Anyone who is owned by a Dachshund knows that finding dog coats/sweaters for their weenie is a difficult job as they have such a unique shape. Not only are they much longer than your average canine, they also have a large barrel chest and such short wee little legs. There is a lovely pattern for sale on Ravelry for $3.00 USD that is specifically designed for our short little friends, the proceeds go to an animal rescue charity of the pattern authors choice. While I normally opt for free patterns where I can, sometimes its worth it to purchase a well written pattern.
Now that being said, there are still a lot of modifications and tweaks you can make to improve the fit for your specific dog. Getting the measurements of the squirmy little munchkins can be difficult, but well worth it. If you have access, try the piece on as you go to save yourself disappointment down the line!
As mentioned in a previous post, I use Ravelry to log all of my pattern notes and modifications in case I want to make an identical copy at a later date. All of these notes are transcribed from my scribbles on the pattern itself.
After all this fuss, what you get at the end of the day, is a lovely, made to order, piece of art for your furry (or not so furry) friend to wear (or wiggle out of as the case may be).