Measuring Dogs

measureNeck (all harnesses) – Measure from just ahead of the withers at the base of the neck to the top of the breastbone, then double this measurement. Work the tape under the fur, pull it snug but not stretched. Measure the dog, not the fur! Measure only one side of the dog then double the measurement. Wrapping the tape measure all the way around the neck may distort the measurement.

Neck fit is critical. When properly fitted, where the webbing crosses at the “Y” below the neck, the webbing should cross right on the breastbone. At the same time you are holding the webbing in place on the breastbone, check to see that the “Y” at the top of the neck, crosses where the neck joins the withers (shoulder blades). If in doubt about fit call us.

Tail (x-back, recreation) – Start tape at top of breastbone. Pass between front legs, then up around rib cage to base of tail. Lift tail to feel join.  Check fit of tail length by pulling on webbing to see of the webbing will come to the base of the tail. Webbing should not come to the base of the tail unless there is tension against it. The more coast the dog has, the more tension is required.

Rib (siwash cart, freight/weight pull,  yukon) - Start tape at top of breastbone, pass between front legs, then straight back to last rib.

Rear (freight/weight pull, yukon) – Start tape at top of breastbone, pass between front legs, then to back of thigh (where the spreader bar goes).

Standard sizes that may be used as guideline for your measurements.

18″ neck, 35-45 lb.

20″ neck, 45-55 lb.

22″ neck, 55-70 lb.

24″ neck, 70-85 lb.

26″ neck, 85-100 lb.

28″ neck, 100-115 lb.

30″ neck, 115-130 lb.