How to measure your dog for a Harness.?

Measure Your Dog Perfectly

If you are determined to buy a harness for your dog, and you want to know the actual size of your pet before purchasing, then we are here to guide you to the perfect size of a harness for your companion. The Dog Harness is always the most satisfying choice for your four-leg friend because of its functionality. It prevents choking and any injury. A harness can well distribute pulling pressure to the body and gives more control over your dog during any level of activity.

Every centimeter matters while measuring the size of your dog. Harnesses always have adjustable straps, and these straps will help for perfect fitting. If the size of your dog is just on the boundary of two sizes, we recommend you to take a bigger size. It will be more comfortable than too much tightening your dog.

  • You require a measuring tape and dog treats on your table before sizing. 
  • Grith or Chest measurement is vital for choosing a perfect harness. 
  • Neck measurement is essential for comfort. 
  • Girth is the widest part of your dog’s body, just after the 2-4 inch behind the front legs.
  • You must ensure the correct measurement of the Grith / Chest part. 
  • When measuring the Girth and neck area, make sure the measuring tape is neither tight nor too loose. Otherwise, the size of the harness will not be accurate and can irritate your pet

Measuring Dog Grith:

Measuring Dog Grith is mandatory. The size of the Grith/Chest is most critical while sizing your dog. Girth is the size of the dog’s chest. And should be measured after the front legs with flexible cloth tape. Start measuring from the side of the rib cage, drive it around the deepest part of the chest, and end it where you started.

Measuring Dog Neck:

The second measuring position is the dog’s neck. Cover the measuring strip around the thickest part of your dog’s neck and take that size. Remember that the neck part is right on the edge of the dog’s shoulder (also known as lower neck), not where the dog wears a collar.


Its starts from the base of the neck and up to the tip of the tail. Either you have required a short, medium, or full-length harness, you can choose the length according to your requirement. Please note that the length of a harness is not an essential measurement. It varies from product to product.


If you are ordering a customized dog harness or winter jacket you also need the following measurements for perfect fit.

Neck to Armpit (Underside of a Dog)

Start measuring this curve length from the throat of the dog and end at the behind of the foreleg.

Belly / Waist of a Dog

The waist is the belly of a dog known as rear Grith. It is the narrowest part of the body in front of the back legs. If you want to measure the waist of your dog, then loosely measure the thinnest part.

Armpit to Armpit

Measure the distance between both front legs.

Fitting of dog Harness

When you put on a harness, make sure it should be loose so that it can easily slip on your dog’s body (do not tight it at this point). Before tightening it, you should make sure there must be a two-finger space between the harness and the dog’s body. Fasten the buckles on both sides and adjust the size and fit accordingly. For the K9 and Step-in harness, you need to tighten the belly strap only.


While sizing your dog for a harness, there must be a two-finger space between the harness and your dog’s body. A margin of 2 inches will accommodate any weight gain or coat growth.  That is also for the reserved space for breathing, this also help to prevent irritation to your dog’s body and neck, and when you remove it, there will be no imprints in the dog’s fur. If the measurement overlaps, then choose the bigger size. 

In case of any query please feel free to ask.