Dog Identity Tag Guide

Dog Identity Tag Guide

Choosing the Perfect Identity Tag for Your Dog: A Complete Guide

Are you looking for the perfect identity tag for your pup? Look no further! This guide has everything you need to know about choosing the ideal identity tag for your dog. 

At Noble Rhode, we understand that your dog's safety and well-being are of utmost importance to you. Join us as we explore tags and make sure your pup is always safe, stylish, and easily identifiable. Let's get started!

Importance of identity tags for dogs

Dog tags are more than an accessory for your pup. A visible tag on your dog's collar signals that they have an owner. It's a small investment that can make a big difference in keeping your dog safe.

Metal Dog Tags

You should give careful consideration to the material of your dog's identity tag. This affects not only the tag's appearance but also its durability. Metal dog tags are a popular option for active dogs. Let's explore some of their pros and cons.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel tags are durable and can withstand the elements. This makes them suitable for active dogs that love outdoor adventures. Stainless steel tags offer a sleek and polished look, making them a timeless option.


Brass tags have a classic appearance, with a warm gold color that develops a natural patina over time. They are durable and resist rust, making them a great choice for long-term use.


 Aluminum tags are lightweight and available in various colors. Aluminum is a softer metal but resistant to rust, ensuring it remains in good condition over time.

Method of Marking Metal Dog Tags

Laser Engraving

This type of engraving uses a high-energy laser beam to etch into the surface. The power of the laser and the quality of the metal determine the depth of the etching. 

Rotary Engraving

Rotary engraving uses a tool to remove material creating an impression on the tag. This produces an etching that is felt when rubbing your finger over the surface.

Hand Stamping Metal

Metal stamping is usually created by hand, not a machine. Metal stamps are individually aligned on the metal and struck with a hammer. This force makes a clear impression on the metal. 

Alternative Materials

Dog ID tags are made from a variety of materials. Although these will not be as durable as metal. Let's explore some alternatives to metal tags.


Plastic is a cheap option for your dog's ID tag. This material is lightweight and quiet, especially if you use multiple tags. Plastic dog tags are not made to last long term and will easily scratch and cannot stand up to chewing. 


Leather dog tags are a popular choice if you are looking for a silent dog tag that’s a little more durable than plastic. Yet, they are not suitable for dogs that like the water or tend to chew their dog tags.


Silicone tags are a modern option for those looking for a lightweight and silent dog ID tag. These tags are soft, flexible, and comfortable for your dog to wear. 


If you are looking for a high-tech dog tag, QR codes and GPS tracking tags are becoming popular.

Choose a material for your dog's identity tag that can withstand your dog's daily activities and remain readable for years.

Choosing the right size and shape of the tag

The size and shape of your dog's identity tag play a significant role in both its functionality and aesthetics. Here are some tips to help you choose the right size and shape for your dog's tag.


The size of the tag should be proportionate to your dog's size and the size of their collar. A tag that is too small may be challenging to read. A tag that is too large can be uncomfortable for your dog. See the chart below for the ideal tag size based on dog size. 

Dog ID tag size chart.


Identity tags come in various shapes, including circles, squares, bones, hearts, and more. Keep in mind that certain shapes may be more prone to getting caught on objects. And sharp edges may be uncomfortable for your dog. 

Thickness and Weight

Additionally, consider the tag's thickness and weight. A tag that is too thick or heavy may be uncomfortable for your pup to wear. While a tag that is too thin may not be durable enough to withstand your dog's activities. 

Securing the Dog Tag to the Collar

Once you've chosen the perfect identity tag for your dog, ensure it stays securely attached to their collar. Here are some tips to help you keep your dog's tag in place:

Use a split-ring

When attaching the tag to the collar, use a split ring or a keyring. These types of attachments are more secure and less likely to come undone.

Choose a sturdy collar

Opt for a collar that is well-made and fits securely around your dog's neck. Your dog's tag should be attached to the D-ring on the collar. Use care when attaching the leash to ensure it is clipped to the D-ring, not the ID tags split-ring.

Check the tag's attachment

Periodically inspect the tag and split ring. Ensure the tag is still securely fastened to the collar. Over time, a split ring or keyring may loosen, so it's important to replace them if necessary.

Information to include on the tag

Strike a balance between providing enough information and ensuring your safety and privacy. Here are some essential details to consider including on your dog's identity tag:

Your dog's name

If your dog is in an unfamiliar environment it may be comforting for them to hear their name. This will also make it easier for someone to make a connection with your dog. 

Your contact information

Include your cell phone number so that you can easily be reached. Also, consider adding your physical address or email depending on your comfort level. Yet, most simply choose to include a phone number or two. 

Additional details 

Depending on the space available you can include additional information. If your dog is microchipped or has medical conditions are all things to consider. If the tag is not big enough this can also be accomplished with multiple tags.

Customizing your dog's tag

An exciting aspect of choosing an identity tag for your dog is the opportunity to customize it. This allows you to create a tag that reflects your dog's personality or your personal style. Here are some ways you can customize your dog's tag:

  1. Font and text: Depending on the type of tag you choose, you may have the option to select different fonts for the text. 
  2. Symbols or icons: Many identity tags allow you to include symbols or icons alongside the text. These symbols can add a decorative element to the tag. 
  3. Colors and finishes: Some tag materials offer a choice of colors or finishes. Consider the color of the collar hardware and accessories when picking the color of a tag.
  4. Add-ons and accessories: Some identity tags come with more add-ons or accessories. These are decorative charms, tag protectors, or even LED lights for night walks. 

Remember the primary purpose of the tag is to provide identification. Readability should always be a priority.


Where to buy identity tags for dogs

Consider the following options when shopping for your dog's identity tag. 

Pet supply stores

Local pet supply stores often have a dog tag engraving machine. This can work in a pinch if you recently adopted a dog and need a quick ID tag. But, usually, these are thin tags with shallow engraving that will wear off over time. 

Boutique Pet Supply Companies

If you're looking for a unique and handmade tag, consider purchasing from an artisan online retailer. These sellers often create quality custom tags and personalized details. At Noble Rhode, we offer dog ID tags in a variety of styles. 

Local pet events or markets

Keep an eye out for local pet markets in your area. Some vendors sell a range of pet-related products, including dog identity tags. This allows you to see the tags in person and speak directly with the sellers to find the perfect tag for your dog.

The seller's reputation, and the tag's quality, are all factors to consider when making your purchase.


Choosing the perfect identity tag for your dog is an important decision. Remember to ensure the tag always contains accurate and up-to-date information. Look for a tag that combines style, functionality, and safety. One that not only looks great but also gives you peace of mind that your pup is safe. 

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