Large dog breeds are lots of fun but also can require a lot of work and attention. Bull mastiffs, huskies, Boxers and Labradors provide great companionship and can also be wonderful family pets but because of their size special precautions need to be taken even when selecting a dog collar. If you're thinking of a cute and stylish collar you are probably better off with a small or toy breed. Many large dog owners have spent a small fortune on dog collars because their big buddy continues to break or chew through the collars he is given. However, you can find heavy duty, durable leather and nylon dog collars that are specially made to withstand the rigors of a big dog's daily life.
One of the main problems for finding a comfortable dog collar for a large breed is finding one that is wide enough for his neck but also tight enough so it won't slip off. Large breed dogs can have thin necks like a Boxer or thick necks like a bulldog and when sizing up your large dog for a collar know the exact size of the full grown dog's neck so you can find a collar that will fit just right. With some breeds it's harder to tell the size of the neck because of the fur so be sure you get an accurate measurement when sizing up a Newfoundland or collie. With these breeds you'll also want to make sure the fur around the neck and shoulders does not get matted down with the collar.
Generally speaking, leather and nylon are the best materials for a large breed dog collar. You will want a material that is strong and durable so you can quickly grab hold and pull your dog back should you have to. If your dog is excited and tries to run after something a lesser collar can easily break under the pressure he causes and then you have a very large dog on the loose. With a strong leather dog collar you can get a good grip and be able to hold your dog back and prevent him from barreling over small children or leaving the yard.
If you get a large dog breed as a puppy your best bet is to go with a leather buckle collar. Two reasons for choosing this collar is that puppies grow quickly, whether a large breed or a medium size, and you will have to adjust the collar often until the dog has reached his full size. Adjustable leather buckle collars are ideal for the growing stages since the buckles allow you to easily adjust the collar to fit the neck of your growing dog. The other reason is that of all the materials leather tends to be the strongest and even young large breeds can be quite powerful so you will want a durable collar material that can withstand his pulling.