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Fun Halloween Costumes For Large Dogs
Fun and Cute Halloween Costumes for Large Dogs!
My next door neighbor's pup, "Roscoe" - whom they adopted last winter, is a pretty big dog - not sure exactly of his breed, but he undoubtedly has some greyhound in him. The way he races around, I often think, "It would be so cool to see him in some kind of 'fast' costume" and the photo here of the dog with the "headless horseman" costume would be perfect!
Anyway, I've made this page dedicated to finding Halloween costumes for large dogs, because there were so many for the smaller dogs, that I realized right away that this would take more than one page.
In our page about finding Halloween dog costumes for the smaller breeds, we mentioned that we really do this for our own viewing pleasure. Surely Fluffy doesn't care about whether or not she looks like a prima dona to us... well... maybe she does. :)
Anyway, we are happy to spread the fun out here for our larger dogs!
So, please enjoy some of the favorite images and costumes I've found - maybe one will be just perfect for your pet! :)
Image Credit: HalloweenMart.com
Here are some Dog Costumes with Info and/or comments about Sizing - Give it a look-see! Some Rubie's Costumes, and a few other brands
Rubie's Costumes has a fairly extensive selection of outfits for pets - maybe a few more than other brands. Not all of them have size info though. In this particular grouping, I selected those that are either Large or XL. You can get a little more information on each costume by clicking the link (these are Amazon links) - and the prices are right, too! My personal favorite in this batch? The princess dog! It's just too cute! I tried to summarize some comments and some size info that I found below.
Two customers loved this one - both said that the sizing was true - one customer said it fit an English Bulldog perfectly. But I couldn't find any sizing in inches.
With this particular costume, customers say that it is not quite XL - it has a "hoodie" that appears to be stretching it to call it an XL. According to the customer, "It says to measure neck to base of tail, which with most dog clothing its the base of the neck." The customer mentioned that the hood would not make it to the head because her dog's neck is long. She said that it's really cute and she would still be able to use it - but just not with the hoodie part.
Although I didn't find the sizing info on Amazon, I found this costume elsewhere that stated the sizing as follows: For a Medium, the dog would measure14-16 inches from neck to tail; 17 for the chest. A Large size should fit: 18-20 inches from neck to tail and 20 inches" in the chest. And for an XL, measure up to 28 inches from neck to tail and 24 inches in the chest.
I found a listing that said this should fit a dog with a length of approx 16-20 inches, and a neck (as measured around the top of the shoulders) of about 18 to 24 inches. They mention that you might want to allow a couple of extra inches. I couldn't find this one in XL.
Great Video of Pets on Parade (Pet Walk) Somewhere in Hawaii... - Gotta love these guys!
You can tell who loves their dogs! I love the whole theme. Up here in New Hampshire, there's a "Bark in the Park" every year in North Conway (I think it benefits one of the animal shelters in the area). Anyway, enjoy this video - and the dogs in their costumes!
Pet Costumes and Pet Parades - What will they think of next?
Those of us who adore animals and our pets know that there are some things we will do for (and TO) our beloved furry friends that others just don't understand... :)
Have you ever walked your pet in a pet parade?
Just a brief note about Pet Safety when you dress them up!
Some words of wisdom from the ASPCA
It's lots of fun to include our dogs in our Halloween plans - but I mosied over to the ASPCA website to see what they had to say regarding Halloween safety for pets, and while a lot of this seems like common sense, it's not a bad idea to review a few of these pointers.
Also, I have a website about making homemade dog treats and other doggie related items that you can look at for additional resources.
=> Don't let your dog eat chocolate or ANYTHING with the sugar alcohol "Xylitol" in it. The stuff can make them very sick or even kill them. Xylitol can reduce your dog's blood sugar to dangerously low levels. The animal poison control number (I think this is the ASPCA's number) is (888) 426-4435.
=> I hadn't thought of this before, but the ASPCA warns us to keep the flames from pumpkins WAY out of reach of our pets since they might be inclined to lean in to check it out. I can't even bear the thought of this...
=> They also warn us to not overburden our pets with costumes if they don't seem comfortable wearing them. They say that some animals tolerate being dressed up but that it can cause undo stress for those who don't. Also, they say to be careful that there aren't any pieces that the dog can choke on. Again, this seems like common sense.
=> This one also seems like common sense: Keep your pets in another room when people are coming to the door trick-or-treating since too many strange people coming up can make even the nicest dog nervous. The way I look at it is that a lot of dogs are territorial, so seeing a lot of people coming to "his" door might freak him out.
=> The ASPCA reminds everyone to micro-chip your dog, and to always keep ID on him.
To read their article in full, click on this link for the ASPCA page.
Image Credit: Amazon.com
There is something about dressing our dogs...
How about making a costume instead of buying it?
If you happen to be handy, why not consider making your dog a costume or a coat? This particular pattern by Simplicity (#2303) is meant for large and extra-large dogs. Click the photo if you'd like to check out this dog costume pattern at Amazon.
Dress Your Dog Up As "Indiana Jones" - Ok... so it doesn't QUITE look like Harrison Ford...
But you have to admit this is cute!
I love the detail in this dog costume! And I think they matched the costume to the right type of dog. I mean, think about it. Can you see this on a poodle? I thought not. This one will fit up to a 24-inch waist, and up to 28-inches from neck to tail.
Since we have kind of a "movie theme" going here... - Batman? Star Wars?
Here is a nice selection of Halloween costumes for large dogs that are based on some great movie characters.
Why not? Our dogs do tend to be OUR "super heroes" don't they? :)
This one will put Adam West to shame (for those of you who remember the original Batman show on TV!)
Get a load of this dog's face in this photo! Priceless!
A little less menacing than the Darth Vader I remember...
Buy Dog Costumes for Your Large Dog on eBay - You can save money!
We've noticed great deals for just about everything on eBay. Of course, there are never any guarantees that the EXACT Halloween dog costume you want will be offered, but we've set this feed up to be showing the "live" and actual offers! It probably varies according to the time of year, so if you don't see exactly what you want, check back!
Ho Ho Ho! :) It's SANTA DAWG! - This one really makes me smile.
This great "Santa Dawg" costume is bright and cheerful, isn't it? It will fit a larger dog (about 32-40 pounds), and a neck of about 14-18 inches, length of about 18-21 inches, and a chest measurement of about 21-25 inches.The body is 1-piece, and it comes with the hat too (good luck keeping it on your dog's head!) This one is $16.95, and you can buy it here. (If you want "Large" the photo links to the "Large" - which will fit a dog a little smaller.)
More Halloween Dog Costumes for your BIG Dogs! - But wait! There's more!
I love the Crayola and "Rasta Imposta" dog costumes! There are some other clever ones too - check out Santa's "Elf!" Keep scrolling down for more!
Now, they have this particular style a a LOT of large sizes, AND colors. Rather than show you each one, this link will bring you right to it. They even have XXL in this style...
And even MORE!
When I saw the "police" dog costume (below), I had to chuckle. One of my brothers-in-law is a law enforcement officer with a specialty canine - and I can just see him with his dog dressed like this as they patrol their area. I'm guessing people with nothing to worry about frequenting the area he patrols would smile. :)
They do a good job matching the dog "personality" to the costume, don't they? :)
This costume looks like it would be fairly comfortable for the dog... the hat part? Hmmm... maybe not so much. :)
This is perfect for people who brings their dog to local games!
Another Great Costume for Large Dogs! - I can see this one on a big ol' Hound Dog!
I love this "Big Daddy" dog Halloween costume! It just looks clever. Why can't I think up stuff like this?
According to the product description, one size will fit a lot of different-sized dogs, so that makes this a versatile choice! The price is also right!
The approximate measurements: Chest 26-32", Length 23", Sleeve 9", Waist 30-36", Neck 22". The circumference of the hat is 16.5". The other hat measurements are: 12.5" x 13" x 5".
Where Do You Stand On Dressing Up Your Pets?
Some people really love to dress their pets for Halloween or other occasions. What about you?
How do you feel about dressing pets up in costumes?
Here are a few more great Halloween costumes for big dogs!
Ok. I put these in here for laughs - I'm not sure I'd make my pup wear one of these, but I'm guessing that they're a little less self conscious than I would be!
I love the look of the dog's face on this one. Like she's saying, "Oh come ON... Really? You're REALLY gonna make me go out in public in this outfit?
"Yeah... I'm bad..."
I hope you enjoyed these costumes! Please let me know! Everyone is welcome to comment here, whether you are a member of Squidoo or not! :)