Dog fashions are all rage and have become quit affordable for anyone and everyone to enjoy with their dog, but not everyone knows best ways to find their dog’s size or how a garment should fit to avoid accidents. Choosing right size for your dog is very important, we always want our pets to be safe and feel comfortable in whatever they wear. 30% of all online dog apparel sales result in returns or exchanges due to improper sizing.
The first and most important thing you should know before you begin to buy for your dog is his/her measurements. You should write them down and always have them with you just in case you see something you can’t resist.
The most important places you’ll want to measure are:
The chest (circumference) measurements should be taken at deepest part of chest, which is usually right behind front legs. This measurement is most important, so make sure you don’t exaggerate your dog’s chest by adding inches for more room and if you wrap measuring tape to tight you will lessen measurement and end up buying something too small.
Then measure dog’s length from back of his neck to tail. This measurement should start from middle of back of his neck right to base of his tail. This measurement is not as important as chest length of garment can vary and will be up to you whether you like him to wear his shirts long or short.
When measuring dog’s neck (circumference) you should take measurements around lower middle of his neck.
If you have a breed with shorter legs then you’ll want to stick to short sleeves unless you’re purchasing from a store that makes their own clothes then you should provide them with his front leg measurements to ensure proper fit. The leg measurements should start from his under arm to right above his ankle. The length of sleeves is very important, you don’t want your dog to wear anything with sleeves that are too long, this may cause accidents.