How to Select an Adequate Muzzle for Your Dog?

A muzzle is an effective and humane tool for managing your dog’s behavior, which is both benefit for itself and for others. On one hand, keeps it from biting randomly, hurting other animals and human being; on the other hand, a muzzle can protect your dog from bad things, such as palm seeds, chicken bones, rat poison and so on.

But how to select an adequate muzzle for your dog? Here are two general tips:

First: Your dogs “nose length” must be longer than the actual “muzzle length.” If the muzzle is longer/deeper than your dogs nose length, the muzzle will not work out for your dog.

Second: An adequate wire basket muzzle allows panting and drinking water, but not a full opening of jaws. Therefore the muzzles “circumference” must be larger than your dogs “nose circumference.” 1 -3 inches larger is for the best.

Then how to measure your dog’s nose (snout) becomes crucial:

Length – measure your dog from the tip of the nose to one inch below its eye’s base.
Circumference – circumference around snout, measure approximately 1 inch below his eyes’ base.

Eye Line – distance from one inch below eye’s base to right behind the ears in inches.

Neck Circumference – Circumference around neck behind ears.

Width – Snout width in the widest part.
Height – Snout height, should be measured with mouth a little open.


For small dogs add approximately 1/2 inch to the dogs’ actual circumference of his snout. For medium ones and for big/ large ones, add 1-1/2 inch add 1-1/2 inch to 2 inch respectively

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