my opinion, Etsy is highly underestimated when it comes to finding pet products. I love supporting small businesses and big dreams, and Etsy is a great avenue for doing just that.
One of my favorite brands on Etsy is Sandy Paws Collar Co., run by Nicole Artino. With over 1,200 reviews, Sandy Paws Collar Co. is rated all five stars on Etsy. Selling custom collars, pet ID tags, and more, Sandy Paws Collar Co. offers unique patterns, metal or plastic buckles, and they wash up great.
I really love the metal buckles on the collars. It’s something super unique for fabric collars and it’s not heavy on your dog’s neck.
Here are a few of my favorite prints in her shop right now:
Based out of Halle, Germany, Pines and Bones is another small business operating off of Etsy. With 204 five star reviews, the brand’s product line consists of handmade leather collars and hand-stamped brass pet ID tags.
I love the quality of Pines and Bones, and the prices for the quality of the product you’re receiving are very reasonable. I’ve listed a few of my favorite collars from Pines and Bones below, and if you’re looking to follow some serious outdoor adventuring pups on Instagram, check out their account.
So, those are four of our favorite dog collar brands. They are high quality, fairly priced, wash up great, cute, and last a long time. What more could you ask for in a dog collar?
We’d love to hear from you! What are a few of your favorite dog collar brands?