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Next to a collar and a leash, a dog ID tag is one of the first purchases you’ll want to make when you adopt a new puppy. Even if your new furball is microchipped, you’ll still want to attach a personalized dog tag to their collar. Why? Should your pup pull a disappearing act, a dog ID tag gives that good Samaritan who finds them a quick and easy way to find you without a trip to the vet or animal shelter. Today’s dog ID tags range in shape and size, color and print, and even material.
Here, the best dog ID tags available for your pup.
Best Overall: GoTags Stainless Steel Pet ID Tag
These dog ID tags are made of polished stainless steel with a mirror-like finish that also offers the advantage of being stronger than aluminum. The made-in-the-U.S.A. dog ID tags come in nine different shapes (including classic rectangles and circles and cute bones and flowers) and two different sizes.
Whichever you choose, the tag has room for up to four lines of text on each side for a total of eight lines. In addition to your pup’s name and your cell number, consider adding any medical conditions or allergies. The engraving is a little light, so it's not a life-long investment, but the affordable price makes that an okay pay off.
Best Personalized: Murphy and Max Custom Pet ID Tag
Your pup has a unique personality that deserves a completely customizable dog ID tag to match. When you order a Murphy and Max dog tag, you can choose from eight different shapes or opt to have it created in the shape or your state or pay a little more to have it in a customized shape just for your pup.
The tags come in eight different metal types, including basic aluminum and stainless steel to nothing-too-good-for-your-pup 14K rose or yellow gold. Add on one of 75 images (think: camera, four-leaf clover, or smiley face) before finishing it off with a line of hand-stamped text on each side.
Best Metal: Red Dingo Bone Personalized Stainless Steel Dog Tag
With up to six lines (depending on the size tag) of durable, etched engraved text that won’t fade over time, you can rest assured that should your pup escape, it will be easy for their rescuer to contact you. The tag is made from sturdy, hand-polished and buffed stainless steel and the front features an enamel inlaid bone in one of 10 different color ways.
The tags are available in three different sizes. The small one measures 1 inch wide, with room for three lines of text; the medium is 1.3 inches in diameter with room for four lines of text, and the large measures 1.7-inches in diameter with room for six lines of text.
Best Durable: QALO Custom Silicone Dog ID Tags
Made of thick, multi-layered silicone, these dog ID tags from Qalo offer several advantages over traditional metal tags. For one, the material is super durable and won’t scratch; for another, it’s quiet, so there won’t be any clinking as your pet roams your house.
The tags are available in several colorful and cheery designs, including an ocean sunrise, a mountain in bloom, and a red, white, and blue shield. The brighter colors, while not reflective, will be easier to spot at night. The tags have room for up to six lines of engraved text.
Since the material is softer than metal, keep an eye on these tags to make sure it isn't in danger of ripping off of the metal ring.
Best Small: Quick Tag Small ID Tag
The smaller your pup, the smaller the dog tag you’ll want so that it doesn’t fly up and hit their snout or get in their way when they eat or drink. This small gold-tone bone-shaped dog tag from quick tag measures 1.375-inches by 0.75 inches and has room for up to four lines of text with 15 characters each.
Don’t like the bone-shape or gold hue? The brand also offers tags in everything from a classic chrome circle to a heart-shape with crystals. Note that the tags take a few weeks to deliver so order one stat.
Best ID Collar: L.L. Bean Personalized Pet Collar
Don’t want to risk a dog ID tag that has the potential to fall off? A personalized collar, like this one from L.L. Bean, gives you one less thing to worry about. Your pup’s name and your phone number is stitched right into the collar.
It’s available in sizes ranging from small to extra large. It also offers the additional advantages of being completely silent with nothing to jingle or jangle and it has reflective stitching for walks at night.
Best with Bluetooth: Pawscout Smarter Pet Tag
Keep tabs on your four-legged friend with this Pawscout Smarter Pet Tag. Its Bluetooth technology has a range of 300-feet from you or anyone else who has the free companion app installed on their phone. The tag is waterproof, lightweight, and has a six-month battery life.
Note that this tag isn't GPS-based, so you won’t be able to pinpoint your pup’s location, rather you’ll be able to tell if they’re hanging out in the “cone of safety” or if they’ve left your immediate vicinity. Should that happen, you can send out a lost pet alert and digital flyer to all the Pawscout app users, who then may be able to help you locate your pup before they have a chance to wander too far away from home.
Best Cheap: Providence Engraving Pet ID Tags
For a basic ID tag that doesn’t cost a lot, you can’t do better than these tags from Providence engraving. The aircraft-grade aluminum and anodized finish tags are lightweight so they won’t weigh your pup’s collar down. The tags are available in eight shapes, nine colors, and two sizes so you’ll find one that matches your dog’s personality.
These made-in-the-U.S.A. tags have room for four lines of CO2 laser-engraved text on each side and come with a stainless steel split ring so you can attach it to your dog’s collar. These tags can show a bit of wear and tear on them, so if you have a very active pup, these may not be the best tags for you.
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This article was written by Anne Fritz, who has been writing pet content for The Spruce Pets since 2019, including our picks for the best dog clippers and the best hands-free leashes for walking your pup.