Dog Measurement Guide

There are four measurements that designers use in their size charts: Horizontal Length, Neck, Vertical Length, Chest/Girth, and Weight.  Each measurement is important.

Horizontal Length:  Measure from the base of your dog’s neck (at the collar) to the back of their tail. Just where the back ends and the tail starts.

Neck: Measure where a collar would be.  Make sure to give a little slack.  A good rule of thumb is to allow 2 fingers to fit inside of the measuring tape.

Vertical Length: Measure from your dog’s neck (at the collar) to the dog's paws/floor.


Chest/Girth:  Measure the widest part of your dog’s chest, normally behind the front legs.  Again,   make sure to give a little slack.

Weight:  While body measurement is used, it is the hardest to find a size correctly.  (A 10 pound pug has a completely different body shape and size then a 10 pound dachshund)

Use all of these measurements together to find your dog’s size.  If your dog is between two sizes, go up a size.  Remember,  all designers size their products differently.  If you purchased a size small on one site your dog may be a size large on another.