A good quality leather dog collar was becoming impossible to find, so in 2012 Corey and Ariane started Genuine Collars to combine Corey's passion for leather-craft with Ariane's keen interest and love for dogs. Eight years later in 2020, we rebranded to Genuine Canine. The urge to scratch the creative itch was impossible to resist.
Since the beginning, our focus has always been about premium quality, comfortable fit, and most importantly, durability.
In today's disposable society, quality is more important than ever. At Genuine Canine we take pride in sourcing only the best materials to produce quality collars and leashes for your canine companions, that are built to last a lifetime.
Our leathers are all full grain, which means it has not been corrected in any way beyond hair removal, allowing the natural markings and character of the leather to show, while conserving the most amount of tensile strength. As these leathers age they will patina beautifully and impart a unique character - a personality to the product - as truly unique as your dog.
The traditional tanning methods used to dye the leather have been handed down from generation to generation to accentuate the colour variations, character and natural imperfections in each amazing piece of leather.
Our buckles and other hardware are all sand cast from solid brass, selected for its durability and resistance to rust and corrosion which is especially important for water-loving dogs.
We use a bonded polyester thread, the same used to sew parachutes together, for our topstitch because of its superior strength and resistance to fraying.
All our leather edges are bevelled, burnished, and dyed. This prevents the edges from fraying over time, and make it more comfortable for your dog’s neck or sensitive skin, as well as giving you the most comfort in your hand while walking your dog with our leashes.
Together, these materials are combined with our superior craftsmanship and our classic and timeless designs to create the perfect collar for your dog.
It can take years of development to get a collar design to the point where it is good enough to launch as we examine every detail and run it through rigorous testing while seamlessly blending form and function.
Each one of our products is engineered for strength, performance and utility. Many of our tools and techniques are identical to those used in the 18th and 19th century by local saddle makers. We over engineer our products, which means we don’t cut corners just to compete with foreign imports.
We are proud to keep the traditions of the artisan craftsman alive. Everything we make is 100% handcrafted by our skilled leather artisans, using the best materials to create the best collars and leashes for you and your dog.