Q: Should I measure my pet?
A: Absolutely! Unlike human apparel, there are no size standards for pet clothes and pet products. Each designer has different sizing guidelines. It's best to take current measurements and select the appropriate size based on the size chart provided in the item description. As little as inch can mean the difference of an item being too small or too large...
Q: But my dog always wears a size small, why doesn't she in your harnesses, collars or clothing?
A: While that might be true for one designer or brand, another designer, brand or product may have different sizing guidelines. To avoid the disappointment of receiving an incorrect size and having to make a return, it's best not to guess.
- A Bark Appeal Ez Wrap harness size "small" fits a chest size of 13 to 16 inches
- A My Canine Kids Step Easy harness size "small" fits a chest size of 18 to 20 inches
Based on the size charts, your dog could very well need a size "medium" in one and a "small" in another in another.
- STEP 1: Take current measurements as shown in the diagram.
- STEP 2: Refer to the designer's SIZE CHART provided in the product listing.
- Weight is generally not a determining factor for proper sizing. (a 12 lb Pug and a 12 lb Dachshund will require different sizes.)
- If your pet falls in between sizes, we recommend going up to the larger size.
- Be sure to take into consideration your pets coat and allow room for thick coats.
- We highly recommend taking current measurements of your pet for all clothing items, collars, harnesses, beds and carriers.
- Measure your pet while they're laying down in their favorite position (stretched out or curled up) from the tip of their nose to base of their tail.
- Be sure to add a little wiggle room ~ anywhere from 3 inches (for tiny dogs) up to 18 inches (for larger dogs).
- While your pet is standing, measure his/her height and length from tip of nose to base of tail and add 2 1/2 to 3 inches to each measurement.
- Compare your pet's measurements and those provided in the carriers item description.
- To ensure your pet fits comfortably, the carriers dimensions should be larger than your pet's height and length measurement and allow for your pet to lay down and turn around.
- While your pet is standing, follow the diagram above for obtaining length, girth and neck measurements.
- Measurements should be snug but not too tight.
- The neck and girth measurements are the most important.
- For footwear - while your dog is standing, trace his/her paws on a piece of paper to make a pattern. Then measure the pattern at the widest and longest points and follow the size chart to determine the best size.
- Use a tape measure to take a snug (not too tight) measurement of your pet's neck.
- Add between 1 inch (for small dogs) to 2 inches (for large dogs) to allow for two fingers to fit under the collar.
- Choose the size that best fits your pet taking into consideration the thickness (width) of the collar.
- When trying on the collar be sure it is tight enough to not slip over your dogs head.
- We recommend taking a current measurement of your pet's neck rather than basing it upon their existing collar.
We offer collars in thin widths (3/8") to wide widths (1"). To help choose the appropriate collar width, we recommend making a template. Take a piece of plain paper and cut to the width provided in the item listing and the length of your pet's neck measurement plus 2 inches. Try the paper collar on your pet to determine if the width is just right.
- STEP IN / VEST STYLE: take a snug measurement directly behind your pets front legs.
- STANDARD (Roman/H type, over the head): take a snug measurement of the broadest part of your pet's chest and at the base of your pet's neck.
- We recommend taking a current measurement of your pet rather than basing it upon their existing harness.
If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact us or include your pet's measurements (neck, chest and length) and coat type (thin or thick) at checkout.