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Which dog harness is right for your dog?

We've had hands (and paws) on dog harnesses from brands including Perfect Fit, Julius K9 and Ruffwear

With summer right around the corner, some scenic dog walks could be on the cards. To see which dog harnesses pair style with safety, we’ve put a selection through their paces on three different breeds of dog.

Enlisting the help of the willing Which? dogs, we’ve reviewed a batch of dog harnesses, with prices starting from £3 and rising up to around £45.

Paying more can get you fancy kit, such as lights or personalised panels. But we discovered that you don’t necessarily need to pay over the odds to get a good harness.

Keep scrolling to see which dog harnesses kept tails wagging.

We’ve teamed up with the Blue Cross to put together a video on how to fit a dog harness, plus you can see our thoughts on the 11 harnesses we tried out – see our page on the best dog harnesses.

Do you get what you pay for?

To uncover the best dog harnesses around, we purchased a selection and tried them out on Daisy the springer spaniel, Milo the Labrador and Toby the terrier.

Paying close attention to ease of fitting, comfort and durability, here we outline one of the most expensive harnesses vs one of the cheapest.

Julius K9 Powerharness (from £19.99)

One of the more expensive dog harnesses we’ve tried out is the Julius K9. It’s a back-clip dog harness (a D-ring on the dog’s back connects to your lead) and has a customisable design.

You can order personalised Velcro stickers that attach to the side of the harness (a UK flag, for example), or a torch attachment or side bag.

Often found on the back of a police dog, the reflective Julius K9 is built from a water-repellent material and features a couple of heavy-duty buckles. The manufacturer makes eight different sizes, so whether you have a little terrier or a hefty St Bernard, your dog should be covered.

Unsurprisingly, this dog harness doesn’t come cheap. Prices start at £19.99 for a small one, while a medium or large Julius K9 will set you back £27.

Bunty – Adjustable Soft Fabric Harness (from £2.99)

Buyers on a budget might be tempted by this dog harness from Bunty – it’s one of the cheapest options we’ve tested.

This affordable dog harness, which attaches to your lead via a ring on the dog’s back, flaunts a vest-style design. The mesh padding at the front of the harness keeps it securely in place, although we’ve noticed that it can snag on twigs on a woodland walkabout.

The Bunty harness comes in a range of sizes and colours and, despite its low price, we think our tester dogs looked rather dashing wearing it. Even so, you’ll have to visit our best dog harnesses round-up to see whether a harness this cheap is worth buying.

The best dog harnesses

Ranking each dog harness on our list, we’ve paid close attention to ease of fitting, durability and comfort. A suitable dog harness has to be easy to put on your pet in the first place, but also needs to keep your four-legged friend safe without restricting movement.

In our quest to find the best dog harness, our trio of canine companions have tried 11 different options. Here we list them in order of most expensive to cheapest*:

  • Ruffwear – All Day Adventure Front Range Dog Harness (£44)
  • Perfect Fit – Perfect Fit Harness (£38)
  • Julius K9 – Powerharness (£26.99)
  • Mikki – WalkRite Anti-Pull Harness (£10.99)
  • The Company of Animals – Non Pull Harness (£9.99)
  • PetSafe – Easy Walk Harness (£9.55)
  • Trixie – Premium Harness with Fleece Padding (£8.99)
  • Ancol – Nylon Padded Dog Harness (£8.99)
  • The Company of Animals – Halti Harness (£8.99)
  • Bunty – Adjustable Soft Fabric Harness (£3.99)
  • Bunty – Adjustable Nylon Dog Harness (£3.99)
*Prices listed are for medium-sized harnesses

The best dog harness we’ve tried impressed us with protective padding, sturdy straps and a design that makes it easy to adjust. Our least favourite dog harness was a pain to fit and could put pressure on your dog’s neck.

How to choose the best dog harness

When it comes to buying a dog harness, there are a couple of things to consider:

For more advice on how to pick the perfect dog harness for your pooch, and to see the key differences between front-clip and back-clip harnesses, see our guide on how to choose the best dog harness.

Thank you

Thank you to the Blue Cross, Wood Green, The Animals Charity and Pine Ridge Dog Sanctuary for their help and advice.

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