How to Measure a Dog for a Harness

How to measure a dog for a harness

Now that you’ve made the decision to acquire a harness for your dog, you need to find out how to get one that’s the proper size. It’s common knowledge that canines come in a wide range of sizes. Taking a few measures is the best bet because dog breeds (and even individual dogs of the same breed) all have distinctive body types. You can’t only look at the weight because a 25-kilogram British bulldog will not have the same fit as a 25-kilogram greyhound. For a starting point, you can use the following measures to see if a harness will fit your pet.

• Chest

Your dog’s body circumference should be measured from its broadest point right behind its knees at the bottom of its rib cage all the way up and over its back and back down again.

• Weight

Numerous manufacturers of harnesses base their sizing on the user’s body weight. If your dog is hesitant to step onto the scales with you, try getting on them first and then picking up your pet. Your dog’s weight will be the determining factor.

• Neck

Take the measurement around your dog’s widest area of the neck, which is above the shoulders and not where the collar rests.