The Ultimate Guide to Bandanas for Dogs and How to Choose the Best One

What is a Bandana and Why do Dogs Wear Them?

Bandanas are a type of neckerchief that is worn around the neck. Dog owners often buy them to protect their pooches from cold weather and to identify them. Not to mention, they look adorable and make a fashion statement.

The bandana is a versatile accessory that can be worn in many ways, including as a scarf, headband, belt, or necklace. This article will discuss how and when to wear it for dogs and share some fun bandana ideas for dogs!

Are There Different Types of Dog Bandanas?

Dog bandanas are a great way to show off your personality and style while keeping your pup safe and protected. There are many different types of dog bandanas, so you can find the perfect one for your dog.

The most common type of dog bandana is the basic cotton one that is often found in most pet stores. These are usually very affordable and come in a variety of colors and patterns. The cotton material makes it easy to wash and dry which means you don't have to worry about it getting dirty or stinky too quickly. Additionally, cotton is a natural fiber; it is comfortable and will not irritate your dog’s eyes or nose! Patterned bandanas can be fun for your pet to wear around their neck. They come in an unlimited number of designs and can even be customized.

Our best advice for washing a bandana: machine wash cold on delicate cycle or hand wash. Air dry.

Our bandanas are hand-crafted and sustainably made with the help of our very talented artisan friends from Guatemala. Created from hand-dyed and loomed ikat fabric, our Bandit is perfect for those crisp early morning walks.

Patterned dog bandanas have a more fun look to them, and are perfect for dogs (and their pet parents) who love attention. They come in a variety of colors and patterns so there’s something for everyone! Our designs come in all kinds of prints, from watermelon to camo, from plain colors to denim, and everything in between. What’s your favorite one? Let us know:

How to Choose the Right Size of Bandana for your dog?

There are many different types of bandanas available in different sizes and colors.

At Gone to the Dogs, we are always available to answer questions and help you pick the right design, and size for your adorable pup!

Here's our sizing model:

Size Measurements
Small Up to 12.5" neck circumference.  Height:  7.5" top to point
Medium Up to 17" neck circumference.  Height: 10" top to point.
Large Up to 22" neck circumference.  Height: 13" top to point.
Here is how to determine the neck circumference. 

What to Look For When Buying a Dog Bandana

A dog bandana is a great way to show off your pup’s personality, and it can also serve as a personalized leash or collar. When you are looking for the perfect bandana for your dog, there are a few things to keep in mind.

The first thing to consider is size. There are many different sizes of bandanas available, but it is important that you get the right size for your pup. Bandanas come in both small and large sizes, so it is important that you measure your dog before buying one.

Another thing to consider when buying a dog bandana is the material. Dog bandanas can be made from cotton or polyester, so it's important that you pick one that will be comfortable for your pup while still being durable and easy-to-wear. Not only does it provide protection from the sun, but it also helps them stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The best part about this accessory is that you can find one that's made with sustainable materials. This ensures that your pup can enjoy their bandana for years to come without any harmful impacts on the environment.

When Can a Dog Wear a Bandana?

Different occasions call for different types of bandanas for dogs. For example, a birthday bandana for dogs would be appropriate at a party or even a gotcha-day. Halloween is another occasion when bandanas are appropriate for dogs!

A Christmas bandana could be given as a gift to your favorite pet or to a friend’s doggo during the holiday season.

Some of our bandanas are made in Guatemala by a community of artisans. Your purchase provides vital income to the women in their programs who rely on handloomed and sewn goods production work to support themselves and their families. Read more about the women who made your bandana here.

Others bandanas are made in New York City by a community of makers at Custom Collaborative. Your purchase provides vital income to the women in their programs who rely on sewn goods production work to support themselves and their families. To read more about the women who made your bandana click here.


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