FIRST, A LITTLE PRIMER ON SIZING:
"My dog usually wears a large". I hear this all the time! In the dog apparel industry, there is no "usually". One brand's Large is fit4apug, while another brand's Large is fit4ahorse. Luckily, I've found a way to remedy this and it's nearly foolproof. The thing is, I really need you to work with me a little...and it involves measuring your animal. I've personally measured every garment I carry and taken the time to list all the measurements for you, right in the SIZING INFORMATION tab on each product's page. I've also put cute, new wave neon size chart graphics in the products' thumbnail image galleries. So please take the time to measure your dog using the diagram and instructions here. Then go back to the product page, scroll down past the product details and click the sizing info. Bingo- you'll easily find the corresponding size for your dog!
Are you considering several different sweaters and jackets? Please check the sizing information for each one! See, the thing is, I carry clothing made by several different manufacturers and each brand has its own sizing chart. Sometimes, size charts can even vary within the same brand! So you'll find a Large from Chilly Dog will fit your dog differently than the Large you got at a big box pet store and a sweater from one brand may fit differently than a jacket by the same manufacturer. That's why I post measurements for each size of every garment or accessory. I've taken the guesswork out of it for you!
So let's begin by measuring animals. To get the best fit and eliminate the need for returns, please measure using these step-by-step instructions and diagram:
1. Start with a fabric or paper measuring tape. Please, no metal construction tapes--the noise may scare your dog and the reading won't be accurate! If you don't have a fabric or paper tape measure, please save and print our handy dandy PRINTABLE TAPE MEASURE! (be sure to choose landscape format when printing)
2. While your dog is standing, place one end of the tape at the base of the back of the neck, run the tape along the spine, ending right before the tail begins (many dogs have a wide indentation there). This is your length measurement.
3. Now, for the most important measurement for deep-chested dogs: girth! Looking down at your standing dog's back, locate the widest part of the ribcage and wrap your measuring tape around it. This is your girth measurement.
(Adorable photo courtesy of Gold Paw Series)
Would you rather see the measuring process in action? Check out this great video from my friend Louise Stapleton-Frappell! She's a force-free dog trainer and mum to Jambo, who is the world's first and only Staffordshire Bull Terrier to become a Champion Trick Dog! He is also our best product tester and quite the supermodel.
Measuring head size for hats or snoods:
Using a cloth or paper tape measure, wrap the tape around the meatiest part of your dog's head. For snoods, also take a measurement at the base of the neck
Measuring for dog socks:
Start out with your dog standing on blank sheet of paper, on a hard, flat surface. Make sure your dog is bearing weight on the paw while you measure. For width, make 2 marks on the paper: one at the outside edge and one at the inside edge of the widest part of your dog's paw. For length, mark where your dog's longest toenail ends and another mark at the very back of the largest paw pad. Measure distance between your width marks and length marks.
Still confused? If it turns out your dog is in between sizes or you just aren't sure, I'm here to help! I know everything about each garment and in some cases, may recommend going up or down a size. I also know which items have the most stretch and which ones are the most adjustable. Email me at email@example.com. If you end up needing a different size, please visit the RETURNS page for instructions and return address.