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 o 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.

You can send your measurements to me by email once you have ordered the coat. Or if you are having a hard time deciding what size to get shoot me an email.
REMEMBER, always go bigger than smaller. I guarantee the fit if you have given me the right measurements but if it is determined that you measured incorrectly, I will need to charge to alter the coat. Shipping costs to return and re-post the coat will not be covered.

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 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 carpenters tape to measure your dog as this will give you an inaccurate measurement. If you don’t have a soft measuring tape, use a thick rope 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 too short.
      Add this measurement to measurement #2 above the get the back length
    Measuring your dog Chest Circumference

    Step FOUR - Chest Circumference

    • Measure around your dog’s chest at the widest point, typically just behind their front legs and in front of 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 measure over the harness as well. 
    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 girth 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.
    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 quite 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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