- Why Choose A Pug Harness?
- Collar or Harness for a Pug?
- How To Measure Your Pug for a Harness
- Best Harness for Pugs – Our Top Six
What is the best harness for Pugs? This article will cover the benefits of harnesses for Pugs and review our top six:
We’ve been asked for a while to write up this Pug dog article. We don’t actually own pugs, haven’t fostered any and don’t see them in our daycare at all. Given they’re on the top ten most popular breeds in London as well as much of the UK – this is just bad luck on our part.
Anyway, we’ve since become friends with a few pug owners in our local area so, naturally, we have jumped at the chance to try out some harnesses on them.
Pugs were originally bred in China before being brought over to Europe in the 16th century. In films, they came no cuter (and stranger) than Frank the Pug in Men in Black. They’re easily identifiable by their wrinkly, short-muzzled face, and curled tail.
Why Choose A Pug Harness?
As with all dog breeds, training is key to a happy walk. If you have a Pug that pulls on the leash – you probably find it frustrating and worry they may be hurting themselves. A good dog harness should help to control this behaviour as well as aid in training your pug. This is particularly beneficial whilst they are still a pug puppy as it introduces good behaviours.
A good harness can also help with health issues such as canine hip dysplasia (CHD) as well as mobility issues for older Pugs.
Collar or Harness for a Pug?
Pugs are a brachycephalic breed (flat-faced breed) of dog which unfortunately leads to breathing problems. While collars are generally safe, dogs which pull can put additional pressure on the neck and throat. Throat injury can lead to breathing issues in many breeds and could exacerbate those in Pugs. It is therefore worth considering investing in a harness.
Not only will this reduce pressure on the Pugs neck and head, but it also helps control your Pug, train your dog and reduce pulling behaviour. In addition, collars can also slip off from a Pug’s head.
Harnesses may not solve this problem completely as some can still be slipped out of, we will discuss this later but this has been considered in the collection. Finally, harnesses are much more comfortable and adjustable than a regular collar.
How To Measure Your Pug for a Harness
Because the size of a Pug’s head can be small in relation to his neck, measure a dog harness correctly is essential. Like using a collar and leash could slip off or cause injury, a poorly fitting harness could also be escaped from or slip off if there’s too much tugging. For more information on how to fit your pug you can check out this article – but here’s a quick guide.
Most manufacturers include a size guide with their harnesses. Although they may suggest breeds – it is often advised to check the sizes anyway as your dog may be larger or smaller than the average. Often when between two sizes (e.g. mini and small) it is recommended to go with the larger and adjust the straps for a snug fit.
Start by measuring the dog’s chest with a tape measure. This is generally the widest part of the chest, often roughly three or four fingers distance from the back of the dogs front legs.
Secondly, add a couple of inches to the total to allow for growth, weight gain and avoiding too much tightness.
Next measure the circumference of the dog’s neck. Though this may not be required for all types of pug harnesses, those that do require it – you should check. If the harness is put on over the dog’s head – this will be an important factor.
So, let us delve into our collection of the Pug harnesses and find out which one best suits your little bundle of delight.
Best Harness for Pugs – Our Top Six
1. 🏆 Rabbitgoo No Pull Dog Harness, Small
|Rabbitgoo No Pull Dog Harness Small, Front Clip Pet Vest Harness with Handle Adjustable Padded...||891 Reviews||Buy on Amazon|
The Rabbitgoo dog harness is a very popular harness in both the UK and USA. It’s a well-designed harness which also looks good and fairly distinct. The harness uses a mesh lining with soft padding underneath with its outer material made from breathable nylon.
This harness has two adjustable side straps. When selecting a harness you need to find one that fits properly. Too slack and your pug could escape, too tight and it could cause discomfort. You can check out our guide for measuring a harness for your pug here but if you find they’re between two sizes – it’s recommended to go for the slightly larger and then use straps to adjust accordingly.
One adjustment strap is located on the neck of the harness with the second on the front. We have noticed that the harness straps can be a little too rigid – so be careful not to tug too hard when adjusting.
To take the harness on and off – just use the quick release buckle.
The outer trim has reflective (hi-vis) 3m stripes to help locate your Pug in the dark, for crossing roads at night etc.
The Rabbitgoo is an example of a no pull harness complete with metal leash/lead attachments. The first leash attachment is located at the back (top) and can be used for normal dog walking. The second point is located at the front (chest area). Usually, this would be used for controlling your Pug as well as training. For example, the HALTI Training Lead has two clips which can be used on either one or both attachments when required.
2. Ruffwear All Day Adventure Dog Harness
|Ruffwear All Day Adventure Dog Harness, Orange Poppy, Small||339 Reviews||Buy on Amazon|
Ruffwear appears on many of our collections as a well established and trusted no-pull harness. Ruffware harnesses are front range meaning there are two lead attachments, one at the back – the other at the front. This is designed as a non-pull which means by using both attachments it will help reduce pulling in your Pug, allow better control and aid with training. Though the harness can be used with a normal lead when clipped to the back – to utilise the harness best, a training lead should be used.
About Training Leads
There is a range of double-ended leads available – one particular one popular with trainers is the HALTI leash. The main clip attaches at the back, but the second clip – which can either form part of the lead or be attached to the harness, clips to the front section of the harness.
Using both attachments on the harness allows better control of your Pug and helps teach non-pulling behaviour without putting additional pressure on the Pugs neck.
Nylon and closed-cell foam makes up the Ruffwear harness. The harness has a padded chest, high-visibility reflective trimming for walking in dark conditions, and a dog ID storage pocket.
Because Pug dog harnesses are best fitted to reduce slippage, this harness is well adjustable – four strap adjusters help create the perfect fit.
3. Julius-K9 PowerHarness
|Julius-K9 16IDC-PR-MM IDC Powerharness, Dog Harness, Size Mini-Mini, Purple||1,929 Reviews||Buy on Amazon|
The Julius-K9 is a heavy duty and strong type of harness popular with both dog owners and trainers. Their design is fairly distinct and sometimes they are referred to as a police dog harness because of their style.
This water repellant harness is sleek, well designed and reassuringly strong.
We often hear them mentioned with all sorts of breeds as an alternative to a front range harness like the Ruffwear.
The harness has a robust metal ring on top for leash attachment. One popular feature is the large, adjustable handle at the top. This can help to control your dog. It can also be used for easy grip, holding your Pug in place when they’re being naughty, training and lifting of the dog where required.
The belly strap has an adjustable reinforced plastic buckle. There is a strap on the underside with an adjustable hook and loop fastener. The harness also has 3m reflective trims on the sides. You can also change the logo to one of a number of available designs (or design your own).
The Julius-K9 is a great harness and popular among both dog owners and dog trainers. If you’re looking for that little bit of added strength for a real puller – this may be one to check out.
4. Puppia Soft Jacket Harness
Adorable is the word I would use to describe the Puppia. If cute is on your radar – this soft jacket harness may be just the thing you are looking for. The harness is made from a soft air-mesh material which is not only comfortable but looks more like a sweater than a harness.
A clip at the back is used to put the harness on your dog. There is also velcro on the harness to help adjust it. There are fifteen different colour styles available including black, green and skyblue.
It’s a no-frills harness, which is fine if you have a Pug who is well behaved on the lead. If you have a real puller or are training your dog on the lead, this may not be for you.
Reviews for this harness are positive though they agree with personal experience that the snug fitting of this harness can be problematic. Before purchasing a Puppia, make sure you measure your dog properly as these have a tendency to be too tight/loose if measurements are off. If in doubt check out our guide for measuring for a harness, or check with the manufacturer.
5. Pet Love Dog Harness
|Pet Love Dog Harness, Soft Leash Padded No Pull Dog Harness with All Kinds of Size (Small, Black)||715 Reviews||Buy on Amazon|
A very basic, very inexpensive harness. The harness has few features but is the ideal Pug harness if they’re/you’re new to harnesses.
This is very similar in looks to the Julius K9 and includes a handle on the top. Available in a range of six colours, this Pug dog harness is made from Lightweight Mesh Lining. The chest area has a soft sponge padding for comfort. The outer layer also includes a 3m reflective trim for better visibility in the dark.
As previously mentioned, these inexpensive harnesses could be a good starting point for a pug or pug puppy who is not used to wearing one.
6. ThinkPet Reflective Harness (Medium)
|ThinkPet No Pull Dog Harness Large, Soft Padded Pet Vest Harness, Breathable Adjustable Mesh...||458 Reviews||Buy on Amazon|
Yes, this Pug harness is fairly limited in terms of features but those new to harnesses may consider it as a starting point. Some people and their dogs are unsure about harnesses and look to experiment. The ThinkPet is a low cost and basic harness which many people experiment with. It also has the additional benefit of being brightly designed and reflective.
As mentioned previously when choosing a harness for your Pug it is essential you consider one that doesn’t constrict their breathing or is easy to escape from. This is particularly true if your Pug has a tendency to pull. Harnesses can be used to better control your Pug and train them to reduce pulling.
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