Leashes and collars for chihuahuas are usually the last thing chihuahua owners think about. I mean, what kind of question could you possibly have about something so basic? You just buy a tiny collar and get a leash to attach to the collar to walk your chi, right?
It’s a tad bit more complicated than that. Chihuahuas are somewhat different than other dogs in many ways and this is one of those ways.
Chihuahuas are so tiny and fragile, that you can really hurt their neck by using a leash attached to their collar when walking them.
I am not saying don’t put a collar on your chihuahua. Collars can contain their dog license, rabies tag, ID tag, or like the collars I use on my dogs, they can have their name and phone number stitched on the collar itself.
I can count a half a dozen times that I have found dogs in my area (yes, I’m the crazy neighborhood dog lady that stops for running loose dogs) that look to be loved and well cared for and even have collars on but there is no identification on them at all. It makes it much harder to get them back to their owners.
There have been a few times though that the dog had some ID on their dog collar and it made it so simple to contact the owner and let them know I had found their precious fur baby.
Also collars can be cute and make a fashion statement.
How to Choose the Right Collar for your Chihuahua
I like colorful personalized collars but that’s my preference. Some of the criteria for picking a collar is just your personal taste and the gender and coloring of your dog.
Some of the things to keep in mind when choosing a collar for your chihuahua:
- Be sure to measure your dog’s neck and add an inch if you are ordering a collar online.
- The collar should never be the exact same measurement as your dog’s neck or it will be too tight.
- When trying on collars, you should be able to fit 2 fingers between the collar and your dog’s neck.
- If you have a puppy, you might want to get an adjustable collar so there is room to grow.
- A lightweight collar is best for a small dog.
- You may want to get a breakaway collar if you pup wears their collar all the time and you are worried about your dog getting caught on something. You can often find these type of collars in the cat section of a pet store.
How to Choose the Right Harness for your Chihuahua
What you do need to do instead when you want to take your dog on a walk is to get them a comfortable harness to attach to their leash.
Not only will a harness better protect their neck, it also makes it more difficult for your dog to slip out of his collar and escape.
Things to remember when choosing a harness:
- To measure for the size, place the measuring tape around your dog’s chest, just behind his front legs and again, placing two fingers between the harness strap and your dog’s body.
- You can get a heavier harness for cold weather (there are even coat harnesses out there) and a lightweight harness for warmer weather.
- Get one with the leash hook on the back of the harness.
- If your dog dislikes her collar, leave it on her a few hours before taking her for a walk to get used to it.
- Cotton and/or nylon are the best choices for material for lightweight harnesses.
- Some harnesses are thin, with straps. Personally I don’t like these as it makes it harder to figure out how to get them on.
How to Choose the Right Leash for your Chihuahua
- Do not use chain leash unless the chain links are small. Most chain leashes are too heavy.
- Do not use a retractable leash as they can be dangerous and terrifying to your dog.I have a personal experience about retractable leashes.
My son likes to take the dogs for a walk late at night.One night he called me and told me to come outside and help him look for Lucas as he had run off.
My son had accidentally dropped the retractable leash, and the handle being heavier than a normal leash had hit Lucas and scared him.He ran away but the poor thing could never get away from the leash. It kept “chasing” him.
It would be funny except for how traumatized he was. I found him hiding under a parked car shaking. We never used that leash again.
- Get a 4 foot or 6 foot long leash.
- If you will be doing a lot of walking at night, consider getting a reflective leash.
- If you have 2 or 3 chihuahuas, you can get a two dog or three dog leash.
If you have any questions, tips or suggestions, be sure to leave a comment! Also feel free to leave a photo in the comments of your fur kid sporting their favorite leash, collar and/or harness.