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We can all agree that there are few things cuter or more Insta-worthy than a good costume- except perhaps Star Wars dog costumes. Cute, comfortable and with just the right amount of nerd chic, Star Wars puppy costumes have come back, just like the franchise itself, and we’re all about making the most out of this while it’s socially acceptable.
However, we know that there’s more to dressing up your dog in Star Wars pet costumes you’re your furry friend looking a mixture of hilarious and cute- it’s all about a touch of expression, with a good helping of comfort and happiness for your canine companion, too. Below are our favorites, along with a quick guide to help you decide on which costume you should choose for your dog.
Jedi’s were always going to be the most popular option, since dogs are one of the most-loved animals around and we all know that Jedi’s are all about spreading kindness and patience across the galaxy.
Aside from being adorable, your new pet can immediately be given a Jedi nickname, which you’ll have to use when they’re wearing this robe, of course. Made from a combination of polyester and Spandex, to allow your dog comfort in their new clothes, this costume is available at a really reasonable price and is one of the most popular options, online.
This particular set comes with a robe, vest and belt, all pre-made and pre-attached, so there’s no fiddling around, trying to clip on accessories once you’ve got the main set on. It’s got some good, solid fabric and great stitching that can handle the daily adventures of your little warrior and we can safely say, this is the Star Wars dog costume you’re looking for.
If your dog isn’t interested in having the full Yoda dog costume regalia, you can edge them over from the dark side with this headpiece. Perfect for dog’s who aren’t too keen on being covered from head to toe- but who still want to get involved in any cosplay and costume-related activities- this headpiece easily fits around most sizes and stays put, thanks to elasticated underside.
These Yoda ears stick out very well, without the need for excessive additions that could harm your dog, and sit well behind your dogs’ own ears, without causing distress. Made with polyester and a polyurethane foam, you’ll have to watch your pup if you plan to keep them on for a while, to ensure that they don’t knock it off and chew away at the headpiece, but this is still a great option for Star Wars fans out there.
This adorable Ewok dog costume is perfect for smaller dogs- especially if they have a bit of a bear-like face (think Chowchow, Golden Retriever). There are a few sizes available here, so don’t feel that your dog can only wear this costume if they fall into the toy breed range or small dog breed range.
This officially licensed Star Wars costume for dogs is made of a high-quality polyester- but you’ll need to watch out if you have a dog that gets distracted easily, as the trim holds a draw string that runs through the hood, and this can easily be caught and chewed if you’re not careful. As always, this is a costume best worn with supervision.
This Ewok costume for dogs turns your pooch into a fierce warrior from Endor, by using a three-piece set that consists of the main robe, an undershirt and detachable hood (complete with ears, of course). The detachable hood is a huge benefit if your dog isn’t keen on having anything over their ears too, as this costume gives you the option of a little personalization.
Arguably one of the most popular characters in the entire franchise, Chewbacca is fiercely loyal, which obviously suits dogs very well. This Chewbacca dog costume is your chance to showcase your canine companions’ true nature, with a main hoodie, bandolier and pouch that fit together to create a great Star Wars costume.
Be advised that the extra fluff of this outfit won’t be too cute if you live in any of the warmer states, as your dog will likely get hot, very quickly. Of course, this also means that this is a great option for those in colder climates, as this costume can double-up as a bodywarmer for your dog. Rubie’s have done well to try to negate any overheating concerns by making the costume a vest over a full, long-sleeved option however, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble. That said, be sure to keep an eye on your dog if you use this costume and always remove the outfit if you notice your dog panting or becoming distressed.
The bandolier and pouch are sewn into the hoodie, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble with these coming loose and getting caught up in your dog’s feet- but always check this when you receive your package, to check for any defects.
Have a pup that loves to play dress up? Are you a fan of Star Wars? This immaculate R2-D2 dog costume from Rubie’s is sure to put a smile on your family’s face when they see your furry friend trotting around as one of the best robots from the Star Wars universe. Unlike many dog costumes, this product isn’t just a cape and a hat with a bit of Velcro to keep it in place. Rubie’s R2-D2 costume includes a fully printed shirt, foot covers that attach to the shirt, and a matching hat.
Rubie’s offer licensed products, and that rings true for their R2-D2 dog costume, too. This product is fully licensed as a character costume and comes in several sizes to ensure the best fit for your dog. Rubie’s also recommend that you follow their video on how to correctly measure your pet so that you can purchase an R2-D2 costume that will fit on the first try. The smaller versions of this costume can even fit adult cats, so toy dog breeds should have no issues wearing them.
Is your dog more of a Sith lord? Why not purchase one of the most iconic character costumes in the entire franchise! This officially licensed costume includes the full headpiece, jumpsuit, arms, belt and cape and is made of polyester, polyurethane and polyester fibers (not including any decorative pieces) which makes this entire outfit surprisingly breathable. Naturally, this costume doesn’t come with the mask but luckily, your dog probably hasn’t had to handle the same trauma that Darth Vader has, so most likely won’t need it.
This is not a costume for first-timers, as the added arms, decorations and cape can prove to be a little too much for dogs. Of course, if you and your dog are veterans in the cosplay circuit, then this is definitely an outfit you’ll want to add to your collection. Some buyers have mentioned that the helmet is particularly tricky, with the sizing being off one way or the other and a few have mentioned that the shape doesn’t suit their dog at all- so it would be best not to purchase this product if the helmet is a big factor for your outfit.
Another option for dogs who don’t want to go the whole hog but still quite fancy getting into the spirit of cosplay, are these Leia Buns from Rubie’s. Another officially licensed Star Wars costume piece, this item comes with the same elasticated strap for comfort, and to ensure it doesn’t continually slip from your dog’s head.
Again, this is a headband best placed behind the ears, rather than in front of the ears, as the latter will irritate your dog more and inevitably lead to them pulling off their new accessory and having a good chew. Other than that, customers are big fans of this headpiece and many note that this is best suited to smaller dogs as the sizes run a little small and the buns aren’t massive, which can make them look a little lack-luster on larger dogs.
A full jumpsuit, cape and Princess Leia headpiece makes up our last choice- the full Princess Leia dog costume. Made from polyester, polyurethane and synthetic fibers, you’ll need to handwash this costume in cold water and line-dry between uses but overall this is a high-quality dog costume that costumers really love.
Be sure that your dog is comfortable in a full costume, before you buy this option as the cape and additional arms make for great photos but might not be as comfortable if your dog is easily distressed or agitated. Also, as you would expect with a white costume, you’ll need to be sure your dog won’t be going anywhere dusty or muddy to really sell the whole look, but we imagine that won’t be a problem!
What to Look for When Buying Star Wars Dog Costume
As with all dog-related clothing, it’s important that your dog is as happy with your new purchase as you are, which is why you should consider these when looking to purchase a new Star Wars dog costume.
Possibly the most important aspect of buying a costume for dogs, is the size of the costume itself. This is usually dictated by the age and breed of the dog, but we discuss the best ways to measure your dog in more detail, below.
Comfort and fit
Remember, funny dog costumes are only funny if it’s clear that the dog is happy, healthy and comfortable. Speaking of comfort, there’s a few things to consider in regard to how well the fit manages to make your dog feel comfortable, when wearing a dog costume.
First of all, you’ll need to make sure your dog’s eyes are clear of any obstructions, which usually means low-hanging hoods and masks are out of the question. Costumes that sit on the eye or too close to the eye will make them feel claustrophobic, and they’ll likely pull at their costume before you get it off, yourself.
This will lead to them trying to avoid any clothes at all in future, which they might actually need if they have a surgery of some form, so it’s best not to create an affliction here- leave their eyes clear, so that they can see everything they need to see and feel happy in their new costume.
Secondly, their legs should be able to move freely. This will avoid their discomfort in general but will also stop any trips and falls that could injure your dog and cause them anxiety. Causing your dog any pain, distress or discomfort will create friction between you and your best friend as their trust will be broken. After all, you wouldn’t be a good dog owner if you took pleasure in the unhappiness of your dog.
A big factor in the overall comfort of your pet, the material can make or break a costume, mostly due to the fact that dogs have plenty of fur to keep them warm, already and therefore most clothing and materials will make them overheat. The most important thing to remember is that you should never buy clothing made of 100% wool or cotton, as this can cause them to overheat.
If you notice your dog panting within 30 minutes of wearing their dog costume, then remove the costume and return it to the seller- it is likely too heavy and too warm for your dog or is causing distress.
No small parts
It is vitally important that your dog’s new costume doesn’t have any small parts added to it. Dogs like to chew these off and the small parts can get stuck in their throat or digestive tract, causing serious issues that require immediate veterinary attention.
Noisy costumes can irritate and stress out your dog, so it’s best to go for a dog costume that doesn’t rustle, jingle or make any other noises that might irritate your dog. Signs that your dog is uncomfortable with the noise of your costume includes pacing around and pawing at specific areas.
Some dogs just plain don’t like being dressed up, while others will be perfectly happy with their new additions. If your dog doesn’t like wearing their new costume, they will likely pace, pant, paw and whine when they clothes are on. If this happens, then remove the costume immediately, so that you don’t end up stressing your dog.
It could be that your dog is perfectly happy with a headpiece or small items- but really doesn’t like the whole costume. Try to mix and match some of the items to see if your pooch is happier with some items, even if they don’t like others.
If you’re looking to head outdoors with your pup, be sure that their new costume has an attachment or break in the fabric that allows you to attach your dog to their leash. Not only is this the law in some states, but it means you don’t have to worry about your dog running off and becoming tangled in their new outfit, causing them injury and possibly losing your best friend.
Fashion is all about showing off your personality, so it would make sense that cosplaying can show you alter-ego. Think your pup can be a master Jedi? /Or are they more of a Sith Lord? Is your Chihuahua eerily reminiscent of Chewbacca or maybe you have a C3-Poodle. Do you know a dog that always, always misses the ball, no matter how gently you throw it? Try the stormtrooper dog costume!
No matter what character you lean toward, try to think about their personality as you choose your costume. This way, you know that your dog’s natural behaviors and tendencies will fit in with their new outfit, perfectly!
Is Your Dog a Jedi or a Sith?
It’s generally agreed that Dogs are Jedi and cats are Sith- purely because dogs are filled with a light that make us all feel amazing about ourselves. And cats generally don’t care how you feel (and that’s kinda why we all like them so much, for some reason).
That said, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s a whole host of different moral guides from straight-up chaotic evil to lawful good, with a wide array of neutrals and chaotics lying between the two- if you take alignment charts into consideration. For the purposes of choosing between Jedi and Sith, however, we’ll stick with good and not-so-good (no dog is truly evil, after all).
If you have a dog that likes to chew up everything for no good reason- even if they’re not bored, anxious or stressed- then they’re definitely a Sith. Do you have a dog that likes to say hi to random strangers that you’d prefer not to be introduced to? Sith. Does your dog have a tendency to hide under fabric, possibly showing only their nose from time-to-time? Sith.
On the flip side, do you have a dog that likes to howl at things he thinks are the moon? Probably a Jedi. Does your dog have an exceptional ability when it comes to creating balance (perhaps through a trick, or maybe just in their ability to stay still when they’re doing their business)? Jedi. Are the very disciplined, trained fantastically well and will listen to what you have to say, without hesitation? Well, then you’ve got yourself a Jedi, my friend.
There are a million more examples we could give here but, it’s fair to say, you probably get the general idea by now- a good dog will be a Jedi and a bad dog, or dog who acts badly, will be a Sith. Otherwise, just go with your gut, be ironic or have a little fun with it.
Depending on who you buy from, you might notice that the size guides can change from company to company in the same way that they can with our own fashion shops. The best way to get around this is to measure up your dog using a tailor’s tape and checking this against the size guide of the shop you’re looking to buy from.
This might take a short while- especially if you have a wriggly dog- but it’s much better to get the right size the first time than have the trouble of ordering and sending your parcel back, until you hit the right frame. This is especially true when you consider that the weight of your dog is not always indicative of size.
How To Measure Your Dog
Be sure, when taking measurements, that you’re neither too tight nor too loose- a standard guideline would be to take exact measurements around your dog’s body, and allow room between the tape and your dog for two fingers to easily fit through. This will keep everything snug enough to be comfortable, yet loose enough for movement.
Neck – You’ll need to measure around the widest point of your dog’s neck to get the right measurement
Girth – Between the largest point of your dog’s chest and the smallest point of their abdomen is what is considered the girth of your dog. Wrap your measuring tape around the dog at this point to get an accurate measurement.
Belly – Typically the thinnest point of your dog’s main body.
Chest – The largest point of your dog’s main body. You can get the best measurement if you place the tape just behind the front leg of your dog and wrap it round their chest from here.
Length – The length of your dog usually runs from the base of the head to the base of their tail. Effectively, the entire length of their spine, minus the tail itself (which can be difficult to measure, especially in happy dogs, so consider this a blessing!)
Back Leg – To get an accurate measurement, you’ll need to start at the base of the tail and run the measuring tape the paw of your dog. Once you’ve got this measurement, take an inch off the total, as this will give your dog some room in their new costume and ensure they don’t step on the fabric as they walk.
Front Leg – As above, the front leg will need to be measured from the center of the spine, down to the paw. An inch will need to be taken off here, too in order to get the best fit.
Arm hole – You’ll need to ensure that’s enough room in the arm gaps/hole for your dogs’ front legs to move freely. To do this, measure around your dog’s elbow (usually at the chest level)
Head – If your costume has a hood, measure from above the eyes, in the center of the forehead, down to the collar/between the shoulder blades.
Weight – This isn’t the most important factor but can help you differentiate if your dog is between two sizes about the best option to go for. If your dog is calm enough and you have appropriate weighing scales, then simply have your dog stand or sit on the scales, with no appendages hanging off the sides.
If you don’t have a dog scale, weigh yourself first, then weigh yourself while holding the dog. Finally, take your weight off the total weight and you will be left with your dog’s weight.
Some Points to Remember
Dog’s height and weight can vary throughout the day, just like ours. So, the best time to take your measurements is first thing in the morning, if you’re able.
When measuring your dog, be sure that all four paws are on the ground and your dog is standing as squarely as possible
Try to keep the tape as straight as possible, a wobbly measurement will usually add inches to your dog’s total size and leave you with a costume that is much too big.
A freelance writer and word nerd, Wendy is a content writer with a knack for getting into the nitty-gritty of pet ownership. For the past three years, she’s been researching and writing a huge range of different topics – but always comes back to her beloved pet articles. Lover of all things four-legged and owner of Harley, Pepper and Rush, Wendy is currently completing her MNSW at Edge Hill University.