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Coat Sizing Tips

Coat Sizing Tips

                                                        Breed Chart Below

The coat size is the back measurement of the coat.  These are genuine Foggy Mountain Dog Coats with the even number size tag inside the neck opening.  I have added 1/2" to my sizes on the ordering pages to reflect the coat's actual back measurement.  Ex:  Size 12 measures 12.5"-same for all the sizes.

I would like to help you by giving you some tips to help you find the right size.  Most coats that need exchanged are exchanged for a smaller size. 

Your dog MUST be standing straight.  Sitting, laying down or holding the dog will result in an incorrect back measurement/size.

The hardest part is finding the "base of neck" and keeping his fanny up while you measure.  If his fanny drops down while you are measuring this will extend the length and the coat will be too big.

Finding the base of neck-The base of the neck is where the shoulder blades start.  You want to have your dog standing straight and run your fingers down the back of his neck untill you feel where the shoulder blades start-this is the base of the neck. 

With your dog still standing straight with his head up you want to measure from his base of neck (cover the shoulder blades but not further up the neck) to the base of his tail without letting his fanny drop down while you measure.  Sometimes it will take a third hand to "prop" under the belly to be sure that fanny doesn't drop down. 

Check Breed Chart below-if your dog is not in the "average" sizes for his breed you may want to ask yourself if he is smaller or larger than the typical dog of his breed.  Dogs like people come in all sizes and shapes.  The breed chart is taken from the standard for their breeds.

If your dog is between sizes you may want to consider these tips:

Tail up-Round down Except if your dog is muscular and/or chunky like a Pitt or Bull Terrier

Tail down-Round up-Except if your dog is small boned and/or slender

Round up-Large muscular or chunky dogs

Round down-small boned or slender dogs

Short legged dogs-if your dog has short legs (height challenged!) and has a rectangular body type instead of a square body type you may want to look at the Dachshund cut coats.  They are designed with shorter sides (from the floor up) and smaller necks. 

Examples:  Shih-Tzu, Lhasa Apso, Maltese, Yorkie

If you find your dog's size is much larger or smaller than the recommended sizes below you may want to double-check his back measurement.

Approximate Coat Size (from base of neck to base of tail)

 

Breed Approximate Size Special Cut/Comments
Airedale 22, 24  
Am Staff 20, 22                      
Aussie 20, 22, 24  
Aust. Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler) 20  
Aust. Terr 14  
Basenji 13, 14, 16       Watch the uppy tail when measuring 
Basset 20-22 Basset Cut
Beagle 14, 16, 18  
Bedlington 18 Whippet Cut
Bichon 12, 13, 14 Small, Short-see Dachshund Cut
Bloodhound 26, 28  
Border Collie 20, 22  
Border Terrier 12, 13, 14  
Boston Terr 12, 13, 14 Large, round=see French Bulldog Cut
Bouvier 26-28  
Boxer 20, 22, 24  
Briard 26-28  
Brittany 18, 20  
Brussels Griffon 12, 13  
Bull Terrier 18, 20 Round up in coat size
Bull Terrier (Min) 16  
Bulldog 17, 19 Bulldog Cut-Only Bulldogs can wear these
Bulldog (American) 24  Regular cut coat
Cairn Terrier 12,13,14  
Cavalier 12, 13, 14  
Ches Bay Ret 24-26  
Chihuahua 8, 10, 12 Short, petite maybe Dachshund Cut
Chinese Crested 12, 13, 14  Skinny=maybe Dachshund Cut
Cocker 14, 16, 18  
Corgi (Cardigan) 20, 22 see Basset Cut
Corgi (Pembroke) 16, 18 If narrow-bodied see Dachshund cut

Dachshund-Mini

Dachshund-Standard                

10, 12, 13, 14

16, 18

Dachshund Cut

Old Fashioned Standard Dachshund, Corgi

Dalmation 22, 24, 26  
Deerhound 32, 34 Great Dane Cut
Doberman 22, 24, 26  
Fox Terrier 14, 16  
Fox Terrier (Toy) 8, 10  
Foxhound 24-26  
French Bulldog 12, 13, 14, 16 French Bulldog Cut
German Pinscher 14, 16  
German Shepherd 26, 28  
German Shorthair Pointer 20, 22, 24  
Giant Schnauzer 24-26  
Golden Retriever 24, 26, 28  
Gordon Setter 26  
Great Dane 32, 34 Great Dane Cut
Great Pyrenees 32 Great Dane Cut
Greyhound 26-28 Greyhound Cut
Havanese 14, 16 If skinny-see Dachshund cut
Ibizan 22, 24  
Irish Setter 26-28  
Irish Wolfhound 34 Great Dane Cut
Italian Greyhound 13, 15, 16 IG Cut
Jack Russell 12,13,14,16  
Japanese Chin 12,13,14  
Labrador Ret 22, 24, 26  
Lhasa Apso 12-13-14 If skinny, see dachshund cut
Maltese 12, 13, 14 If short, skinny, see dachshund cut
Manchester Terrier 13, 14, 16  
Mastiff (Bull) 26, 28  
Mastiff (English) 32, 34 Great Dane Cut - Check neck Measurement
Min Pin 8, 10, 12  
Newfoundland 32 Great Dane Cut
Norfolk Terrier 12,13  
Norwich 12,13  
Otter Hound 26, 28  
Papillon 12,13 If skinny, short-see Dachshund cut
PBGV 20, 22 Basset Cut
Pekingese 12,13,14 If skinny, short-see Dachshund cut
Pharoah Hound 24  
Pit Bull 20, 22, 24  Big, muscular=round up
Pomeranian 10, 12, 13  Uppy Tail-round down except chubby
Poodle (min) 12-13-14  Uppy Tail-round down except chubby
Poodle (Standard) 22-24  
Poodle Toy 8-10  
Pug 12, 13, 14 Chubby, Round-See French Bulldog Cut
Rat Terrier (Standard) 13, 14  
Rat Terrier (Toy) 10"  
Rhodesian Ridgeback 24, 26, 28  
Rottweiler 24, 26, 28  
Saluki 24  
Schipperke 12"  
Schnauzer (Giant) 24-26  
Schnauzer (Min) 12  
Schnauzer (Standard) 18"  
Scottie 12-14  
Setter (English) 24  
Setter (Gordon) 24, 26  
Setter (Irish) 24, 26  
Sheltie (Mini) 13, 14  
Sheltie (Standard) 16, 18  
Shih Tzu 12, 13, 14 If short, skinny, long=see Dachshund cut
Silky Terrier 12, 13, 14, 16 If short, skinny, long=see Dachshund cut
Springer 20-22  
Staffordshire Bull 16, 18  
Sussex Spaniel 18, 20, 22 Some - Basset Cut
Vizsla 18, 20  
Weimaraner 24, 26  
Westie 12, 13, 14  
Wheaton Terrier 18, 20, 22  
Whippet 18, 20, 22 Whippet Cut
Wolfhound 32,34 Great Dane Cut
Yorkie 8, 10, 12, 13 Short and/ or long bodied-see Dachshund cut