How to Size Your Pet

The following diagrams and information should provide a helpful guide to helping you measure your pet correctly. 

We sometimes get requests from customers to indicate the "correct" size for their pet when they are purchasing pet clothing, footwear or accessories. We offer information, but ultimately, this decision has to rest with the customer for a number of reasons. Foremost, pets of the same breed may differ and have different sizes based on weight, age, stature and so forth. The same dog apparel will fit dogs of different breeds and of the same weight differently.

To ensure a correct fit, please ensure that your pet is standing. You won't get accurate measurements if the pet is sitting or lying down. If this is difficult, offer little incentives (eg. Treats) to get them to stand still, or measure when your pet is calm and not over excited.

If you don’t make a fuss of it, neither will they!

A note on Sizing Charts:

My Pets Wardrobe carries clothing lines from many different designers that often have very different sizing scales. To make this easier we have broken our clothing lines into 3 separate sizing scales:

  1. Small to Medium Pets (Pink Sizing Chart)
  2. Small, Medium & Large Pets (Green Sizing Chart)
  3. Medium to Large Pets (Purple Sizing Chart)

We have done this because some of our suppliers only deal with small pets, some cater for all sizes and some lines that are specifically for the larger breeds. Each sizing charts is colour coordinated. Each product page has a sizing chart that accompanies that product.

We strongly recommend that you read all sizing information for each piece of clothing VERY carefully to insure you get the best fit for your pet, and avoid any costly return shipping fees.

Small To Medium Pets

My Pets Wardrobe Sizing Chart

 Example Breeds: (Guide Only):

    Small: Tiny Toy breeds, Chihuahua, small Yorkie

    Medium: Maltese, sm Pug, Silky, Yorkie, Mini Foxy

    Large: Shih Tzu, Mini Poodle, Pekinese, Lhasa Apso

    Extra Large: Shih Tzu, Bichon, Mini Schnauzer, Pug

    2 Extra Large: Westie, Beagle, Scottish Terrier

Small, Medium Large Pets

 ExMy Pets Wardrobe Sizing Chartample Breeds: (Guide Only):

    Size 1: Toy breeds, Chihuahua, sm Yorkie

    Size 2: Maltese, Jack Russell, Sm Pug, Shih Tzu

    Size 3: Shih Tzu, Mini Poodle, Pekinese, Lhasa Apso

    Size 4: Beagle, Bichon Frise, Lrg Pug, Westie

    Size 5: Bulldog, Collie, Schnauzer, Springer Spaniel  

         Size 6: Border Collie, Dalmatian, Golden Retriever

Medium To Large Pets

My Pets Wardrobe Sizing Chart

 Example Breeds: (Guide Only):

    L-XS: Beagle, Whippet, Scottish Terrier

    L-S: Cocker Spaniel, Staffy,    

    L-M: Greyhound, Border Collie, Bulldog

    L-L: Greyhound, Labrador, Golden Retriever

    L-XL: Lab, Golden Retrie., German Shepard, Rottweiler



Using the measurements to size your pet correctly.

In order to find the right size of clothing for your dog, please complete the following measurements with a measuring tape. If you don’t have a measuring tape use a piece of string or a shoe lace, measure them and then measure the string against a ruler or tape measure.

        1. "Chest Girth"

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Is the size of your dogs chest, at the widest point, which is generally found directly behind the front legs and up and over the back, or alternatively the thickest part of the body. It is our opinion that this is the most important measurement for clothing

2. "Back Length"

The Length measurement is from the base of the neck, to the base of the tail. This is the most common measurement for clothing, however the back length will not matter if the chest measurement is not appropriate. Use this more as a guide to how low your shirt or dress will be on your pet's back.

3. "Neck Circumference"

The neck measurement is taken around the dogs neck where their collar would naturally sit. This size should always be measured when sizing for a collar.


Please remember wearing clothing is not a natural experience for them. Some pets slip into clothes quite easily,others may need a little training, lots of cuddles and/or some reassurance to get used to their new clothes. Patience is the key. If your pet tries to take their clothing off themselves, stop the behaviour and take the clothes off yourself. This will eliminate some dogs from chewing  and ruining the clothes. They do get used to wearing clothing over time. Every dog is different. Our dogs all wore clothes from when they were puppies, so they know they when 'Mum' goes into their wardrobe they are either a. going out, b. people coming over, or c. they have some new products to test out! They both get very excited and it is a positive experience for them. Some of our other 'older' doggy friends who have just started wearing clothes were a little suspicious of their clothes at first but they have had no problems and they now love wearing their clothes.

Puppies will out grow their clothes, so please take this into consideration when purchasing. Small dogs are generally fully grown between the age of 7-8 months, medium to large breeds take a little longer, approximately 1-2 years. Please check with your vet for exact times regarding your breed.


6 tips for how to get your dog used to wearing clothes!

  1. Make sure the outfit is the right size and fits well as it may annoy your pooch and or obstruct his/her movement or vision.
  2. Put clothes on your dog right before you take them out for walkies or to do their business.
  3. You need to act like nothing is unusual. If you make a fuss, then so will they!
  4. Make sure your dog doesn't overheat.  Observe their breathing pattern, if they are breathing 100 or more breaths per minute they are over heating.
  5. Keep walks with clothing short until your dog is used to the clothes. This will help prevent them from overheating.  
  6. Do not let your doggy remove his/her own clothing. Make sure you are doing that for them!


Harness & Collar Information

Manufacturers vary on measurements depending on a particular product. For your pet's safety and comfort, please measure for a dog collar by measuring your dog's neck, not the size of their current collar.

As a general guide, you should be able to fit two fingers (flat) easily between the tape and your dog's neck. Remember, a collar or harness shouldn't be tight around your dog's neck and it wouldn't be the exact measurement of your dog's neck. But for safety reasons....so it doesn't snag on something, it shouldn’t be too loose either. A snug fit is what you are aiming for.

For Harness measurements please refer to the sizing table (found on product page), it includes both Chest & Neck measurements, which are described in the above sections. Note: Because collars may vary so much, please do NOT buy our collars or harnesses according to other pet store sizing charts, or current collar sizes.

Dog collars and their uses..

There are a lot of dog collars on the market and depending on what you are looking for, there will generally be a collar to match. Daily collars are great to house an I.D tag or form of identification, in case your pet escapes from your property. Dress collars, are those flashy, sparkly collars for special occasions. Personalised collars are great to add some individuality to your pet. You can simply spell their name out, or a nickname or add diamante charms like a love heart to express their personality. 

What are some of the uses of dog harnesses?

  1. To avoid collars cutting into your pets neck when you take them for a walk – the stress is spread out more evenly across their chest.
  2. You have more control over your pet when wearing a harness.
  3. Harnesses are more difficult to get out of over regular collars – so if you have an escape dog on your hands, they wont be able to flip their collars and run away from you.
  4. You can help lift larger dogs into the car more easily using a harness.

There are different types of harnesses and they all have different purposes. Some are practical and useful on a daily basis and then you have fashion harnesses which can be shaped into a vest for our little men or a dress for our little ladies for special occasions. Depending on the task you want to carry out, you must choose the right harness to fit the situation. Padded mesh harnesses are great for daily walks. Dress harnesses are great for when you want to take them out with you. It combines a dress/vest and their harness all in one, so there is no need to try and get that harness over their outfit.


Dog Shoes, Slippers & Socks Information

For most dogs, footwear is a new concept. Some dogs will slip into shoes quite easily, others will need training. The first time your dog tries on a pair of Dog Shoes, it will be difficult not to laugh, as the dog will generally do a little dance as they get used to the shoes, this is normal.



Once you have the booties in place and fitted correctly, go out and engage in your pup's favourite activity: chasing a ball, catching a flying disk or just running. After about 15 minutes double-check the closure on the boots and adjust. This is considered the "break in" period where the upper softens and conforms to the dog's paws. If your dog is refusing to walk or is having trouble adjusting, it may take a little longer for you to train them to wear the boots, but it is defiantly doable!!

We suggest putting the booties on your pet for short periods of time, daily, even if they do not walk in them at first, cuddles or attention to let them know it is ok will help your pet to adjust. Increase the time spent in the shoes and start to entice them with a favourite toy or treat. Eventually they will forget they are there and will walk normally as if they don’t have shoes on at all! When your pet is settled into their new booties, you and your buddy are ready to explore!

Use common sense and allow some time for your dog to become accustomed to the booties on daily walks. Just as you would never go out on a big hike with new hiking boots, start off on easy hikes and work into the big ones with your dog's new footwear. Also, you wouldn’t want to stick your size 10 foot in a size 8 shoe because it would be incredibly uncomfortable! The same goes for your dog, which is why we’re here to help you measure your dog’s foot to ensure a correct comfortable fit.

When sizing your pet for their new shoes, slippers or socks, please make sure that they are in a standing position. As this is the stance they will be in when walking and ensures even displacement of the paw. Take a piece of paper and place their paw on top. Mark a line at the front and back of the paw and on each side. Take a ruler or measuring tape and work out the dimensions.

When you have taken the measurements compare them to the sizing table. The width and length of the foot should be slightly smaller than the boot size to ensure a snug fit.


How to measure your pets head for Hats & UV Protection

Stylish dog hats have always been popular with dog lovers and their pooches just love the extra attention they get! But they’re even more popular with today’s concern about the damaging effects of the sun. Many vets tell us how important it is to protect our dog’s eyes and sensitive skin from the harmful rays of the sun. We all have our sun hats on to protect ourselves...and we want to do the same for our favourite little friends!


How to measure:

For the correct fit, please measure the length of head from ½” above dog’s brow to back of head and the width is measured between their ears.

Example is shown on the diagram above.


More Information:

The best determination of size can only be made if the actual pet is being measured and manufacturer recommendations are being followed. Please buy our clothing and accessories according to your pets measurements, not the clothing size. We cant stress how important this is! Please choose your size carefully.


There is no such thing as a standard size when it comes to dog clothing. A skinny 5kg dog will wear a different size than a thicker 5kg dog. If you need assistance regarding measuring or sizing your pet please contact us prior to purchase at info@mypetswardrobe.com.au.

We use 3 different sizing scales for our clothing:

  1. Small to Medium Pets (Pink Sizing Chart)
  2. Small, Medium & Large Pets (Green Sizing Chart)
  3. Medium to Large Pets (Purple Sizing Chart)

We strongly recommend that you read all sizing information for each piece of clothing VERY carefully to insure you get the best fit for your pet, and avoid any costly return shipping fees.

Gifts for other dogs. Buying gifts for other people’s pets can be a tricky subject. My Pets Wardrobe highly recommends that you give us a call and let us help you pick out the right size for your gift. If at all possible, please try to find out what breed the dog is, and whether the dog is small, normal, or large for that particular breed.


Thankyou for taking the time to read this information! We hope that it will help in choosing the perfect outfit and/or accessory for your pet!

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