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How to measure your dog

From chihuahuas to great danes, dogs come in all shapes and sizes. The cost of your dog’s airline ticket depends on the space he or she needs. So it’s important to measure your furry companion as accurately as you can.

If you measure your pet incorrectly and the container isn't the right size, you could be refused travel, which could cause delays, extra costs and lots of unnecessary stress. So repeat every measurement several times to make sure you’ve got it right. Also make sure you hold the tape measure in a straight line rather than following the contours of your dog’s body.

The measurements we need

  • A: Measure from the tip of their nose to the base of their tail.
  • B: Measure from their elbow to the ground.
  • C: Measure the width at the widest point. For most dogs this is the width across the shoulders.
  • D: Measure their height in a fully upright standing position, from the floor to the top of their head or the tip of their ears, whichever is greater.


Get your dog to lie down next to a wall. Grab a pencil and mark the nose and the base of the tail on the wall. Then use a tape measure to measure between your 2 marks. Do this several times to make sure you get it right.

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