Sizing Your Dog
There are so many different sizes and shapes of dogs. We have done our best to offer suitable range of big dog apparel based on a sampling of several hundred dogs. Each size has a variance in girth of 4". Your dog may fall at the smaller end of the size, right in the middle, or on the upper limit. The jacket may be larger or smaller fitting on your dog depending where on the size range they fall. Even those dogs that are on the smaller size of a particular size, the fit is still suitable.
There are a few jacket styles that fit a little bit more snug. The dog coats this is referring to are the Sherpas and the Hoodies. If your dog is on the outer limit i.e. 29.5" (medium), you should bump him/her up to a Large. All of the hoodies are the same way.
To avoid ordering the wrong size, PLEASE accurately measure your dog AND it really helps to include your dog's chest and length measurement in particular, along with approximate weight in the comments section when you are checking out. We can save you a lot of trouble of ordering the incorrect jacket for your big dog! We will contact you to correct your size if needed.
Please note that each manufacture has different sizes. Idawg's fit is unique from any other vendor because we have customized it for our particular fit. Just because you normally order a "Large" dog coat for your dog, it is very likely you may not order a Large with Idawg.
It is recommended you fit the chest first and length second, as many of the fabrics have no stretch. If the girth is too small, the jacket will NOT fit. AGAIN, the girth measurement is by far the most important measurement.
It is ok if your dog's length is a little longer (no more than 6" is ideal) from where the jacket ends. It is too difficult to give a perfect fitting length to every dog.
A note on the XL Long - this size is the same as the XL but it is 5" longer in length to accommodate the longer length dog, i.e. long deep-chested Greyhounds, small Dane's, etc. Idawg's XL Long does NOT fit every Great Dane. This is important to note. We are presently designing a Giant Breed size that is more catered to the Great Dane body. It will just be slightly narrow in the front chest for other breeds i.e. mastiff's etc. which is not a bad idea because it gives them more room to move.
Measuring Your Dog
- Measure the chest at its broadest point, which is usually 1-2" behind the front legs. The chest measurement must be an exact fit so it's important to be very accurate down to the inch.
We recommend use of a fabric measuring tape when determining your pet's chest measurements. If you do not have one, use a piece of yarn or string and measure it up against a ruler.
If you should need additional assistance with sizing, please contact us. Anytime you are unsure or just want some guidance, we would be more than happy to help you find the right sizing to fit your big dog's needs.
- Measure your pet from base of the neck to base of the tail. Again, because dogs come in all shapes and sizes, fit will vary greatly for each dog. As mentioned above, it is okay for your big dog's coat to be up to 6-7" shorter than it's actual length. Some dog's base of their tail is quite low.
Again, if you're unsure about what size to order, enter your dog's measurements and approximate weight in the comments section of your order, along with the breed/s of your dog. If it's a mixed breed let us know what type of dog it most closely resembles i.e.: Husky, Rottweiler, Labrador, Boxer, etc. We should be able to determine your dog's size. You can also email us at email@example.com or call for a more immediate response 206-371-1962.
The following are examples of breeds that fit our sizes. Please use this only as a guide.
S - (~17-30 lbs) Staffordshire Terriers, Cocker Spaniels, Beagle, West Highland Terriers, Miniature Poodles, etc.
M - (~ 45-65 pounds) - Smaller labs or lab mixes, some Boxers, smaller APBT's, smaller English Bulldogs (check length), etc.
L - Chest broadens more (~66-90 lbs) - Larger Boxer, Full grown Labrador Retriever, larger Pitbull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terriers.etc.
XL - (~90-130 lbs) Golden Retriever, Rottweiler, Doberman Pincher, American Bulldog, other large-chested mixed breeds.
XL (long) - (~ 100-130 lbs. 5 inches added to length of XL) small Great Danes, Large Rhodesian Ridgebacks, smaller sized Mastiffs, Greyhounds, etc.
Again, Please don't hesitate to email your measurements or questions and we will get back to you within 1 day. You can also call us for quicker assistance.