What’s the best harness for a French Bulldog? Introduction
Before we begin our quest for the best French Bulldog harness, let us pause a moment to pay tribute to the newer A-lister on the block. Often voted one of the top five breeds in the UK and Australia (and in the top 10 USA), the French Bulldog is an adorable and friendly dog. In different parts of the UK the Frenchie is continually fighting it out between the Labrador for top spot, according to Kennel Club numbers.
Because of the uniqueness of the French Bulldog, as well as being a breed with potential breathing problems – harnesses are often preferred over collars for offering the best fit. This reduces the tug on the dogs neck if it suddenly darts or pulls.
But which is the best dog harness for a French Bulldog? We found opinion on this varied as owner preference and dog need can often be a large factor – particularly those with an eye for fashion. But with practicality, durability and fashion firmly in mind we think we’ve found the best all round harnesses. For this curated collection we’ve selected six highly popular harnesses and (with the help of our friends) – tried them out. What a great job we have! Please remember to comment below or check out our facebook page if you have alternative suggestions or experiences with any of the harnesses mentioned.
In summary, our collection of the six Best French Bulldog Harness:
Editors Note: This article has been updated recently for 2019. As with all things, harnesses go through trends – some grow in popularity, some decline. The list hasn’t changed much but we’ve highlighted a few traditionally popular harnesses that are now more difficult to find as well as adding a few we’ve found since. Enjoy!
🏆 Ruffwear All Day Adventure Dog Harness
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We’ve started this curated review section with a Collar and Harness Magazine favourite. Ruffware range are known for their front range of dog harnesses and this quality harness also features two hoops. This is designed to reduce pulling in your French Bulldog, to help guide their path when still in the mischievous phase and to aid with training.
The steel back clip is for normal lead attachment and one at the front for use with a training lead.
A note on Training Leads
Leads such as the HALTI are designed as double ended leashes. A clip at one end means when used in combination with a front range can be attached as normal to the back. The second clip can either be used to adjust the hoop length of the lead or can be attached to the front of the harness.
This offers better control of your French Bulldog as well as help with any pulling habits they may have on lead. Sometimes these front rings are plastic but for this harness they’ve used a reinforced webbing loop.
The material is a mix of nylon and closed-cell foam. The harness has a padded chest and belly panels for comfort, High visibility (Hi Viz) reflective trim for walking at night, and an ID pocket for storing dog tags.
Ruffware harnesses are super easy to put on and take off as well as adjust. There are four strap adjusters in total to help create the perfect fit.
It’s one of the more expensive harnesses out there – however it does have a lot of features and should last you a very long time.
As we use these harnesses time and time again for our own dogs (and foster dogs) we view this as the best French Bulldog harness out there. It’s certainly aided us greatly with pulling behaviours when out walking and even our mighty Great Danes have failed to escape from it.
A great harness with lots of features
- Very Adjustable
- Two lead attachments for pulling and training
- High Viz Stripes
- Dog Tag Holder
- One of the more expensive harnesses
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Kaka mall Pet Dog Padded Vest Strap Harness (Medium)
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UPDATE: Although a good harness, we’ve had feedback recently that finding the right sizing for this harness has now become difficult as they no longer stock smaller sizes. We’ve left this review up should the situation change however the current sizings available (large) will not be suited to a French Bulldog.
We like this harness because it’s well designed with both front and back rings. For those new to this concept – it’s designed to be a no- pull harness. The D-Ring on the back can be attached to a clip lead for normal walking. The front O-Ring is an additional alloy ring located on the chest. You can find non pull training leads like the HALTI lead which can be used with either one or two clips.
Chest Size for medium measures: 22-27 Inch(56-69 CM) – but it’s worth checking measurements on your French Bulldog before you buy.
The only real issue we have with this harness are the straps. They’re a little rigid which can make fitting and keeping the fit to be a bit of a challenge.
A sound investment at a good price
- Good price
- Two lead attachments for pulling and training
- Straps can be fiddly
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ThinkPet Reflective Harness (Medium)
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If you’re looking for an inexpensive harness for your Frenchie – this would be a good start. But with the low price comes some limitations compared to more premium harnesses.
On the plus side – I’m a big fan of the colour scheme of these harnesses but I can imagine some of the more style conscious out there may look in horror! The neon green it fairly stand out for a dog harness and there are three other equally impressive colours. It’s a basic harness. There are two adjustable straps at the side, one with a standard clip. The harness itself has reflective material (hi-vis) which helps see your French Bulldog in the dark. The design is a good fabric but has no padding.
And the lack of padding highlights the down side to this harness. The lead attachment sits above the straps on the back, which loosens the harness should the dog pull. The straps are also a little loose, tending to loosen over time.
Overall, if you’re on a budget – you could do a lot worse than the ThinkPet harness – but if you have a slightly better budget, you could find one with a lot more features.
Nice colouring but a fairly basic harness with a few design flaws.
- Suited to dogs which don't pull
- Nice colour range
- Not good for French Bulldog's which pull
- Design flaws mean it can slip off
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|Julius-K9 16IDC-PR-MM IDC Powerharness, Dog Harness, Size Mini-Mini, Purple||1,814 Reviews||Buy on Amazon|
The next contender in this best french bulldog harness collection is the trusty Julius. The Julius K9 PowerHarness is a harness often associated with larger breeds of dog. There are however a complete range catering for the smaller breed sizes. These harnesses are super popular amongst dog owners, dog walkers and trainers and often competes with other brands to come out on top. It also has the added geek value that it very much looks like a police harness.
The strap on the belly has a plastic heavy-duty buckle and the chest strap hook is easily adjustable hook. The Julius (usually – depending on the exact type) has a reflective trim on the chest strap to provide better visibility of your dog when out at night. The K9 PowerHarness is breathable and can be put on and removed with ease.
The handle at the top is useful for holding and aiding in picking up your dog. I’ve found this particularly useful when out trekking and having to get over a wayward log or when holding your dog in place upon sighting an approaching squirrel.
There’s no front range loop but this harness is more for strength than to discourage pulling in difficult dogs. We always prefer a front range harness – but this is perhaps a personal preference. Some people love the strength of this harness and use it with a long lead to allow their French Bulldog to run around in the park without worrying about an escape. The lack of a front attachment ring also means this harness shouldn’t be used as dog seatbelt. Saying that, most harnesses tend to not be best suited to this anyway – so it’s worth researching a second harness or seat belt for that purpose.
The Julius-K9 overall is a reliable harness from a reliable maker. It’s well made, strong and very difficult to escape from. It should last your dog a long time and is definitely worth considering when out and about.
Popular and stylish with added strength
- High Viz Stripes
- Flashlight holder (depending on size)
- Handle for greater control
- Maybe not ideal if you want to train your Bulldog to reduce pulling
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Max Comfort Dog Harness
|Max Comfort Dog Harness; 6-10 lbs, Innovative No Pull & No Choke Design, Soft Double Padded Vest for...||Buy on Amazon|
Perhaps not one for our UK readers as we couldn’t find a stockist – but for US readers – this dog harness is hugely popular. An inexpensive, bright and lightweight option – it’s easy to see why so many people love this for their French Bulldog.
Initially the most striking thing about this harness is the range of colours – eleven in total. It’s highlighted as being no-pull and no choke with robust double layered mesh fabric.
This padded harnesses includes recycled straps with emphasis put on the use environmental friendly material.
Given its lightness and cost this may also be a good contender for a French Bulldog puppy. Harnesses are not always the favourite choice for the dog themselves when put on for the first time – so they may take time to adapt to it. Others however much prefer wearing them over a collar.
Overall this is a great for your Frenchie. It’s inexpensive and fairly no-frills. I’m not convinced this is a long term solution for your Frenchie (or the best for those that pull) but if you have a well behaved dog or are just trying harnesses for the first time – this may be for you.
Rabbitgoo No Pull Dog Harness
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Another classic no pull dog harness among small breed owners. The Rabbitgoo is well known and an inexpensive harness for both walking and training.
The harness uses two metal attachment points for your lead. The first attachment point is on the back of the harness and one on the chest. If you’re just taking your French Bulldog out for a walk – simply attach your leash to the back and away you go. If however your Frenchie can be a puller, or you’re in training, you can use a double-ended lead, like the Halti, and attach to the front clip.
The Rabitgoo has two adjustable side straps. The first strap is located at the neck and the other at the front. This may be the one big flaw with this harness, these straps can be too rigid. We’d noticed this before and also found others on review sites like Amazon found the same. It’s not the end of the world – but if you’re looking for a perfect fit – it can become a tad frustrating.
The harness is put on and removed using a quick release buckle. It also has has reflective high visibility trims across the outside to aid visibility when out walking at night.
Overall the Rabitgoo is another example of a hugely popular harness. If you’re interested to find out more about this – check out of full review here.
One of the cheaper harnesses out there but a little flawed in the sizing. Not a bad choice however and up there with the better harnesses. The rigid straps could particularly be frustrating with a French Bulldog where fit is all important.
- Clips on both front and back
- A solid design
- High Visibility
- The straps can be rigid which can be both annoying and result in not the best of fits.
Collar or Harness for a French Bulldog?
The age old question many dog owners ask. When considering what is the best harness for a French Bulldog you should consider the needs of the particular dog. If your French Bulldog is a puller you have to consider the impact that pulling will have on their throat. Throat injury can be somewhat common when you walk a real puller on a collar as all the pressure of pulling and lunging is put solely on the neck. Generally a collar should be used more for identification purposes (attaching ID tags, trackers etc) and less for walking. Some people do, especially if their dog is well behaved with minimum interaction from the walker required – but a lot of the time the benefits and reduced risk from a harness are apparent.
Front Range Harnesses
That’s not to suggest all harnesses will fix the problem – so it’s best to choose wisely. We often highlight the benefits of front range harnesses such as the Ruffwear because of the option to use it in the standard way or as a training harness. By being able to attach the lead to both the front and back – you can not only navigate your French Bulldog better – you can train them one tug at a time. Other harnesses work in a slightly different way – but be careful of some cheaper harnesses which put all the pressure on a single point. This can have the undesired effect of pinching the dogs skin or causing discomfort which can actually increase the pulling behaviour.
No Escape Dog Harness
The second thing to consider with small breeds is their ability to escape from both collars and harnesses and the French Bulldog is no exception. This is especially true if they’re a puller. You can look into no-escape Houdini style of harnesses but generally harnesses which are well designed and fit well will make all the difference. Consider what the best fit is – and if in doubt check out our handy guide on fitting a harness for your dog.
Do I still need a collar?
Although several harnesses out there include a pouch or attachment for a dog ID – it’s often best to wear one in collaboration with a collar. It’s also recommended not to leave a harness on when you’re not out walking. Although rare, dogs can attempt to chew on them and in some horrific cases have damaged their jaws when getting stuck between the harness. It’s also recommended not to leave a collar on permanently as similar issues could arise.
French Bulldog Specs
We’ve already mentioned fitting and measuring a harness for a French Bulldog but you need to remember that the shape of this breed is somewhat different to the majority of breeds. This is particularly true with the Frenchies head which is slightly disproportionately larger to the rest of their body. Make sure that you consider this head measurement when selecting a harness. You don’t want to worry about harming or causing discomfort when putting the harness on. Some harnesses are specifically designed for slip on / slip off.
Best French Bulldog Harness – A Summary
That’s it from our curated collection covering the best French Bulldog harness. As you can see, shape and control of a Frenchie is all important. This breed is generally well behaved but if they tend to pull a lot when out walking 0 consider a no-pull harness. Take special note that this is a good harness as poorly designed harnesses can pinch the skin, slip off, harm your dog or actually increase pulling behaviour.
Of course many of the fashion conscious out there will want a harness that looks the part – and there are plenty of harnesses out there that not only look good but are practical, useful and safe.
You can also consider a harness as an excellent way of training your French Bulldog. Guide them when out in the streets to walk in a straight line, to move them away from hazards or to extinguish pulling behaviour.
Unless your dog is very well behaved both on and off lead, a collar probably won’t be sufficient. You can decide for yourself which works best but remember the key factors when making your decision; training requirements, pulling behaviours and fit.
That’s it from our curated collection of the best French Bulldog harnesses. We hope you enjoyed reading it as much as we enjoyed playing with the Frenchies. As always if you’ve had other harnesses or have comments on the ones covered (good or bad) don’t forget to comment below or on our Facebook page. Also check out the rest of our site for information on not only dog harnesses but collars, leads, accessories, hints, tips and reviews.
We’d also like to thank our fellow Frenchie owners for indulging us with writing this article. Many of them have their own Instagram accounts so we really should look at highlighting those at a future date! See you soon!