All About Tag Connectors

As you may have noticed, Canine Habits offers a wide selection and combination of tag connectors! 

Mini Rings - Why use them if they're less secure?

Several years ago I stopped using mini rings on my tags because of the number of replacements I was making because tags were falling off the larger ring. Customers stopped losing tags, but I started receiving new complaints. Despite explaining the decision to switch back to a single ring, I was told that the tags didn't hang as nicely.

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My compromise is offering both options, as well as several other connector options.

When is the 19mm or 25mm and mini ring the right combination for me?
  • If your pet's collar has a thinner d-ring (usually 1/2" or 3/4" collars)
  • If you have pliers and can twist the larger ring until the gap closes
What are all the available connector options?

They are the rings, hooks, clips, etc. that connect your tag to your dog's collar. Broken, bent, or improperly used connectors are the number 1 reason a pet's tag will go missing. Which makes choosing the right one very important!

dog id tag connector rings and s hooks

Top row: 25mm brass ring, 19mm stainless ring, mini rings in brass and stainless

Middle: Locking S-biner, 1-inch nickel silver tag, regular S-biner

Bottom: 25mm zinc s-hook, 19mm brass s-hook

 

The most secure options for tag connectors, in order of how unlikely it is you'll lose a tag, are:
1. S - hook attached directly to the tag
2. Locking S biner attached directly to the tag
3. S hook or S biner attached to a 19mm or 25mm ring attached to the tag
4. S hook or S biner attached to a mini ring attached to the tag
5. 19mm or 25mm ring attached directly to the tag

 

Options Canine Habits does not recommend:
1. 19mm or 25mm ring attached to a mini ring attached to the tag. This is THE MOST likely to result in a lost tag.
2. S biner attached to 19mm or 25mm ring attached to a mini ring attached to the tag. This option makes it way more likely that your tag will catch on something and get ripped off. 
3. S hook attached to 19mm or 25mm ring attached to a mini ring attached to the tag. Only slightly more secure than the above option.
Brass vs Stainless

Brass is a much softer metal and therefore is much more likely to bend. If you have had issues with rings bending in the past, I don't recommend using brass connectors. The exception to this is using brass s-hooks or 19mm or 25mm brass rings attached directly to the tag. They are still softer than zinc and stainless, but they are still great options for people who want brass tags with matching hardware.