Dog Accessory Reviews

RUHA Leather Collars: For Sophisticated (& Silly) Dogs

Our Golden Retriever Harley wearing his new leather dog collar from RUHA!
Written by Rachael Sando


RUHA leather makes custom laser engraved dog collarsThe Invite

Recently, I was sent an invitation in the mail. I know that it was for me because it said for sophisticated dogs only.

Harley's Dog Party Invitation to an exclusive New Year's Eve event!

The invitation also clearly stated that the party was “dress to impress”. If there is one thing I hate, it is to be underdressed or overdressed. Careful consideration was required. After searching through my wardrobe I came up with what I thought was an excellent black tie option.

Our Golden Retriever Harley modeling his dog formal wear - a dog tuxedo bandanna and a top hat!

Our Golden Retriever Harley wearing hes dog tuxedo bandanna from our wedding!

Wink, Wink-Hello Ladies

I started to feel nervous as I waited for my ride to the party and decided that perhaps something a little less flashy might be more appropriate.

Harley sporting his fancy dog tux in preparation for a New Year's Eve Celebration!

Its then that I realized that I already had the perfect accessory, my RUHA Collar.

RUHA Leather Dog Collars are laser engraved with your dogs information! Read the official MyDogLikes review!


I was contacted by RUHA to see if I was interested in trying out their custom leather dog collars. After a quick glimpse of what they had to offer, I just knew this was the staple my wardrobe was missing something every dog would be interested in…

Of course I’d like to give them a try!

RUHA was kind enough to send me a collar to review and is offering a giveaway for one of our lucky readers!

Our personalized RUHA Leather Dog Collar. The collar is laser engraved and absolutely beautiful!

RUHA-Dedicated to the Craft

RUHA Co-Founder Tom Rundberg and his brother Peter James have been manufacturing high quality custom leather goods for decades.  You name it:  Sandals, purses, belts, jackets – When it comes to leather, they have done it all!  And they have been displaying and selling these hand crafted goods in their own stores for many years.

Enter Debbie Halferty-The HA of RUHA Leathers-She brought her background in design to Tom’s manufacturing operation and completed the RUHA team.

RUHA manufactures a variety of custom leather products. Visit their product builder to see how you can personalize dog collars, key fobs, bag tags and more!RUHA is a family owned company based out of Southern California, specializing in custom laser engraved leather products. Now, Tom and Debbie’s focus is on RUHA and their unique line of leather accessories.

That’s right, I said LASER ENGRAVED!

Pretty cool, right?

Currently RUHA offers 3 different products:  leather dog collars, leather bag tags and leather key fobs.

You will be shocked to learn that I chose the dog collar!

On their website you will find a product builder where you can enter your own text and select various images to be engraved onto the leather.

RUHA has a convenient product builder to design your very own custom dog collars!

You will even see a live preview so you can make changes as you wish!

With RUHA's online product builder you can design your very own personalized dog collars!

Worried about making a mistake? Don’t be! RUHA guarantees that each order will be handled individually, and your text and graphic choices will be set to optimum size and placement.

A Brouhaha about RUHA-ha Collars

RUHA also offers completely custom designs.  This means you can send them your own design or even photograph to be laser engraved onto their leather products!

Our Golden Retriever Harley wearing his beautiful RUHA Dog Collar. These leather dog collars are laser engraved and very durable.

Here’s the kicker…

RUHA Collars:

  • Are made in USA
  • Are made of leather that is 100% full grain, vegetable tanned cowhide – eco-friendly!!
  • Use nickel-plated metal hardware.
  • Are durable and easily maintained.

Never get lost in the crowd…Literally

Each leather dog collar is permanently laser engraved with the chosen design, dog’s name and contact information. Noisy metal tags are a thing of the past (no early morning wake ups-woo hoo) because your information is engraved on the collar; guaranteed not to fall off. If you ever get separated from your human, this is the collar you want to have on!

Our beautiful 8 year old Golden Retriever Harley.

My Thoughts…

  • Aesthetics – I am a sophisticated dog. Since this collar came in the mail, I have been wearing it every day. In my opinion, my RUHA Collar is like owning a good suit, it doesn’t go out of style. While I am a sophisticated dog, I am also multi-dimensional and need to be flexible, easily moving between my many social engagements…children at the playground, a roll in the snow/grass, and celebrations with friends and family. I don’t have time to change between collars that are only fancy or only durable.

Our Golden Retriever Harley wearing his new leather dog collar from RUHA!

Lucky for me, my RUHA Collar is both. I can’t say enough about the beauty of my RUHA Collar. It’s red color is beautiful and bold; it really pops against my golden fur. I was able to customize my look with a design that was unique for me. I chose the Gatsby Design, clearly.

RUHA makes beautiful custom leather dog collars. These collars are laser engraved and high quality.

  • Durability- I have been wearing this collar every day for over a month. Mom keeps saying she can’t believe how it looks brand-new still. (These pictures were from just the other day). I keep reminding Mom that I have impeccable taste and only pick out the highest quality products to review but I must admit that I am impressed with its durability. I have done a little bit of everything in this collar including but not limited to: rough play with my dog friends, aggressive napping, and daily walks (which may or may not include repeated rolls in the snow and grass).
  • Customer Service-Mom took care of most of this. We used the easy Dog Collar Builder on the RUHA website to design my beautiful creation. I dictated and Mom typed and clicked accordingly (you know, fine motor dexterity is not a strength of mine).  We thought that we had run out of room and abbreviated our street name and wouldn’t you know it, someone emailed Mom and asked what she wanted it to say. Now that is going the extra mile to ensure that we are getting the very best!

At MyDogLikes you will find hundreds of pictures of Golden Retrievers!

  •  Snooze-ability-I added this category because I consider myself a highly proficient napper. Sometimes uncomfortable tags can get in the way of an optimal nap.When I am chasing the squirrels (and catching all of them) in my sleep, the jingle of my tags can wake me up before I have gotten all of my beauty rest. I also love the fact that I can sneak up for an unsuspecting kiss or pet from my family!

Make sure to check out these cool dog collars from RUHA - these leather collars are customized and laser engraved!

  • Ease of Use-Because I am sophisticated, I sit calmly for my collar to be attached. I know that it is important for my safety and well-being…not to mention my general “look”. Charlie on the other hand is such a wiggle worm and as a result, out of ease, Mom has decided to primarily buy dog collars that have quick release buckles. Mom had some trepidation that the collar had a standard buckle, but I am not Charlie and knew this would not be a problem. Mom had to put a little bit of elbow-grease into it when putting the buckle tongue through the leather for the first time. Luckily, she did not try to do this while it was around my neck. After the first time, it was secure, but could come on/off in a flash if needed.

Charlie thinks a dog top hat is enough to get him into the exclusive dog party!

Charlie-You can’t wear my discarded clothing to the party. You don’t even match!

Our dog wearing a hat in order to enter the fancy New Year's Eve party!

Overall: I would recommend RUHA collars to anyone with a dog, sophisticated or silly. Not only are they durable, I have been wearing mine everyday for over a month and it still looks brand-new, but they are beautiful! There is no jingle of metal tags and all of my identification information is permanently engraved in the leather (in case my humans ever lose me). The collar is slightly more costly than a typical cloth or nylon collar (ranging between $28-$36), but you get what you pay for and will not be disappointed!

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About the author

Rachael Sando

Rachael is a School Psychologist with degrees from the University of Rochester and RIT. Though a lifelong dog lover, this passion has taken on a new direction through the utilization of therapy animals in her day job. Charlie, our Golden Retriever, works with Rachael as a school therapy dog in a local primary school where he brings comfort and support to students and staff on a daily basis.