Collars have become the source for fashion for most dogs. Especially if you're not one to dress your hound up in doggles, booties, and a matching fedora. However, dog collars aren't a new trend in the canine world. Proof has been found that early Egyptians, ancient Greeks and Romans have been using dog collars for centuries.
Leather collars dating back to as early as 3000 BC were found in Egyptian ruins, depicting dogs names such as "Brave One", "Reliable", "Antelope", and "Useless". Certainly not as endearing as our pet names today, but the Egyptians's collar use is very similar to our use of identity tags on collars. Dogs in Ancient Greece and Rome wore spiked and studded collars as a form of armor when protecting herds of livestock. Preserved in the ruins of Pompeii, a dog was found with a studded collar and an inscription that expressed his owners appreciation for saving his life.
Spiked and studded collars continued to be the norm throughout the Middle Ages, however dog collars did start to become a show of status within the upper class. During this time period, collars made of precious metals and stones were prevalent.
In the 1500's, dog ownership expanded to the growing middle class along with the trend for reasonably priced leather collars. The padlock collar also became popular as it was a way to prove ownership if your dog was lost. This collar was locked together by a padlock and only the true owner held the key to unlock it. Silver, brass, and gold collars with engravings became the fashion in the 1700's. These collars would display the name of the owner and sometimes a clever saying.
While the style of collars has changed over the centuries the usage remains the same. We all still want a stylish collar that will identify our dog with their owner. Check out the latest in dog collar bling here.