At barker & meowsky we want to ensure that our online customers receive the same expert advice that you would receive were you visiting us personally and consulting with one of our helpful dog and cat stylists. Please feel free to call or email with any questions. Your furry friend's comfort, safety and of course wardrobe are our main concerns! We are always adding new styles with these things in mind.
Follow the steps below to choose the best size for your barker or meowsky.
Keep in mind that every collar, harness and apparel designer may use a different sizing criteria so measurement accuracy is very important. Don’t assume that if your dog has worn a size 12 collar that every size 12 collar is sized the same way.
Measure, measure, measure!
(Measure your pal several times to ensure accuracy. A wiggle at the wrong time can skew results.) Measuring is a team sport, when possible have a fellow 2-legger give you a hand. They can hold the treat while you measure!
Step1: The most accurate way to determine your pal’s collar size is to measure their current collar. Here’s how:
For Buckle Collars - measure from the buckle end at the tine to the hole where your dog is comfortably wearing his current collar. *see tips
For Quick Release (Clip) Collars –Measure from the outside edge of the flat end of the clip to the edge of the collar’s fabric at the opposite clip.
- Choose a collar where that measurement lies towards the center of the collar’s size range. This ensures a comfortable and safe fit.
- When measuring your dog’s current collar make sure that you pay attention to any improvements you would like to see in the fit and consider those things when choosing the appropriate size. (If a collar has slipped over your dog’s head, you may want to go a little bit smaller, etc.)
- For puppies: Think about your pup’s current size and their rate of growth for their age and breed. Target a size that allows for a current fit at the smaller end of a collar’s range with room for growth.
- For adults: Think about any things that may affect how the collar will fit. For example: If your dog will be getting an extreme makeover (summer haircut on a fluffy dog) you may want to allow for that variance. If your best friend is working off some extra pounds allow for that adjustment in sizing.
Apparel & Harnesses:
The most accurate way to determine your pal’s size is to take their measurements. Use these measurements to determine the appropriate size based on the size range provided in each item’s description. Be sure to have your pal standing as naturally as possible for best results. Using a flexible measuring tape is ideal.
Our apparel & harnesses all have a corresponding size chart with two to three measurement points.
Point A – Measure around your pal’s neck making sure your measuring tape is snug but not tight. Measure at the same point at which they wear their collar.
Point B – Measure from just behind the front legs all the way around the circumference of the body, like measuring for a belt. (Girth measurement)
Point C – Measure your pal from the base of their neck (at the collar) to the base of their tail. (This is useful for some harnesses.) Note – see illustration above
- Keep in mind that the same principles that apply to you also apply to your dog. In colder weather layering a sweater or hoodie under a coat is a fantastic way to add warmth.
- Coats should be snug but adjustable enough to allow for layering.
- Look for a style that best complements your pal’s body type. A thicker neck on a sweater may be a better choice on a boston terrier than on a Chihuahua.
- If you have a hard to fit dog (French bulldog, boxer,etc.) we’re here to help. Email us your dog’s measurements for a complementary sizing consult. We will help you choose the right style and size for your friend and can explain the custom sizing options that are available.
- Choose a harness where that measurement lies towards the center of the size range. This ensures a comfortable and safe fit and allows for adjustment as needed.
- We have chosen to carry harness styles that we feel are the most comfortable and secure for your furry friends with an ease of use for you. There are advantages to each style depending on the build of your pal.
- For puppies: Think about your pup’s current size and their rate of growth for their age and breed. Target a size that allows for a current fit at the smaller end of a harnesses’ range with room for growth.
- For adults: Think about any things that may affect the fit. For example: If your dog will be getting an extreme makeover (summer haircut on a fluffy dog) you may want to allow for that variance. If your best friend is working off some extra pounds allow for that adjustment in sizing.