I will admit most of the dog collars in my house tend to be nylon collars. You can buy them anywhere in pretty much any color and at a decent price. But when I was active in dog sports and other canine events, my preferred collar was leather. Good quality leather collars weren’t as easy to find, but they were worth the hunt. I like the way they look and the fact that they last a long time.
The leather collars I bought were always plain so I when I received an email from RUHA collars asking if I’d like to try one of their collars, my eyes were immediately drawn to the photo included in the email. Made of vegetable tanned leather and using nickel-plated metal hardware, the RUHA buckle collars are definitely eye catching with their laser engraved design that includes your dog’s name and your address and phone number.
The collars which comes 3 colors- vintage white, red and tan also comes in a nice range of sizes- small which is 1/2 inch wide and fits 8 inch to 14 inch necks, medium which is 3/4 inch wide and fits 13 to 20 inches, large is 1 inch wide and fits 18 to 23 inch and then extra large which is 1 1/2 inches wide and fits 22 to 27 inch necks.
There are 5 designs to choose from each of which includes your dog’s name and your contact information.
When ordering you get to build your own collar on the RUHA website by choosing the size, color and design. I knew the design I wanted. It was the one that caught my eye as soon as I had opened the email- a red collar using the Lucky font. I decided I didn’t want my contact info on the collar, just Mellie’s name. The order process was easy. There was a little glitch in the shopping cart, but I was contacted quickly to make the correction.
The collar arrived quickly and I immediately put it on Mellie’s neck. It looked just as good in real life as it did in the picture.
Since we have rain and snow in Pennsylvania I asked about wearing it in our normal weather and I learned something about leather collars. Eco-friendly chemicals are used in the making of RUHA collars which is good. We want safe for the earth and we especially want safe for our dogs. But this does mean that when they get wet there is a chance the color could transfer onto your dog and possibly onto your furniture, carpeting or something your dog may rub against. Not something anyone wants to see happen. There is a way to make so the color can’t transfer but that involves using harsh chemicals and even with using the harsher chemicals the collars may eventually start transferring color. So when it comes to wearing the collar in wet conditions you have to use your best judgment. Mellie doesn’t spend much time outside in the winter especially if it snowing and we had no problems with the color transferring. But puppy pool weather and thunderstorms are coming soon and I’ll be switching to another collar since Mellie loves getting wet in the pool.
Leather collars do require some maintenance to keep them from cracking and to extend their life. RUHA recommends using Lexol brand products(Lexol Leather Cleaner and Lexol Leather Conditioner) regularly on the collar. They should also be used if the collar gets wet.
Mellie has worn the collar 24/7 for the last 5 months and it has held up well, still looking good as new. If you are looking for a stylish leather collar for your dog, head over to the RUHA website and start to build your own collar.
RUHA Collar Review Wrap-up
+ You have multiple design and color options to chose from.
+ There are a range of sizes so you can fit from little dogs to big dogs.
+ Made of vegetable tanned leather so no dangerous chemicals are used to make the collar.
+ Your contact info is right on the collar eliminating the need for noisy tags.
— Leather collars do require some maintenance to maintain. Using leather cleaner and conditioner regularly will prevent cracking and help extend the life of your collar.
–Using eco-friendly chemicals means there is a possibility color could transfer from the collar to your dog and objects they interact with like furniture. Keeping the collar from getting wet can help prevent this from happening.