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How to Fit a Boston Terrier for Clothing


Nancy grew up on a farm where severe winters were common and shares her experiences owning a Boston Terrier in a cold and wet climate.

The Importance of Pet Fashions That Fit Well

Small dogs, as well as some larger dog breeds, need pet clothing during the winter months because they have trouble keeping their body temperature up during cold weather. When temperatures drop, your dog may need a little extra help keeping warm. To help you get the most bang for your buck, and ensure a delightful experience for both you and your dog, keep reading to find valuable tips on how to get just the right fit for your Boston Terrier.

When choosing a new coat for your Boston Terrier it is important that the coat or other pet fashion clothing item fit properly in order for your pet to stay comfortable, look cute, and for the clothing to carry out the intended function.

Buying clothes for pets and dressing them up can be a fun experience for both the pet owner as well as the pet. Because dogs such as the Boston terrier are especially active, it is very important to make sure that the coats or other types of clothing that you purchase for them fit properly and are comfortable for the dog to wear.

When pet coats do not fit properly, the clothing item may restrict breathing, movement, or create sore spots on your dog's skin. In addition to those troubling circumstances, purchasing off the rack pet clothing only to find that it does not fit properly can become very expensive, not to mention frustrating for both you and your dog.

Dog Clothing Size Chart

This table offers a general guideline to dog clothing sizes. As with clothing for people, sizes will vary by manufacturer. This guide is very general.

Clothing SizeDog Weight In Pounds

Extra Small

3 to 7 pounds

Small

7 to 15 pounds

Medium

15 to 25 pounds

Large

25 to 35 pounds

Extra Large

35 pounds and up

Boston Terriers Love Comfort

Why You Should Measure Your Boston Terrier

Juneau will be the model for this article. She is a very small dog who weighs just 12 pounds. As you'll see from the pictures, this breed of dog is highly muscled through the neck and shoulders. Her waist is very trim, and her hindquarters are well muscled.

Because Juneau lives in a rainy climate, she needed a raincoat that fit her correctly. The pink, hounds tooth checked coat she is wearing is reminiscent of the women's clothing styles made popular by Jackie Kennedy, when her husband, John, was in office years ago.

This raincoat features a collar that can be turned up to protect the neck and head from the elements, or turned down as needed. The coat also features a belt with a Velcro fastener that is adjustable and a belt loop to tuck in the end. The coat covers her hindquarters and bottom, which helps to keep her dry.

Common problems in fitting pet clothing to dogs like Juneau include the neck being too tight, resulting in restricted breathing and movement, sizing issues which resulted in the off the rack clothing being too long for the length of the dog's back, and being too big in the waist area.

So before going out to purchase new clothing for this type of dog, it is a good idea to take some measurements. As you can see from the sizing chart at the left, most dog sizes are based on the weight of the dog. This can be problematic when you have a dog such as a Boston terrier, that is compact, yet muscular.

Here we will show you how to measure your dog to get the best fit.

In this picture, Juneau is modeling a pink, hounds tooth checked raincoat. This coat fits Juneau perfectly. As you can see from the picture, this coat gives Juneau plenty of room in the neck. It fits snugly across her shoulders in the waist is neither too tight nor too loose. This coat has a collar that turns up to help to keep the rain off of her head and ears, and the length down her back covers her hindquarters and tail so that the rain stays off her bottom as well. Juneau is able to move freely in this coat and does not experience any painful rubbing from the material.

How to Measure Your Dog

What You Will Need

  • Your Dog
  • A Cloth or Plastic Tape Measure

It is best to use an inexpensive cloth or plastic tape measure. These tape measures can be found in the fabric department of almost any department store. You may also find them in the weight loss section of a sporting goods store, as they are used for taking measurements when going on a reducing diet as well.

Measure the Circumference of the Dog's Neck

The first measurement we will take is around her neck. As you look at the picture above, you will see arrows indicating where you should measure your dog. It is important to measure your dog's neck at the widest part of its neck. Be sure to keep the measuring tape snug, but loose enough that you can fit a finger between the tape measure and the dog's neck. When you measure the neck, place your dog on a flat surface, and have the dog stand up, looking straight ahead. It may help to have another person stand in front of the dog while you are doing the measuring.

Measure the Length of the Boston Terrier's Spine

The second measurement we will take is the length of Juneau's spine from the base of her neck to the back of her haunch. As you can see, Juneau's raincoat is long enough that it fully covers her haunches. This length allows her to have full freedom of movement and does not interfere with potty time. However, it provides complete coverage of her hindquarters so that the rain does not get her bottom wet.

Again, while taking this measurement, make sure he or she is standing up and looking straight ahead. Measure from just ahead of the point of the shoulders, to an inch or so past the dock of the tail.

Measure the Chest Girth of Your Dog

The third measurement we will take is that of Juneau's chest. As you will see, the arrows indicate that you should measure your dog's chest in the largest area of girth or the thickest part of their chest. When doing this, be sure to measure the circumference of their chest while they are standing up and relaxed. Do not pull the tape measure too tight. You want the tape measure to be a little snug but loose enough that you can easily fit a finger between your dog and the tape measure.

Measure the Breadth of the Dog's Chest

The fourth measurement we will take is the breadth of your dog's chest, which means that you will place the tape measure from the point of your dog's shoulder on your left and span the width across your dog's chest at the widest part. When measuring the dog's chest width, be sure to account for the extra width these dog's powerful shoulder muscles add to the width of their chest.

Measure the Dog's Flank, or Waistline

The last measurement we will take is that of your dog's waistline. Measuring the waistline is different for male dogs than it is for female dogs.

To measure a female, you will want to measure her at the narrowest part of her waist. Again, it is important to keep the tape measure snug, but not too tight.

When measuring a male dog, you will want to measure his waste an inch or so in front of his sheath. It is important when fitting male dogs that any waistband does not interfere with their potty routine, or rub against the sheath area causing soreness.

Now You Can Find the Best Fitting Clothes

Now that you have measured your dog, you have the information you need to help you to find better fitting off-the-rack clothing for your dog. In addition, you may want to think about having clothing altered by someone you know who is handy with a sewing machine, or better yet, find patterns and have some items made up especially for your treasured pet.

Having the right fit will ensure warmth and comfort for your Boston terrier for many years to come.

Does Your Boston Terrier Zoom?

© 2013 Nancy Owens

Nancy Owens (author) from USA on December 29, 2013:

Hi Deborah-Diane ! It does apply to all sizes. My daughter's dog has such a thick neck and chest that it is hard to get a good fit sometimes. And she was so patient while doing her modeling for this. Had to laugh when we were done she hopped up on the couch like she had just run marathon or something. Thank you for stopping by!

Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on December 28, 2013:

This was a cute article and very informative. It applies to clothing for other dogs, too!

Nancy Owens (author) from USA on December 20, 2013:

I hope things are going well with your Chihuahua, Moonlake. Sorry for taking so long to respond. Unfortunately, another project I worked on took up most of my time. Thank you for your kind words and I hope you are having a most excellent holiday season.

moonlake from America on November 12, 2013:

I don't have a Boston Terrier but I do have a Chihuahua and for the first time I have had to dress a dog. He was afraid of Velcro so that was a real problem getting him use to the sound. He is extra small I have a hard time finding clothes that fit him. Your article helps a lot. We had 21 here today so we put a sweater on him and a jacket. Voted up.

Nancy Owens (author) from USA on April 08, 2013:

I think it makes dogs feel special to get dressed up. Like Bouncer, Juneau seems to love the attention of having the kids dress her and afterward, she zooms around the house and makes sure she visits everyone to "show" them her outfit.

Nancy Owens (author) from USA on April 08, 2013:

Hi Flourish! I'm not sure how it got mixed up, but I didn't make the coat Juneau is modeling. My daughter actually bought it off the rack in Cannon Beach, Oregon. But it does fit like it was made for her. I wish I could claim that one as my seamstress ability! At Halloween every year Juneau dresses up like a bumble bee. Her favorite part of the night is answering the door. She adores little kids, and has a ball greeting all the trick-or-treaters.

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on April 07, 2013:

My grandson's Boston terrier loves to wear clothes, even in summer--and we live in a warm climate. I think he likes the attention of being dressed up by my grandson or his finance! While we do have a couple of months cold weather, our winters are generally mild in comparison with northern climes. Bouncer (the Boston terrier) really enjoys his sweaters when the wind is chill.

Voted Up++

Jaye

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 07, 2013:

Juneau is a marvelous model and you an equally gifted seamstress. I can only imagine what Halloween looks like at your house!


Boston Terrier Winter Coat

How to Measure Your Boston Terrier

Measurements are needed for all coat orders. You will need your Boston Terrier's weight, neck, length, and chest circumference measurements in order to select the correct size and place an order. Remember that our coats are breed specific, so Boston Terrier coat sizes are unique to the breed and not intended for another breed.

After measuring your Boston Terrier, enter your dog's measurements in the Get Your Dog Fitted area. Use your dog's measurements to select the best coat size for your dog. These are standard Boston Terrier sizes, and are not customized. If your Boston Terrier has unusual proportions, order a custom dog coat to fit your dog.

Standard Sizes for Boston Terriers only. These are NOT customized to your measurements.

SIZE
WEIGHT
(Pounds)
LENGTH
(Inches)
CHEST GIRTH
(Inches)
NECK
(Inches)
Small 8-12 11-12 16-19 10-11
Medium 12-16 12-13 18-21 12-13
Large 17-21 13-14 20-23 13-14
X-Large 22-28 14-15 22-25 14-15

Be sure your dog's chest girth falls within the parameters of the size you choose. If your Boston Terrier is a puppy and still growing, read How do I choose a dog coat for my puppy?

  • Boston Terrier Winter Coat Overview
  • Measuring Tips
  • BOSTON TERRIER SIZE CHART
  • Winter Coat Features
  • Easy Care Instructions
  • The Voyagers K9 Apparel Advantage

Choose A Stylish Coat for Warmth and Comfort

Voyagers K9 Apparel understands that outfitting your best friend in winter gear can be a challenge. That's why our Boston Terrier Winter Coat is tailored to the unique size and shape of a Boston Terrier. Not only does this breed-specific winter coat provide your Boston Terrier relief from harsh weather, but you'll find the coat is easy to put on and keep on your Boston Terrier.

Reasons dogs love this winter coat:

  • Windproof and waterproof protection
  • Quick-drying Polartec® polar fleece lining for warmth and comfort
  • Non-restricting fleece chest strap
  • Integrated hood for extra warmth
  • Reflective piping for increased visibility and safety

Why breed specific dog coats? There really is no such thing as "one size fits all" when it comes to dog coats. That's why these breed-specific dog coats are tailored to fit the unique body shape and proportions of a Boston Terrier. Boston Terrier size chart with measuring tips.

After measuring your Boston Terrier, enter your dog's measurements in the Get Your Dog Fitted area. Use your dog's measurements to select the best coat size for your dog. These are standard Boston Terrier sizes, and are not customized. If your Boston Terrier has unusual proportions, order a custom dog coat to fit your dog.

Our Best Rated Warm, Dry Winter Dog Jacket video (:38).

How to Measure Your Boston Terrier

Measurements are needed for all coat orders. You will need your Boston Terrier's weight, length, and chest circumference measurements in order to select the correct size and place an order for a winter coat. Remember that our coats are breed specific, so Boston Terrier coat sizes are unique to the breed and not intended for another breed. Boston Terrier size chart with measuring tips.

After measuring your Boston Terrier, enter your dog's measurements in the Get Your Dog Fitted area. Use your dog's measurements to select the best coat size for your dog. These are standard Boston Terrier sizes, and are not customized. If your Boston Terrier has unusual proportions, order a custom dog coat to fit your dog.

See how to measure your dog

Not sure how to measure your dog? This video shows you exactly how to take accurate measurements so you select the size that best fits your Boston Terrier.

How to Measure Your Dog for A Breed-Specific Dog Coat video (1:59)

Measure Your Boston Terrier

You will need your Boston Terrier's weight, length, and chest circumference measurements in order to select the correct size and place an order for a winter coat.

After measuring your Boston Terrier, enter your dog's measurements in the Get Your Dog Fitted area. Use your dog's measurements to select the best coat size for your dog. These are standard Boston Terrier sizes, and are not customized. If your Boston Terrier has unusual proportions, order a custom dog coat to fit your dog.

Standard Sizes for Boston Terriers only. These are NOT customized to your measurements.

SIZE
WEIGHT
(Pounds)
LENGTH
(Inches)
CHEST GIRTH
(Inches)
NECK
(Inches)
Small 8-12 11-12 16-19 10-11
Medium 12-16 12-13 18-21 12-13
Large 17-21 13-14 20-23 13-14
X-Large 22-28 14-15 22-25 14-15

Be sure your dog's chest girth falls within the parameters of the size you choose. If your Boston terrier is still growing, How do I choose a dog coat for my puppy?. See the Measuring Tips tab to see how to measure your dog.

Dress Your Boston Terrier for Extra Warmth

Help your Boston Terrier enjoy the cold season more this year! Here's a winter coat that will stay on your Boston Terrier and won't restrict movement. A Voyagers K9 Apparel winter coat is a stylish way to protect your dog when outdoors. You can count on durable construction, quality materials, and optimal coverage of your Boston Terrier.

For extra warmth, pull the soft fleece hood up and over your dog's ears. In extreme weather, layer the Boston Terrier Tummy Warmer under the Boston Terrier Winter Coat. Your dog will thank you!

A: Reflective piping B: Counterbalance straps C: Broad belly wrap D: Leash opening E: Adjustable neck gator F: Front chest piece

Add Extra Warmth by Layering Dog Clothes video (:41).

Voyagers K9 Apparel Dog Winter Coat Fabric Care

Taking proper care of your dog's clothing is important. Please follow these instructions for cleaning your Voyagers K9 Apparel Boston Terrier Winter Coat.

Fabric A: Outer shell of waterproof Ultrex Taslan® Nylon with Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finish, Fabric B: Inner lining of Polartec® polar fleece

Machine wash in cold water (do not dry clean). Do not use bleach or fabric softener. Line dry the winter coat, but do not iron.

Our Mission? Protecting Your Pup

Voyagers K9 Apparel remains fully committed to protecting your pup in any season. We design stylish breed-specific dog coats that fit the unique body shape and proportions of many breeds. The result? Greater comfort with optimal coverage of your dog. If your dog has unusual proportions, is a mixed breed, or another purebred that is not included in our list for breed-specific apparel, order a custom dog coat for a dog coat that fits.

When you purchase dog clothing from Voyagers K9 Apparel, you can count on durable construction for seasons of everyday use. Voyagers K9 Apparel has been making quality coats in the USA for dogs of any size or shape since 1993.


Boston Terrier Personality and Temperament

Boston Terriers have quite the unique personality that sets them distinctly apart from the other terriers. Some breeders believe a large part of it is due to the easy and relaxed bulldog genes residing within them. A Boston Terrier wouldn’t be as excitable as any other terrier breeds. On the contrary, they are well-mannered and very gentleman-like in nature.

Boston Terrier Personality

Boston Terriers are enthusiastic without being overly active. They are intelligent and alert. Their ears are sensitive to the commands of their owners. Training is easy when it comes to these terriers because they love to learn. Their innate intelligence ensures your training sessions will be short and easy.

These dogs will need a strong, confident pack leader that can display authority as well as gentleness. It is the nature of the canine to look up to a strong leader. If the Boston Terrier finds no such human, he or she will then take it upon themselves to become the pack leader. Some owners say their Boston Terriers are excellent watchdogs that bark when necessary. Others say their Boston Terrier never barks at all even when there’s someone at the door.

Boston Terrier Temperament


Boston Terrier Exercise Needs

Boston Terriers will need nice, long walks and periods of regular playtime in an adequately-spaced enclosure to stay in good shape. They don’t weigh as much so they are easy to carry. Without essential exercise, the Boston Terrier can get a bit frisky and rambunctious.

Boston Terrier Exercise

Though they are small in size, this breed loves to run. Their favorite toys are balls that they can chase for hours, as long as there’s a family member to throw it at a distance. They can live perfectly in an apartment as long as you schedule regular walk and play time. Families of any size can adopt the Boston Terrier as a suitable pet. They will happily play around with children on the yard or curl up on your lap for a cozy afternoon nap. These pets are adaptable and tailor their doggie lifestyle with the people they love the most.

Boston Terrier as a Family Pet

The Boston Terrier as a Suitable Family Pet

Boston Terriers are by nature very sociable. They love to play a lot and are affectionate towards family and love to be a part of it. They adapt quickly to strangers, good with elderly individuals and can play with most children. This breed is suitable for kids because they often display affection, match the kid’s energy and are playful most of the time. In fact, you can say that Boston Terriers love kids and make excellent replacements when other children are not around. They can get along with your other pets especially if introduced to society at a young age.

Boston Terrier


Boston Terrier Known Health Issues

The Boston Terrier is prone to ocular problems such as cherry eye, Keratitis Sicca or dry eyes, corneal ulcers, corneal dystrophy, glaucoma, distichiasis, entropion, late-onset cataracts and juvenile cataracts, among others. Their eyes are their most prominent features and are prone to injury. It’s uncommon for the Boston Terrier to acquire mast cell tumors, skin and heart tumors, patellar luxation and deafness as they age. The short-faced characteristic can have them gasping for air when they are outside for too long. Make sure not to expose them outside for too long during the hotter and colder months. Occasional drooling and snoring are normal. Whelping can prove to be a challenge because of the narrow pelvis.

Cute Boston Terrier Puppy

The Boston Terrier is a fun loving bright dog that loves being around people. They make ideal family pets. With their small size and moderate exercise needs, they are ideal for city living.


Watch the video: Lovely Baby u0026 Boston Terrier having fun together. Dog loves Baby Compilation (July 2021).