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Measuring your dog

We’ve kept it simple

You need to give us just a few simple measurements for your dachshund: the neck circumference, the chest circumference, the waist and hip measurements, and the all-important neck to tail measurement.  You don't need to know these measurements when you order a coat.  We'll send you an email with our easy to use measuring form, and you can enter the measurements online when you're ready.  We'll check the measurements you give us, and if anything doesn't look right we'll contact you before starting production. It's the same to order a dog collar or bandana, we need only the neck circumference, which we'll ask you for after you've placed your order. 

measuring your dachshund

 

What should I use to measure my dog?

You need a flexible plastic or cloth tape measure to accurately measure the rounded shape of your dog.  A straight school ruler or a metal retractable builder’s measure won’t be accurate enough.  If you don’t have a flexible tape measure then use a piece of string or a shoelace and then carefully measure the string.

How should I measure my dog?

Don’t measure too tightly or too loosely.  You should be able to run a finger between the measuring tape or string and your dog's body.  We’ll add some ease to the sizing during the pattern drafting process.  If the coat style has velcro fastenings these will give you some more flexibility for sizing, for example if you are layering the coat with a fleece snuggler underneath, or if your dog is a little bigger or smaller than before.  Measure your dog when she or he is standing up, not when they are lying down.  

What about girly bits and boy bits?

Our current coat styles are unisex and don’t need any extra measurements to accommodate boy bits.  

 

These are the five measurements we need to make your dog's coat

A - Neck circumference 

Measure the total distance around your dog’s neck at the collar point, where the collar naturally sits on her body when she is standing up.  This is not necessarily the narrowest point of the neck, which will be a bit further up towards the head.

B - Chest circumference 

We need the circumference of your dog’s chest, measured just behind the front legs.  In dachshunds this is the widest part of their chest.  

C - Waist circumference

This is the distance around your dog’s chest measured right in the centre of his or her back.  Unlike a human, this is not the narrowest part of the body!

D - Hip circumference

Here we need the distance around your dog's back, measured just in front of the back legs.  

E - Back length

This is the length of your dachshund's back. You should measure this from the neck of your dog at her collar point to the base of her tail.  Please measure this twice so that you are 100% certain!