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How To Measure A Dog For A Harness

As a pet parent, you’re always on the lookout for products that offer convenience and comfort to you & your dog? Shopping for your dog’s harness can be a nightmare if you don’t know what’s right for it. It may seem easy, but choosing the perfect harness for your dog can be quite a task. An ill-fitting harness can cause multiple issues for the dog and the walker, including some that can put the animal’s health in danger. So it is important to choose a harness that is comfortable and makes the dog’s walking/ playing experience a pleasant one. Here are some ways you can measure your dog for a harness, so you can get the right product for your dearest friend.

Measure The Right Way

Measuring your fur baby can be tricky; we suggest you get some help to get the measurements right. The aim is to measure your dog the right way and prevent them from wiggling out of a loose harness. Additionally, getting the measurements right will also prevent the harness straps from being too tight around the neck, which may cause discomfort or mishaps. Here’s how you can go about it:

  1. Grab A Measuring Tape– Avoid the quick-fix ways of measuring your dog’s girth, using accessories such as a rope or by estimation. Instead, do this the right way by choosing a measuring tape that can make this task simpler & more accurate for your dog and you.
  2. Measure Your Dog – The best way to measure your dog for a harness can be divided into steps. First, measure from the centre of the chest area and go all the way around the base of the neck. Second, measure around the girth 7cms from the front leg. These measurements will give you an idea of the perfect size of the harness for your dog.
  3. Pick The Right Size For Your Dog – Based on the breed and measurements of the neck and girth of your dog, here’s a table of the right sizes for each of them.
Dog Type Neck (cm) Girth (cm) Ideal for
Small to medium dog sizes 40 – 41 42 – 54 Terriers or dogs of similar size
Small to medium dog sizes  43 – 44cm  43 – 61 Small to medium-sized terriers and similar sized dogs
Small to medium dog sizes 49 – 50 45 – 64 Dogs that are similar to Cocker Spaniels
Small to medium dog sizes 59 – 60 50 – 69 Dogs that are a similar size to Border Collies
Large Dog Sizes  63 – 64  56 – 75 Dogs with deep chests similar to Dalmations
Large Dog Sizes 68 – 69 68 – 69 Dogs that are similar to German Shepards
Large Dog Sizes 74 – 75 64 – 93 Dogs that are similar to Poodles and Golden Retrievers
Large Dog Sizes 74 – 75  72 – 103 Dogs that are a similar size to Rottweilers


  1.   Try It Out– You must try your chosen harness on your dog. It will give you a good idea about the feel of the harness and whether your dog can or cannot wiggle its way out.

When it comes to the safety & protection of your dog, a dog harness is a must-have. Unlike a collar & leash, it offers more comfort, better handling, and ease of walking. Check out Space Textiles’ harness collection if you want to make your daily dog walking experience bliss! We take pride in the quality of harnesses we deliver, which are completely British made and designed for comfort. Check out our exclusive range and shop now! It is time to get your fur baby that perfect harness!

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