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I am asked a lot about dog sweaters, coats and sweatshirts for larger dogs. The fashion has been to put your small dog in a dog sweater and carry her around in your purse or let her prance around in her frilly little garment. More and more lately however, people have been wanting to put their larger dog in a sweatshirt or sweater. The problem is getting it sized correctly.

There have been some articles that I’ve seen explaining how to fit your large dog into a large dog sweater or sweatshirt. These articles, I think go into way to much detail. I mean yes, it’s important to get your dog into the right size large dog sweater. However this is not rocket science people!

So, first of all you do need to measure your dog. The most important measurement is from the base of his neck to the base of his tail along the top of his back. Keeping in mind that unlike human clothes, dog clothes do not have any kind of standardized sizing charts, this measurement will go a long way towards getting your dog into the right size large dog sweater or sweat shirt. The are some other measurements that you can take, like around the chest etc. but really the one along the top of the back is the most important one.

Here is a brief chart to show you some guidelines to keep in mind once you have measured your dog from the base of his neck along his back to the base of his tail. 4 to 6 inches = Extra Extra Small 7 to 9 inches = Extra small 10 to 14 inches =Small 15 to 17 inches = Medium 18 to 21 inches = Large 22 to 25 inches = Extra Large 26 to 30 inches = Extra Extra Large

Anything over 30 inches you should maybe start looking in to small horse blankets!!

It’s important to not have the large dog sweater be to baggy underneath. This can lead to all kinds of unwanted mishaps. The dog may of course have a tendency to trip over the sweater. There is also the possibility of him taking a potty break on the inside rather than the outside of the sweater. Not good!

You want to make sure you get him a sweater that he likes to wear. If it’s too tight or to lose he may begin scratching of chewing on it which is also not the desired effect you are going for.

If you use the above chart, you should be very close to getting your large dog the large dog sweater that you like and that he can tolerate.


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