How To Measure Your Dog For Clothes in 5 Steps

 Table Of Contents
Steps to Measuring Your Dog
Things To Remember
In Conclusion

Why do we put clothes on dogs? Some of us do because it’s hella fun but there are actually a lot of functional reasons. Dog clothes are crucial in winter months to keep warm; the layer of protection also repels snow, dirt, and salt. Not to mention wearing dog clothes indoors during the shedding months can also save you a lot of time from vacuuming dog hair off your furniture.

Steps to Measuring Your Dog

Step 1 - Keeping Your Dog Relaxed & Happy

Before measuring your dog, make sure that both of you are in a quiet room with fewer distractions. Also, make sure to give plenty of treats so behave and have a positive experience.

Step 2 - Measuring The Neck

Using a measuring tape, wrap it around your dog's neck in the area where their collar normally sits. Make sure that the measuring tape fits comfortably around the neck and avoid making it too tight. Use your two fingers and lay them flat underneath the measuring tape to leave some space. Always go a size up if stuck between two sizes, dogs love wiggle room!

Step 3 - Measuring The Chest

Once you're done measuring the neck, the next thing you would do is to measure the girth or chest. If you have short dogs like Dachshunds, we highly recommend fitted measurement since these types of dog travel low to the ground. By using the measuring tape, wrap it around their chest. Once again, use the two-finger rule underneath the tape to leave wiggle room.

Step 4 - Measuring The Back or Length

Now that you are done with the neck and the chest, the last part you need to measure is the back or length of your dog. The length of your dog starts from the base of its neck to where its tail starts. Well-made dog clothes from experienced brands should take into consideration your dog’s underbelly length so they can go to the bathroom freely.

Step 5 - Picking The Right Size & Reward

Now that you have the three measurements, it’s time to pick out a size according to the size chart. Often the three measurements may not perfectly match up, based on our years of experience, prioritize the chest first; a slight discrepancy in the neck and back will not be an issue. Your dog has been very patient during this whole process, and now it's time to give your dog its reward!

Things To Remember

  • Consider your dog's mental and physical comfort.

It is important that your dog connects wearing clothes to a positive experience. Be patient and give plenty of treats, if done right, the whole experience can be very enjoyable for both the dog and human.

For first-timers, we recommend starting with a relaxed-fitting piece like dog hoodies or sweaters as the materials are stretchable and there is plenty of room for error. Once you and your dog are both more comfortable with the process, then you can move on to more fitted pieces like dog winter jackets and raincoats.

  • Consider the fabric.

Dog apparel comes in many different fabrics, each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Raincoats are normally made from water-resistant nylon-based materials. Fashion bombers and hoodies, on the other hand, are made from cotton, polyester, and rayon. These styles are stretchy, breathable, and easy to wear.

  • Consider your dog’s breed and hair length.

Larger dogs with dense hair coats such as Saint Bernard, Siberian Husky, and Malamute don’t literally need any additional insulation. Their hairs are naturally designed to protect them from extreme cold. On the other hand, Stafford terriers, Pit-bulls, and Frenchies have single layer fur and these types of dogs have a harder time retaining body heat. If you live in a colder region then it’s probably best to invest in a few pieces for those cold winter morning walks.

  • Don't forget about the accessories to match!

After you’ve picked out the apparel, now it’s time to find the right accessories to match. Cuban dog chain collars are a popular choice as it can be used for style and for walks. The dog's initial jewellery pendants are also a very popular choice for those that want a more luxurious “bling” look.

  • Incorporate your style & swag.

While there are lots of dog clothing styles to choose from, it would still be best to pair your dog's clothing with your personal style. This would not only get you a lot of compliments on daily walks but also encourage bond and connection.

  • An unforgettable experience.

One of the most exciting moments of buying dog clothes is putting that cute hoodie or vest on for the first time. The designs will instantly give your dog a new swagger. Your dog will feel more comfy and at ease; you will get tons of laughter and joy.

In Conclusion

Dressing up your dog is a very rewarding experience and it also strengthens your bond. Before buying any dog apparel, consider the above-mentioned steps and tips to make the process easy and fun.