Why buy leather?
Leather's strength, beauty and rich aroma has long seduced people, with roots right back to Neanderthal Man. So what makes leather a great choice for pet accessories? Let's take a look:
- Long-lasting: being a natural material, leather will easily out-last fabric collars if properly cared for*. The tanning process has a preservative effect too. This makes it great value for money.
- Comfortable: leather breathes and ventilates, making it comfortable for your pet. Think how much nicer a leather watch-strap feels compared to a PU or plastic equivalent. Leather ages beautifully, becoming more supple and flexible with time.
- Strength and durability: leather is very strong. It's no coincidence it's been used in the equestrian field for centuries. Ensure that the matching hardware is equally strong - we recommend stainless steel or brass fittings.
- It is stylish and elegant: like your pet, each hide has a unique personality. Its natural surface features pay testament to its authenticity - variations across a hide are distinctive characteristics, just like the grain of wood. A sumptuous leather collar will always look fantastic on a well groomed dog.
* Leather does not respond well to excessive water exposure. If you're dog loves swimming we'd recommend a waterproof material (e.g. Biothane) for those swimming days, or simply remove the collar while they swim.
Bonded leather: produced by compacting leather fibres from off-cuts with a binding agent to hold them together. Since the fibres are stuck together rather than interwoven it lacks the flexibility and durability of genuine leather. Legally this material must be described as 'bonded leather fibre'. Bonded leather is to genuine leather what sausage is to real meat - you never quite know what you're getting!
PU leather / "pleather": made from a split leather backing covered with a layer of polyurethane (hence the term PU leather) and then embossed. The resulting product has an artificially consistent texture that is easier to clean, as is the case with most plastic materials. But it cannot be considered equal to conventional leather as it lacks the strength, porosity, texture and durability of the real mccoy.
These imitations not only look cheap, they lack the natural look, feel and rich smell of leather. Nor are they flexible or durable. Test them yourself, you'll immediately understand the difference. With leather, you truly get what you pay for.
We hope this helps you appreciate the advantages of a leather dog collar. At Animal Outfitters we offer a wide choice - cow, buffalo or sheepskin leather - each offering a unique texture and finish to suit your pet. Our collars and leashes are leather-lined too, that's twice the content, strength and comfort. Browse our leather dog collars.