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How to measure for a dog coat

Muddy Paws sells around 5,000 different dog coats every year. The biggest problem our customers face is how to measure their dog correctly for different kinds of dog coat. Rather frustratingly, different dog manufacturers require measurements to be taken in different ways.

Different measurements needed

Some require collar to tail, some require withers to tail, some require shoulder blades to tail, and some require chest measurement. This video tells you exactly how to measure your dog for a coat.

Some manufacturers ask you to measure their coat by taking the measurement from the collar to the tip of the start of their tail. So simply run up the tape measure from the collar, all the way down the back, to the start of the tail.

Some coat manufacturers ask you to take measurements from the withers to the start of their tail. The withers is the centre of the shoulder blades. So, it’s just here. Then you literally take the measurement and you run it all the way along the back like this. And, in Treacle’s case, he needs a 70cm coat.

Some manufacturers like Ruffwear, for example, ask you to take a girth measurement or chest measurement for your dog. In order to take this measurement correctly, you need to measure the widest point of the ribcage which is just behind their front legs. In Treacle’s case, for example, we’re going to be measuring around like this… and we can see he needs an 85cm measurement.

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