We have had a number of people asking about how to measure their dachshund, so we thought we would let you all know.
Proper fit is especially important for dogs. Wearing anything on their bodies is an alien concept to them, and they will not be comfortable with the experience if they feel constricted or their movement is hindered. Improper fit can even be dangerous - too tight can impair blood circulation or interfere with natural movement and breathing, and garments that are too loose can create safety hazards by tangling in your dog's legs or falling down over their eyes. Beside that, just like us, our pets simply look better in properly fitted clothes!
Also, just like us, individual dogs vary in size and physique. Size ranges such as 'small, medium and large' can also be deceptive, as everyone's perception of generalised sizes is a bit different. The only truly accurate way to choose the right sized garments for your dog is to use your dog's actual measurements. Just like in human clothing sizing, there are certain key measurements for each type of dog garment.
We recommend you measure the following four areas:
Neck - around the neck where the collar sits comfortably
Length - from where the collar sits on the neck to the base of the tail
Chest - around the middle directly behind the front legs
Girth - around the tummy