How to Measure your Dog for Clothes?

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Before you buy any apparel for your fur baby pooches online, it is important to make sure you’re all prepared to give your pooches a complete body size measurement, in order to make sure it will fit when your order arrives. All you need is to take a measuring tape and a pen and paper,  then record a few necessary details. This is also useful when you're sewing your own fur babies clothing.

Follow the steps below to determine the proper size for your dog’s neck, girth, chest and the length for their back.

  1. Neck –measure how many inches around your dog’s neck (circumference) loosely as you feel is necessary.
  2. Girth – measure the inches around your dog’s girth loosely.
  3. Chest – measure the inches distance from the center of the chest around to back of line for girth loosely, generally important as the dog may not walk comfortably if it is too tight.
  4. Back – measure the inches from the top back approximately where the collar would fit. Then pull the tape measure to the base of the tail loosely.

                                            (below is a quick cheat sheet )

You may also use the size chart below as a general guideline, if you don’t have any available measuring tape to use.

In any case you don't have a measuring tape available with you, try to use any thread, ribbon or yarn and use any regular ruler to count the measurement by inches.

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58 Responses

  1. robin rue
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    This super helpful. Our dog was always extra, extra small. It was hard to buy him a clothing.

  2. Ashvin Nankoo
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    I do not have a dog because someone in my family is allergic, but I will pass this on to my Uncle. He has a labrador and is always trying to make him wear clothe.

  3. Jay Colby
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    This is a great tool to measure your dog for clothes.

  4. Amber Myers
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    Awesome to keep in mind. I just have cats and they’d claw me to death if I tried to put them in clothes.

    • Pammy
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      Haha! Thank you Amber!

  5. Jenn JG
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    I have Guinea Pigs, Not sure they would let me measure them. Although they do let my 7 yr old dress them LOL

    • Pammy
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      Maybe fall under extra small! lol, That’s so cute! Thanks for stopping by! 😀

  6. Erica
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    This is super helpful. I have made clothes for dogs before for friends. I’m not going to drive all the way to their houses to measure and they get so confused when I try to explain where to measure. I used to have a YouTube video that I would send but this is so much more simple! Thank you!

    • Pammy
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      You are welcome! ? I’m glad you find it helpful!

  7. Jessica Taylor
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    Thanks for the tips! last time i tried to order my dog something it was WAYYYY too big. They often go by weight.

    • Pammy
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      I’m glad you found this helpful Jessica!

  8. Yuen Mi
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    This is awesome. I’ll know how to find a good fit for my dog now. Thanks.

    • Pammy
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      You are welcome Yuen!

  9. Robin
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    This is so cute! I want to make doggie clothes!

    • Pammy
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      Sounds like a plan! Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Muna Kenny
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    I never had a pet but I think it is so kind to make dog clothes, it just shows how much you care and that’s deep!

  11. Hannah
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    Wish I had this when I bought my parents dog a backpack would have helped a lot. I am glad to see some people put more thought into what they put on their dogs at least that the clothes fit rather then shoving them into something that doesn’t fit and could hurt them. I just can’t with how adorable the main dog in the photo is.
    Thanks for sharing

    • Pammy
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      Thank you Hannah for your thoughtful comment.

  12. Sondra Barker
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    What a great tool! I need to keep these in mind for my furbabies ! Great post :)!

    http://prettyfitfoodie.com/

    • Pammy
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      Thanks for commenting Sondra! xo

  13. Ngumabi
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    I do not have a dog but this is interesting information
    I have never known how to measure a dog and now I do
    Thanks for sharing

  14. sincerelyophelia
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    This is awesome. My pup def needs this. He’s always in between sizes ! Thanks!

    XOXO //
    SINCERELY OPHELIA

    • Pammy
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      Glad you liked it! Thanks Ophelia!

  15. My friend has a youtube channel for her dogs and is always dressing them up! I will have to refer her to this.

    • Pammy
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      Thank you for sharing Lisa!

  16. Sonja Josipovic
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    Love dog clothes! Great post!
    http://www.stylequest.se/

  17. Rebecca Swenor
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    This is awesome information for any dog lover. I know I love dressing my dog up sometimes. He usually just gives my sad eyes sometimes. The photo of the pretty girl above is adorable. Thanks for sharing the information.

    • Pammy
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      You are welcome! Maybe you need to give him a treat when dressing up your fur baby 😀 Thanks for the feedback!

  18. Kim
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    Awe this is so helpful! I always have trouble when I shop for my miniature pinscher.

  19. Elizabeth O.
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    It’s been a long time since we had a dog and we don’t really buy him clothes unless it’s the winter. I think these are really good tips for dog parents!

  20. Ana De- Jesus
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    I don’t have a pup but I desperately want a pug or a blue French Bulldog and to dress it up would be the cutest thing ever. Thank you for the tips xx

    • Pammy
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      Awesome! I want a pug too! Thanks for stopping by!

  21. Claire
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    This is true that all dogs have sizes too, but I always didn’t really think of that. The maltese I used to have was tiny so xs or s would fit on her. But I feel like a size chart is smart way to get the write clothes!

    • Pammy
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      Thanks for commenting Claire!

  22. Fatima Torres
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    My mother would take measurements of our family dog and create clothing items for her. It was sweet. Thanks for the tips, I’ll be sure to share it with sister-in-law. She’s always looking to dress her pup.

    • Pammy
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      You are welcome! Glad you liked it and thank you for sharing!

  23. Perla
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    I don’t have a pet and I only had a dog for few days, so I never thought that they may need clothes too, much less to make them myself. But if I had to do clothes for a dog, I think I’ll need a videoclip to learn how to measure.

    • Pammy
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      You gave me some new ideas. Thank you Perla!

  24. Melissa Jellie
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    I do have a little dog – so I may have to put this to use.

  25. Cynthia Nicoletti
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    Thanks for the great tips. I always seem to purchase the wrong size for my dogs.

  26. ryan
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    This makes me miss my English Bulldog, Zoey. She wasn’t so easy to find clothes for! ha

  27. Grace Dela Cruz
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    I don’t have a dog because I’m not home enough to even keep a plant alive but I will pass this info on!

  28. Bhupendra Singh
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    I am going to buy my first dog this month. Really useful tips. Thanks.

  29. Tiara Wilson
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    1. Your dog is absolutely cute. 2. I have always struggled with clothes for my pup because he’s not too small but he’s not too big yet he doesn’t fit a Medium. Every year we try to get him a sweater to wear in the winter and some booties. Then in the summer we like to get him a tank top little outfit to wear so he can still get some breeze and some walking shoes so his feet don’t get too hot. It’s so hard! This was super helpful!

  30. Cori @ Sweet Coralice
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    This is perfect! I have a Bassett Hound and charts say size XL but some clothes are very loose. This is awesome! Thank you ?

    • Pammy
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      You are welcome Cori! Thanks for stopping by!

  31. Cassie Smallwood
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    This is a great guide. It’s frustrating when you order the wrong size. The puppy pics are adorable too!

    • Pammy
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      I agree. Thanks for reading Cassie!

  32. Emma white
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    This is brill! My friend is always trying to find clothes that fit her little dog so this would really come in handy for her!

    • Pammy
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      Thanks for sharing Emma! Have a nice day!

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