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Need advise on harness sizing
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2 February 2012 - 11:17 pm
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I've measured Corn's girth and he's 33", would the M or L be better, as his size falls into both of these sizes. Does weight or length or breed shape matter. He's a big chested greyhound and sometimes things don't fit this breed too well, (big chest and small hip/waist area).

We're also thinking he's kind of on the thin side right now since surgery. Would the larger size be better.

Anyone out there have a grety that has worn the Ruff Wear harness ?

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3 February 2012 - 9:45 am
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Daisy was 32 I think.  When you look at the sizing for the Ruffwear harness it says to opt for the smaller size if they fall into both.  I went with the large and I should have gone with medium.  It seems a little long on Daisy.  She too is big chested but skinnier in her waist.  I've adjusted the waist part to the smallest it'll go but it is still a little loose.

It'll still work but in hindsight I should have gone with the recommendation.

Marla and Daisy

My Two Tripawds...Biscuit and Spirit Daisy

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3 February 2012 - 12:37 pm
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Per our sizing instructions....Ruff Wear recommends you choose the smaller harness for an active, performance fit. It may look small but will provide ample support without having to trim the longer straps of a bigger size. (FYI: Doing so will void warranty and prohibit product return.)

We haven't heard of Grey's having any issues finding the right size, usually it's the short-torso Tripawds who have sizing challenges.

Hope this helps!

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Sebastopol, CA
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3 February 2012 - 3:03 pm
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Our Lylee is 85lbs and has a chest girth of 32 inches. She was fitted at a 2nd opinion orthopedic surgeons office and they had her wearing a large. So we have been using the large for sometime and then at the most recent tripawds pawty we had a surprise gift form Shelby's Mom of a medium Ruff wear harness!(A tripawd from the local Humane Society was wearing one and they decided not to adopt it out with their harness?! and gave it to Aunt Cindi)

I always thought a medium would fit her better and guess what - it did! It did look small before i put it on her but once fitted it looked great and actually works better. On the larger harness the straps had lots of excess hanging down and is a bit long, with the medium I maxed out the shoulder straps and the front girth strap had about 2 inches of extra and the 2nd strap has plenty more about 5 inches. (Lylee thinks it makes her look slimmer too 🙂

Good luck!

Joanne & Lylee

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4 February 2012 - 1:22 pm
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Pegz was right on the edge I listened to the advice of going smaller and it was correct!

There is plenty of strap length to make adjustments, so you can kind of tailor it to the larger chest/smaller waist.

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