I cannot stress enough how important it is that you take your time when measuring your hound for one of my coats. I rely entirely on the measurements you supply and only the correct measurements will guarantee a superb fit.
PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS AND FOLLOW THEM CAREFULLY.
It's really important when measuring the back length that your hound is in a standing position and with their head in a natural, 'looking straight forward' position - see below
The back length measurement is the trickiest one to take - if at all possible, get someone to help you, they can give treats to keep your hound's head in a good position and to keep them standing still. Take the back length measurement AT LEAST 3 times to be sure.
TOP TIP - I like to measure the deepest part of the chest before the back length - this is because it gives a good indication of what the back length should be. On a greyhound of normal proportions, the chest measurement is usually the same as (or within an inch of) the back length when measured from the points indicated on my diagram above. For a whippet, it is slightly different - the chest measurement is usually bigger than the back length measurement by 1-2 inches.
Please take a look below at the start and end points for taking the back length measurement:
If you require a harness hole in the coat, please measure the chest both with and without the harness being worn.
To give me the measurements I need to put in a harness hole, please measure from the start of your back length measurement (approx 2 inches up the neck on a greyhound and 1.5 inches up the neck on a whippet) down to where the CENTRE of the harness hole should be. Then, please tell me whether you need the harness hole to go ACROSS the coat or run DOWN THE LENGTH of the coat. Lastly, I will need to know how big this opening is to be. It is also useful to know what brand of harness that you are using.
These photos show how my coats should fit your hound if you have supplied me with the correct measurements.
From the seam that joins the collar or hood to the main body of the coat to the back end, the coat will measure the same as the back length measurement you have given me. So on a greyhound coat, this means that the coat will finish at least 2" beyond the 'hump' of the tail and on a whippet coat this will be at least 1.5" (depending on the style of coat you have ordered).
You can see on the photo opposite that if you imagine moving the yellow line down to the start of the neck seam, the end of the yellow line would then be at the end of the coat.