Leather dog collar and lead alternatives

Discover Barc London's vegan leather dog products 

Humans have used dog collars and leads for time immemorial, with these products tracing back to the days when dogs were first domesticated. Leather dog collars have long been considered one of the best choices for pets, largely due to leather's breathable properties, strength and durability. 

At Barc, we love animals, so it was important to us to create a product range that aligns with our core values. An alternative to leather collars and leads that was not made from animal skin, but able to offer the same benefits.

We thought Veganuary would be the perfect time to tell our customers more about our vegan range. In this guide, we discuss the differences between leather and vegan leather, and answer some common questions that should help you choose the right accessories for your pup.  



What is leather made of?

'Real' leather is made from the skins of different animals, including sheep, horses, cows, calves, goats etc. One of the most common types of leather is made from cowhide. There is also exotic leather which is made from the skins of snakes, crocodiles and ostriches.

Are leather collars bad for dogs?

No, leather collars are not bad for dogs. Compared to other materials, leather dog collars and leads boast a number of advantages. 

Is a leather dog collar comfortable? 

Yes, leather dog collars are a comfortable choice for dogs. They are not animal-cruelty free, but they are made from natural materials which makes them breathable and less irritating on dog’s skin. 

These leather dog collars and leads are also comfortable for human owners. They are smooth whilst also allowing for a strong and stable grip.

Can leather dog collars get wet?

Unfortunately, leather dog collars are less water friendly. When leather gets wet, the oils bind to the water molecules. These oils then get drawn out of the leather as the water dries and evaporates. 

That doesn’t mean that these dog collars can’t get wet. You just need to make sure that you properly treat the collar using leather conditioner or cream. 

At Barc, our vegan leather dog collars are water resistant, which means you can easily use them in wet weather conditions without having to treat them afterwards. To care for the collar and maintain its durability, wipe it down and pat to dry after each use.

What is the best leather for dog collars?

It’s always best to choose a high-quality dog collar and lead for your pup. You want to make sure that your dog is safe from harm when out on dog walks, and investing in sturdy dog walking accessories is the best way to do this. 

The best leather for dog collars and leads depends on your preference. There are lots of high-end, quality leather types to choose from, including vegan leather. 

What is vegan leather?

Vegan leather, also referred to as faux leather or pleather, is a term used to describe materials that imitate animal leather. This type of leather aims to offer the same qualities of real leather, the main difference being that it is made from animal-free sources. 

What does vegan leather look like?

Visually, there isn’t much of a difference between high quality vegan leather and animal leather. Many people believe that leather alternatives look fake, but nowadays, advancements in faux leather means this is simply not the case. 

What is vegan leather made of?

Vegan leather comes from animal-free materials. Commonly, vegan leather is made using polyurethane (PU leather) which is animal-cruelty free, but not necessarily sustainable. In recent years, developments in vegan fashion have led to more sustainable leather fabrics being created, using things like:

  • Cork 
  • Pineapple leaf fibers
  • Banana stem fibers
  • Apple peels
  • Mushroom caps
  • Recycled plastic

So, vegan leather can be split into two categories. The first is synthetic vegan leather, the second is natural vegan leather from plant alternatives.

Is vegan leather good quality?

As with real leather, vegan leather comes in different levels of quality. Generally speaking, animal leather tends to be more expensive than vegan leather. However, advancements in vegan leather have increased the overall quality of this leather alternative, making it harder to tell the two apart.

Is vegan leather durable?

In the early days of vegan leather, fabrics weren't really designed with durability in mind. Since then, the vegan leather industry has skyrocket, predicted to be worth $89 billion by 2025. As a result, vegan leather tends to be highly durable and long-lasting. 

Leather vs. vegan leather 

If you’re still not sure which type of leather is best for your pup, take a look at our table comparing the features of animal leather to vegan leather:



Vegan Leather


Animal cruelty free



Comfortable to wear

Not linked to the meat industry

Water resistant

High quality



What are the benefits of vegan leather dog collars and leads?

These leather dog collar and lead alternatives are able to offer many of the same benefits as products made from animals. The main advantages include:

  • Water resistant: Leather dog collars are made from natural materials. This means they are more porous and at risk of being damaged as a result of getting wet. On the other hand, vegan leather is water resistant and able to stay relatively dry. 
  • No smell of animals: Some people have reported that the smell of animal leather causes their dogs (particularly puppies) to be tempted to chew the collar. 
  • Soft and comfortable: Vegan leather is pliable and soft on dogs’ skin, enabling immediate comfort. On the other hand, some leather dog products take time to be worn in. 
  • Doesn’t use the skin of animals: ‘Genuine’ leather is made from the skin of animals. Although it may primarily exist as a byproduct of human consumption of meat, it has come from the slaughtering of animals (often in countries that do not have high animal welfare standards).
  • Creates less carbon dioxide emissions: Vegan leather produces less CO2 levels than cattle farming and animal farming.

Barc London's vegan range:

We want to give our Barc London family the peace of mind that their pups are wearing cruelty-free accessories, that look good and feel good too. 

Vegan goes far beyond food, and our range of leather dog collars and leads prove that animal-free pet products can still be of premium quality. Our vegan collars and leads boast strength and durability, with a  smooth leather and matte finish. 

What's included in the collection?

  • Collars 
  • City leads 
  • Extendable leads

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