When we got our PFD we paid more attention to the weight range, and now that
I go back and measure the chest, I'm glad we did!
We got a "medium" for our 45 lb Australian shepherd, and it fits fine, at a
fairly small end of the adjustment. Another person had a weight question,
and I took the PFD to work at the vet clinic and tried it on a number of
dogs-it fit up to a 90 lb Ridgeback, tho was then snug at the biggest
adjustment. There is a lot of adjustment in the strapping.
However, I just took a tape and measured our 45-lb dog's chest-a somewhat
arbitrary measurement. Going from the back of one shoulder, across his
chest to the back of the other shoulder, at a comfortable tension as I'd
expect the PFD to fit, he measures 20"-which per their measurements would
put him in a "small" size. If you go to the point of the ribcage/first
belly strap on their photo, then he is 22-23", which would still put him in
a "small" size. And given the adjustment range on the medium, I'm sure the
small would have fit him also. (He is not a water dog by temperament, and
will appreciate the extra flotation in the medium.)
Anyway, I think their chest measurement range may be generous (tho obviously
needs to account for various dog builds-i.e. our Aussie vs. a pit bull or
bulldog). However there is a lot of adjustment in the strapping.
Hope this helps!
Answered on 5/3/2013 by Anonymous