When we think about spiky dog collars, we think about tough dogs. Or a teenager spending too much time at Hot Topic. Regardless, this doggy accessory actually has a pretty intricate history that’s got more to do with a dog’s vulnerability than its toughness.
Because, in case you didn’t know, spiked dog collars were made to protect our beloved doggy companions during their years hunting wolves for sport. For human sport, of course, but it was popular enough back then that people fashioned spiked dog collars from all types of materials.
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According to The Vintage News, a website offering interesting stories from the past and bringing it to today’s audience, the purpose of these collars was to protect the dogs when they squared off with wolves.
This was documented by Elizabeth Rassiga in her 2002 book, “The Story of Turkey” wherein she described a dog while on a trip to Anatolia.
“We shared the space with the last nomad Shepard to leave the high country pastures for the season. Three sheepdogs, a flock of 500 fluffy-coated sheep and a few goats accompanied him… The true guardians, however, were the ferocious sheep dogs.”
The spiked collar, predictably, also caused some inconvenience to the dogs, as some of these collars were made of iron and therefore prone to rust. Additionally, some dogs would usually feel the urge to scratch at the skin around their neck with their hind legs and cut their paws in the process.
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Nonetheless, it was a pretty common practice in many areas in Turkey, where some still fit their canine companions with spiked collars made of wood.
Dogs were still able to prove themselves worthy whether or not they had collars. Even after the next hundred years, dogs have remained loyal to their owners and thus source their bravery from there. Here is where some narratives deviate a little from the wolf-protection belief. Some people believe that some dogs “earn” the collars instead of being bestowed by it, usually when they are able to be their master’s favorite dogs.