How do I measure my dog?

 

What do you need?

  • A flexible measuring tool - A seamstress' or tailor's type tape measure is best, but if you don't have one you can use a ribbon or a piece of string and a yardstick or ruler. mark the measurement on the ribbon, and then use the yardstick or ruler to measure it.
  • A flat surface for the dog to stand on - For the little ones, a tabletop can save your back!
  • A piece of paper and a pen  - Prevents the necessity of re-measuring when you forget the numbers. 
  • A human assistant - especially helpful if your dog is a squirmer, or to keep your little one from jumping off the tabletop while you write down the measurements.
  • The dog - You didn't think we would forget this one, would you?
Now you are ready to measure.

Steps to follow

  • Have the dog stand nice and straight (think "show dog") with all four legs spaced normally under the body and head and tail up. Then determine the corresponding points on your dog to the points on the diagram above. 
  • Take each measurement a bit loosely, so there will be room for your dog to move and breathe, but not too loose. (the measurement for Belly Bands is the exception it needs to be a bit snug) Do not add extra for the overlap and closures of the garments, that is taken into consideration by the manufacturers. You need the actual body measurements of the dog, not the dimensions of the finished garments. 
  • Write down each measurement, and then measure a second time just to be sure. Most dog apparel is not returnable, in order to prevent the possibility of skin diseases or parasites being transmitted to other pets. It is better to measure twice than be sorry! 
  • When you are all done, be sure to give your dog an extra treat for being such a good model!

 

We hope this guide helps you tailor the outfit for your pooch!

To try and make the process of buying clothing for your dog as simple as possible we've also categorized our items by: small, medium and large.

Just as individual dogs vary in size and physique. Even within individual breeds, there is a lot of variation in size, so choosing your size based on a list of breeds is not a very accurate method, either, so such lists should only be taken as a suggestion, not a true guideline. The only truly accurate way to choose the right sized garments for your dog is to use your dog's actual measurements.