• Ruffwear - Headwater Dog Collar - Fern Green
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Ruffwear Headwater Dog Collar

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$14.97 $29.95

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    • Fern Green, 11-14in
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    Tech Specs

    Recommended Use:
    hiking & camping
    Manufacturer Warranty:
    limited lifetime

    All the watery fun without any of the stink.

    Fido's collar usually stays wet for hours after he gets in the water, and with that wetness reeks the wet-dog smell everyone hates, so replace it with Ruffwear's Headwater Dog Collar. With a waterproof, odor-proof coating, this collar's webbing stays fresh and dry after playing fetch in the lake. The all-metal Crux buckle stays secure for many dog years.

    • Waterproof, odor-proof, coated webbing
    • Anodized aluminum Crux buckle
    • Single-piece, anodized aluminum D-ring
    • Separate ID attachment point
    • Silicone tag silencer
    • Integrated reflectivity
    • Reviews
    • Q & A

    No more collar stank!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    My dog never fails to find water to jump in whenever we're hiking. As a result, his old collars would smell like a dead animal. This one just needs a quick scrub to remove dirt and is stink-proof. The buckle is weird, but not difficult once you get the hang of it (push the other end of the collar through first and then pop the prong into the correct hole). I have to knock a star off though because the reflective strip is barely visible at night. My dog is black and impossible to see in the dark, so I needed a reflective collar.

    Also, it doesn't show in the photos, but the reflective strip has a leaf design for the green collar.

    No more collar stank!

    Durable & Doesn't Stink

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I love that this collar is super durable and doesn't get stinky like nylon collars do when my dog decides to take a dip in a mucky pond.

    Beagles are dramatic about everything

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have a AKC beagle and he finds the collar to be okay with him. They also have the best nose in town, and there is nothing here to remark on either. The packaging causes a bend in the collar, but reforms well after little use (have two dogs using this collar). The plastic buckles break in two different places (based on having two old version collars in three years with my labrador). For both dogs, one size down was necessary, but you get those kind of sizing problems even with shoes, no need to reduce my rating for something as petty as that. Sorry, I commented twice but I did make two purchases, and the product deserves the good comments.

    I trust them for my beagle, and labrador

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Through the generations of the headwater collar, this is by far the best; I know because I have been there. The plastic buckle has been replaced with a trustworthy metal one, and the band is also more substantial. It’s looks still outperforms the others out there, and the colors are true to their pictures on the internet. A few weeks ago I ordered two collars, and the metal buckle performs wonderfully, exceeding any previous expectations of the collars I have ever purchased. Buy them before August, a new model will be coming out.

    Life Is Ruff

      I bought this for my lab/boxer mix, here is what she had to say: "Woof." Needless to say, it did not fit her and wasn't what I thought it would be in person. It was a little too big for her even though I followed the size chart provided. Maybe she got smaller during transit? I also didn't notice the little flower details on the side so that was off-putting.. I got the green color, which was exactly as pictured but that flower just wasn't our jam. Other than that it seems like it would be a good collar that would last a long time since it isn't made of a cloth like material, so chances of clingy odors and discoloration is very low.
      For additional questions, please feel free to call or email me directly.
      Karisssa Lamb

      Too big

        The materials quality is great, sadly even the small one is too big for my dog (miniature schnauzer ). I didn't measure it hoping it would fit, but I should have known better

        Great for summer

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Switched to this collar because my dogs regular collar was getting really stinky with her being in and out of the water all the time and so far I love it! It fits really well, the pink is a great color and it is really easy to keep clean. Also, it is dry within seconds so you never have to worry about the stink like you do with a fabric collar.

        Durable No Stink Collar

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        My 45lb GSP seems to be just fine with this collar. Her neck measures size small towards her head but a size medium towards her torso so we went with a size medium and it fit great. This collar doesn't get stinky after grass slides, water adventures, and it doesn't accumulate any of her short hairs inside the webbing like other cloth collars do. We have had this Crux buckle model and the plastic model and both are fine- the Crux buckle makes her look more fancy when she isn't digging holes but its also more difficult to take off than the plastic buckle model. It helps to leave the collar in the sun for a few hours when first receiving the collar to loosen the collar up and not feel so stiff. I'm sure I'll get more of these collars in the future when our next pup comes along :)

        Two paws down

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        We got this for our new dog as she's an avid swimmer and our first dog loved his Headwater collar (the old version).

        I was excited by the new crux buckle system and thought it would be superior to the old version. However I have to say I'm not impressed and nor is our new pup. The old plastic buckle is more adjustable, lighter, and less stiff.

        The collar is clearly well made and Ruffwear has paid attention to detail per normal (like adding a hole for tags, the tag silencer, quality of fabric, reflective trim, etc) but it still has a few issues regarding stiffness and sizing (likely linked in that if it was properly sized it may not feel so ridiculous on the dog).

        I measured our dog's neck to be 14 inches which is directly between two sizes so I ordered up figuring I didn't want to be on the last hole. Unfortunately even the smallest hole was too big for her and was super loose on her neck. If you're in between sizes I would suggest sizing down. If I had measured INCREDIBLY tightly to her neck that may have also helped but that's not the proper way to measure for a collar!

        Within 24 hours of it being on her she started scratching at it constantly - I believe this is due to the bulk and stiffness of the collar as we had washed it to ensure any factory residue was gone. At this point I knew this collar just wouldn't work so I threw the old model on her and she's had no issues since then. It fits SO much better as it is more adjustable, lighter, and more flexible.

        We plan to try the new version on our other, slightly larger dog, to get a better feel and I'll update this once we see his reaction.

        Overall I'd recommend anyone who wants a headwater to compare this to the first version. I'm nabbing up a few of the old ones on clearance while I can!

        Thanks for the feedback Lauren and Doc!


          I bought this collar in a size Medium for my pug. His neck has a 15" circumference, the medium is sized 14"-17". Even on its smallest notch, I measure that the collar is 17", 20" on the largest. Which happens to correspond to a Size Large, even though the collar says Medium 14-17". So now I have to pay $7 to ship it back. I like this collar, but I need it in a real medium, and don't want to risk getting the wrong size again. Also, the description on the website labels the collar as being made of webbing. It's not, it's some kind of stiff rubber. Pugs have skin issues like mad, so this would have been perfect in the correct size.

          I ran into similar issues with sizing. You may want to check out the old version of the collar - I've had much better luck with that one.

          I also checked the Ruffwear website and it looks like the collar is made of webbing but the webbing is coated which is also what the description now says here on the backcountry site (not sure what it said before). The old model is TPU coated - not sure if this is the same or not.


          Collars & Harnesses
          Harnesses & Joring Systems
          Dog's Girth

          13 - 17in

          (33 - 43cm)

          17 - 22in

          (43 - 56cm)

          22 - 27in

          (56 - 68cm)

          27 - 32in

          (68 - 81cm)

          32 - 42in

          (81 - 106cm)

          Dog's Neck

          11 - 14in

          (28 - 36cm)

          14 - 20in

          (36 - 51cm)

          20 - 26in

          (51 - 66cm)

          How to Measure Dog's Girth:
          Measure around the widest part of your dog's rib cage.