When purchasing dog clothing, we highly recommend that you refer to the illustration below. This will help you determine how to measure your pet.
A) Neck to Tail
Measuring should be done along the dog's backbone from the base of the head to the base of the tail. This is from the base of where the collar rests to where the tail is attached. The measurements you see on all our apparel indicate this top line measurement. However, it's important that the dog's girth be taken into account as well as the top line measurement.
B) Neck Circumference
Measure around the neck as you would for a collar. Allow some room for a comfortable fit. The neck size determines whether the dog will be comfortable wearing the clothing. If the neck size chosen is too tight, the dog would feel more restricted and may have a harder to breathing comfortably.
C) Chest Girth (heartgirth, inches around the largest area of its body)
Measure the chest at its widest point, all the way around, which is typically right behind the front legs. If the dog has a large girth, going up a size is recommended.
D) Shoulder to Shoulder Measure from one shoulder to the other across the front of chest.
E) Neck to end of rib cage (for strap placement) Measure from the base of the neck to the end of the rib cage.
TIP: For best results please make sure that dog is standing up on all four legs. Use a fabric or cloth measuring tape when determining your pet's measurements. (These can be purchased at your local craft or hobby store.) Should you not have one, use a piece of yarn or string and measure it up against a ruler.