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.
Best Star Wars Dog Costume Guide & FAQ
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.
- Dog reaction
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.
- Leash attachment
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.
- Personal preference
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, weight yourself first, then weight 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
- Dogs 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.