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Measure Your Dog for Shirts, Hoodies, and Jackets

Updated: May 21

Adorable mini golden sitting and posing in a teal shirt

Do you have a hard time finding clothes that fit your dog perfectly? In this blog, we’re going to show you how to measure your dog in a few simple steps to find the best-fitting dog apparel available. We even have a video we've prepared showing you how to measure your dog step-by-step. Jump to Video.

Get Started with Measuring Your Dog

Dog measurements you'll need to know in order to get the best fit possible:

Tools You'll Need to Measure Your Dog

Curled up cloth measuring tape against a blue background. Tape is yellow with red numbers

You don’t really need a lot to measure your dog properly! All you'll require is a cloth measuring tape and a good pup that needs some clothes. For the measuring tape, I like to use Singer’s 00218 60-inch cloth tape; these can be found at the typical e-commerce superstore for a few dollars.

Step 1, Measure Your Dog's Chest

Man measuring his dog's chest with a pink cloth measuring tape
First step is to measure your dog's chest

The first measurement we'll be taking is the chest. Also known as chest girth. Starting the measuring tape on the back, measure along the side, behind the front legs, around the chest, and up to the other side until the end of the tape reaches the beginning. It's important that we always round up to the next highest inch.

Make sure to always go behind the legs. If you run the tape in front of the dog's legs when measuring the chest, this may give you an inaccurate measurement.

Step 2, Measure Your Dog's Neck

Man measuring his dog's neck with the collar slid down
Second step is to measure your dog's neck

Next, we’ll be measuring the neck. Slide back the collar so that it doesn’t interfere with the measuring tape. Start the tape at the top of the neck and gently go around the dog’s neck until the tape reaches back to the starting point.

Step 3, Measure Your Dog's Back

Man measuring his dog's back with a cloth measuring tape
Last step is to measure your dog's back

The last measurement we will be taking is the back length. Starting at the neck, extend the measuring tape straight down your pup’s back, along the center, and ending at the beginning of the tail. It’s important to note that Fetch the Sun Adventure Fetcher shirts are made to extend about halfway to three quarters of the way down the dog’s back. Although if it extends past this point, or a little before, it's ok. We don’t want to sacrifice a smaller chest, and, or neck size for a perfect fit along the back.

A Video on Measuring Your Dog

If you're like me, you are probably a visual learner. We've put together this short video showing and explaining all the dog measurements we talked about above.

Now We Know Our Dog's Measurements

Now you’ve got all the right measurements to get your dog a new wardrobe! You're ready to use our handy, easy-to-read measurement charts to find the best-fitting apparel for your pup. Please keep in mind that this chart is specific to Fetch The Sun branded apparel.

A dog measurement chart for Fetch The Sun branded apparel

Additional Help Available

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact us using the form on the bottom of the measurement page to get recommendations for your pup. We’ve successfully fit thousands of dogs via the internet and we’re confident we can get the perfect size for your dog.

Check out our chart of fashionable dogs rocking our apparel! It's the ultimate guide to getting started in finding the perfect fit for your furry friend.

Photos of six dogs wearing Fetch The Sun apparel with measurement details listed beside each photo

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