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Halloween dog costumes for big dogs

Does your dog want to wear a Halloween costume? Maybe that's the wrong question. Do you want your large dog to wear a costume? If so, you're in luck. I've pulled together a number of costumes that are made for larger dogs.

Where to find big dog costumes

Big dog clothing is a lot harder to find. It's not like you can pull big dog dresses off the local pet store rack. Even simple dog shirts for big dogs are hard to find. There's also the whole thing about size. Some people seem to think an English Bulldog is a large dog. Me? I tend to look at those gentle giants like Mastiffs, Great Pyrenees, Great Danes and others as the real contenders for the Big Dog title.

What you need to know when choosing a dog costume

When I'm shopping online and search for "big dog Halloween costumes," I prefer the ones that feature one of the larger sized dog breeds in the costume. I've also found that to some costume makers, a "large" sized dog is a Pug. Knowing your dog's neck size and/or collar size is a big help. It doesn't hurt to measure your dog's girth and know his or hers current weight. Many costumes found in the pet stores come prepackaged so it's not always possible to hold the costume up against your dog or give it the eyeball to see if it fits.

Fido too big for store-bought costumes?

Sometimes you simply can't buy the right costume off rack for your big boy or big girl. It's too small, too tight, too silly or just not right. What do you do? Well, you can let your big dog shine in all his glory and make your fashion statement with dog costume accessories. Or, you can whip out that needle and thread or sewing machine and surger, and whip up a costume for your big and furry friend.

For the needle-phobic or those of you who simply don't want to whip up a homemade costume for your larger-than-life pet, I've added a section of dog costume accessories after the big dog costumes. Check out the costumes and accessories featured. If nothing else, you'll get a chuckle when you see these bad boys in fairy wings and prison garb. Be sure and watch the videos of costumed dogs on parade, too.

  • Image credit: Bull dog in prison garb image sourced from Amazon. Costume featured below

Should large dogs wear Halloween costumes? - Big dogs want to go trick-or-treating, too

Would you put a dog costume on your big dog?

Easy costumes for big dogs

The Big Dog Parade - Yes, even the big dogs wear costumes and do parades

Choose your favorite Halloween costume for a big dog

Waco the Great Pyrenees wearing antlers on adoption day 2007

Waco the Great Pyrenees wearing antlers on adoption day 2007

  • Photo above of Waco the Great Pyrenees on adoption day, 2007 copyright Vikk Simmons, all rights reserved

Dogs Dress the Part at Halloween Parade - New York Post - Halloween dog costumes and dogs on parade

Simple Christmas dog costume - Every dog should be a reindeer at least once


Jingle bell Santa collar - Simple and easy dog costume


  • Image credits: All products and product images sourced from Amazon.

Your thoughts on all this dogs-in-costume stuff? - I love hearing from my readers

Richard from Surrey, United Kingdom on November 01, 2011:

Probably not the biggest fan of dogs in costumes, but you have a very nice selection for those who want to dress them up!

OldStones LM on October 29, 2011:

Great Halloween costumes for dogs. I have a devil costume for my little dog.

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on October 29, 2011:

A (Big Dog) costume for every interest. Adorable ideas. I liked the Prison costume with the 'Bad Dog' headband, since that's a phrase many dog owners need to use from time-to-time. :) Though your dog is probably saying "No, Good Dog, Good! :)

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