How to care for your leather dog collar

We hope your dog enjoys the comfort, craftsmanship, and luxurious feel of your Mutt Couture designer leather dog collar.

To ensure a satisfying experience, our designer leather collars use only leather that meets the our standards for quality and durability.

As with any leather product, there are some best practices and other points you should keep in mind to ensure your collar ages as beautifully as your dog.

Leather gets better with age

The appeal of quality leather is that its appearance changes over time and develops coloration and creases that are intertwined with your dogs life experiences.

When well taken care of, leather ages extremely well, looking great and lasting longer than almost any other material. Read on to learn how to ensure your leather looks great for years to come.

Two Approaches

For some, the appeal of leather is in taking excellent care of it to ensure that it always looks new and spotless, like a fine pair of oxfords or a designer wallet, the main appeal is the graceful way the leather ages.

For others—especially in relation to dogs—the appeal of leather is that it's durability allows it to withstand all the adventures that our dogs find themselves in. A collar may be like a well-worn pair of sneakers or raw selvedge denim. A little dirt doesn't hurt, and the wear-and-tear marks interesting events in the garment's lifetime.

Whatever your perspective, we're glad that our collar can be a part of your dogs legacy. 

Normal Leather Dog Collar Care and Cleaning

Dust the collar frequently to remove buildup of dust and dirt. 

If the leather is soiled, you can use a soft, damp cloth to wipe the leather down with a mild soap and lukewarm water.

Be sure to wipe down the collar with a dry towel after wiping down the collar, to ensure that moisture does not degrade the leather.

If you have a studded dog collar, a toothbrush can be a decent tool to get grime out from between studs, use warm water and a light touch, as bristles can be abrasive.

Note: Avoid spot cleaning the leather collar, even if it has only been soiled in a specific area, we recommend that you wipe down the entire collar to ensure that the leather looks consistent over its lifetime.

Spots and Spills

Wipe excess liquid immediately, use a clean cloth or sponge and then let the leather air dry, avoid drying the collar or leash in direct sunlight.

If the spot is still present after wiping the excess and letting it dry, go the spill again with a sponge and lukewarm water.

Always let the leather air dry, never use a hair dryer or other heat source to dry the leather.

Stubborn Spots and Stains

Use a nonabrasive soap, lukewarm water, and a clean sponge to work out stubborn stains. Rinse well and let air dry.

Do I need to use leather products like saddle soap or mink oil? 

In our experience, these leather care products aren't necessary. We would recommend avoiding using saddle soap, as it can strip the natural oils off of the leather. There is no one-size-fits-all advice for leather, if you are concerned about leather care, you can take the collar to a leather care professional.