Size Chart: How to Measure a Dog for Clothing

Please be aware this is only a suggested size guide. At Lovepawz we have a size guide listed for every product.

We've gotten some great feedback from our customers on our pet clothing and accessories. They love it. However, they've also told us that figuring out how to measure a dog for clothing can be confusing. Despite providing a picture diagram, some customers haven't gotten their dog's size right. Heck, even we at Lovepawz have bought the wrong size dog coats because manufacturer instructions were so confusing.

So to help you have an easier time choosing dog clothing and accessories, we've created a new guide. Not only does it provide measurements as they relate to size clothing, but also we've included suggested breeds that would wear the corresponding size.



Following are the suggested measurements and corresponding sizes. You would measure your dog from the based on their neck--or about wear their collar sits--to the base of their tail. These measurements do not take girth into consideration. That is the measurement around your dog's belly. If you have thicker dog or one that has a broader chest, or if you dog's back length straddles two sizes, I would recommend going with the larger size. Please note that on Lovepawz we have a size chart attached to every product. 

One last thought: even though we carry clothing in size extra small, in truth very few breeds wear XS. Even a Chihuahua might fit better into a small rather than an extra small, thus confirming my advice to size up.




Extra Small (XS)

6-9 inches/15-23 Cm

Small (S)

8-12 inches/20-30 Cm

Medium (M)

14-18 inches/35-45 Cm

Large (L)

20-24 inches/50-60 Cm

Extra Large (XL)

22-26 inches/55-66 Cm

Extra-Extra Large (XXL or 2XL)

26+ inches/66+ Cm



These are just suggested sizes based on breed. Only you know if your dog is bigger or smaller, skinnier or pudgier than the typical breed. Also, females in certain breeds, such as French Bulldogs, tend to be significantly smaller than the males. Please take that into consideration when choosing your sizes.

Another thing to consider: what if you have a mixed breed like a cockapoo or labradoodle? Or a good old mutt like my hound mixes? Then you've got to go on both these measurements and eyeballing how your breed matches up with the list below. And when it doubt, size up. Even I was surprised that my 30-pound dog Sadie--I call her my little black dog--isn't so little after all. She wears a size large.

Suggested Size

Dog Breeds

Extra Small (XS)

Chihuahua; Teacup Breeds

Small (S)

Boston Terrier; Brussels Griffon; Chihuahua; Maltese; Miniature Dachshund; Miniature Pinscher; Papillion; Pomeranian; Toy Poodle; Yorkshire Terrier

Medium (M)

Beagle; Bichon Frise; Boston Terrier; Cavalier King Charles Spaniel; Cocker Spaniel; Corgi; Dachshund (standard size); French Bulldog; Jack Russell Terrier; Lhasa Apso; Miniature Poodle; Pekingese; Pug; Scottish Terrier; Shih Tzu; Welsh Corgi

Large (L)

Smaller Bulldog; Cocker Spaniel; Corgi; French Bulldog; Golden Retriever;

Extra Large (XL)

Airedale Terrier; American Foxhound; Australian Shepherd; Bassett Hound; Boxer; Doberman Pinscher; Greyhound; Labrador Retriever; Pitbull; Siberian Husky

Extra-Extra Large (XXL or 2XL)

Akita; Bernese Mountain Dog; Doberman Pinscher; German Shepherd; Golden Retriever; Great Dane; Greyhound; Labrador Retriever; Pitbull; Rottweiler; Standard Poodle; Vizsla; Weimaraner


Note: Suggested Dog sizes are just-a suggestion. We'll say it once more. Despite our breed suggestions, please double-check sizing your dog or puppy based on the measurements listed.


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