Once measurements are made and noted, shoppers can use the following size chart to help them purchase a dog harness for their pet.
Remember, whatever dog activity you do, you should use a harness designed for that job. A harness designed for sledding will not work for loose lead walking or flyball. There is nothing worse than getting a nice new harness only to find that it is either the wrong size or not suitable for the job intended. For example, we have had many customers who have bought our fleece walking harness and asked if it can be used for Cani-X. The problem with this scenario is that a walking harness will balance a dog and stop it pulling whilst a multi-sport type of harness or an X-back are both ideal for Cani-X and will allow the dog to lean forward and pull.
An important point to think about when buying a harnesses is the fit. There are too many dogs wearing harnesses that do not fit them correctly. Sadly, many manufacturers do not make harnesses in enough sizes and unfortunately pet shops often tend to sell harnesses that do not fit correctly. A harness should fit snugly, with space for two fingers all the way around.
How to Choose the Right Size Harness for Your Dog?
Where and how to measure your male dog for hip-lift harness sizing.
These are estimated weights for each size. Dogs and weights will vary by breed. Custom sized harnesses are available upon request. Please call to order.
*Small color-coded nylon cords are added to the end of each harness to indicate size. See picture below.
** Any heavier than this, buy a saddle. (Just kidding!) Whether the harness is for an assistance dog or for a favorite pet, dog harnesses allow users to walk their dogs without worrying about if their pets may be injured or escape when using a leash. When searching for dog harnesses, pet owners should learn about the different types of harnesses and what to look for when choosing a harness. They should also find out how to properly measure for a dog's harness size, as well as where to find and buy dog harnesses, such as at local pet supply stores or online marketplaces like eBay. “I have been looking for a non-restrictive harness that could be modified to fit any dog of any size or shape and am delighted that I have found it in the Balance Harness. This harness can be adjusted along every axis (6 different ways) and has rings to clip a leash at the chest or back. This is the ultimate harness, fully adjustable, and well made by a company with excellent customer service.”For the Zero DC harnesses, the measurement you need is the collar measurement and this should be easier to obtain than the breastbone to shoulders, as the collar area is smaller and you can even measure your dogs’ collar to get the fit. The other thing you may have to consider is if your dog has a particularly large head or broad shoulders then this will affect the size of harness you need and this is why the neck measurement is the most important one to get correct.