Martingale Collar

Martingale Dog Collars

Martingale collar - 1 Martingale Dog Collar Sighthound Lambswool Martingale collar

Originally, these types of collars (the martingale collar), were designed for dogs whose necks were wider or larger their heads. It will buckle collar on dogs of this type would mean that they would have to be uncomfortably tight.

The types of dogs which fall into this group include breeds like whippets, greyhounds and Italian greyhounds. These related breeds are generally known as “sighthounds” and characteristically have heads which are slender in comparison to their muscular necks.
Not only is it difficult to fit such breeds with a standard collar, the danger of the dog escaping is high as they tend to back that of a normal collar, because it will fit over their head.

In fact, the Martingale collar was so effective for these breeds, is also commonly known as a “greyhound” collar.

The origin of the word martingale is difficult to track and it’s not only used as in martingale dog collars, but also is very common as part of the horse industry. What is common between the two types of apparatus is a base employee a series of rings to help control either the dog or the horse.

Since their wide acceptance into the sighthound breeds, they have become very popular for all kinds shapes sizes and styles of dogs. Although the principal of operation is somewhat the same as choke collar, it’s much more  gentle and more comfortable for the dog. They are particularly suited to dogs who try to back out of their collars.

A martingale collar works by employing two loops which tighten the collar round the dogs neck when pulled.The diagram below shows the basic operation of a martingale collar.

Martingale Collar

They are available in :

  • Leather
  • Nylon
  • Chain
  • Rope or plait.
  • Multicolored
  • Designer and Personalized.

There are far too many styles and or colors or construction materials to mention here. They do however, employ the same basic operating principle.

Advantages Of A Martingale Collar.

  • It’s a much safer form of collar which prevents the dog slipping his collar, escaping and endangering themselves or others.
  • It’s almost impossible with the Martingale collar design for it to slip from the dog’s head. As well as that, when there is no pressure applied to the collar it will loosen and sit very snugly in comfortably on the neck of the dog.
  • It provides as good as, if not better control than a choke collar, while being much more humane and much more comfortable for the animal.
  • Lots of dogs respond better to a martingale collar because the action is much more gentle and the dog does not associate wearing the collar with pain.
  • It solves the problems for sighthounds and many other working dogs.
  • It stays in a much better position on the dog’s neck than a traditional flat style collar.
  • There is no way a struggling dog is able to slip out of the Martingale collar.


Never use this type of collar to tether your dog. While its fine to use the collar on a day to day basis, if you are going to use it to train the dog, then it helps just to adjust slightly tighter for the training session then relax the adjustment a little when its over.. The Martingale collar is designed to use with your dog on a leash.

Fitting your collar.

To measure your dog for collar, take the measurement of the circumference of their neck just behind the ears (near the start of the neck). It’s best to use a piece of cord or twine and draw it until it’s snugly and firmly around the neck.
Martingale dog collars are measured from ring end to ring end, so having taken your measurement, that’s the size you should order.
Most show dog enthusiasts prefer the martingale collar because it will not crush the trachea or mark or ruffle the fur.

Why You Should Choose a Martingale Collar


  • They are the most comfortable form of collar for your dog
  • They provide a luxury of good control in good response from your dog without having to cause any pain to the animal.
  • The design of the martingale collar means there is no risk of your dog escaping or backing out of the collar.
  • They are simple to operate and easy to use and fit.
  • They can double as every day normal collar.