Fitting Your Dog

How to Measure Your Dog for the Perfect Fit

Our dog coats are custom fit so we need your dog's precise measurements to ensure you get the best fitting coat for your dog. Use the graphic below to see how to measure your dog. Then look at the cha​​rt below to see which size you need.

Make a note of all the measurements because once you have ordered your coat we will need them to make sure we get the right fit.  You can send them to us by email once you have ordered the coat or if you are having a hard time deciding what size to get. REMEMBER, always go bigger than smaller. We guarantee the fit if you have given us the right measurements but if it is determined that you measured incorrectly we will need to charge to alter the coat. Shipping costs to return and re-post the coat will not be covered.

How to measure your dog for a coat

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 - Measure the Back Length

This is the most important measurement that you take because of the unique fit of our coats which allows for flexibility around the chest and neck.

  • Measure from where the collar sits to the base of tail. 
  • 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.

Step Two – Measure the Chest Girth

  • Measure around your dog’s chest 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.

Step Three – Measure the Neck Measurement

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

STEP Four– MEASURE THE underbelly

  • 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.

That’s it! 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 to let us know about your dog’s measurements if there is a big variance and you can't find a size 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 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.

Now Order That Dog Coat!

We still get excited every time we get an order. We can't wait to make your Cool Custom Coat to Make Your Dog Look Hot!

So start shopping now!