How to Measure Your Dog Instructions

* If the back length you require is between sizes please mention this in comments section when placing order. 'eg. if you require a 43cm back please select 45cm but ask for a 43cm back in comments section when you place order. If 42cm back please select 40cm back but ask for a 42cm back in comments section when you place order. After placing your order i highly recommend you email a side on photo to if you do not have the time to do this i also find it helpful when the breed and gender of the dog is mentioned in comments. Thank you for


 * Greyhounds and Whippets need to be measured differently, please go to greyhound / whippet coat to find instructions. Any other breed please follow the below instructions:

  1. Neck measurement: Measure round the thickest part of the dogs neck where the coat will do up. Keep measuring tape flush with skin. (When measuring please take notice of the diagram and exactly where the line is showing to measure.)
  2. Back measurement:
    Measure your dog from where neck measurement was taken from along the spine to top of tail. Please take notice of the examples given below
  3. Chest: Measure behind the front legs around the chest keeping tape flush with skin.
  4. Girth measurement: Measure around the smallest section of stomach. If a male please measure between penis and last rib keeping tape flush with skin.


When measuring your dog, your tape measure should be flush with the skin to give the correct measurements of your dog. When we make the coat belt, the girth measurement is used to allow for your dog's weight to alter, if necessary.

Use our guide below for an online estimate (based on Tail to Shoulder measurements) as to which dog breeds are best suited to the Fair Dinkum Dog Coats.

20cm Small Chihuahua
25cm Medium Chihuahua
30cm Pugs, Small Maltese
35cm Medium Maltese, Mini Jack Russells
40cm Shih-Tzu, Boston Terriers, Small Cocker Spaniels, Parsons Jack Russell
45cm Medium Cocker Spaniel, English Staffies
50cm Kelpies, American Staffies
55cm Border Collies, English Setters
60cm Large Border Collie,Pointers, Golden Retrievers, Labradors
65cm German Shepherd, Rottweiler, boxer
70cm Doberman
75cm Burnese Mountain Dog
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