How To Measure
To take a measurement have your dog standing for an accurate measurement. If he is sitting or laying down, stand him up.
Use a cloth tape measure. Lay the tape measure along your dog’s body starting at the neck where the collar would sit naturally on your dog’s back. Allow the tape measure to lay along the natural curves of your dog’s body. Start at the neck where his collar is and measure to the BEGINNING of his tail. Not the tip! Sometimes this is referred to as the Topline length.
The girth (size around the chest) is one of the most important measurements. Measure the chest circumference measure around largest part of chest 1/2″ behind the front legs. This is the thickest part of the chest.
For the neck circumference measure around the neck at base of collar.
For midsection circumference measure your dog’s midsection at waist, in front of the “equipment” on a male dog.
For neck length take the measurement from the top of his neck to the base of his collar.