Measuring your dog
and analyzing the dimensions for Hurtta products
Back length is measured from the withers to the base of the tail while the dog stands in the normal position (not from the collar). When measuring the back length, be very careful as depending on the dog’s position, the dimensions may vary by several inches. The back length of Hurtta jackets and coats may be at least 2” smaller in small size classes and 4” smaller in large size classes.
Neckline is taken from the widest part of the dog’s neck, i.e. from the base of the neck. The neckline of Hurtta jackets & coats may be several inches larger than the neck measurement, as the neckline of Hurtta jackets & coats can be adjusted smaller.
Chest/girth is taken from the widest part of the dog’s chest behind the forelegs. In order to have sufficient room for movement, the chest measurement of Hurtta jackets & coats must be at least 2” larger in small size classes and at least 4” larger in large size classes. Breeds with long and thick fur need more room for the chest than dogs with short fur.
Waist/girth is taken from the narrowest section of the dog’s stomach in front of the hind legs. Always in front of the sex organs of a male dog, however. Together with the chest measurement, also the waist measurement can be several inches larger than the dog’s waist measurement. The adjustability is important especially to male dogs and breeds with a narrow waist.
Front leg is measured from the bottom of the chest along the inside of the leg to the wrist bone. The front leg should be shorter than the inside length of the dog’s leg. So that the dog can safely run and play while wearing a Hurtta jacket or coat, the front legs should at most reach the dog’s wrist. The length is correct when the front leg reaches the dog’s forearm.