The main sizes
Broadly speaking whippets fall into 4 main sizes Small, Small Medium, Medium and Large. Read on to discover how to get the right size first time round.
How should whippet clothes fit? this will vary from supplier to supplier, just like in human clothing. This post will explain our Redhound sizes.
We're all used to ordering online, but nobody wants the disappointment of receiving a garment they've looked forward to getting only to find it's too big or too small. So, it's best to choose the right size to avoid disappointment and returns. This post will explain our sizes and tell you how to best judge what size to order.
Measuring your dog
Top tip: don’t measure your dog when sleeping and don’t use a metal tape measure!
With your dog standing and a soft tape measure work out the:
Length – along the spine from the neck where the collar sits, to just beyond the top of the tail.
Chest – around the body behind the front legs – the widest part.
Knowing the weight of your dog will help with our sizing too as this coupled with the length and chest measurements will give a better indication of the right size.
You can look at this video for guidance, but ignore the shoulder measurement, we've dropped that now as it was confusing for all!
Our Small size:
Usually girls and sometimes a cross of whippet and Iggy. Weight 8-10 kgs. Also good for puppies 6-9 months to get through the winter.
Length 17-19" (43-48 cms)
Chest 20-21” (50-53 cms)
Fleece jumpers, gilets, sweatshirts, tee shirts, and Jura's - choose small size.
Coats and Macs – choose small size
Our Smedium size:
We've called the smaller mediums a Smedium. Usually it's the girls. Weight 11-13 kgs.
Length 20-21” (50-53 cms)
Chest 22-24” (55-61 cms)
Fleece jumpers, gilets, sweatshirts, tee shirts, and Jura's – choose Smedium
Coats and Macs - choose medium, the small might fit if the Smedium jumpers are on the roomy side. Equally you might find a Pet-Shirt, our whippet sweatshirt, because it's a roomy fit, a small will fit. A medium coat mac might be too long but will give space for a jumper underneath.
Our Medium size:
The bigger mediums – 13-15 kgs. Best selling size, as many 'average' whippets are this size.
Length 22-24” (55-61 cms)
Chest 24-26” (61-66 cms)
Fleece jumpers, gilets, sweatshirts, tee shirts, and Jura's – choose medium
Coats and Macs - choose medium but if your whippet is the top end for weight, a large might work better.
Our Large size:
Mostly adult boys or whippet crossed with something bigger! 15-18kgs
Length 24-26” (61-66 cms)
Chest 26-28” (66-71 cms)
Fleece jumpers, gilets, sweatshirts, tee shirts, and Jura's – choose Large. If you dog is upper end or over, we do an extra large in fleece jumpers, tees and some coats.
Coats and Macs - go for large.
Smaller and Larger requirements
Extra Large Option
In general the XL is not needed for whippets. But, it's a good fit for whippet cross that's around 19-22kgs.
Length 26-28” (66-71cms)
Chest 29-30” (71-76 cms)
Fleece jumpers, gilets, sweatshirts, tee shirts, and Jura's – choose Extra Large.
Coats and Macs - we don't offer many styles in XL, it's now limited to Carlisle raincoats.
Most of our popular products are offered in Whippet Puppy size, however, it's most likely you will only need this size in jumpers and tee shirts, not needing to invest in a coat until they are more fully grown or if winter catches you out before they are adults.
Our whippet puppy size also fits Italian Greyhounds.
Check our size chart here and remember the measurements are those of your DOG not the GARMENT. Note, Extra Small is now Whippet Puppy
Remember – our whippet fleece jumpers and tee shirts are made from stretchy fabric and have some ease in them, this makes it possible for me to get a Smedium on George who is a medium, but it's very snug, not a comfortable fit. George also fits into a large but this is too long at the front leg and baggy in the chest so, there's a danger of rubbing his legs and drafts getting in!
How clothes fit your dog is a personal preference – I have designed each item to be a certain way, the fleece to be close fitting, the coats to follow their curves and the macs to be longer with maximum hind leg coverage. Generally they are shown on the website how they are supposed to fit, but if a jumper looks a little baggy in the chest, it’s not ideal and was probably because we didn’t have quite the right size model to hand!
If you have an in between sized hound I would generally go to the bigger size, but you can always get in touch for more advice on this.
It doesn’t happen often but occasionally our sizes just don’t fit but they can be returned for a full refund if in a resaleable condition – just trying on is fine, but please fold as neatly as you can and pop it back in the bag for it's return trip. We also appreciate the removal of hairs.