9 Most Popular Tag Shapes for Pets and Industrial Tags

Not sure which tag shape is best for you? We offer over 160 dog & cat/ industrial tag shapes to choose from. Here are nine of our most popular shaped tags and just a few of their different uses.


fire hydrant dog tag

Style 173 – Fire Hydrant

1 3/8” x 1 1/16”

Shown in Stainless Steel

Uses include:

·       City or County Pet License Tags

·       Animal Shelter and Rescue Group Tags

·       Humane Society Tags

·       Dog Park Pass


paw print dog tag

Style 516 – Large Paw Print

1 3/8” x 1 7/16”

Paw Print logo on front included, stamping on back
Show in Green Aluminum

Uses include:

·       City or County Pet License Tags

·       Animal Shelter and Rescue Group Tags

·       Humane Society Tags

·       Promotional Tags



bone dog tag

Style 165 – Dog Bone

1 ½” x 1”

Shown in Red Aluminum (stamped logo sold separately)

Uses include:

·       City or County Pet License Tags

·       Animal Shelter and Rescue Group Tags

·       Humane Society Tags

·       Dog Park Pass

·       Rabies Tags

·       Promotional Dog Product Tags


round ID tag

Style 137 – 1 ¼” Round Circle
Shown in Stainless SteelUses include:

·       Valve Tags

·       Asset Tags

·       Survey Markers

·       City or County Pet License Tags

·       Dangerous Dog Tags

·       Promotional Tags

·       Tree Tags

·       Utility Pole Tags

·       General Numbered Tags



1" inch round tag

Style 85 – 1” Round Circle
Shown in Plain AluminumUses include:

·       Rabies Tags

·       City or County Pet License Tags

·       Animal Shelter and Rescue Group Tags

·       Utility Pole Tags

·       Keychain Tags

·       Survey Tags

·       Pet I.D. Tags



octagon dog tag

Style 221 – 1 1/8” Octagon
Shown in BrassUses include:

·       City or County Pet License Tags

·       Radiator/Motor I.D. tags

·       Office Supply tags

·       Rabies Tags

·       Office equipment markers




rectangle tag

Style 166 – ¾” x 1 3/8” Rectangle

Shown in Brass

Uses include:

·       City or County Pet License Tags

·       Serial number tags

·       Plate Tags

·       Asset Tags





oblong tag

Style 143 – ¾” x 1 ¾” Oblong

Shown in Blue Aluminum (stamped logo sold separately)

Uses include:

·       Key chains

·       Pet License Tags for cities and counties

·       Net license tags

·       Tree Tags

·       Rabies Tags



square dog tag

Style 187 – 1 ½” Square

Shown in Blue Aluminum

Uses include:

·       Kennel License Tags

·       Motorcycle license tags

·       Tree Tags

·       Cage Tags

·       Equipment ID Tags



Banded for Life

Do you and your significant other both enjoy bird hunting? Then incorporate your love of goose and duck hunting into your wedding with NB&T custom leg bands! Here are a few examples of how past customers have added bird bands and their love of hunting into their wedding.

Try taking your significant other hunting, and when they shoot a bird, run over to grab it for them and put your proposal band around the bird’s leg.

proposing with a duck band

(Shown – Style 1242-14. Duck band for mallards and other adult wild ducks)

Save The Date
Looking for a unique save the date? Try having “save the date”, your names and wedding date stamped on a bird band.

save the date duck band and goose band

(Shown – Style 1242-28. Large band for Geese, Canadian Geese, and Wild Turkeys)

Wedding Favor for Guest
Wrap a band stamped with your names and wedding date around the top of a bag of treats for your guest. Or set a band at everyone’s place setting.

bird bands for wedding

(Shown – Style 1242-28. Large band for Geese, Canadian Geese, and Wild Turkeys)

Share how you included bird bands at your wedding below!

NB&T Featured in NAGA News

National Band has been longtime supporters of the North American Gamebird Association where we advertise and regularly attend conferences. We are very thankful for this business relationship and are honored that they featured our company in a recent publication of NAGA News. 

View the full article here.

National Band & Tag Company: A Family Story of Loyalty and Longevity

NAGA Partner Spotlight  by Rob Sexton

Beginning at the 2017 convention in Gulfport, Mississippi, the North American Gamebird Association began to do a spotlight on longtime corporate partners of the organization.

NAGA has been blessed with several relationships with companies that service the gamebird business, and have supported the organization for decades. One of those companies is about two hours from where I live, just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, Ohio, in Newport, Kentucky.

National Band & Tag is located in the heart of Newport, a town of a bit more than 15,000 people that was settled in 1791. The company was founded 115 years ago in 1902!

The Beginning

The company has been located on Orchard Street since founder Joseph Haas moved his growing operation there in 1930. The company occupies most of an entire block now between Orchard and York Street, and has expanded several times over the years into a 90,000-square foot facility.

National Band & Tag makes identification bands and tags for all manner of animals including dogs, cattle, sea turtles and even shrimp! But the whole thing started with chickens. Today, it has become a popular trend in America to own chickens as people concentrate more on healthy living. At the beginning of the 20th century, however, owning chickens was a necessity for many people, and Joseph Haas was one of them.

SUNGLASSES to prevent poultry from pecking one another may no longer be in vogue, but National Band & Tag’s plastic pinless peepers are an extremely popular alternative.

Because so many people in the area owned chickens, flocks became co-mingled, many times resulting in confusion and sometimes tension with neighbors about who owned which chickens. Haas worked at a nearby screen door manufacturer, and asked if he could take home some scrap aluminum. He had an idea to make leg bands that would identify which chickens were the property of his family. And once he saw that they worked well, he had an idea that ID bands could be a profitable business.

In 1902, Joseph Haas purchased one press to give his idea a go. At the urging of his wife, Clara, he had an agreement with the manufacturer that he could return the press if the business did not take off. It nearly didn’t. One full year later, just after he had returned the machine, he received his first major order. He quickly reclaimed the press, and National Band & Tag, originally known as National Poultry Company, began to grow.

Sunglasses for Chickens

In 1939, second generation Haas, Fred Sr., along with his father, Joseph, crafted one of the most noteworthy products in the company’s history. While blinders to prevent chickens from pecking each other were already common, they invented red-lensed glasses for birds that filtered out the color red, which would normally result in chicken losses from pecking each other at the sight of blood.

The lenses pivoted to allow the birds to see their feed and water when they bent over, but fell back into place once a chicken stood up straight. While sunglasses for chickens are no longer in service, National Band & Tag continues to sell its plastic pinless peepers.

Loyalty and Longevity

ELEVEN HAAS family members currently
work at the family owned corporation.

Fast-forward to 2017 and the Haas family is still running National Band & Tag. However, it’s now the 4th and 5th generation of family members who work at the family owned corporation.

NAGA members have grown used to seeing Lan Haas, who serves as Vice President of Safety and Quality Assurance, at the annual convention. National Band & Tag has been supporting NAGA since 1995 when Eric Haas, (Lan’s father) started attending the annual conventions, and the relationship, now in its third decade, continues as the company purchased advertising in NAGA News in 2017, and will once again be exhibiting at the convention in Seattle in January of 2018.

The company operates more than 100 punch presses and employs 80 people, eleven of whom are Haas family members. Blood relation alone, however, will not get you a job at National Band & Tag. Family members are not sitting in offices overseeing the labor force. Each one plays a key role in the operation. Lan himself operated a press for six months so he could understand what employees were experiencing. Watching 100 punch presses running at once gave me an appreciation for Lan’s role as the head of safety.

I found a lot of shared values and work ethic between the Haas family business and the many family gamebird businesses that belong to NAGA. Much like the family farm, it’s family members who repair machinery when things break down. There are presses in operation today dating back to 1912. Family members work alongside factory supervisors to set up presses for different orders. Throughout our visit, we saw Haas family members on the factory floor, hands dirty, directly involved in the action.

The business is part of the fabric of Newport, and the employees themselves are like family as well. There are many employees who have been there for over 20 years and at one point three generations of the same family as well. Part of that company loyalty is a result of the work culture that has been handed down throughout the company history. There may be eleven Haas family members working there, but each one of them must serve an essential task for the company before the family board of directors will hire them.

ID Band and Tags Everywhere

manufactures many types of leg
bands, wing bands, dog tags, ear
tags and more.

As Lan conducted a tour for me and Daniel, we saw people producing many types of leg bands, wing bands, dog tags, ear tags and much more. Poultry represents about 25 percent of National Band & Tag’s annual sales.

In addition to birds, the company services other livestock including ear tags for cattle and sheep. It makes tags for wild turkeys and elk. And, it makes dog license and rabies tags for communities all over America. Universities use small animal ear tags made by National Band & Tag for lab animals including mice. Aquatically speaking, the company makes flipper tags for sea turtles and, as hard as this is to envision, it makes tiny eye-stalk bands for shrimp!

While the company has purchased manufacturing materials abroad in the past, National Band & Tag, like many other companies, found that American-made materials provide the dependable quality their customers rely upon. The customer is and has always been the key ingredient for the Haas family from the beginning. Customer feedback has literally driven changes in the product line over the years, and it continues to today, such as changes in the Pinless Peeper design made from feedback from NAGA members.

NAGA is grateful for the support it receives from corporate partners. Like National Band & Tag, the NAGA Board wants to hear from the members, and the staff wants to make changes to meet the needs of gamebird businesses as the years go by. Our trip to the little town that is literally in the shadow of the Cincinnati skyline showed me just one more reason why the gamebird industry thrives yet today.

View the full article here.

Federal Replica Bird Band Report

replica bird bands

Replica Bird Bands

Did you know, National Band & Tag manufactures federal bird bands used by the North American Bird Banding Program? The banding program is jointly administered by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Canadian Wildlife Service. They are headquartered at the Bird Banding Laboratory located at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Maryland. Every year, the Bird Banding Laboratory receives about 1.2 million banding records from Master Banders, and 87,000 encounter records from hunters and researchers.

After you have encountered a banded bird, you can report the band number online to the USGS. They will then send you a Certificate of Appreciation with your name on it, information about the bird, where it was banded, and where you encountered it.

certificate of appreciation

Reporting this information is important because the USGS will then relay the data back to the original bander for their research. Research can range from the population, migration patterns, harvest rates, species health, and more.

National Band & Tag has the approval from the Bird Banding Program to manufacture federal Replica Bands for those with a Certificate of Appreciation. These are exact replicas of the original federal band that you found on the bird. Authentic federal bird bands cannot be replicated by anyone else except National Band & Tag. Replica Bands are popular for groups of people who aren’t sure who shot the banded bird, for those who lost the original band, or for hunters who want the original band on their mount and a replica for their lanyard.

We looked at Replica Band orders from 12/1/13 – 12/31/2017 and collected data from the Certificates of Appreciation to see what species, sex, age, etc. the birds are that we make the most Replica Bands for. Below are our findings.

Q: What species of bird is the most Replica Bands made for?
A: Mallards

(“Other” Category Includes: Black Brant, Green-Winged Teal, Lesser Scaup, Common Eider, Mottled Duck, American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler, Redhead, Aleutian Canada Goose, American Black Duck, Black-Bellied Whistling-Duck, Bufflehead, Cackling Goose, Canvasback, Cinnamon Teal, Gadwall, Mourning Dove, Ring-Necked Duck, Snow X Blue Goose Intergrade, and Surf Scoter).


Q: Are Replica Bands made for more male or female birds?
A: Male

Q: What species of bird had the farthest distance between banding and encounter locations that a Replica Band was made for?
3,380 miles (5541 KM) – Male, Black Brant, hatched in 2012, banded 7/15/14 in Alaska, and encountered 7/15/16 in Mexico.


Q: What species of bird had the farthest distance between banding and encounter locations within the continental United States that a Replica Band was made for?
A: 1,602 miles (2578 KM) – Male, Green-Winged Teal, hatched in 2009, banded 9/23/2009 in North Dakota, encountered 1 /11/2011 in Louisiana.


Q: What is the oldest federal band that a Replica was made for?
1971 – Male, Black Brant, hatched in 1969, banded 7/10/1971 in Alaska, encountered 2/19/1976 in Oregon.


Q: What is the oldest banded bird that a Replica was made for?
Canada Goose, 23 years old. Hatched 1978, banded 7/28/1978 in Alaska, encountered 1/9/2001 in Oregon. (Sex unknown).


Q: What was the shortest amount of time between a bird being banded and encountered that a Replica Band was made for?
A: 20 days – Female, Blue-Winged Teal, hatched in 2011, banded 9/5/2012 in North Dakota, encountered 9/25/2012 in Louisiana.


Q: Are more Replica Bands made for birds that were originally banded in the United States or Canada?
A: United States – 55% of Certificates of Appreciation (Canada 45%)


Q: What year were the most birds banded in that a Replica was made for?
A: 2013


Q: What state had the most encounters that a Replica Band was made for?
A: Arkansas and Louisiana


Q: What is the average amount of time between a bird being banded and encountered that NB&T Replica Bands are made for?
A: Average of 3 years


Are you interested in ordering a Replica Band? Get information, pricing, and more here.