You’ve decided to get a puppy and are looking forward to welcoming that bundle of joy into your home. Certainly, you’ve got a few things to get sorted before s/he arrives though! You’ll know you need to get various things and we’ve got some great blogs to help you! But what size collar will you need for your puppy?


Your puppy’s first collar


Your puppy may have worn a very soft, light coloured collar at the breeders to distinguish her/him from the rest of the litter. This collar will be quite different from her/his future collars. Possibly, your breeder may provide a collar. But you may want to have new special “coming home” collar ready! Depending on what breed s/he is, depends how much s/he will grow in the first weeks and months. In most cases, the first collar will be grown out of within the first 6 months.


How soon should I get a collar?


Many people want to have a collar to hand to put on their puppy as soon as they arrive at their new home. This is a good idea to get your puppy used to wearing a collar from day one. It is the law that all dogs ( there are a few exceptions to this) must wear a collar with identification. Ideally, the sooner your puppy starts wearing a collar, the quicker s/he will get used to it. So that means getting a collar for your puppy before s/he arrives home for you to measure her/him!


What size collar should I buy for my puppy?


One of the questions we get asked the most is “what size collar for my puppy?” Generally if we know what breed your puppy is, we can make an educated assessment of what size of collar your puppy will need. Check out our breed table and suggested puppy collar sizes when buying an Oscar & Hooch collar. If you are really unsure, you can always buy 2 sizes and return the unused one to us.


BREEDAverage Neck Inches (fully grown)Av. Neck cms (fully grown)Average Weight kgs (fully grown)Suggested Oscar & Hooch puppy        collar size
Afghan Hound16-22″41-56cm26-30 kgs          S
Airdale Terrier16-22″41-56cm19-20 kgs          S
Akita20-24″51-61cm30-60 kgs          S/M
Alaskan Malamute15-22″38-56cm30-43 kgs          S
American Eskimo16-20″41-51cm8-16 kgs          S
American Eskimo Miniature13-16”33-41cm7-11 kgs          S
American Indian Dog16-22″41-56cm13-27 kgs          S
American Pit Bull Terrier14-18”36-46cm13-30 kgs          S
Australian Cattle Dog22-28″56-71cm14-16 kgs          S/M
Australian Kelpie15-21″38-53cm11-20 kgs          S
Australian Shepherd16-22″41-56cm16-32 kgs          S
Australian Shepherd Miniature10-14”25-36cm7-16 kgs          XS
Basenji10-14″25-36cm9-12 kgs          XS
Basset Hound16-22″41-56cm18-27 kgs          S
Beagle12-18″30-46cm8-14 kgs          S
Bearded Collie16-19″41-48cm20-27 kgs          S
Bedlington Terrier14-18″36-46cm7-10 kgs          S
Belgian Malinois16-20″41-51cm25-34 kgs          S
Berger de Brie (Briard)18-22″46-56cm30-40 kgs          S
Bernese Mountain Dog20-26″51-66cm34-45 kgs          S/M
Bichon Bolognese10-16″25-41cm3-6 kgs          XS
Bichon Frise14-18″36-46cm4-6 kgs          S
Black And Tan Coonhound19-23″48-58cm30-39 kgs          S
Bloodhound22-28″56-71cm40-48 kgs          S/M
Blue Heeler22-28″56-71cm13-16 kgs          S/M
Border Collie14-18″36-46cm12-20 kgs          S
Border Terrier11-13″28-33cm5-7 kgs          XS
Borzoi (Russian Wolfhound)18-22″46-56cm34-45 kgs          S
Boston Terrier12-18″30-46cm5-11 kgs          S
Bouvier Des Flanders22-26″56-66cm27-35 kgs          S/M
Boxer16-22″41-56cm25-34 kgs          S
Britany Spaniel14-16″36-41cm13-18 kgs          S
Bull Terrier12-18″30-46cm20-30 kgs          S
Bull Terrier Miniature12-18″30-46cm11-17 kgs          S
Bulldog (American)18-24″46-61cm27-54 kgs          S
Bulldog (English)18-24″46-61cm22-25 kgs          S
Bulldog (French)12-16″30-41cm8-13 kgs          XS
Bullmastiff26-28″66-71cm45-60 kgs          S/M
Cairn Terrier10-16″25-41cm5-7 kgs          XS
Cane Corso22-30″56-76cm40-50 kgs          S/M
Caucasian Shepherd22-26″56-66cm45-90 kgs          S/M
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel10-16″25-41cm6-8 kgs          XS
Cavapoo10-16″25-41cm7-14 kgs          XS
Chesapeake Bay Retriever18-24″46-61cm25-35 kgs          S
Chihuahua8-14″20-36cm1-3 kgs          XXS
Chinese Crested8-11″20-28cm2-5 kgs          XXS
Chow18-24″46-61cm20-30 kgs          S
Cockapoo10-16″25-41cm7-14 kgs          XS
Cocker Spaniel12-18″30-46cm12-16 kgs          S
Collie18-22″46-56cm20-35 kgs          S
Corgi (Cardigan Welsh)14-16″36-41cm11-17 kgs          S
Corgi (Pembroke Welsh)14-16″36-41cm10-13 kgs          S
Dachshund Miniature8-12″20-30cm4-7 kgs          XXS
Dachshund Standard16-20″41-51cm8-15 kgs          S
Dalmatian14-20″36-51cm20-30 kgs          S
Doberman Pinscher18-24″46-61cm30-40 kgs          S
Dogo Argentino20-26″51-66cm35-45 kgs          S/M
English Mastiff28-38″71-97cm55-100 kgs          S/M
English Setter18-24″46-61cm30-35 kgs          S
Flat-Coated Retriever18-24″46-61cm27-32 kgs          S
Fox Terrier10-16″25-41cm6-8 kgs          XS
German Long Haired Pointer16-20″41-51cm25-34 kgs          S
German Shepherd18-24″46-61cm20-40 kgs          S
German Shorthair Pointer15-17″38-43cm18-30 kgs          S
Golden Retriever16-24″41-61cm25-34 kgs          S
Goldendoodle Miniature14-16″36-41cm13-20 kgs          S
Goldendoodle Standard16-22″41-56cm18-22 kgs          S
Great Dane20-26″51-66cm45-90 kgs          S/M
Great Pyrenees24-30″61-76cm41-57 kgs          S/M
Greyhound14-18″36-46cm25-35 kgs          S
Greyhound Italian8-11″20-28cm3-6 kgs          XXS
Havanese8-14″20-36cm3-6 kgs          XXS
Irish Setter16-22″41-56cm24-32 kgs          S
Irish Terrier16-20″41-51cm11-12 kgs          S
Irish Wolfhound20- 27″51-69cm45-80 kgs          S/M
Jack Russell Terrier10-14″25-36cm6-8 kgs          XS
King Charles Cavalier10-16″25-41cm5-8 kgs          XS
Labradoodle14-20″36-51cm20-30 kgs          S
Labradoodle Miniature12-16″30-41cm13-22 kgs          XS
Labrador Retriever18-24″46-61cm25-35 kgs          S
Leonberger20-26″51-66cm39-63 kgs          S/M
Lhasa Apso12-16″30-41cm6-7 kgs          XS
Louisiana Catahoula Leopard16-21″41-53cm20-45 kgs          S
Lurcher13-20″33-51cm16-45 kgs          S
Maltese10-14″25-36cm3-4 kgs          XS
Newfoundland26-32″66-81cm50-70 kgs          S/M
Old English Sheepdog18-24″45-61cm27-29 kgs          S
Papillon8-12″20-30cm4-5 kgs          XXS
Pekingese12-16″30-40cm4-5 kgs          XS
Pembroke Welsh Corgi14-16″35-40cm11-17 kgs          S
Pharoah Hound10-14″25-35cm18-27 kgs          XS
Pinscher Miniature8-11″20-28cm4-5 kgs          XXS
Pomeranian10-14″25-35cm4-6 kgs          XS
Poodle (Miniature)10-16″25-40cm7-8 kgs          XS
Poodle (Standard)12-18″30-45cm20-32 kgs          S
Poodle (Toy)8-14″20-35cm3-4 kgs          XXS
Portuguese Water Dog15-20″38-50cm27-43 kgs          S
Pug12-16″30-40cm6-8 kgs          XS
Puggle12-18″30-45cm7-14 kgs          S
Rat Terrier13-16″33-40cm5-6 kgs          S
Rhodesian Ridgeback20-23″50-58cm29-41 kgs          S/M
Rottweiler24-30″61-76cm35-60 kgs          S/M
Saluki13-18″33-46cm18-27 kgs          S
Samoyed16-20″41-51cm20-27 kgs          S
Schipperke10-14″25-36cm6-20 kgs          XS
Schnauzer Giant20-26″51-66cm30-35 kgs          S/M
Schnauzer Miniature10-16″25-41cm6-7 kgs          XS
Schnauzer Standard14-20″36-51cm13-16 kgs          S
Scottish Terrier14-20″36-51cm8-10 kgs          S
Shar Pei16-20″41-51cm16-25 kgs          S
Shetland Sheep Dog “Sheltie”11-18″28-46cm5-11 kgs          XS
Shiba Inu14-17″36-43cm7-10 kgs          S
Shichon10-18″25-46cm5-6 kgs          XS
Shih Tzu10-14″25-36cm5-7 kgs          XS
Siberian Husky16-22″41-56cm18-25 kgs          S
Silky Terrier10-14″25-36cm4-5 kgs          XS
Springer Spaniel14-18″36-46cm22-25 kgs          S
St. Bernard26-32″66-81cm40-115 kgs          S/M
Staffordshire Bull Terrier18-24″46-61cm11-17kg          S
Vizsla15-22″38-56cm22-28 kgs          S
Weimaraner16-22″41-56cm25-35 kgs          S
West Highland Terrier14-16″36-41cm7-10 kgs          S
Wheaten Terrier18-22″46-56cm14-17 kgs          S
Whippet13-15″33-38cm13-16 kgs          S
Yorkshire Terrier6-12″15-31cm2-3 kgs          XXS
Yorkshire Terrier (Teacup)4-8″10-20cm1-2 kgs          XXS