Not many people are able to combine two of their biggest passions and turn them into a lucrative career – but that’s exactly what Emma Prince has done.

A lifelong dog lover and talented sewer, last year Emma, from Vicars Cross, decided to take the plunge and set up a dog couture business after she couldn’t find coats to fit her small chihuahuas.

The 34-year-old from Vicars Cross set up The Tailored Canine, which specialises in making coats and accessories for all sizes and breeds of dog.

Emma, who has four dogs and four cats, said: “I have been sewing since about the age of four after being taught by my grandma, and over the years I’ve made everything from home accessories to wedding dresses.

“So when I couldn’t find coats to fit my tiny chihuahuas it was natural for me to create my own, and when friends starting asking me to make for them too – The Tailored Canine was formed!”

At the moment, Emma currently only caters for dogs but says she would welcome enquiries for other animals.

“I have a range of ready made coats in a large range of sizes.

“All coats are hand cut, pinned, sewn and finished to the highest standard and I also offer a complete bespoke service where the owner can design a very personalised coat that I will make to fit the dog perfectly.

“It’s a full made-to-measure service!”

Prices start at £49 for basic waterproof coats, and wool and tweed coats begin at £75.

For more information, visit or find them on Facebook. You can also email Emma on