How to Measure for a Dog Harness and Dog Collar
We recommend measuring your dog before buying, please don’t guess! Our sizes go on actual measurements rather than a breed guide as the key to a good, comfy fit is getting the right size dog harness for your dog.
For car harnesses – these go on weight as below – info on the products:
For car/walking harnesses for dogs/pups 8kg and under see: our eDog Tiny style walking/car harnesses
For car harnesses for dogs over 8kg see our Bergan car harness
For our eDog fleece harnesses below is our size chart for standard sizes and measuring instructions:
We also make all our harnesses in custom sizes and made to measure. Custom sizes – you measure with our guidance on the phone with us talking you through it or emailing you detailed instructions. Made to Measure is when we measure your dog at our premises.
EDOG FLEECE HARNESS STANDARD SIZE CHART
FOR DOGS UNDER 8KG SEE OUR EDOG FLEECE Tiny style walking/car harnesses
SIZE XS NECK OPENING 35CM GIRTH 30-45CM
SIZE S NECK OPENING 40CM GIRTH 40-55CM
SIZE SM NECK OPENING 45CM GIRTH 50-65CM
SIZE M1 NECK OPENING 50CM GIRTH 50-65CM
SIZE M2 NECK OPENING 55CM GIRTH 65-80CM
SIZE DM NECK OPENING 55CM GIRTH 70-85CM (for deep chested dogs like Boxers/Large male Labs etc.,)
SIZE ML NECK OPENING 60CM GIRTH 75-90CM
SIZE L NECK OPENING 65CM GIRTH 80-95CM
SIZE XL NECK OPENING 70CM GIRTH 85-100CM
SIZE XXL NECK OPENING 85CM GIRTH 100-115CM
Simply follow these easy instructions:
eDog fleece dog harnesses used for Kennet Hotwings flyball training
How to measure your dog for a harness
To measure you will need a soft tape measure (not a steel one) and it is best to have your dog standing up squarely. Make a note of measurements in cm as our sizes are in cms. The chest measurement, sometimes also known as ‘girth’ is taking the tape measure right under your dog’s body at the fullest point in a complete circle about 7cm behind your dog’s front legs, as in the diagram. The actual neck measurement is required too (don’t allow for any fingers under the collar, the actual measurement is needed – the neck measurement is only required for being able to comfortably fit the harness over the head. Measure TIGHTLY and at the bottom of the neck.
Be sure to measure your dog with care, as the secret to getting a well-fitting and therefore comfy dog harness is selecting the right size! Kindly measure both girth and neck (where a dog collar would sit, do not allow for any extra). See diagram above.
To get correct neck opening for size add on the following to your dog’s actual neck measurement:
For small dogs add 8cm to actual neck size for neck opening
For medium dogs add 9cm to actual neck size for neck opening
For large dogs add 10/12cm to actual neck size for neck opening
For Xlarge dogs add 12-15cm to actual neck size for neck opening
Next check the girth span on the size chart. Your dog should always have at least 7cm spare on the girth – i.e. if your dog measures 63cm girth, you will need a size which goes to 70cm girth. The neck measurement is only to enable you to fit the harness over your dog’s head, as the harness straps sit on your dog’s shoulders. Bear in mind whether your dog is still growing. If you don’t see your dog’s measurements there, just order the nearest in size and enter your actual measurements into the special instructions box – we shall need a valid email address or phone number to contact you.
Please measure your dog carefully, as the secret to getting the perfect fit harness is ordering the correct size! You should measure both girth and neck. If in doubt, you are welcome to call us or send us both actual measurements and also let us know whether your dog is still growing or fully grown so that we can advise on size, between our 2 brands, your dog will undoubtedly fit into at least one of our fleece dog harnesses. If your dog is a deep-chested breed such as a Whippett,Lurcher etc., please tell us, as your dog will need a deep chested size which we can make.
How to put a Fleece Dog Harness onto your dog:
Undo the clips on the new harness and if your dog has another adjustable harness, lay the fleece harness over it and adjust to the same size, as a guide. If you don’t have another harness, just put it onto your dog as it is (clips undone), over-the-head, then closing the two parachute clips, making any adjustment as necessary on either side of the girth strap.
A dog harness should fit snuggly but not restrictively, if it is too loose it can rub and cause chafing and possibly sore areas and means your dog may be able to escape out of it. You should be able to get one finger under both side girth straps of the harness. Your dog should be able to do everything as normal in it. A badly fitted dog harness is the main reason dogs sometimes escape out of them, which can be dangerous if they run off, so following these tips should ensure that can’t happen.
If it is your dog’s first harness, to accustom your dog to wearing a harness, start off by going for a walk immediately after putting the harness onto your dog for the first time, then your dog will associate wearing it with a positive happy experience. Try leaving it on for a while, after walking to make sure your dog is comfortable doing things like rolling over in it and everything else
How to measure for a dog collar, just right round in a circle and add 5cm for comfort to get correct size.
A dog collar should not be too tight, make sure you can get two fingers under the collar comfortably when fitted.
If your dog is still growing, make sure you check and adjust collar and harness regularly.