How to measure your dog 

You need up to 8 simple measurements from your dog as shown in the diagram and listed below for your made to measure garment.

Please take measurements as close to the dogs body as possible (but not overly tight) while your dog is in a standing position, we add and take away our own allowances on top for comfort and leg measurements so please only give us the actual measurements of the dog without adding anything on.

Puppy owners: before using this measuring guide to measure your pup you need to please read the section below on Puppies.

If you have ordered with us before and are happy that your dog(s) do not need remeasuring just type in to the measurements box: 

" use previous measurements"

as we keep previous measurements on our system

1.OVERALL LENGTH. This is the main measurement for pricing for jumpers & full dog suits, taken from the breastbone at the front of the dog in the middle, around and down the side of the dog to level with the base of the tail and end of the back leg.

2.NECK. Measure all the way around the neck (circumference)

3.CHEST. Measure from just behind the front leg up and all the way around the chest (circumference)

4.SPINE LENGTH. This is the main measurement for pricing for coats Measure from the base of the neck and along the spine to the base of the tail.

the base of the neck is where the angle changes when your dog is standing in a natural position with their head up.

5.WAIST. Measure from just in front of the back leg up and all the way around the waist (circumference)

6.FRONT LEG. Measure at the back of the front leg (from armpit)down to the floor.

7.BACK LEG Measure the inside back leg down to the floor. (This measurement is only needed for the Full Dog Suits)

8.THIGH CIRCUMFERENCE. Measure the back leg thigh circumference (All the way around the thigh) at its widest point. (This measurement is only needed for the Full Dog Suits)

Please make sure when taking the dogs legs measurement that the measurement is down to the floor and NOT where you want the suit leg to finish as we take off our own percentage of the measurement to allow clearance for the dogs feet.

You can take the measurements in inches or cm but please state which one you are using when entering your sizes for order.

FOR JUMPERS WITHOUT LEGS, only 5 measurements needed you will only need measurements  1,2,3,4,5, with number 1 being the measurement for pricing

FOR JUMPERS WITH LEGS, only 6 measurements needed you will need measurements  1,2,3,4,5,6, with number 1 being the measurement for pricing

FOR COATS, only 4 measurements needed you will only need measurements 2,3,4,with 4 being the measurement for pricing.

PLEASE NOTE: For breeds such as Greyhounds, whippets, Sighthound type breeds etc... it helps if you let us know the breed so the coats to get the correct shape.

FOR FULL DOG SUITS. all 8 measurements needed you will need all 8 measurements, 

with number 1 being the measurement for pricing.


Please make sure your dog is comfortable wearing a jumper or Full dog suit with leg coverings before ordering,if not please order a legless jumper.

Please Note: Please take all measurements as close as possible to the dogs body, we add our own allowance on top of your measurements for seam allowance and comfortability for the dog, Please only measure to where the diagram tells you and do Not add any allowance on to your sizes as we take this in to consideration in our allowance when making the item.

Please be sure of your measurements before ordering as once the item is made it is non returnable or refundable for sizing issues as stated on our t&cs.


NOTE FOR OWNERS OF DOGS WITH SPECIFIC SHAPES: I.e Greyhound, Whippet, Lurcher, Sighthound type breeds etc...

When ordering coats for the type of breeds that have a more rounded curve on the back end please tell us if you require a seam put in the coat  if you do not tell us the breed or ask for a seam it will not have the required shape or back seam put into the coat, and certain breeds need the shape in the coat to make the coat fit properly, so please let us know the breed and if it has a specific shape that requires a seam as this helps us when we receive measurements, not all dogs require a seam put in the coats and we make them without unless we are asked to put one in, and if you do not tell us we won't necessarily know that it needs a seam so please don't presume that we automatically put a seam on all coats as it may be made without one if we are not told that you need one putting in.


If you're measuring for a Puppy please remember how quickly they grow daily and take this in to consideration when measuring, if you do not take the growth rate in to consideration there is a good chance when you receive your item that your puppy will have outgrown the measurements that you originally provided to us, and we will NOT be able to do anything about this as the item will have been made correctly to the original measurements, but please remember if you over measure and allow too much on your measurements there is a chance it will be too big for your puppy to wear immediately when you receive the item, and again PLEASE REMEMBER Puppies are like children THEY GROW and we make the items based on the measurements that you provide to us, we can not advise you on how much to allow when measuring for a puppy as you are the one measuring your dog so it has to be your own decision and judgement on what measurements you provide to us, please note: for puppies and only puppies, this is the only time that we recommend adding anything on to your measurements to compensate for the growth, for all other dogs fully grown or of a more stable growth you should follow the instructions on the above measuring guide.

If your Dog is a Dachshund please let us know this when ordering as we do not put in as much shape on the bottom of the coats for this breed so the fit is better, if you do not let us know then coat will be made with the regular shaping to it. 


if you need any help please just contact us via the contact form

Please only measure and send us the measurements as described in the diagram and the measurement description, and number them in the same way as shown as to avoid any miscommunication or delays in processing and making your order.

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