Our Martingale option is available for pups wearing our Medium, Large and XL sizes.
If your pup is wearing a size small, you will want to opt for a harness instead.
Martingale Dog Collars, also known as “half-check” collars are available in two styles:
- Chain Martingale (half fabric and half chain)
- Loop Martingale (another fabric loop added in place of a chain)
Who is a Martingale Suited For?
- Sighthounds (Greyhounds, Whippets, Italian Greyhounds, Borzois, Irish Wolfhounds etc)
- Dogs that slip out of their collars while on walks
- Large breeds that pull on walks
- Giant breeds that cannot wear a harness but need control on walks than a standard collar offers
What Dog Shouldn't Wear a Martingale?
- Small and Toy Breeds
- Dogs that don't slip out of their collars when on walks
- Dogs that don't pull on walks
- Breeds with trachea concerns
What are the features of a Martingale?
Chain martingale collars are commonly used in place of a choke chain (all-chain) dog collar, where with a leash attached, it provides the same tightening correction for dogs who pull but is much more gentle on the neck with fabric occupying most of the collar's circumference.
Loop martingale collars are a customer favourite for sighthounds and large breed dogs.
Often loop martingales are used for dogs whose necks are the same width as their heads, which can cause a bit of difficulty when keeping your dog from slipping out of their collar.
Unlike the chain martingale, these collars feature a loop made from the same material as the collar with a d-ring attached.
When attached to a leash, the loop martingale softly tightens to prevent slipping and offers that same light correction that chain martingales do.
The loop martingale is much gentler on the neck of breeds with sensitive skin and thin coats.
Do Martingales Have Buckles?
No buckle (most common): Without a buckle, the martingale would be adjusted to a larger setting at first to slip over your dog's head. Once around your dog's neck, you would adjust the collar smaller, allowing for enough room for two fingers to fit between the collar and your pup's neck (just as with our regular collars!).
With a buckle: You can unbuckle the collar and clasp shut around your dog's neck without the need to adjust it further.
This is convenient however, by including a buckle into the martingale design, you will be adding an additional 2" for the loop martingale and 3" for the chain martingale to the overall size of the collar while also reducing the adjustable range.
While you may find martingale collars in a size XS or Small at your local pet store, we do not advise using a martingale on small breeds, especially brachycephalic breeds like pugs and french bulldogs who are susceptible to tracheal collapse.
A harness is a safer option for dogs of this size.