Julius-K9 started as a small, Hungarian family business in 1997, and since then, they sold more than 7 million products - many to police units and for service dogs. They are also one of the few companies that do extensive testing on their products and conduct researches to understand better what works best for the dogs.
When I was first looking at this set on the website, I wasn't particularly excited. I mean they look good, but they didn't seem to be anything special. Well, I was wrong! I love them in real life! They are simple but look so great on Mia and they are also really durable!
The collar is a flat type collar with a buckle but they designed it in a way that you have to put the buckle through the ring. The reason behind this is to put pressure on the material of the collar instead of the buckle when the leash pulls it.
This collar comes in only two sizes: small (Length: 27-42 cm (10.6-16.5 in) width: 20 mm) and large (Length: 39-65 cm (15.4-25.6 in) width: 25 mm). Mia was on the border of the size ranges, so we tried both. The large one is maybe a little too big, but the wider collar looks great on her.
One difference between the sizes is that in case of the bigger collar if the buckle would open, it would still get stuck in the ring first so you would have enough time to get a hold of your dog. The con of this is that you also have to struggle a bit to put the buckle through the ring when removing it or putting it back on the dog.
The size of the buckle and the ring is a little different on the smaller collar: it's much easier to put the buckle through the ring. I had one issue when using the small one: on a freezing, windy day when the temperature was around -15 Celsius (5 Fahrenheit), I wasn't able to release the buckle when we got inside after a long walk. After 20 minutes, the material warmed up, and I could open it without an issue. I contacted Julius-K9 about this, and apparently, they got this feedback before and fixed it for the products currently in production. I have to say I was surprised that they also test their products in the freezer and they only have problems with 0.5% of their products.
The material of the Color & Grey leash is hard to describe, I wish I could put a sample here that you could touch. The leash is made with a durable textile material but also has rubber threads woven into the material. The rubber threads ensure that the leash will not slip out of your hands. I like that the leash is more stiff and firm than the usual ones, it doesn't get tangled around the dog's legs, and it doesn't feel wet even when walking in the rain. It doesn't really get muddy either and after some time of using it, it still looks completely new.
The leash has a nice and strong carabiner which doesn't look scratched at all as many does after a few weeks.
Looks like an unimportant detail but I always appreciate when they put a ring in the handle of the leash so if you walk somewhere off-leash, you have the option to easily put it over your shoulder.
This leash comes in five beautiful colors, in two widths, in many different lengths and with or without a ring in the handle. For training purposes, there is even a version without the handle and another one where you can adjust the length.
You can buy all their products on their website and can probably also find retailers and stores in your country.