Dog Spike Collars, Just For The Hard Boys?

Now and then I notice that an image ad is served up showing a Spiked Dog Collar. It all looks pretty cool but I wondered are Spiked Dog Collars safe for Dogs to be wearing. The Company that is the only one that I have seen with the ad is Imosh. Lots of heavy duty Leather Spiked Dog Collars that I thought looked pretty cool personally.

I wonder if these Spiked Dog Collars make controlling your Dog any more difficult. I assume that they are not razor sharp but would it interfere if you had to grab your Dog by its Spiked Collar? Maybe not. I guess there is a technique to it.

I am sure many of us have seen someone swaggering along with their Dog in a Spike Collar trying to make themselves and their Dog look menacing, but after looking in to it a bit there is a whole world of Spiked Dog Collars to be uncovered.

Collars with Spikes don’t have to be just about attitude. Many owners like to dress their Dogs in all manner of items, costumes, fancy designer Collars etc. A Spiked Dog Collar is probably one of the less intrusive decorative pieces you could put on your Dog. Anyway I introduce to you:

Pink Spiked Dog Collars

pink spiked dog collarAmazingly this is one of the most popular Dog Spike Collars. I was thinking it would be all heavy duty hardcore Black Spiked Collars for large Dogs, but no. It seems that a Pink Spiked Dog Collar is among the favourite.

It kind of negates the preconceived attitude that I, and I’m sure many others have. You know, the image of a Guy with his Pit-Bull, trying to give the poor breed a bad name by aggressive Dog Training and then staggering about with it, having no control, but still trying to look menacing.

Instead it seems more Spiked Dog Collars are sold to owners of small breeds who like spending money on their little cuties and dressing them up a bit.

Dressing Up Your Dog

Personally I am not a big fan of putting clothes on Dogs unless there is a specific reason for it. If the Dog feels the cold then I understand the need for something to keep it warm, but I can’t really understand the Fashion side of it. Clothes for Dogs just seems wrong to me. I don’t object to people putting clothes on Dogs if they wish, just so long as it doesn’t make the Dog uncomfortable.

Spiked Dog Collars seems one of the more minor ways owners like to add a touch of flair to their Bone Muncher. Is it wrong to want to put a decorative Collar on your Dog? I see nothing wrong with it. Lots of owners like to spend a bit on a nice Dog Collar, why not a spiked one?

Don’t Buy A Spiked Dog Collar Just For The Attitude

spiked dog collar

Yikes! Looks like a real Danger!!!

As with so may things, some people spoil it for the rest. People Training Dogs to become aggressive means that certain Breeds end up with bad reputations. It is these type of people who give what can be a decorative item on a Dog a bad reputation as well. Many Dogs look good with a bit of colour around their necks. A Red Collar always looks god on a black Dog. Not sure any of my three would look good with a Pink Spiked Dog Collar though! Especially as Faye still has the bad habit of trying to grab the other two Dogs by the Collar whenever she gets excited.

Hmmm, I may actually have solved the problem as I write. Maybe a Spiked Collar for the two victims would stop her from grabbing their Collars.

The Misuse Of Spiked Dog Collars

The unfortunate side of these decorative Dog Collars is the misuse of them. Browsing the Web I was dismayed to find so many stories of Spiked Collars (not Pink ones) being put on Dogs for fighting purposes. Homemade Spiked Collars, or bought ones I am not sure, but they were used as a defense for fighting Dogs. Certainly not a use they should be put to.

Just another sad part of the world of Dogs and their owners. I think I prefer the idea of a Chihuahua (I never spell that right without spell check) in a nice Pink Spiked Collar.

I am always amazed at the many different Dog accessories there are available, and also at the vast sums of money owners spend on their Dogs, and this, for me at least, seems one of the milder forms of showing off your Dog.

Spiked Dog Collars – The Controversy. Grrrrrrrr

There is an awful lot of controversy over these Collars. For some they are an absolute no. Seen as dangerous to both the owner, if they have to grab the Dog, and also to other Dogs that may encounter a Dog with a Spiked Leather Collar.

I can see it may be difficult for the owner to grab the Collar easily, especially if the Spikes are hard, but as for other Dogs here are my thoughts.

You should have your Dog under control. If your Dog is the kind of Dog, Spiked Collar or otherwise, that is going to be fighting or attacking other Dogs then the owner needs to keep it under control.

Alternatively, Dogs love to play. My three Dogs are always playing rough and I think any metal on their Collars could cause harm to the others when things get rough. it would certainly need to be removed when they are in the House. I would worry the Spikes would hurt one of the others or, at the least, cause some serious injury to the Sofa!

I also wonder if Spiked Leather Dog Collars would be dangerous for the Dog when scratching? I am sure they are not razor sharp but it could still damage sensitive pads.

I would love to hear your thoughts. Do you own one, have you had experiences with them.

Are you tempted? Or do you think they are absolutely wrong to put on Dogs. Or are most of the Spiked Dog Collars, Pink or otherwise just being sold to Teenage Goths who like a bit of Leather and METAL.

Pink Spiked Dog Collar anyone?

May the Doggie Force be with you all.

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  1. Mary says:

    I think a spiked collar would be rather hilarious on my little Bichon Frise, but not if the spikes were at all sharp. That second picture in your story is scary. The dog looks so sweet and that collar looks so menacing, like it could really harm the wearer. People who try to make their big dogs look menacing shouldn’t have dogs.

  2. jan says:

    I have a small black spiked collar that I put on my Poodle stud muffin on occasion when we take a walk. It seems to give him attitude. I wouldn’t leave it on him for long because I think scratching his neck could be painful.

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  3. I love it when I see smaller dogs with spiked collars… Its awesome..

    As for hurting dogs I would think that the collar is smooth on the inside, so it’s basically like wearing your basic collar.

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  4. jones says:

    Well the owner should make sure that the dog dosen’t get hurt by that collar.

  5. Ross says:

    I don’t thinks there is a problem with spiked collars as long as they’re like the pink one. The one in the other picture looks a bit dangerous not only for the dog but for anyone that comes near it. I agree with Mary about how hilarious they look on smaller dogs.

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  6. Three Dog Blogger says:

    Mary, it really is a scary image. I can’t imagine why you would want a Spike Collar that would be so dangerous. It could kill someone by the looks of it.

    Jan, I am sure the “stud muffin” looks great in it.

    Black Labradors, I think it may be that if the Dog tries to scratch it could get caught on the Collar Spikes.

    Jones, I agree, but why put Spiked Collars that ae actually dangerous on your Dog.

    Ross, You are right. That last image looks really dangerous. What if you tried to grab the Dog, you could do yourself a serious injury.

  7. Jennifer says:

    My general policy regarding spiked collars (speaking from the perspective of a pit bull owner, rescuer, and advocate) is that people who have breeds that are already suffering from stigmas/stereotypes shouldn’t reinforce the stereotype via a spiked collar. So spiked collars are a no-no for pit bulls, Rotties, and Dobermans. A spiked collar on a “scary” dog is scary-looking.

    As for the little breeds and the so-called “family” breeds–no real opinion. They don’t suffer from the same image problems, and as mentioned by most of the commenters here, I think the majority of passersby would find it amusing and ironic, not scary. But I do think these collars need to be taken off and traded for something softer when not being actively used, because pointy metal studs aren’t the most comfortable or safest things to have around one’s neck.

    Jennifer’s last blog post..Green egg white?

  8. Dennis says:

    That pink collar looks cute but the other one is just terrible. Surely it would be illegal to have that on your dog.

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  9. Three Dog Blogger says:

    Jennifer, well said. Dog Spike Collars on Dogs with a bad name already can do nothing but hurt their image further. Especially if you have an owner with an attitude.

    Dennis, I would have thought it was illegal. It cedrtainly looks like it could do some damage. Now, a Pink Spiked Dog Collar is a different matter.

  10. Name says:


    The spiked blade collar shown in the picture with 4 prong spike blades coming out is a traditional collar for herd watching dogs or whatever I think from Turkey or something… They have a purpose, and are not for fighting the dog or whatever.

    I’m not 100 percent on the location but I know that’s what they are for. Dogs help us, they work for us, they please us. The world is chaos, we know nothing…

    Dogs are great but people take animal rights way too far. The same idiots claiming hitting a dog (not beating, hitting) is animal cruelty or that a dog left in a car more than 30 minutes (even with the windows all rolled down, water, food, toys, etc.) is illegal… ETC. These hypocrites are eating pork and beef that comes from factories where animals are tortured FAR beyond what a dog is in training or from being left in a car with adequate ventilation, or being tied up with a heavy chain etc…

    Get a grip, they’re DOGS! Dogs are resilient strong beasts. Idiots shouldn’t own dogs. Neither should ********. Give the dog a big spiked collar, a heavy chain, and punch that ****er the nose if he won’t listen (it could mean life or death for the dog not listening another time – NOT due to supposed cruelty, but from getting hit by a car, etc.) and bite his ear if he bites you! =)

    Know where to draw the line… Every dog is different. Use positive reinforcement on dogs that work like that and vice versa… Be smart and make your dog strong and serve a purpose they will love, give them confidence and strength, and let them live in happiness and die in peace… That’s the best we can do. A spiked collar is just another look, and can serve a purpose as well, there’s no definitive answer to such questions.

    I’m gonna go buy my sweet working dog a giant vicious looking spiked collar… And maybe figure out a way to get him tattooed… lol



  11. Three Dog Blogger says:

    Hi Anonymous,

    You didn’t have to hide your name you know, everyone can have their say (within reason). Thanks for re-submitting your comment minus the bad language.

    I was unsure what the purpose of the collar in the picture was for and still am really. It just looks very viscious.

    Good luck finding a suitable tattoo 😉

    Can’t say I agree with punching Dogs on the nose though. I am not judging you though but I do agree about the animal rights issues. If Dogs were treated like that there would be uproar.

  12. Tina says:

    I don’t agree that a spiked collar on a pitbull is a bad idea. The spiked collar is/was used for protection. I have a year old female pitbull and she wears her pink spiked collar all the time. It does not hurt her, or myself. Infact the spikes on it are pretty harmless unless you are a wild, rabid dog on the loose trying to bite my dog on the neck, you wont be hurt on it. I don’t believe in dog fighting, and I certainly hate the bad reputation and regulations on my breed of dogs, but I really don’t think my Lacey having a bright pink spiked collar makes her look mean… infact I get lots of compliments on how “beautiful” or “pretty” she is with it on. I suppose everyone is entitled to their own opinions, so heres mine. 🙂

  13. SgtRock says:

    The purpose of the large spiked collar in your picture posted here is for the ability of the Turkish Kangal Dog (dog pictured with the collar) to be able to protect it’s flock, along with other Kangals, and fend off predators, especially wolves. Those are handmade collars from craftsman in Turkey. There are different type of spiked collars, and all signify a different region of origin. Turkish Kangals are one of the fiercest GUARDIAN dogs on the planet. The stand and hold like Spartans! The are not however attack dogs, nor meant to be aggressive towards people. In fact Kangals (I own one) are probably one of the most human oriented and loyal dogs that have that kind of fighting ability. They also love other animals, including dogs in their ‘pack’, that they are familiarized with. And they love children, especially small children. Mine adores them. It’s their nature. They think on the fly, and can distinguish a threat (such as a stray dog or interloper, both animal and human) from something non-threatening very easily (such as a child, even a trespassing one). They usually go into fierce displays before attacking to give the interloper a chance to retreat. They are quite brilliant. Mine has learned to open doors with both lever sets and door knobs, and can also do double-cylinder deadbolts, just from observation. I encourage anyone reading this to read up on the marvelous history of this breed that dates back thousands of years and has remained relatively unchanged. They are from the Sivas region of Turkey, which was once Galatia (The Book of Galatians in the Bible) long long ago. Those collars are collectors pieces, usually by Kangal dog owners (I own such a collar), not for fighting and not to strut around da’ hood wanting to show off or intimidate folks, which would be just plain ignorant. It’s a show piece. A piece of history. My Kangal is family pet and home guardian. They are highly adaptable. If I had a flock, and a problem with predators, then I might consider arming them (note I used the word “them” as in plural, for I would surely own more than one if I had a valuable flock) with such collars. The collars are to keep their throats from being ripped open in battle. Although we do not have wolves anymore in Texas, we do have a massive feral hog problem, Russian hybrids that are very vicious, and coyotes with Canadian Timber wolf and canine genes that are very large and technically “hybrids” like the pigs as well. Plus mountain lions or “panthers” that are over 8 feet in length. Don’t think a Kangal can stand and hold against such odds? Yes they can! They are used in Namibia to protect flocks of domestic animals against Cheetahs *in order to SAVE the Cheetahs!* :^D

    Cheers! SgtRock The United States of Texas! Live free or die!!! Just say NO! to gun-control! LEFT OR RIGHT, Donkeys or Elephants – They DON’T HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO CREATE UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAWS OR TAKE AWAY OUR LIBERTIES AND RIGHTS UNLESS WE ALLOW THEM!!

  14. Three Dog Blogger says:


    Many thanks for such a thorough explanation. Very interesting indeed. They sound like very loyal Dogs indeed. It’s nice to have the history behind the breed and that collar in particular. Great comment.

  15. Calli says:

    Only on occasions would I put a spike collar on my dog. She’s actually the same breed as the picture you have up on this page with the long turkish spiked collar. The occasions would usually be an outdoor venture, mainly hikes in secluded areas. We have coyotes (and rarely rarely mountain lions) in the areas where I hike. From time to time I let her run around the mountainside freely, this breed of dog requires a lot of freedom. Its a piece of mind for me for her to have some sort of protection if she has any kind of encounter. I, by all means, do not encourage her to engage in some kind of altercation with other dogs or local wildlife, but her instincts kick right in if they happen to be nearby.

    Unfortunately from time to time a coyote makes it into the neighborhood where I live to get some water and maybe stalk some cats or small dogs. Just this week as I rode my bike with my Kangal back home, a coyote popped out of the gardened shrubberies on the sidewalk and attacked her. Before I knew it my dog got on top of it and the coyote eventually struggled free and ran higher in the shrubs…animal control was called and they took care of it. The coyote had been feeding on a cat carcass in the shrubs.

    SgtRock has said exactly what I have learned about Kangals over the years and I can concur with what he has said. But for certain dogs in the average American lifestyle, a spiked collar can be helpful but definitely not a necessity (unless you’re a shepherd, mountain man, etc, but thats not the average American). Tha Kangal program in Nambia is awesome too. What a grand way to save cheetahs, livestock, the shepherds bullets. In fact if you search “Kangals and tigers” there is a Chinese documentary that shows tigers and Kangals in the same pen. The Kangals fearlessly bully the tigers. But basically, the tigers have a “let the baby have its bottle attitude.”

    Kangals love kids to death too. My dog was sitting outside with me at the supermarket just sitting quietly watching people pass her by. When a 3 year old (with his mom) came up to her and petted her, my dog went into a guard mentality. When adult males walked near, she growled, when they got closer she would bark. I nearly dropped a tear of joy/laughter. What great dogs.

    So again, I don’t think spiked collars are a big deal as long as people use them appropriately on a dog they have control over. If there are any laws that prohibit such accessories on a dog its because a few idiots are using them when its not necessary. And in the eyes of the law, if there is any situation when a spike collar is not necessary then spiked collars are unnecessary in all situations…the law isnt going to sit around trying to split hairs over stuff like this.

  16. Three Dog Blogger says:

    Hi Calli,

    Thanks for a great comment. It is nice to know more about the breed and to see that they are so good with the right people.

  17. tanya says:

    Hi, I have a Siberian Husky puppy almost 11 months old. We were at the dog park and a BullDog decided he didn’t like my dog. He attacked and then 3 other dogs joined in. It was very ferocious and scary. It took 4 of us people to pull all the dogs apart, and one man had to forcefully pry one dog’s mouth off my dog’s neck. My dog was cowered and whimpering for quite some time afterward which he hasn’t done since he was very little. Later I noticed his rabies tag had been bent in half with teeth marks on it from one of the dogs. All I could think was what if that dog had a hold of his neck and not the dog collar and tags. I thought that maybe a spike collar might be what I need for the dog park. That way if any dog tried to go for his neck that forcefully, the collar would deter too much force. But then I worry about normal dog play. My dog is very active, friendly, and has many dogs there he plays rough with, but it’s all play. Could the collar hurt one of those dogs? And would the collar make an aggressive dog bite hard on a different part of the body instead? My dog also had a puncture tooth wound on his front leg. Any advice would be helpful. Thanks.

  18. Three Dog Blogger says:


    That sounds awful. To be honest anything that would be enough of a deterrent to other Dogs is also going to be a danger to Dogs that are friends and want to play. I know from experience that Dogs like to play rough and it could be dangerous if you get a spiked Dog collar that was pointy enough to deter other Dogs. I wish I could tell you what to do for the best but it sounds like the other Dog owners need more control over their Dogs.

  19. elias says:

    I live in the country and train for marathons. In the backroads were I live I get attacted or approached at least twice a week by a vicouse loose dog. I equip my full grown german shepard with a spike collar and a spiked vest. I also carry a small hand gun. Between the two of us we have made light work of dozens of dogs and even a loose bull that ran through a fence. I love my dog and will equip him and myself with anything that will give us an advantage if threatend.

  20. SgtRock says:

    Hi Elias, if you ran with a Kangal dog for your training you wouldn’t need to carry a firearm with you. LOL! Not that I think that it’s a bad thing for you to carry one. The governor of Texas carries a Ruger .380 LCP with a red laser. Gov Rick Perry shot a coyote that threatened him and his dog on a jaunt recently, much to the dismay of anti-gunner liberals. Sturm Ruger in a brilliant marketing ploy responded with a special Governor Rick Perry edition called the ‘Coyote Special’. 😀 Seriously though, I run and/or walk my Kangal on a leash every evening and I live in a very rural and wooded area of Texas. I have never once been threatened by ANYTHING! ROFL! At times though I have to dig my heels in to keep from skiing into the woods. Heh heh heh. Kangals have this amazingly docile, sweet and loving disposition. However, when threatened or when they alert onto something like a predator or stray dog, they do a breath-taking Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde transformation. The first time that it happens when they mature some, is simply mind-blowing. They are probably the closest thing to a wild animal this side of the domestic fence in canines. Few creatures will challenge such a beast. Not to take away from your German Shepherd or anything. They are wonderful dogs too! It really sounds like you have a loose dog problem where you are at. May I suggest a Taurus ‘Judge’ revolver? They shoot .410 shotgun shells and/or .45 Long Colt. Mix or match. Just the thing for feral hogs, yotes, wild dogs or whatever, even snakes.

  21. John says:

    Today my Doberman was attacked by two pit bulls. He got a scratch, one pit bull was unharmed, one pit bull was bloody. My doberman’s studded collar had saliva and blood on it. The collar looks good and it saved my dog from injury. I’m now looking for a studded harness for him too.

  22. Sunna Rós says:

    I have three spiked collars for my dog, I have a yorkie.
    One has just small spikes, doesnt even look like a spike, the second one has just 4 spikes and very short ones, and the third one has a bit bigger spikes.
    I almost always use the third one, my dog never hurts himself when he’s scatching 🙂 I dont see anything negative with that collar, except that he has more attitude with it and is cool 🙂
    He watches the house when whe’re not home, no one has ever broken in haha 🙂 !
    Im also getting a spiked harness for him, really cool!

    Like John said, Im getting my spiked harness cause of my dogs safety, he’s small and there are few dogs in my neighbourhood that are very agressive, because of them.

    I reccomand spiked collars and harnesses , as long as they are comfortble for the dog and the owner, and do not hurt the dog in any way 🙂

  23. Sunna Rós says:

    Im wondering what kind of collar do people use on dogs for protection??? (picture or link please)

  24. brianna says:

    I have 2 Pitbulls and a Dobermin pincher, againtst contrary belief my Dobermin is much more aggressive than either of my Pits. With their reputations I wouldn’t think of putting on a spiked collar on either of the Pits. I live in a small town and everybody that has seen them has been fearful at first but now they see from being around them that they arnt the vicious creatures they’re portrayed to be! I have a pink princess collar on my older female pit and a cute red 1 on my youngest who is black and white. People often comment how at first glance with their massive heads and muscular body they look scary but then when are around them more how cute and loving they are! My dobermin is just as adorable. None of them have cropped ears (personally I don’t think it’s right) nor docked tails. They are all very fun loving family dogs who don’t even know that they ARE dogs! They just know that they belong to our family. So before you put anything on your dog that may get certain reactions think about the dog first, they feed off of human emotions and can read us like books. They just want acceptance. Let others have a chance to accept them! 🙂 sorry if there is spelling issues, I did this on my phone and can’t really see the text for spelling errors!

  25. seamus says:

    the picture of the fawn colored dog with the black ears and such and with extreme spikes is a anatolian shepherd or kangal wearing a traditional protection collar from turkey ,these dogs are sent out on there own to protect flock from bears and wolves and it serves it’s purpose to protecting the dog from being bit in the neck by predators they are there to defend the flock .as for casual wear i would never put one on a dog for looks only protection but those spikes serve there purpose well on a turkish kangal akbash etc and i have a anatolian for security when i do wilderness hiking he does very well and wears one just as a precaution..

  26. Carla says:

    I have one Kangal and am about to accquire a second. My boy has proved to be invaluable at flock protection (in this case chickens) and i have even seen him pull crows from the air whilst out protecting his ‘girls,’ for the purpose of livestock protection I feel they have advantages over less discriminate baiting.
    As for dogs injuring themselves on their collars most working Kangals in Turkey have cropped ears to prevent damage from either their collars or more importantly from injuries or infections resulting from wild dog, bear and wolf encounters

  27. Robert says:

    Well, Spiked collars are to keep other animals from biting the dogs neck. If you live in a country with a strip mall on ever corner you probably don’t need such things, but in places where they still sheer sheep as a village event the spiked collars help protect their dogs from predators (mostly wolves). In America we wake up and find that our lab killed a gopher and dropped it on the porch as an offering. But if you were a freaking shepherd in, say, Turkey you might wake up to find your Kangal killed 3 wolves over night. Imagine waking up to a pile of dead wolves on your porch.

  28. not a dog abuser says:

    that looks really sharp if you want a spike collar get one with plastic spikes that are dull and cant hurt no matter what you do this collar is so stupid and dangerous for the dog whoever made this is a stupid idiot to think that a dog can wear this every one who thinks this is funny or cool is a bunch of animal abusers this collar is really sharp and that one person who said just make sure it doesnt hurt the owner is a real dog abuser and hope you go in in a hole somwhere where no one can find your body so you can recarnate into another life and be super miserable cause you dont care if this stupid idiotic collar hearts the dog then why dont you wear it then with spikes stabbing you in the neck how you would you make that feel you stupid idiot dog abusers it could poke him if he looks down and stab him in the eye or something you bunch of idiots who made this stupid idots you should just go die

  29. Pupperoni says:

    I have a doberman pinscher mix who sports a firetruck red leather spiked collar, snake chain, and 4mm chain leash because he has broken the plastic clasps on two collars and torn a fabric leash, he also has a crazy thick neck and is an expert puller. He is always very fancy looking and he’s a very cool dog and looks big and tough in his accessories because he’s a gorgeous dog and looks very good is a firetruck red collar with the shiny dull little studs on it. His accessories aren’t worn around the house aside from his choke chain which makes a good necklace to hold his tags and it isn’t as itchy as a collar, but outside he gets all his big boy stuff on and struts his stuff which is very good as we are two younger females living in a very bad side of town and he’s the friendlies baby who could melt your hear but he’s very good ant mushing and barking/screaming at anyone who’s being creepy when its late at night and one of us is just trying to have a cigarette on the porch. He very much keeps strangers away when they see a large dog mushing and screaming at them and he looks like he might break the chain he’s on, and he LOVES making a huge scene and he is rewarded with lots of treats for keeping weird people away, and once we come back inside he gets everything taken off and he’s back to rolling around with his stuffed hedgehog and sleeping with our tiny kitten. For me I love having a dog who looks loud and strong but is at the same time incredibly sweet and loyal, he makes me feel safe and looks really cool while doing so, but my tastes come from having large pitbulls in the family who normally wore leather and spikes and many family members owning harley davidson motorcycles, all the puppies were insanely sweet and it has always been about having fancy pups, and my baby’s wears also serve to be durable and give him a strong air to him while he’s on guard.

  30. Alissa says:

    We just got a spiked collar for my black Pomeranian chihuahua mix. My mom thought it would be a good idea encase another dog tries to bite her it would give her a little more protection. It also looks cute but the collar isn’t sharp enough to cut me when I pet her or when she scratches. But if your dog likes to rough play with other dogs I would worry about their eyes maybe. But it really isn’t much of a dangerous collar.