Measuring Your Sighthound

Thank you for considering Royal Hound to cover one of your most precious family members. As a dedicated and long-time owner of two Iggies we understand that getting the right fit makes all the difference. To make things easier we have provided you a guide to measure your sighthound so you can get a good fit on clothes and our collars.

Clothes for Italian Greyhounds

Measure again

Clothing

As you are measuring a sighthound, and they can tend to arch their backs and contort in ways most other breeds do not, we advise measuring a second time and even a third time. If you get different sizes it would be safest to take the largest set of measurements. As all our suits have stretch built into them, you should be able to get a good fit. Just keep in mind that getting the right size can be a bit of trial and error but once you have the right size all our suits of similar styles should fit the same (or close to it).

Martingale Collars

When measuring for our Martingale collars we require two measurements:

  1. Head thickness (B)
  2. Neck thickness (A)

The thickness of head is necessary as we make the collar a close fit to the head so that when relaxed the collar cannot slip of easily. Martingales always have a risk of coming loose when slack, however this second measurements reduces the chance of it coming off completely.

Measuring guidance for collars (Neck):

  1. Find the part of the neck you want to collar to sit when walking your hound. 
  2. Take a flexible tape and measure the neck circumference.
  3. Do this three times, making sure you remove the tape between measurements.
  4. It is your choice but we would recommend the largest measurement of three.

Measuring guidance for collars (Head):

  1. Find the thickest part of the head
  2. Take a flexible tape and measure the head circumference.
  3. Do this three times, making sure you remove the tape between measurements.
  4. It is your choice but we would recommend the largest measurement of three.

NOTE: If your three measurements are vastly different, you are likely not measuring the same area. It is important you do measure the same location otherwise the collar could be too small or too large, putting your hound at risk.

Our standard sizes

Once you have your sizes, choose the closest size to your measurements. The majority of our suits come with stretch either because of the mix of material or the weave. Therefore if you are a borderline measurement you should choose the larger size. We can’t guarantee this will always be the best option, however we will always offer an exchange if size is not right.

What is a good fit?

We often get this question. We have designed all our suits to fit snugly around the body shape of your sighthound. This is so a thin layer of air can be trapped between the suits and the skin, helping retain the warmth. We understand this is not always possible as, like people, sighthounds come in many different shapes and proportions. Here are some tips;

Good fit – clothing:

  • Snug fit around the body (suit looks smooth)
  • Leg length is such that the suits finishes around 2 to 3cm above the foot
  • There is a 1cm space at the base of the suit and the start of the tail
  • There are no creases or folds around the front chest area
  • The ribbing beneath the suit fits firmly against the skin and does not stick out

Wrong fit  – clothing:

  • The suit is longer than your sighthound and sticks out over the tail
  • You have to roll up the sleeves of your suit to avoid tripping
  • The ribbing beneath the suit is baggy and not a firm fit against the skin
  • There are creases around the front chest area
  • When sitting the suit often comes off

Fit for Martingale:

  • The collar should not ‘choke’ your hound when at full tension.
  • There should be less than half a finger spacing between the collar and your hounds neck when at full tension.

After a custom fit?

We do not offer custom fit options for our suits since the COVID Pandemic commenced due to reduced staffing. We will return to offering custom suits soon.