What Do Different Colored Collars and Leashes Mean?


Different Colored Collars and Leashes

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Do you ever wish that people came with warning labels? Like, “Hasn’t Had Their Coffee,” “Doesn’t Play Well with Others,” “Generally a Nice Person” and so on? That way you know who to chat with at the store waiting in line on a slow cashier and also know who to avoid because confrontation is inevitable.

Well, people don’t have those labels yet, but there is a way to tell a dogs personality by their collars.

There are now different colored collars and leashes for our dogs. These help us know which dogs welcome affection and attention, have special needs, or are anxious about strangers or children.  While as dog owners it is still our responsibility to make sure our dogs are in  simple glance at the color helps others know how to interact with your dog. 

What do the colors mean?

Red: Dogs should be approached with caution.

Orange: Dogs are friendly toward adults and children, but they are not good with other dogs.

Green: Dogs are friendly toward people and other dogs.

Yellow: Nervous or anxious dispositions or if stated on the color it can also mean up for adoptions.

Blue: Dog in training or is a working dog.

White: This dog has hearing or sight problems or may be completely deaf or blind.

What I really love about these codes is that you never know what dog is friendly or not. People tend to think larger athletic dogs are not always friendly, especially those which are erroneously called the “bully breeds.”

Pit bulls, Staffordshire terriers, Doberman pinschers, and Rottweilers, to name a few, are often considered to be dogs you would want to stay away from.

From my personal experience some of these dogs were the sweetest I’ve ever met, while other smaller dogs were more aggressive. You can never tell a dog’s disposition from the breed alone.

So next time you see a dog with a different colored collars and leashes, remember it may be a message. Or if you have a dog that is out and about often, you may want to invest in one of these collars. It can only help you and your dog better relate with the people you encounter.