The Best Designer Dog Harness: A Guide to Finding the Perfect Fit for Your Furry Friend
Everything you need to know about stylish dog harnesses
Looking for a stylish dog harness that will make your furry friend stand out from the pack? Check out our guide to the best designer dog harness brands on the market! We'll help you find the perfect fit for your pup, whether they're you're looking for small French Bulldogs or a large Labrador.
There are a few considerations to make when browsing for a harness though that we should cover first, starting with a question that we get asked a lot:
Are dog harnesses cruel?
No! Dog harnesses are not cruel, in fact, they can be quite comfortable for your dog if they fit properly. A well-fitting dog harness should not rub or chafe your dog's skin, and it should allow them to move freely without restricting their movement.
A harness can be especially useful when training your puppy. Puppies are often full of energy and can be difficult to control on a leash.
A dog harness can help you to keep your puppy under control while you are going through the puppy lead training process.
Why choose a harness instead of a collar?
A dog harness evenly distributes weight and pressure around your dog's chest and shoulders, which is ideal for dogs who pull on the leash or have neck injuries. They also prevent your dog from slipping out of their collar and escaping.
Are harnesses appropriate for a puppy?
A good harness can be especially useful in giving you more control at the dog park if things start to get a little feisty with their playmates! With a harness, you can easily secure your pooch quickly, and small and medium-sized breeds can be picked up until everyone has had a chance to calm down.
Finding the right size for your breed of dog
When it comes to dog harnesses, one size definitely does not fit all. In order to find the perfect fit for your furry friend, there are a few things you'll need to take into consideration for your dog walking activities.
Consider your lifestyle and activities
First, think about what type of activities you'll be using the harness for in your dog's routine. If you're planning on doing a lot of hiking or running with your dog, you'll want to make sure the harness is comfortable and won't rub their skin raw from contact.
A furry dog can require a larger size!
Don't forget about the fur!
You'll also want to consider the type of coat your dog has. If they have a thick double coat, you'll want to make sure the harness doesn't put too much pressure on their chest and stomach and restrict their breathing.
How to take measurements
Next, you'll need to take some measurements. The most important measurement is the girth, which is the circumference of your dog's chest just behind their front legs. You'll also want to measure their neck and back length. Once you have all of these measurements, you can move on in your search to choosing the brand and style that suit your lifestyle.
Quick guide for where to take your dog's measurements
Who are the must-know brands for stylish dog harnesses?
Here at DoggySquad, we bring small, independent designers from around the world together in one collection on our site, so of course we've scoured the world for the highest-quality, handmade dog harnesses we could find to offer to our UK clients. If you're looking for elegant, stylish, and premium quality: choose an independent brand!
Central Park Harness
The Central Park Harness from German dog harness designer Cloud7 is the epitome of elegance. Former fashion designer Petra Jungebluth started the brand with one central tenet in mind: "Always listen to your dog."
Here she combines genuine cowhide leather and stainless steel hardware accents to create a dog harness that is sure to make your mutt the envy of the town.
The finely braided details accentuate the softness of the leather while the harness provides a durable support frame that is particularly good for dogs who like to pull or just generally larger breeds like labradors and hounds.
The Central Park Harness is available in Saddle Brown and Black, and each comes with a matching lead. Complete the set with the matching collar as well if you like to mix it up some times!
This harness is perfect for walking through the countryside.
This harness comes in Saddle Brown and Black
Matching lead featured as well on a cute mutt!
Matching set together on a Viszla
Suitable for small dogs too!
Buddy's is a small business based in Spain which makes each of their harnesses by hand in their workshop.
The Peruvian Harness is made of high-quality plaited Italian cotton and finished with natural leather. It is available in both red and yellow variants to affect the cute and stylish look you're searching for.
The sizing is also very flexible for your dog: simply introduce it around your dog's head, and then just adjust it along the body and neck.
Plus, it comes with matching leads as well for each colour variation!
Peruvian Harness in red on a Golden Retriever
The Peruvian Harness in yellow on a Husky
The first of two collections from The Painter's Wife, a small family-owned business operating out of Spain. This is the perfect piece for small dogs as the XS will fit even the tiniest of toy poodles!
Colourful and comfortable, the Sonia collection is inspired by the work of French painter and designer Sonia Delaunay.
Made of resistant nylon, it provides your dog with maximum safety and durability. The Sonia Harnesses are available in 4 different colours and come with matching leashes to complete the set.
The two clips, made of plastic material, have a 4 point locking system and adjustable buckles for perfect adaptation to the neck and chest of your dog.
Sonia Harness in Navy & White on this Afghan Hound
The Sonia Harness is available in 4 colours
This collection comes with all the walking accessories you could need: a matching lead as well as a poo-bag holder to clip right onto it.
Available in both blue and yellow, you can create a perfect look for your dog from snout to tail.
It's made of very durable materials and has carbon steel D-rings to make sure your pup is secure! Mix it up with the matching collar as well if you prefer!
Rose Harness in Blue on this Cocker Spaniel
The Rose Harness is available in 2 colours
The Chelsea Harness from London designers Furry Couture is perfect for small dogs like the short-snouted breeds (we're looking at you, pugs!) who also love a plush bed.
The harness doubles as a doggy raincoat which is water repellant and even features a little hood for their head.
This harness is ideal for the owner who often has the dog lead in one hand and shopping bag in the other!
Just a couple of dachshunds enjoying the day!
Don't mind this little Pomeranian living her best life
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For more detailed information about any of these harnesses or the brands which make them, shop the collection page on our site.
If you spot one you like, just add to your basket and it will be out for delivery within one working day!
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