Owning five dogs, we have accumulated quite a bit of collars over the past six years. Despite amassing a collection of about 20 leather collars between the chihuahuas, I had never been able to find "the" collar. The one that would be dragged through whatever life throws at my dogs, yet still survive (while looking even better with age!). Most commercial collars have a relatively short lifespan. Yeah, maybe it will last your dog's life, but will it still look good?
Paco Collars specializes in handmade, custom leather goods for both pets and their people. The company is located in Berkeley, California, and was founded by dog lover Ana Poe. Unable to find an appropriate leather collar for her dog Paco, she began to create her own line of fashionable leather collars.
Paco Collars are custom made per your specifications. There are many (almost too many!) designs and styles to choose from. From celtic designs to beautiful sparkly swirls, there is a collar design out there for every pooch (and cat- they have more than a handful of cat collars with safety releases!). And if you can't find the design that's perfect for your dog, they do custom work as well.
Being a Chihuahua owner, it's hard to find nice leather collars. There isn't a lack of selection at Paco Collars. Not only do they have small dog specific collars, any of the cat collars can be turned into dog collars (which both Emma and Rylie wear due to their small size!).
Yeah, they're expensive... but the craftsmanship is wonderful. Their collars come with a lifetime of free repair. If something breaks, Paco Collars will repair or replace your product. When your pet passes away, you can mail their collar to Paco Collars and they will turn it into a memorial bracelet for you to wear.
When I ordered my collars, the Paco staff were quick with their replies, and very friendly. Before starting on my collars, they emailed me to make sure we were both in agreement with what I wanted. Once my collars shipped, they emailed me a tracking number.
The leather is nicer than any collar leather I've felt before- it's latigo leather, the same type used in the equine world for saddles and bridles. At first it's stiff, but after a few days of use it starts to become buttery smooth. I can already tell that these are collars that will last a lifetime.
Don't have any pets? They make everything from belts to bracelets, and even flasks.
And because no post is complete without showing off my dogs in their GORGEOUS collars, here are some pictures!
Chloe in her Xdog Mini:
Rory in his Pandora Deluxe:
Rylie sporting The Cricket:
Tucker wearing The Patrick Deluxe:
And little Emma in her tiny 3/8" wide Le Cheat (the collar at the top of the Paco pile at the top of this post since you can't really see it on her neck!)
Be sure to check them out at http://www.pacocollars.com/ ! They're super friendly and helpful with creating your perfect custom collar!