Ruffwear Front Range Harness

9 October, 2022

Overview of Ruffwear Front Range Harness

Ruffwear established a reputation as one of the most popular brands when it comes to dog activity. The Ruffwear brand supply a successful range of problem solving accessories for outdoor dogs. The operate to the mission statement:

build performance product to enhance and inspire outdoor adventures for dogs and their human companions.

But will the claims support the reviewer and our readers?

Ruffwear Front Range Harness, as the name suggests, is a harness with back and front clips. In short, this means a aluminium v-ring hoop above the harness to clip your lead on. This is for normal walking with any leash. An additional reinforced webbing loop under the harness. Why the additional hoop? This allows certain leads to attach at the base for more control and training. These work with a variety of training leads. For this review we used our faithful Halti training lead, but you can search for other multi point leads which also do the job.

Tested On

We tested the two different sizes of Ruffwear Front Range Harness on different breeds. The first was on a Great Dane female approx two years old, the other on a six year old male Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The Great Dane is still young and  considered “a puller”. This review will also cover a no pull harness perspective.

We tested both harnesses walking on familiar pavements and parks as well as unfamiliar areas, a beach as well as the woods.

Ruffwear Front Range Harness - Great Dane

Front View of Ruffwear Front Range Harness on our Great Dane


The harness has two side release buckles and four adjustment straps. This allows adjustments to the harness to better cater for your dogs movements. When fitting, particularly on our Cavalier, we were able to adjust each strap to make sure it was both secure and comfortable. As always, it’s recommended to leave a little space so it’s not too tight. The underside is padded around the chest and belly area for comfort.

The harnesses multiple straps makes it easier to cater for not only the chest but the shoulders and belly which can vary on dogs.

There are a few different methods of putting on and taking off a Ruffware Front Range Harness. We place the neck over the head then clip behind the front legs. Clips can pinch a dogs skin/ fur so pay close attention. To remove we unclip then carefully pull backwards over the head so it inverses.

Ruffwear Front Range Harness - No Pull Harness - Great Dane

Top view of Ruffwear Front Range Harness


One nice feature of this harness is the pocket for the dog ID tags. In most countries (including the UK) having a dog ID is a legal requirement with owners name and contact details. The Ruffware Front Range Harness has the pocket on the top.

This doesn’t mean it’s time to bin the classic metal ID tag – they are usually fine clipped onto the top hoop. But for our Great Dane who can be very playful with other dogs – tags can get snagged. Worse, they come off (this happened to us) – so the ID tag pocket gives that extra option to keep it out of the way. The ID tag pocket seals with velcro. When opened there’s a string inside for attaching an ID. They’ve even included instructions in the pocket telling the owner how to attach the ID.

Another plus are the reflective trims around the harness. These are good for night time walks when visibility is low. We recently took our Great Dane to a house with five acres of land in the countryside. These trims were helpful when she disappeared for late night toilet. The reflective trims were sufficient to spot her as she bounded from place to place.

The primary material used on the Ruffwear Front Range Harness is nylon. The straps are woven.

Cleaning Instructions

The harness cleaned easily with a wet cloth for superficial spoilage. When we needed to clean properly, hand washing the harness, using a mild detergent then allow it to air dry as instructed worked well.


I find the Ruffwear Front Range Harness to be the most fashionable looking out of all no-pull harness out there. It’s a sleek design and a comfortable fit when measured correctly. It also comes in multitude of colours (blue, green, poppy, purple, grey and berry) to tailor to your dog or pair with a nice lead.

Ruffwear caters to all sizes (ranging XXS to XL) and shapes, however, our finding is that it is not the best fitting harness for all dogs. Sure you can use the straps to adjust it, but in our tests it didn’t so well in fitting a Great Dane in the chest area. On the other hand, it fits and looks best on a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.


The Ruffwear Front Range Harness is a reliable, dependable and stylish dog harness that should last a good length of time depending on the breed. It’s particularly good for dogs who pull or those you’re training not to pull. Check out our annual best dog harness guide to see where the Ruffwear ranks.

Ruffwear Front Range Harness, Medium, Twilight Gray

Ruffwear Front Range Harness, Medium, Twilight Gray


  • XXS – girth from 13 to 17-inches
  • XS – girth from 17 to 22-inches
  • Small – girth from 22 to 27-inches
  • Medium – girth from 27 to 32-inches
  • Large / X-Large – girth from 32 to 42-inches

8.8 Total Score
A great no pull harness - but watch the measurements

A popular front and black clip harness - ideal as a no pull harness.

8.8Expert Score
9.2User's score
  • Great design
  • Comfortable
  • Sturdy
  • Not quite a great fit for all dogs
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Marko Geek

Marko Geek

Full time writer. Marko has worked with animals all his life and divides his time between dog care and web design. The owner of two Great Danes, Marko has written and spoken about pups for several publications. Dog skills include food and nutrition advice, dog training, agility and exercise.

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  1. 4.6

    We also have this harness for our cavalier. It’s great!

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  2. All I Can say is WOW! I am so impressed with my Front Range harness My dog took to it right away
    Thank you Ruffwear staff

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