How To Measure Your Dog’s Height

There are many reasons to know your dog’s height, whether it is to measure growth, enter it into a competition, buy it some new clothes or a harness, or even to correctly place a dog door.  Dog-related purchases can go useless if you do not have the exact size of your dog, but more importantly, you can keep track of your dog’s health.

You would need reliable and standard tools to get an accurate measurement of your dog. The main tools you need to measure your dog’s height are:

1) A soft tape:

You should use a soft measuring tape rather than a yardstick or rigid ruler. Your dog will be more comfortable while getting measured and you should get measurements easily. The tape must have appropriate units in inches and feet or meters and millimeters.

2) Door frame:

Your home walls and door frames are the next options in order to take the measurement of your dog accurately. The frame can be used to measure the height of your dog.

3) Carpenter level:   

A carpenter level, or any sort of level, can be useful in measuring your dog. You must measure your dog’s height from the shoulders while using a carpenter level.

4) Pencil: 

Pencils can also be used in the measurement of the dog’s height. Just mark the height of your dog on the wall or frame and write it down for your records. 

How to measure your dog’s height at home:

There are different methods you can follow to measure your dog’s height correctly. These tips may help you when measuring your pet.

  1.  Be calm and prepare all your equipment, tools, and measuring area before. Be sure the area is free of furniture or other things.
  2. Stand your dog up straight to the measurement area. It would be difficult to have an accurate measurement while your dog is shrinking, sniffing, and bending sideways. Make your dog calm and relax.
  3. A dog’s height must be determined by her shoulders, not by her head. Find out where your dog’s withers are. Locate the tallest point; it would be below the neck, between the shoulder's blades.
  4. Use the level on the wither. One end of the level should touch the wall. By using the bottom level as your point, mark a slight and thin line on the wall.
  5. Make a record of this measurement and give your dog a treat gofr doing so well.

Reasons for Measuring Your Dog

For medical reasons:

It is medically necessary to know your dog’s height, so it is best to keep a proper record of your dog's size, length, and height by maintaining it on a growth chart. It will help you to evaluate your dog’s growth comparatively with her previous data.

You can have the benefit of height measurements when your dog is fighting some kind of ailment and/or not growing as she should be. You can compare her past growth rate with her present development and adjust accordingly.

For adoption purposes:

If you want to own a puppy, you will want to know its age and how its height and size compares with its breed's standards. The buying or selling form usually has this information, and having these details will give the prospective owner confidence and a better idea about the dog. The dog's size will also help determine if she is a good fit for your home.

For a crate:

A dog’s crate or kennel should be spacious according to the size of your dog. Having the wrong measurements for your dog can lead to a very uncomfortable experience for your pet.

You need to measure your dog’s height from the top of her withers to the floor and her length starting at the breast bone and pulling the tape to the base point of the tail. Then add length and height to the measurements so that the dog can stand, move, and lie down with ease and comfort.

The gate of the crate must also be the appropriate size so that the dog can go in and out without getting injured. It is advised to keep the gate two inches higher than the dog's height for risk-free movements. The opening of the kennel should be wide enough so your pet can exit through safely.

The crate must be spacious enough that your dog can stretch to its ease. You must keep in mind the standard average height of your puppy while purchasing or making a crate for it, or you will have to change the crate in the future according to your dog’s growth.

For dog shows or competitions

Show dog competitions are also a reason to take all necessary measurements of your dog. You need to measure your dog's height and length to participate in such competitions since they often have strict criteria regarding height and weight in comparison to breed standards.

Not only will taking measurements keep track of your dog, but it will serve as practice for competitions as strangers will measure your pet, hopefully getting your dog accustomed with the measurement procedure.

Keeping track of your pet’s height is incredibly important for many reasons, and knowing how to take accurate measurements will be beneficially to you and your pet.



Hello, I'm Shelly! I write about all things dogs. I'm a proud mother of 3. So I guess my official title is fulltime mother, part-time dog blogger. Look around and if you have any questions reach out to me