The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
Agitation collars are very wide - usually 1 1/2 to 2 inches wide, sometimes padded, sometimes with a handy-dandy handle sewed on - they are used for protection work, to encourage the dog to pull on the line; the wider collar won't choke them like a regular collar. Since they only wear it for training, the collar wearing down the fur is not a concern.
Fur savers do indeed prevent the fur from being worn down - but the links can catch and the collar works like a choke collar, so not something I would use unless the pup was supervised.
The rolled collars are nice on the fur - though I never had any issue with a regular flat collar, wearing fur down, either nylon or leather, as my dogs don't wear collars in the house.
I'd just get a collar that you like - Saber will outgrow it soon anyways!
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Rottweiler/Hairy Dog mix?? 2004-2015