perfect fit measuring information


The secret to a perfect fit & a warm, happy whippet is to measure & weigh your whippet correctly as your coat will be made to order. 

We love what we do for whippets & pride ourselves with the best fitting & quality whippets coats in the world that last for years.

Don't guess, or think that’s close enough, as your whippet's coat won't fit. Refer to the 3 inch rule of waist to back length explained below.

Salon Fit Service

We assist with the correct coat sizing based on the supplied measurements. It's essential to correctly weigh & measure your whippet with back length (no neck, no tail), waist & build type. We make the coats to order, however can make custom made coats for whippets that require modifications

Exact weight

Weigh your whippet. Don't guess. This is really important! Our coat sizes are primarily based on weight, then back length, with the waist as a guide you have measured correctly. If you don't have scales, call your vet for a recent weight from a consult.

Back length

With your whippets head up, measure where the neck joins the body & makes a definite "corner", then run a cloth measuring tape down the spine to where the tail just starts. Do not measure any neck, only back length. Please do not add any back length as this will result in too large a coat size. The back length will be 3-3.5 inches more than the waist on average. Please measure in inches for accuracy as it's easier to see on a tape than cms and be correct. 

Waist circumference

Measure the smallest part of the waist. Our chest pieces secure over the last rib, not the waist, however we need the waist measurement to assess your whippet's size as we use a formula of length, waist, weight, & body condition. A whippet in healthy condition will have a waist 3-3.5 inches less than their back length. 

Take all measurement three times, yes three times, to ensure you get the right measurements! Whippets are a tricky dog to measure, we know!

Whippets from 8 months old can be fitted with an adult size coat with room to grow. Provide only their current measurements as we will factor in the approximate growth percentage based on their age. Please refer to our PUP coat page for pups under 8 months & 11 kilos or KISS coat for larger pups.

Sizing guide

Guidelines examples of whippets in healthy body condition: (last rib just visible or just covered)

waist 14 inches, length 17 inches, weight 10-11 kilos

waist 15 inches, length 18 inches, weight 11-12 kilos

waist 16 inches, length 19 inches, weight 12-13 kilos

waist 17 inches, length 20 inches weight 13-14 kilos

waist 18 inches, length 21 inches, weight 15-16 kilos

waist 19 inches, length 22 inches, weight 17–19 kilos

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