Dog Turtleneck Size Chart – The Ultimate Guide

What crosses your mind when you see a dog with turtleneck sweaters or other winter clothes? Cute, right!?  Well, yes, not only are these bit dog apparels extremely cute, but they also serve several benefits to the dog. However, proper turtleneck fitting is critical to avoid choking the neck, and if this is what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the perfect place. A dog turtleneck size chart and a general guide to dog turtleneck sweaters are provided in this article.

These neck protective turtleneck sweaters keep dogs warm throughout the winter and rainy seasons, treat colds for faster recovery, for medical purposes such as when treating a skin condition, and as a protective collar.

Dog Turtleneck Size Chart

 X-Small7.9 in / 20cm7.5in / 19cm10.6in / 27cm
Small9.1in / 23cm8.7in / 22cm12.2in / 31cm
Medium10.2in / 26cm9.8in / 25cm13.8in / 35cm
Large11.4in / 29cm11in / 28cm15.4in / 39cm
X-Large12.6in / 32cm12.2in / 31cm17in / 43cm

Size Medium, fits 12″ back, 16″ chest. Recommended for Bichon, Fox Terrier, Jack Russel, Scottie


The design chart shows you possible figures for various body proportions, including the base of the neck, the chest size, the recovery sleeve, and the leg loops of the size sweater in small, X-small, XX-small, XXX-Small, Medium, Large, X-large, XX-large, XXX-large sizes. It would help if you first started with a soft measuring tape to avoid getting the wrong size.


To get the neck to base measurement, take the measuring tape around the dog’s neck, right below the head, like a harness, allow enough space for two fingers and then gently slide the tape down to the base of neck. Although a turtleneck sweater comes with an elastic neck and soft stretch bands, you do not want it to be too tight, as that may choke the animal; at the same time, when this part is too loose, the turtle neck will lose its fitting. This measurement should be such that it provides comfort and complete freedom to the dog.


To get accurate measurements, take the measuring tape around the dog’s midsection. You will want to take this measurement at the widest part of the dog’s torso, right behind the armpits of its front legs.


The length of the dog depends on how much of your pet’s body you want to cover. The whole length can be measured by taking the dimensions from the base of the neck to the hind legs. The best way to get this is to mark these areas on a wall and measure them off and ensure you place the tape parallel to the floor.

Remember to add at least two fingers to every measurement to avoid making your pet uncomfortable and angry in their garments. In addition, you’ll also want to make sure that the leg openings aren’t constrictive and allow for maximum freedom of movement. A dog sweater should be snug but not too tight.

Types of Materials for Doggy Sweaters

There are many types of doggy sweaters, all made from different materials, each best suited for different breeds of dogs. Smaller dogs and dogs without many furs require thicker materials, especially during the winter when they may feel cold. Larger animals tend to have enough subcutaneous fat to keep them warm; they may require lighter materials.


Many dog owners prefer this style of doggy sweater. It is warm, durable, and easy to care for, and it is best suited to dry conditions. To ensure that it does not bother your loyal friend, especially if he has chewing habits, choose a design that is devoid of decoration.

Waterproof Sweaters

This type of material is best for rainy or snowy weather. It is often made of polyester, cotton, and terylene, making it warm, lightweight, and durable. Many dog owners prefer this material as it is machine washable, stylish, and windproof.

Wool Quilt

The wool quilt is another popular material used in making doggy sweaters. Often used to make Christmas sweaters for dogs and other celebrations. Many dog owners prefer this material as it often has a breathable design, unlike fleece and waterproof materials. The downside to this material is that it takes longer to dry once washed and is much heavier.

How to Care for Dog Turtleneck Sweaters

Dog turtleneck sweaters can be pretty expensive, especially when you opt for designer brands; it is thus essential to know how to take care of them to ensure that they last longer and save money. In addition, you can get larger sizes if your dog is only a puppy. You can use the dog breeds size chart to determine how big it might get as an adult.

The best way to care for your doggy sweaters is to clean after every use, and you can do that in the following steps:

  • Check the washing label, washing instructions, and product description on the sweater to determine if it can be machine washed or must be hand washed.
  • Check the sweater for loose seams or holes and mend them as they can worsen while washing
  • Ensure all zippers and buttons are closed
  • Pre-treat all stains using a stain remover or heavy-duty detergents
  • Finally, wash the cloth with a hypoallergenic detergent, baby-friendly detergent,  animal-friendly alternative, or another professional alternative.
  • In cases where odors remain after wash, soak the cloth in a cup of baking soda for some hours and wash again.
  • Air dry to avoid shrinkage of the soft and stretchy high quality material from the heat of mechanical dryers and ensure that all clothes are dry before making the dog wear them to avoid skin irritation.


Hope you found this article to be helpful. The dog turtleneck chart is critical to ensure that your dog finds that cute turtleneck sweater warm as well as comfortable. Remember that it is essential to take proper care of your doggy sweaters to ensure they last for a very long time.

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