Best Harness for Pugs – Tried and Tested

What is the best Pug harness? An Introduction

We’ve been asked for a while to write up this Best Harness for Pugs 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 – 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. They’re easily identifiable by their wrinkly, short-muzzled face, and curled tail.

Collar or Harness for a Pug?

Pugs are a brachycephalic (flat-faced) breed 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 Pug. It is therefore worth consider investing in a harness.

Not only will this reduce pressure on the Pugs neck and head, it also helps control your Pug, train your dog and reduce pulling behaviour. In addition collars can also slip off from a pugs 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.

Rabbitgoo No Pull Dog Harness, Small

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 s breathable nylon.

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Ruffwear All Day Adventure Dog Harness

Ruffwear appear 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 leads when clipped to the back – to utilise the harness best, a training lead should be used.

About Training Leads

There are 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 harnesses are best fitted to reduce slippage, this harness is well adjustable –  four strap adjusters help create the perfect fit.

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Julius-K9 PowerHarness

This water repellant harness is sleek, well designed and reassuringly strong. The lead is attached at the back of the harness using an aluminium loop.

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ThinkPet Reflective Harness (Medium)

Yes, this harness is fairly limited in terms of features but those new to harnesses may consider it as a starting point. Some people and there 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.

Best Pug Harness – Summary

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.

We hope you enjoyed our best pug harness article. If you have other suggestions don’t forget to comment below or start a conversation on our Facebook page.

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