How To Measure For A Dog Harness
Get out your measuring tape! It's time to learn how to measure your dog
for a harness before you make your purchase. This will help you to get
the right size the first time and hopefully avoid having to make a
return or exchange.
You might be wondering why many harnesses
don't list a weight range for the sizing. Well, since dogs come in so
many lovable shapes and sizes, they can carry their weight differently.
For example, a 10 lb. Yorkie is going to look and fit accessories very
different than a 10 lb. pug. Your best bet for selecting the right size
is to measure both the neck girth and chest girth, with the chest being
the most important measurement. Once you have your measurements, refer to the size chart for the
harness you are interested in (size charts can be found in the
description of each item). Please note that not all harnesses are made
equal, which is all the more reason to know your dog's measurements! Many
manufacturers use different sizing models, so your dog might be a size
Small in one brand or style and a size Medium in another.
do you measure a dog for a harness? First, take out your soft measuring
tape. Ideally, your dog should be standing up when taking measurements
to allow the chest to expand at its fullest. Wrap the measuring tape
around the widest part of your dog's chest, just behind his or her front
legs. Do the same at the base of the neck (where a collar would sit
comfortably). If you don't have a soft measuring tape, you can always
do the same with a piece of string
or dental floss, cut it where the two ends meet around the dog, and then
lay it out and measure it with a hard ruler. Congratulations! You're ready to shop!
Next, explore our different styles of harnesses on our Harness Guide page.