How to Measure

If you have any questions about how sizing works, please contact us prior to ordering.

Basic Sizing Information

Belts and collars are treated the same way, as indicated by the image to the right. The measurement that you give us will become the distance between the tongue of the buckle and the middle hole of the belt or collar. Additional holes will be placed at 1" increments before and after the measurement that you provide to us. For example, a 20" collar will be adjustable to fit 18", 19", 20", 21" and 22" neck.

Please do not send overall measurements of an old dog collar or belt. Since our sizes are set off of actual measurements, the length of the old collar or belt may not match up to the actual measurement that you need. The labels on old collars or belts are quickly irrelevant as well, since they tend to shrink and/or stretch with time.

Does Your Dog Collar Measurement Sound Right?

We know, 30" sounds like a lot for a dog, but you would be surprised. Some general measurements of breeds are:

8"-12" (X-Small): Chihuahuas, Yorkies, Dachshunds, Pomeranians
12"-16" (Small): Shih Tsus, Jack Russell Terriers, Pugs, Italian Greyhounds
16"-20" (Medium): Boxers, Weimeraners, Setters, Vizslas
20"-24" (Large): Labrador and Golden Retrievers, German Shepards, Dobermans, Rottweilers
24" and up (Giants): Newfoundlands, Great Danes, Mastiffs

Make sure that when you are measuring your dog's neck you do not take into consideration the "dangling folds" that they may have in some breeds. Snug, but not too tight, wrap the tape around your dog's neck and take the measurement where the metal tab of the tape touches the tape itself. You will want to make sure that you don't have your fingers under the tape, since that will also make your measurement skewed.

But I ordered a belt, not a dog collar.

A belt is made much the same as a collar. The parts are the same, it's just a longer length leather strap (in most cases). Make sure that when ordering a belt, you take an actual measurement for us to use. Fabric and leather tend to stretch with time, so your pants can stretch with you over time.

Keep in mind as well, you will want to measure where your pants actually hang - not necessarily your waist size. Make sure that you use a cloth tape measure when getting your size as well, the trusty Stanly tape measure will crinkle and not conform to your body - so your belt won't come out the right size.

Wrap the tape around yourself, then take a note of where the metal tab touches the tape once it's around you. You might ask a spouse or friend to let you know if the tape is even, or thread the tape through your belt loops to get an accurate measurement as well. If you are measuring over clothes, the size of belt you will use will also be larger than your actual pant size.

But I don't have a cloth tape measure. I only have my metal tape measure...

If all you have is a good old metal tape measure, there is another alternative. If you have a piece of yarn, string, duct tape, masonry tape or anything else that you can wrap around yourself - do just that. After you've gotten the length of string touching like you would with the cloth tape measure, you can stretch it along a table next to your metal tape measure to get a size.