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Best Dog & Puppy Harnesses 2023

Updated: Oct 18

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A dog harness is now a common sight on a dog walk with plenty of dog lovers opting to clip their leads to a harness rather than a collar.

The truth is that harnesses can help keep dogs under control whilst ensuring they are comfortable.

Dog harnesses also appear more humane than a collar as they can eliminate pressure on the neck and spine by spreading pressure across the whole of your dog's torso.

Comfort Fit Dog Harness

We've feature the best dog and puppy harnesses on the UK market for 2023 . You can judge for yourself whether you like the look and we'll fill you in as best we can - how easy they are to put on, how adjustable they are and which harnesses suit which types of dogs.

OCTOBER 2023 : UPDATE After a new round of testing, we’ve added the Julibees Dog Walking Set

Whether you're looking for a puppy harness, harness suitable for a flat-faced breed, 'puller' harness or a great all-round harness we've got you covered.



Buying Guide for Dog & Puppy Harnesses

Features to Consider

Our Picks of the Best Dog Harnesses for 2023

1. Best Puppy Harness Overall - Puppia Soft

2. Best for Puppy Style - Hugo & Hudson

3. Best Easy Access Harness - Doodlebone

4. Best No-Pull Dog Harness - Halti

5. Best for Stylish Accessories - Woof Inc

6. Best Harness for Fun - Julibees

7. Easy Fit Harness - Kurgo RSG Dog Townie

8. Best Harness for Large Breeds - Rabbitgoo

9. Best Harness for Adventures - Ruffwear

10. Best Harness for Night Walks - Julius K9

11. Best Harness for Car Safety - Car Safe


How We Picked

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Buying Guide for Dog & Puppy Harnesses

For certain breeds, dog harnesses are highly recommended. These include flat-faced breeds who suffer with respiratory problems, so if you have a French Bulldog or Pug definitely consider using a harness.

If you have a serious puller, a dog harness can certainly help to stop pulling on the lead. We offer some great options for specifically designed no-pull harness in our review.

There are methods of attaching a double lead to a harness which can provide further control. Many dog lovers swear by double leads and if you have a constant puller they can revolutionise your dog walks overnight.

Double Lead Harness

When it comes to playful puppies, harnesses can provide better support for their growing frames whilst acting as a positive training tool for puppies that haven’t yet learned to walk beautifully on a lead.

What's more, a puppy harness will prevent them from getting tangled up in the lead and possibly hurt in the process.

It's not all positive when it comes to harnesses. It's really important that you remember to remove the harness immediately after a walk, especially if your dog's wet, as the harness can become uncomfortable and cause rubbing.

Sleeping in a harness is also potentially risky for puppies sleeping in crates. Their harness may get caught on their dog crate and become a choking hazard.

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Features to Consider

Before you jump straight in and buy your dog a harness, there are a few important features you might want to bear in mind -


It’s essential that the harness you choose fits properly. At the end of this article we provide a step-by-step guide on how to measure your dog for a harness.

Over the Head

Some dogs, particularly puppies with their first harness, don't always appreciate the sensation of the harness slipping over their head and ears.

If you think that this may be the case with your four-legged friend, consider a harness which is designed to wrap around your dog. We feature a wrap around harness by Doodlebone.


Some harnesses are designed with a front mounted 'D' ring in addition to an attachment point mounted on the back. These types of harnesses are designed with 'pullers' in mind.

They can offer you more control with the option of using a double-ended lead. We explore double-ended leads later in the article.


There are a massive range of harness options available to you. From the number and positioning of fastenings to colours and patterns. In some cases coordinating leads and collar sets are available so you can walk the streets in style.

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Our Picks of the Best Dog Harnesses for 2023

1. Best Puppy Harness Overall

Puppia Soft

This is the first of three puppy harnesses we feature. Puppia's original and best selling harness in the UK, the Puppia Soft is recommended by vets and we think it's the best puppy harness you can buy.

Puppia Soft Harness

The first thing to say is that it's extremely lightweight and comfortable for young puppies and smaller breed dogs.

The harness fits over the head and incorporates two adjustable points - one at the neck and the second on the chest.

Ultimately the Puppia soft harness design aims to avoid unnecessary tension on your puppy's delicate neck area.

The harness sits slightly lower on your dog than a collar so that it sits more around the shoulders.

Available in 6 sizes and lots of colours to suit your gorgeous pup.

Made using a plaid fabric with a soft lining for comfort and a mesh finish, it really helps keep your puppy cool especially during those warmer summer months.

Of course you can coordinate Puppia harnesses with their collection of colourful leads for the ultimate chic look at the park.

Just be aware that this harness hasn't been designed with major pullers in mind. If your puppy is a strong puller, another harness, such as the Rabbitgoo featured later, maybe more suitable.


+ Vet recommended

+ Designed for puppies

+ Wide range of colours

+ Lightweight & comfortable


- Over the head

- Not suitable for 'Pullers'

Buying Options


2. Best Harness for Puppy Style

Hugo & Hudson

Hugo & Hudson dog harnesses are available in a gorgeous collection of designs from laidback tweeds for a 'Country Gent' look to this modern, bright star pattern

Hugo & Hudson Puppy Harness

Designed to fit comfortably around your puppy, their harness incorporates strong polyester webbing and adjustable sides for a custom fit and will avoid unnecessary rubbing under the legs.

The special D rings on the back provide you with extra security when attaching the lead.

As with Puppia, the Hugo & Hudson harness hasn't been designed for the strong pullers in mind, however their ranges are suitable for a whole range of dogs from puppies up to large breed adults.

We recommend Hugo & Hudson harnesses because they are a great combination of a high quality finish, comfort and style. You can even complete the look with a matching collar and lead.


+ Gorgeous range of designs

+ Matching leads available

+ Comfortable for small frames


- Over the head

- Slightly pricier than Puppia

- Not designed for strong pullers

Buying Options


3. Best Easy Access Harness

Doodlebone Snappy

We are huge fans of Doodlebone dog and puppy harnesses and their Snappy harness has one major selling point!

Doodlebone Snappy Harness

If your puppy just isn't happy with a regular harness that slips over their head, Doodlebone have the solution.

Their harness is specially designed to wrap around your dog really easily and snap into place on their back. Simply step in and step out.

This may sound like a small detail but wriggling puppies can be notoriously difficult to get into harnesses, so this way you can enjoy your walks without a fight getting the harness on in the first place!

We recently fostered a miniature Dachshund and we loved the quick-release fastener on the back rather than the side which is easy to fasten when you're in a rush to make it to the garden for toilet training.

It also has a double D ring to attach to your lead which is great for peace of mind.

The harness has a velcro strap which provides some adjustment but we'd recommend that you carefully check your measurements to get the perfect fit. Choose from ten stunning colours.


+ Step in harness

+ Range of colours

+ Velcro and clip fastening

+ Comfortable and breathable


- Limited adjustment

Buying Options

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Now we turn our attention to Dog Harnesses. These featured harnesses are aimed at adult dogs but some brands offer very small sizes which may well fit puppies too.

4. Best No-Pull Dog Harness


NEW FOR 2023

If you dread heading out on a walk with a dog that simply loves to pull on lead, allow us to introduce your to our favourite No-Pull dog harness. It's the best we've tested for many reasons.

A dog wearing a Halti No Pull dog harness

Halti are our top choice of 'No-Pull' dog harness.

It's really difficult to find a well-designed, functioning No-Pull harness that's comfortable for your dog.

Halti have cleverly managed to combine control and comfort in their No-Pull harness specifically designed for strong dogs.

In testing, we found it incredibly easy to put on before a walk, the straps slacken to offer plenty of room to fit the harness over your dogs head and legs.

Once in place, simply tighten it to fit.

Halti dog harness padded sleeves

The ingenious design includes padded sleeves slotted over the chest straps so it's soft and comfortable around the chest even on the longest walks.

It's worth noting that the back lead attachment has been designed with a special lifting feature which automatically activates if your dog starts to pull (shown in photo).

Crucially, this No Pull dog harness has two attachments for a double-ended dog lead, which we would recommend for extra control when out and about.

The second attachment point - the D-ring on the front chest panel, is discreet and offers additional control when teaching your dog to heel.

The chest plate is padded and designed to stay put and not slide sideways when your dog pulls.

Halti dog harness chest plate

In testing we found that the whole harness was surprisingly lightweight but exceptionally strong.

The only flaw we could find in testing was that it seemed loose when we removed the lead. Although our tester tightened the straps pre-walk they seemed to loosen.

Halti have incorporated an elastic loop in the design to secure the leg straps to the back of the harness when your dog is off lead.

However we'd recommend this harness primarily for on-lead walks.

All the above adds up to mean that if you have a strong puller in your life, the Halti No-Pull harness could be a great investment.

Ultimately it's a well designed and exceptionally well built dog harness created to achieve the ultimate, relaxed dog walk.


+ Quality No-Pull harness

+ Lightweight design

+ Excellent value

+ 3 sizes available

+ Premium materials

+ Attachment points for a double lead


- Looks a little functional

- Use for on-lead walks

Buying Options

​The Halti harness works best with a double lead. We recommend the PetSafe anti-pull dog lead which we feature later in this article.


5. Best for Stylish Accessories

Woof Inc

NEW FOR 2023

Another new addition to our review is UK company Woof Inc. We love their range of harnesses, because not only do they come in a range of 5 sizes but they offer gorgeous coordinating accessories.

Woof In harness bundle

Their great value bundles include a matching set of :-

⭐️ Harness

⭐️ Collar

⭐️ Lead

⭐️ Poo bag dispenser

It's worth noting that the bundles offers a £10 saving on buying the accessories separately.

The range is available in some gorgeous patterns - tartan, floral and leopard print alongside their Pawtones collection.

Fairly new to their range, the Pawtones collection offers three on-trend solid colours like this stunning dusty blue.

Available in five different sizes, there is an XXS harness to suit pint-sized breeds up to a large size for bigger breeds.

Best Harness for small dogs  - Woof Inc

Unlike the puppy harnesses we feature, Woof Inc harnesses have three adjustment points - two at the neck and a further one on the chest.

We love that three adjustment points provide an opportunity to fully customise the harness to fit your dog and avoid any potential rubbing.

Woof Inc have a handy online measurement guide to help you achieve the perfect fit.

Their harness is made from neoprene, which as well as being super comfortable, is water resistant and quick-drying so perfect for the unpredictable British weather.

We've tested a variety of harnesses over the years and found the Woof Inc harness is lightweight and easy to adjust and fit. We particularly liked the premium finish with all the attachments colour-coordinated with the harness (no ugly metal or black fittings).

Nevertheless, Woof Inc harnesses aren't designed for determined pullers so you won't find a front D point to attach a double lead. If you have a puller, you would be better opting for Embark, Eagloo or Julius K9 harness.

Finding a quality harness that looks good too, can be trickier than you think. If you'd like to strutt the streets in style, we'd recommend taking a closer look at the collection from Woof Inc.


+ Coordinating accessories

+ Great value bundles

+ 3 adjustment points

+ Range of 5 sizes


- Not suitable for big pullers

Woof Inc have kindly offered 20% off all purchases

Simply enter the discount code SMARTBARK at checkout


6. Best Harness Set for Fun


NEW FOR 2023

Another new addition to our best harness review is this absolutely gorgeous Flora Dog Walking Set available from Julibees in four different sizes from XS–L.

Julibees Harness and dog walking set

To be truthful, this harness set was ordered for testing based solely on just how implausibly cute it looked.

A coordinating flower-themed harness, collar, lead, poo bag dispenser and pink poo bags - now that will make heads turn.

The first major surprise was just how much thought had gone into the design and crafting of each component. This set is definitely functional as well as fun!

Firstly, the collar features a stunning flower decoration and a strong durable buckle.

The harness is padded for comfort with wide straps and it's adjustable both at the neck and chest to help get the best fit for your pup.

Testing the dog walking harness from Julibees

Our favourite part of the whole design is the unique floral backpack attached to the harness.

Designed to be removable, we found it super useful for holding that spare roll of poo bags on walks.

The only flaw we could find was in the lead design. Made from durable and easy dry polyester, ideally, we would have preferred a bigger, padded handle section for comfort.

It measures a maximum 120cm long, so shorter than some dog leads but it does feature a fully rotational clip for collar or harness attachment.

You can opt to buy this as a complete set or :-

🌸 Poo Bag Dispenser and poo bags (7 rolls of 15 bags) only

🌸 Collar & lead only

🌸 Harness with backpack & lead

🌸 3-in-1 Walking Set - Harness with backpack, collar & lead

🌸 Super Save Bundle - Harness with backpack, collar, lead, poo bag dispenser & poo bags

Ultimately, the 3-in-1 Walking Set and the Super Save Bundle offer significant savings compared to buying the accessories individually.

Clearly this unique Flora Dog Walking Set is not designed with pullers in mind or some serious muddy adventures however, what's undeniable is that it is beautifully designed, fashionable and fun.


+ Coordinating accessories

+ Great value bundles

+ Range of 4 sizes


- Not suitable for big pullers

For 15% OFF all purchases

Simply enter the discount code SMARTBARK at checkout


7. Easy Fit Harness

Kurgo RSG Dog Townie

If the one thing that puts you off swapping to a harness is getting it on and off you dog, then take a look at the Kurgo RSG Townie Harness

Kurgo RSG Townie dog harness

Designed with a single buckle it's super easy to click and go.

Adjustable chest and belly straps help you get that perfect fit.

It's incredibly lightweight but still strong and well made as you'd expect from dog adventure kit specialists Kurgo .

The RSG harness is also compatible with Kurgo's MOLLE design so everything from panniers to hydration flask can be attached to the harness.

If you're interested, the Townie harness features a top handle and its sister design the County, has two handles. Available in blue and black in a range of 5 sizes.

This is the perfect dog harness if you love heading way off the beaten track with your best friend.


+ Single buckle design

+ Easy on & off

+ Range of 5 sizes

+ Strong back handle

+ Compatible with MOLLE designed products


- Only available in blue or black

- Very functional design

Buying Options


8. Best Harness for Large Breeds


The best harnesses are designed to take into account the way in which dogs bodies move with padding to protect their pressure points.

Rabbitgoo dog harness in yellow

We love this dog harness by Rabbitgoo as it's specially built for larger dogs to distribute pressure evenly and safely around your dog's chest.

The design incorporates some soft padding in the chest so the harness won't rub your dog's skin and it's worth mentioning that Rabbitgoo have incorporated a handle for instant control into their clever design.

Suitable for use with double-ended dog leads , Rabbitgoo's collection of four harness sizes include a large degree of overlap and adjustability.

The bright colours help visibility (don't worry, it also comes in black if you prefer something a little more low-key).

A great quality, highly recommended harness which can be used to control strong dogs.


+ Suitable for large breed dogs

+ Big size overlap

+ Double D ring

+ Range of colours


- A very functional design


9. Best Harness for Adventures

Ruffwear Web Master

If you're planning an adventure with your dog, completely off the beaten track then you can't go wrong with this well designed harness by Ruffwear.

Ruffwear web master blue dog harness

The Ruffwear Web Master Harness is more than a simple walk in the park harness.

It's been created as a secure and supportive harness for manoeuvring and assisting dogs up and over obstacles (from Dachshunds over steps to Border Collies over boulders)

The harness itself is very slim fitting to ensure it doesn't hinder your dog's full range of movements.

It offers considerable padding on the straps and back plate.

Incorporating no fewer than 5 points of adjustment (2 girth, 1 chest & 2 neck adjusters), you can fully customise this harness to fit your dog.


+ 5 sizes - x-small to x-large

+ Thin lightweight material

+ 5 adjustment points

+ 2 girth straps


- Pricey option

Buying Options


10. Best Harness for Night Walks

Julius K9 Dog Harness

If you're planning late night walks, consider investing in a harness that features some reflective material to enhance visibility and security at night on the road.

Julius k9 reflective dog harness

These can also be invaluable if you four-legged friend loves diving into the undergrowth off lead !

From the extensive range of harnesses available at Julius K9, the IDC-Powerharness is available in neon-green which quite literally glows in the dark.

Julius K9 harnesses are internationally renowned and recommended by dog trainer and vets so have the stamp of approval.

We loved the fact that their harnesses come in a huge range of sizes and even cater for pint-sized pups weighing less than 3kg.


+ High visibility

+ Massive range of sizes

+ Strong back handle


- Price

- Very functional design

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11. Best Harness for Car Safety

Car Safe Dog Harness

Dog in a Car Safe crash tested  harness

We strongly recommend a properly crash tested harness for your dog whilst riding in a car.

This harness from Car Safe is fully certified crash tested. In testing we found it incredibly easy to fit with two side release clips and then it simply connects to your car seat belt.

From the fitting, straps, breathable mesh to the stitching, the design and materials are top quality.

The chest plate is extra padded for comfort and the straps are wide so don't dig in.

The harness also has a D ring on the front and back, so you can connect your lead and head off for a walk when you reach your destination.

Available in four sizes with a handy sizing guide available online, it takes into account the chest, neck and the weight of your dog to help you select the best fit.

Our verdict - A well designed, easy to fit, safe and good-looking car harness.


+ Crash tested

+ Range of sizes

+ Easy to fit


- None that we found

Buying Options

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How do double ended leads work ?

Double ended dog leads give you the option to fasten the lead to two positions on your dog's harness.

One end is attached to the D ring on your dog's chest (front) and the second is attached to the D ring on your dog's back. This can help considerably with dogs that pull and lunge.

Labrador dog wearing a harness with a Petsafe double lead

We tested the Anti-Pull Dog Lead from PetSafe with the utterly gorgeous 2 year old Labrador Retriever - Molly.

Our tester commented that she liked the thickness of the strap and when coupled with the Halti harness featured earlier, she felt more in control of the walk.

The lead has a floating, padded handle for comfort which adjusts as you walk.

We loved that whilst it's essentially a double-ended lead, it is multi-purpose so can easily be altered to use as a more traditional 1.2m lead when needed.

If your dog is a 'puller', you suffer with painful arthritis in your hands or your dog is a 'Houdini', it could be a great investment.

How do I measure my dog for a harness ?

If you're buying online, you will need to know your dog's measurements. Here's a simple step-by-step guide to recording accurate measurements and selecting the right size harness.

  1. Either use a fabric tape measure or if you don’t have one, a piece of string works. If you have a ‘wriggler’ then get some help, fit their collar first to hold onto and if you're still struggling use some dog treats.

  2. One tip which can work exceptionally well is to stand your dog on an ironing board. By lifting them up to your height it will make your job of measuring easier and your dog is more likely to stand still.

  3. First measure the chest. Take the tape measure/string around your dog’s chest just behind their front legs which is usually the widest part. You're looking for a snug but not tight fit for the harness.

  4. If you are using a piece of string, simply lay it alongside a ruler to record the measurements

  5. Some harnesses incorporate a neck measurement too, so don’t forget to make a note of that.

  6. Lastly weigh your dog. This can be done at the vets or with scales at home. Simply weigh yourself with your dog in your arms, then weigh yourself and hey presto! the difference is your dog’s weight.

  7. Now check your measurements and weight against the manufacturers sizing chart.

  8. When faced with multiple measurements, chest/girth should always take priority over neck and weight.


If your dog is between sizes opt for the bigger size. You can always adjust the harness to make it fit tighter, but if it is too small then it will be uncomfortable and rub.

​If you're looking to upgrade your ID tag too, we'd recommend taking a look at Pet 24. The Pet 24 Visible ID tag is so much more than a basic dog name tag. It's a unique solution for reuniting you with your missing dog around the clock.

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How We Picked

Our final choices for which harnesses to include on our short list, comes from a mix of reputation and reviews from other experts we trust. This was then combined with our hands-on experiences with our team of testers.

We selected harnesses which would be suitable for the widest range of dog breeds and sizes. It was also important that the chosen harnesses reflected price points to suit everyone's pockets.

Lastly we only included harnesses in our selection process with great customer reviews and ratings.

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Thanks for stopping by and reading our Guide to the Best Dog and Puppy Harnesses UK.

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