Getting the right size dog boots for your dog
Sizing is crucial to the effectiveness of dog boots. When properly sized dog boots can be a great solution to alll sorts of canine paw issues. But, if they're too small they'll be very difficult to put on and uncomfortable. If they're too large they'll flop around and fall off.
Please don't estimate your dog's paw size based on overall body size!
Many people are inclined to just estimate their dog's paw size based on the size of their dog. This is a definite no no. Surprisingly some very large breeds of dogs have smaller paws while some smaller breeds of dogs typically have larger paws. Dogs breeds come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. They're an incredibly diverse species. And individual dogs can vary quite a lot within their breed. That's why it's really vital to measure your dog's paws before ordering dog boots. We want to help you get the right boots for your dog the first time!
Here's the best way to get the right boot size for your dog.
1) Have your dog stand with a front paw on a piece of paper. Your dog should be bearing weight on this paw that you're measuring. Dogs paws will be a bit wider when your dog is standing on them. It's important to get that larger measurement so that the dog boots aren't too snug when your dog is running in them.
2) Trace around your dog's paw on the paper. You want to trace as closely as you can to your dog's paw. We want an accurate measurement here.. not one with padding added in.
3) Take a ruler and measure the widest distance across the tracing of the paw you've done. We are looking for the paw width which is the widest bit of the paw. Dog boot sizing is determined by the paw width and not the paw length.
4) Have a look at your dog's back paws. Are they around the same size as the front paws or are they quite a bit smaller than the front paws? Some dog breeds have much wider front paws than back paws. If it looks like this is the case for your dog then repeat the steps to take a measurement of your dog's back paw as well.
5) Consult the sizing chart below to determine the best size for your dog.
Between sizes? Definitely go the smaller size as they tend to run large!
Polar Trex Dog Boots are the only style which does not comes in the 2 smallest sizes so if your dog has very petite paws Polar Trex are not for you.
You can purchase boots as pairs rather than a set of 4 boots
If your dog requires a mixed set of boots due the front paws being larger than the back paws you can purchase the boots in pairs rather than a set of 4.
If you're not sure which boots to get for your dog have a look at our guide to Choosing the best boots for your dog.