What Is The Best Material For Engraved Dog Tags?

What Is The Best Material For Engraved Dog Tags

Ensuring your pet has an engraved tag on their collar is one of the best ways you can keep them safe.

If your pet goes missing or is separated from you for any reason a pet ID tag is a guarantee that if someone finds them they can contact you quickly and easily. For dogs, it is also the law. When out in public dogs in the UK must be wearing an ID tag with the owner’s name and address on. This is in addition to their microchip.

Many pet owners choose to include additional information such as a phone number, which is useful if you and your dog become separated on a walk. Many choose to add the dog’s name on their pet ID though this can lead to your pet being an easier target for dog thieves.

You should ensure your dog tag is attached securely to its collar, is made of a durable material and is engraved with up-to-date information. If you move home, getting a new pet ID should be near the top of your list of priorities.

But what is the best material for dog tags?

Types of Materials for Engraved Dog Tags

The majority of dog owners opt for metal tags. We will give an overview of some including their pros and cons.

Stainless Steel

A stainless steel tag is a low-cost, durable option that will last many years however active your dog is. It won’t corrode if they swim and it won’t scratch.


Aluminium tags are more lightweight than stainless steel, so might suit smaller dogs or puppies. However, as aluminium is a softer metal, so aluminium tags won’t be as robust as stainless steel tags.

Another option is anodized aluminium. This is a coated aluminium which is more durable. It is also available in different colours so you can match the colour of your pet’s tag to their colourful personality.


Sometimes used for a more luxurious dog ID tag; a solid brass tag is beautiful and ages well. It might not be the best choice for a dog that is always in and out of water. When it does get wet it is a good idea to dry it off as soon as possible. As brass is soft metal there is also the possibility that engravings will rub off and fade over time, although re-engraving is an option.


A high-end option for your pet tag that will also stand up to any wear and tear is titanium. It won’t rust or corrode and is straightforward to engrave.

What Material Should I Choose For My Dog’s Engraved Tag?

Choosing the right material for your dog tag is important to make sure it suits your dog’s personality, size and activity levels. For very active dogs especially those that enjoy swimming durability is key, so stainless steel is a great choice. For smaller dogs ensuring the material of the pet ID tag is light is important, so aluminium is probably the better choice for you.

As well as the material of the pet tag itself it is vital to ensure the split ring that attaches the pet tag to the dog’s collar is strong and durable.

Finally, it is essential to get the engraving done by quality engravers. Engraving machines that you get in pet stores create neat lines but do not always engrave to a depth that will last or endure rough use.

For high-quality engraving of your pet tags, get in touch with us at Furnells, London.

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