Fitting Your Dog

How to Measure Your Dog for the Perfect Fit

Although my dog coats are NOT custom fit, I do still need your dog's measurements to ensure you get the right sized coat for your dog. Use the graphic below to see how to measure your dog. Then look at the chart to see which size you need.

Check out the video below to see how these measurements are done. 

*NOTE: In the video I measure the Neck to Withers and the Withers to Tail as separate measurements. These two measurements are added together to get the full Back Length.

Add your dog's measurements to the field at the bottom of the final checkout page. If you are having troubles with the measurements or want to provide me with some extra information, just add it in this field. Or, if you are having a tough time deciding what size to order or just want to ask me some other questions, just shoot me an email.

Getting the Best Fit

The two most important measurements that you need to be careful with are the Back Length and the Front Height as these are the ones that affect the fit the most. ALWAYS GO BIGGER THAN SMALLER. Because most coats have Velcro and adjustable belts you have lots of opportunity to make the coat smaller, but you can't make it bigger. If you are unhappy with the fit of your dog's coat, I will do everything I can to make it right. However, it's important for you to let me know how you would like the coat to fit. If you have a preference for a tight or a loose fitting coat, please let me know when ordering.

When measuring the back length, your dog must be standing straight with his or her head up and looking forward. If your dog is lying down or sitting, their back length will be longer than their actual length. If your dog is turning to see what you are doing it will also throw off the measurement.

How To Measure Your Dog for a Dog Coat

How to measure a dog for a coat

You can download this chart to print it out by clicking this link.
Make sure you use a soft, tailor’s measuring tape to measure your dog. Do not use a hard straight ruler or carpenter's tape to measure your dog as this will give you an inaccurate measurement. If you don’t have a soft measuring tape, use some thick string to take the measurements and then mark that against a ruler or carpenter's measuring tape. 

STEP One – NECK Circumference

  • Measure around your dog’s neck where the collar normally sits.
  • Place two fingers flat under the measuring tape while doing this to get a comfortable size.
Measuring your dog Neck to Withers


  • Measure from where the collar sits to the withers. You can find the withers by drawing a line straight up from behind the front legs.
  • Make sure your dog is not twisting when you take this measurement
Measuring your dog Back Length

Step Three- Back Length

  • Measure from the Neck down to the beginning of the Tail.
    * Remember your dog's spine MUST be straight when you are measuring. If they are turning in any way the measurement will be inaccurate.
Measuring your dog Chest Circumference

Step FOUR - Chest Circumference

  • Measure around your dog’s chest at the widest point, typically just slightly behind their front legs and before where the waist starts.
  • Place two fingers flat under the measuring tape to give some room for flexibility.
  • If your dog wears a harness under the coat put the harness on and include the harness in your measurements. 
Measuring your dog Front Height

Step FIVE - Front Height

  • Measure from your dog’s neck (where the collar normally sits) through the front legs up to the point from where you took the Chest Circumference measurement
  • Again, place two fingers flat under the measuring tape while doing this to get a comfortable size.
Measuring your dog Chest Width

Step SIX - Chest Width

  • Measure across your dog's chest at the widest point.
  • Don't measure around the sides just to the outside point of the chest.
Measuring your dog Inner Chest

Step SEVEN - Inner Chest

  • Measure across the space between your dog's two front legs.

Now refer to our Coat Size Chart below to determine the best size for your dog based on your measurements.

If you are not sure, or if your dog’s measurements fall in between the sizes, it is always best to go up to the bigger size. You can also email us to let us know about your dog’s measurements if there is a big variance and you can't find a size range that fits from the chart.

Scouter Wear coat sizing chart

Don't Know the Dog's Measurements?

Maybe you're thinking of buying a dog coat as a present, or for a dog that has yet to arrive. If you don't know the size of the dog check out the Breed Guideline on the right side of the chart above. This provides a general guideline for how our dog coats fit. Please note, these are average dog sizes, and we cannot guarantee the fit to the dog using this chart.

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