You never know who you may meet at your local dog boutique. I recently stopped in George, a pet boutique in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights, for dog food and met Kate Cheng, one of the two women behind Dosha Dog, a fashionable line of quality collars and leashes sold at top pet boutiques around the country and abroad.
She stopped by to visit, as she often does, she later told me. When Cheng pointed out the gorgeous Dosha Dog collars in a display case and she they were her line, I told her I recognized them from Diggidy Dog, A Dog and Cat Boutique, my favorite pet boutique in dog fanatical Carmel-by-the-Sea. To fully understand the significance of this, you have to realize that Diggidy Dog has an overwhelming amount of collars and leashes on display. I’ve never seen anything like it in any boutique. Imagine a model trying to stand out at an open casting call and you get the picture. But Dosha Dog collars possess a little something extra, like a supermodel, so I remembered eyeing the stylish collection.
Cheng and Patty Chan, who met in a metal class at San Francisco’s Academy of Art, started the line in October 2007. Chan comes from a family with fashion jewelry warehouses in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Dosha is their dog.
“We came from a jewelry design background and also have a great passion for dog accessories, therefore we decided to incorporate and create beautiful dog collars and leashes embellished with gemstones,” Cheng says.
Dosha dog collars, made of genuine leather, are adorned with amethyst, crystal beads, turquoise, red jasper, fresh water pearls, rhondonite and other gemstones. Designed in San Francisco and produced in China, all of the products are 100% handcrafted starting from construction of the leather product to the intricate gemstone design work. It requires six hours for an embroiderer to sew on the beads to a single extra large beaded collar. The metal hardware on the collars are brass- and zinc-alloy based for durability and rust resistance. Many of the collars have matching leashes with gemstones and there are Dosha Dog harnesses as well.
In addition to Dosha serving as a model, there’s also co-founder Porky, a pug who has been around since the business started. Max, a schnauzer and terrier mix who was rescued from Rocket Dog Rescue, a San Francisco Bay Area dog rescue organization run by a group of dedicated volunteers, joined the gang in 2011.
The trio have quite a selection of collars from which to choose, all branded with the signature Dosha Dog tag. Chen says the most important thing in choosing a collar is the fit followed by a design that reflects the dog’s personality.
Dosha Dog collar options
There’s a Dosha Dog collar for every dog. Starting prices range from $16 to $120 with prices escalating as the size does. Among the 14 collections are:
- Beading: For the bold bowser, handsewn beads on leather, such as beaded yellow jade and picture jasper semi-precious stone beads; collar $50, leash $70, harness $64/$120
- Diamonds: For the dapper dog, diamond faceted rhinestones and gems on colored collars; collar $58, leash $72
- Pebbies: For the petite pooch, round gemstones on colored collars, such as amethyst on yellow leather; collar $44, leash $54
- American Dog: For the patriotic pup, a red, white and blue motif, such as blue sand stone and white cat eye cabochons on red leather with brass star studs; collar $42, leash $52
- Happy Camper: For the hip hound, whimsical shapes and colors that shout, “I’m happy having fun!”; collar $40; leash $50
- Rock & Roll: For the rock star Rover, semi precious pyramid shaped stones and a dash of brash; collar $58; leash $72
“We always try to create designs that are original and different from what’s out in the current market,” Cheng says. “We also pay attention to current fashion and we listen to what our customers suggest.”
I was so impressed with the collection that I used a Dosha Dog leash to walk my pooch Lucy in Haute Dog SF3, a doggie runway show that takes place annually at the San Francisco Design Center. The Pebbies leash, gray leather with faceted Hematite cabochons ($54), complemented her dazzling Diamonds in the Ruff Ruff sequin and feather cocktail dress.
Whether your four-legged friends is modeling in a doggie fashion show, taking a stroll through the neighborhood or socializing at your local dog park, Dosha Dog collars and leashes are perfect. In addition to the U.S., Dosha Dog products have been sold in over 20 countries. To shop for Dosha Dog collars and leashes, visit the website or a store near you.