Dog Apparel and Clothes

How to Measure For A Perfect Plus Size Pups Fit

Weigh Your Pup

Weight is an important measurement when trying to fit your dog for apparel and clothes.  Dogs can produce vast variations of weight even in their breed group. 

  1. Using a household scale, place your pup on the scale and make note of the weight
  2. If you pup will not stand on the scale or is too big to place four legs on the scale, then:
    • Weigh yourself first and write your weight down
    • Pick up your pup and weigh yourself holding the pup. Write the combined weight down
    • Subtract your weight from the combined weight of you and your pup
    • You now have the weight of your pup
If you have a puppy that is still growing, then you’ll need to decide if you want the garment to still fit once he/she is full grown.  If that is the case, check for the breed or dominate mix breed category for your pup and verify the breed's full-grown weight.

    Take Measurements

    The best way to measure is with a cloth or fabric measuring tape. If you do not have one, use a piece of string or yarn to measure then lay it next to a yardstick, ruler or retractable measuring tape.
    For a good fit, Plus Size Pups recommends that you take and write down the following four measurements:

    1. Neck to Base of the Tail
    2. Full Girth Size
    3. Full Neck Size
    4. Across the Front of the Chest

    If your dog is still a puppy yet you want the garment to fit once full grown, select the size based on the breed's full grown weight. 

    Compare Your Pup's Weight and Measurements to the Plus Size Pups Sizing Chart

    Size Dog Weight Neck to Base of Tail Full Girth Full Neck Across the Chest
     PSP-2/4 2 to 4 Pounds 9" - 11" 13" - 15" 9" - 11" 3" - 4"
    PSP-5/8 5 to 9 Pounds 11" - 12" 15" - 16" 11" - 13" 4" - 5"
    PSP-9/12 9 to 12 Pounds 12" - 14" 16" - 17" 12" - 13" 5" - 6"
    PSP-12/15 12 to 15 Pounds 14" - 16" 18" - 20" 13" - 14" 7" - 8"
    PSP-16/30 16 to 30 Pounds 17" - 19" 20" - 23" 14" - 16" 8" - 10"
    31 to 55 Pounds 17" - 21" 24" - 32" 17" - 22" 11" - 15"
    56 to 80 Pounds 18" - 25" 31" - 34" 19" - 23" 13" - 17"
    PSP-56/110 56 to 110 Pounds 20" - 26" 25" - 35" 18" - 24" 9" - 12"
    PSP-110/++ 110++ Pounds 28" - 32" 33" - 40" 24" - 30" 13" - 18"


    Plus Size Pups Size Compared to Typical Breeds

    The below chart is a comparison of Typical Breeds to the Plus Size Pup sizes garments.

    Helpful Hint:  If your pup is a mixed breed, select the dominate breed as the comparison.  

     Size Dog Breed or Dog Body Type
    PSP-2/4 Chihuahuas (Toy), Fox Terriers (Toy), Maltese (Toy), Pomeranians (Toy), Japanese Chin
    PSP-5/8 Chihuahua (NOT Toy), Brussels Griffons, Chinese Crested, Dachshunds (Mini), Miniature Pinschers (Small), Papillons, Pekingese (Mini), Pomeranian (Mini), Shih Tzu (Mini), Yorkshire Terrier (Small)
    PSP-9/12 Bichon Frises, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (Petite), Dachshunds (Standard), Havanese, Jack Russel Terrier (Small), Miniature Pinscher, Norwich Terriers, Pekingese (Standard), Pomeranian, Rat Terrier, Shih Tzu (Small), Silky Terrier
    PSP-12/15 Border Terrier, Boston Terrier, Cairn Terrier, French Bulldog (Mini), Italian Greyhound, Jack Russel Terrier (Large), Lhasa Apsos, Miniature Schnauzers, Poodle (Mini), Pug, Shih Tzu (Large), West Highland White Terrier, Wirehaired Fox Terrier
    PSP-16/30 Australian Cattle Dog, Basenji, Beagle, boarder Collie, Brittany Spaniel, Bull Terrier (Small), Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Cocker Spaniel, English Cocker Spaniel, French Bulldog (Large), Keeshond (Small), Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Pug (Large Pudgy), Scottish Terrier (Large), Shetland Sheepdog, Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Small), Standard schnauzers, Welsh Terrier, Whippet
    Airedale Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Australian Shepherd, Basset Hound, Belgian Malinois, Boxer (Small), Bull Terrier (Large), Bulldog, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Chinese Shar-Pei, Chow Chow, Collie, Dalmatian, English Bulldog (Standard), English Setter, German Shorthaired Pointer, Giant Schnauzer, Gordon Setter, Irish Setter (Small), Keeshond (Large) Norwegian Elkhound, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Poodle (Standard) Portuguese Water Dog, Samoyed, Siberian Husky, Vizsla, Weimaraner
    Bloodhound (Big Chested), Doberman Pinscher (Big Chested), English Bulldog (Large), Labrador Retriever (Big Chested), Rhodesian Ridgeback (Big Chested), Rottweiler (Big Chested)
    PSP-56/110 Afghan Hound, Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Bernese Mountain Dog, Bloodhound, Borzois, Bouviers des Flandres, Boxer, Doberman Pinscher, Flat-Coated Retriever, German Shepherd, German Wirehaired pointer, Golden Retriever, Great Pyrenees, Irish Wolfhound, Labrador retriever, Old English Sheepdog, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rottweilers
    PSP-110/++ Bullmastiff, Great Dane, Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Mastiff, Newfoundland, Saint Bernard