Best dog harnesses UK: our favourites
Astrid the wired dachshund wearing a dog harness with tiny UK flag on

Best dog harnesses UK: our favourites

If you are a dog parent living in the United Kingdom, you know that there are many different types of dog harnesses to choose from. With so many options available, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for your pup. In this guide, we will discuss the pups and downs of the most popular dog harnesses on the market today. We will also provide tips on how to choose the right harness for your dog's needs. Let the BorrowMyDoggy team help you make walking your dog a walk in the park!

Overview of this article:

What is a dog harness

Benefits of a harness

How to choose the perfect harness

Our favourite dog harnesses

What is a dog harness

A dog harness is a device that attaches to your dog's body and is used to train, control, or minimise unwanted movement. Harnesses are often used instead of a collar because they reduce the risk of choking the dog.

There are many different types of harnesses on the market. Some are made for use with small dogs while others are meant for larger breeds. Some harnesses are made for walking while others are specifically designed for pulling tasks such as sledding or carting. There are also specialised harnesses for certain activities like swimming or running with your active pooch.

Benefits of using a dog harness for you and your dog

Harnesses are a pawsome tool which can be used during training to prevent and treat pulling problems, choking, and overreaching. Most dog harnesses have an adjustable fit for a wide variety of dogs, but many pet owners find that a harness can also be too small for their dog.

There are many advantages to using a harness as opposed to traditional collars and leads, such as:

  • A harness can give better control when walking or exercising your dog.
  • The chest strap aids in preventing your wriggly pup from escaping by slipping out the other end of the harness.
  • A harness can help prevent damage to your dog’s neck and spine.
  • Your pup may feel more calm, less anxious and be more obedient when wearing a harness.

Bear, the Goldendoodle wearing a blue Julius K9 dog harness

How to choose the perfect dog harness in the UK

Type of harness

The first step in choosing a dog harness is to determine what type of harness would be best for your pup. For example, if you have a small dog, you will want to choose a harness that is specifically designed for small breeds. If you have a large dog, you will want to select a harness that is made for larger breeds. There are also harnesses available for all dog sizes.

There are two main types of dog harnesses:

  1. The front-clip harness (also known as a regular harness). This type of dog harness wraps around the chest and abdomen with the leash attached in front. It can be easily slipped on by stepping into it and then buckling it at the back. The front-clip harness is the most common type of dog leash. It is suitable for a range of dogs, large or small, and with or without fur.
  2. The side-clip harness (also known as a cross-back harness). This type of dog leash attaches to a metal ring on either side of the chest for a more secure fit that prevents the leash from slipping over the dog's head. It's still possible to step into this type of harness and buckle it at the back, but it takes some manoeuvring to do so.

Size of harness

Once you have determined the best type of harness for your dog, the next step is to select a size.

It is important to choose a harness that fits your dog snugly but is not too tight. If the harness fits loosely, then the dog may not feel secure while walking. A good rule of thumb is to measure the chest of the dog at its widest point and add 4 inches to that measurement. This is how much room you need to leave between the chest strap and the dog's neck.

You should also make sure that the harness has adjustable straps so that it can be adjusted as your pup grows.


When selecting a dog harness, it is also important to consider the material.

Nylon vs leather dog harnesses

Nylon dog harnesses are less expensive than leather dog harnesses. They are also lighter weight and more flexible than leather dog harnesses. However, nylon is not as durable as leather and may not be suitable for larger dogs. If you have a larger pooch or need something more robust it’s worth investing in a leather dog harness. However, they are heavier weight and less flexible than nylon dog harnesses.

Aria, the Malinois Belgian Shepherd wearing a red dog harness

Other factors to consider when choosing a dog harness

  1. What kind of environment will you be walking your dog in?
  2. Does your dog have any allergies?
  3. Does your dog have any sensitivities or other health concerns?
  4. How easy (or difficult) is it to put the harness on?

Our favourite dog harnesses

  • PetSafe Dog Harness
    The PetSafe Dog Harness is a great dog harness for dogs who love to run around and play fetch. It features a strong nylon webbing strap that is adjustable and seems comfortable to wear. The lead attachment is made out of durable plastic and is attached to the harness via a quick release buckle. The PetSafe Dog Harness comes in different sizes and colours and should fit any breed of dog.
  • PupJoy Dog Harness (small doggies!)
    The PupJoy Dog Harnesses are designed specifically for small breeds of dogs. It features a soft cotton material and a wide waist belt that makes it comfortable to wear. The PupJoy Dog Harms feature a quick-release buckle that attaches to the harness without having to remove the collar.
  • K9 Pro Dog Harness
    The K9 Pro Dog Harnesses are designed for larger breeds of dogs. It is made out of heavy duty nylon webbing and features a quick-release buckle. The K9 Pro Dog Harms have a padded chest area and shoulder straps that make them comfortable to wear.
Ariel, the Alaskan Malamute wearing a Julius K9 dog harness
  • Petmate Dog Harness
    The petmate dog harness is a great option for smaller breeds of dogs. It has a simple design and is made out of breathable mesh fabric. The Petmate Dog Harness has a quick-release buckle and a looped lead attachment.
  • Padding Paws Dog Harness
    Looking for a comfortable, padded dog harness that will make walks a breeze? PaddingPaws has you covered! This pull dog harness is made from soft but strong mesh to ensure your dog is comfortable. Plus, it's easy to put on, comes in a range of fun colours and is cheap at £6.49 (for small and medium sizes).
Abbey, the Jack Russell, sporting a fetching red PaddingPaws dog harness
  • Halti No Pull Dog Harness
    This no pull harness features both a stop-pull lifting feature and an optional front chest attachment, giving you good control over your dog. The padded chest panel and leg straps ensure your dog's comfort, while the chest panel shape prevents the harness from sliding to the side.
    The HALTI Harness is a great tool for teaching your dog to walk more calmly by your side. It has been designed with the goal of preventing dogs from pulling, which it does quite well if you know how to use it. Plus, the bright colours are sure to make your dog stand out on all your walks! So give the Halti No Pull Harness a try - it just might be the solution you've been searching for.
    This harness works best for dogs of a medium size, such as Border Collies, although Albie the Cockapoo gives it five paws!
Albie, the Cockapoo, wearing a black dog harness

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