Best Dachshund Harnesses for 2019 (29 Tested)

Best Dachshund Harnesses for 2019 (29 Tested)

  • 18 min read
  • Last Updated: 02/27/2019
  • Author: Jonathan Burton

Because of their unique body shape, Dachshunds are notoriously hard to fit in a comfortable, secure harness. To help you shop for your pet with confidence, we reviewed the top 29 harnesses for Dachshunds (Wiener dogs) and whittled them down to a few outstanding winners. Which came out on top? We love Sporn’s YUP! No-Pulling Dog Harness. It’s one of those rare finds that Dachshund and mini-Dachshund parents alike rave about for its affordability, comfort, and fit. But if you want to browse all your options, read on–there are 28 more harnesses to go!

Click here to scroll down to see what things we look for
when choosing the best dachshund harness

Best Overall

Sporn YUP! Nylon No-Pulling Dog Harness

9/10

Good for both standard and mini Dachshunds

Easy to fit for sizing

Prevents neck and windpipe injuries

Sizing guideline is design for some room for error

Elastic webbing that stretches with natural movements

Not easy to put on

No-pull feature is minimal

Known to twist up under pulling stress

Material
Premium nylon mesh with nickel plated hardware
Design
One piece step-in design
Leash Attachment
Back-clip design with no pressure on the neck
Points of Adjustment
3 (2 shoulder straps and 1 pull-string)
Color Choices
3

Best Quality

ChokeFree Velpro harness

9/10

Machine washable

Puts absolutely no pressure on the neck or back

Easy to clean

Escape resistant

High price point

Velcro strap is interconnected with the D-ring

Little to no room for adjustments

Material
Made with a soft-mesh material
Design
1-piece design
Leash Attachment
Back-clip with metal D-ring leash attachment
Points of Adjustment
1 (Velcro-lock closure on the back)
Color Choices
5

Best for Mini Dachshund

Puppia Soft Harness B

9/10

No pressure on the neck

Very easy to put on and off

Well ventilated

Sizing is true to measurements

Not very adjustable. So measuring before hand is a must.

Material
100% polyester and soft mesh interior
Design
Velcro strap and one plastic clip
Leash Attachment
Back-clip harness with two metal D-rings
Points of Adjustment
1 (Velcro strap across the back)
Color Choices
13

Best for Back Problems

Gingerlead Dog Support Harness

8/10

Designed to give complete back support

Tested and used by veterinarians

Supports the back directly

Could make the world of a difference if needed

Support harness only--you will need to purchase an additional harness

Limited color selection

Material
High quality nylon and padded with soft neoprene
Design
Integrated leash and support harness in one
Leash Attachment
0
Points of Adjustment
1 nylon adjustable strap position and leash connector
Color Choices
1

Best Budget

Gooby Chokefree Comfort X

7/10

Soft interior decreases chances of chafing

Distributes pressure evenly over the chest

Low price point

Does not hold up to pulling stress

Plastic clip is directly on the armpit

Neck and chest width is not adjustable

Material
Made with micro suede and mesh
Design
Step-in harness
Leash Attachment
Back-clip leash attachment with metal D-ring
Points of Adjustment
1 adjustable strap and plastic clip
Color Choices
6

Best for Outdoor Activities

Embark Adventure Dog Harness

8/10

Extremely durable

Great if you expect to be outdoors often

Easy adjustments

Reflective lining stitched into the harness

High price point

Not a perfect for all Dachshund

Material
Made with nylon and anti-chafing padding
Design

-pull design with nylon handle for easy control and
Leash Attachment
Both back-clip and front-clip leash attachments
Points of Adjustment
4 points of adjustment (2 plastic buckles and 2 plastic clips)
Color Choices
3

Best for Training

2 Hounds Design Freedom No Pull Training Harness

7/10

Discourages pulling

Gives you easy control with the ability to use both clips at once

Martingale allows for gentle tightening when the dog pulls--allowing for a loose fit generally and a snug, non-choking fit when pulling

High price point

Should not be used unless your actively training

If used improperly will cause chafing

Claps on harness are bulky

Material
Made from a high quality nylon
Design
Martingale design
Leash Attachment
Both back-clip and front-clip with a martingale design
Points of Adjustment
2 ( straps on the back and chest for adjustments)
Color Choices
8

Ruffwear Front Range

7/10

Extremely durable

Reflective trimming

Plastic clips are padded away from your dog

Tuck ID means you don’t need a collar, which is great for the outdoors

Versatile leash attachment options

High price point

Very bulky

Material
Made from premium nylon with padded chest and belly panels
Design
Designed to slip over your dog’s head and has tuck ID pocket
Leash Attachment
Both back-clip and front-clip
Points of Adjustment
4 points of adjustment (2 in the front and 2 in the back)
Color Choices
6

Puppia Soft Harness

6/10

Excellent padding to reduce chafing

HUGE color and style selection

Machine washable for convenience

Neck is not adjustable

Sizing is very difficult and unclear

Material
Made with soft-mesh material
Design
One-piece slip on
Leash Attachment
Back-clip
Points of Adjustment
1 point of adjustment in the back
Color Choices
14

Comfort Fit Harness

7/10

Very lightweight

Interior padded very well to help reduce chafing

Bit bulky for a Dachshund

Sizing is tricky for the long body of a Dachshund

Doesn’t protect the neck well

Material
Made with lightweight
washable Metric 66 material with padded interior
Design
Step in harness
Leash Attachment
2 metal D-ring back-clip
Points of Adjustment
1 extra long velcro strap for adjustments
Color Choices
6

Gooby Choke Free Active X Harness

6/10

Takes pulling pressure off the neck

Unique X shaped design

Machine washable

Easy to take on and off

Has a certain odor if you don’t wash it regularly

Not escape proof

Sizing is difficult

Material
Made with synthetic lambskin and nylon with micro suede trimming
Design
Leash Attachment
2 metal D-ring back-clip
Points of Adjustment
4 points of adjustment (2 in the front and 2 in the back)
Color Choices
10

KOOLTAIL Dog Harness

3/10

Designed for smaller dogs in mind

Machine washable

Comes with a leash

Low price point

Comes with a matching leash

Difficult to get on and off

The black dye on the straps has been known to stain dogs fur

Frays very easily

Not very secure or durable

Runs very small

Material
Made with 100% polyester and the interior is made with an air mesh material
Design
One-piece slip on design
Leash Attachment
Back-clip leash attachment
Points of Adjustment
1 point for adjustments (across the back)
Color Choices
1

Lovit Dog Harness

4/10

Very easy to put on and take off

The interior is very soft to reduce chafing

Reflective threads in nylon straps

Puts a lot of pressure on the back

Fits slightly loose on Dachshunds

Material
Made with soft and durable canvas with 100% cotton fabric and nylon handle
Design
Has an easy put on and off buckle design
Leash Attachment
Back-clip leash attachment
Points of Adjustment
2 points of adjustment (across the chest and above the belly)
Color Choices
11

Voyager Soft Harness

8/10

Very warm

Machine washable

Evenly distributes pressure on the chest

Very soft and stylish

Little to no chance of chafing

No adjusting with neck or chest. Be sure to measure before purchase

Doesn’t come in any contrasting colors

Material
Soft plush corduroy
Design
Easy step-in harness
Leash Attachment
Back-clip design with double D-ring leash attachment
Points of Adjustment
2 (velcro strap and 1 plastic quick-release clip)
Color Choices
5

DEXDOG EzHarness

8/10

Very easy to put on and take off

Reflective stitching

Pretty secure if size is correct

Well padded to help reduce chafing

Many mini Dachshund owners love this harness

Plastic clip sits on the skin of the dog which may cause some chafing

Not great for a puppy Dachshund

Material
Made with a high quality nylon and soft mesh interior
Design
Back-clip metal O-ring
Leash Attachment
Points of Adjustment
2 points of adjustment under the belly and chest
Color Choices
7

Ruffwear Web Master Secure

8/10

Very durable

Reflective trimming

Belly strap makes it nearly impossible to escape from

Offers excellent back support with foam padding and the reinforced handle

High price point

Fairly heavy

Not the easiest to adjust

Material
Made from premium nylon
foam padded interior
and reinforced handle
Design
Leash Attachment
2 back-clip attachments mid-back and far-back
Points of Adjustment
5 (2 across the belly
1 down the chest
and 2 at the base of the neck)
Color Choices
3

Ecobark Harness

6/10

Eco-Friendly and made from recycled water bottles

Soft padding helps reduce chafing

Sizing is very extreme and they differ greatly

Plastic buckle isn’t very durable

Neck area isn’t adjustable at all

Material
Made with a lightweight polyester material from recycled water bottles and padded mesh interior
Design
One-piece slip on
Leash Attachment
1 back-clip
Points of Adjustment
1 point of adjustment across the back of the harness
Color Choices
10

Copatchy Harness

1/10

Once was considered one of the best harnesses for dachshunds

Reflective strips

Does not actually prevent pulling

Expensive to return

Appears to have been recently exchanged for another harness of lesser quality

Easy to escape from

Material
Made of breathable mesh with sponge padding
Design
Reinforced handle for emergency situations
Leash Attachment
1 back-clip with metal D-ring
Points of Adjustment
2 points of adjustment across the chest and belly
Color Choices
4

Wiggle Tail Harness

8/10

No-pull handle ideal for hiking

Reflective strips

Recently upgraded to include higher-quality quick-release buckles

Extremely comfortable fit

Limited color options (red and black)

Doesn’t stand up to large dogs

Not ideal for big pullers

Material
Made from durable 600D oxford fabric and neoprene
Design
Designed for walking
training
and hiking
Leash Attachment
Metal D-ring back-clip leash attachment
Points of Adjustment
2 points of adjustment across the chest and belly
Color Choices
2

Pretzkin Dog Harness

6/10

Designed specifically for dachshunds

Machine-washable

Particularly useful for dogs who can escapee most other harnesses

Only comes in 1 color (red)

For male dogs, the back straps can be uncomfortable

Plastic easy-release clasps known to break

Material
Made from nylon
Design
Designed specifically for Dachshund back support
Leash Attachment
Points of Adjustment
3 (1 neck and 2 girth)
Color Choices
1

Hamilton Harness

3/10

Seams designed not to pull on dog’s fur

Low price point

Sizing is completely off (need to add 2 inches)

D-ring leash attachment known to snap

Clasp is extremely tight

Material
Made of nylon with all plastic attachments
Design
Slip-on designed for walking
Leash Attachment
Plastic D-ring leash attachment
Points of Adjustment
4 (2 on neck
2 on the belly)
Color Choices
18

Lanyar Harness

6/10

Designed specifically for smaller breeds

Low price point

Reflective strips

Neck is not adjustable

Need to slip over the dog’s head to put on

Not machine washable--stitching comes apart

Size changes with color

Material
Made of lightweight air-mesh and polyester
Design
Slip-on harness with soft polyester
Leash Attachment
Standard back clip metal D-ring
Points of Adjustment
1 (girth)
Color Choices
6

Pet Club Harness

7/10

Made of eco-friendly materials

Non-breakaway emergency release clasps

Extremely light-weight

No-choke design

Comes with a free leash

Low price point

Neck is not adjustable

Need to slip over the dog’s head to put on

All sizing options are small

Material
Made of soft
breathable air-mesh and polyester
Design
One-piece slip on harness
Leash Attachment
Sturdy O-ring back-clip leash attachment
Points of Adjustment
1 point of adjustment (girth)
Color Choices
8

Blueberry Harness Standard

7/10

Bright, spring-inspired floral patterns

Does not stretch

Options for matching collar and leash

Buckles made of eco-friendly plastic

Chest strap isn’t adjustable

Straps are relatively thin

Colors fade quickly overtime

Easy for dogs to back out of

Material
Made of high-density polyester webbing
Design
Step-in harness
Leash Attachment
Martingale-style back-clip leash attachment
Points of Adjustment
2 points of adjustment (girth and neck)
Color Choices
7

Blueberry Neoprene Harness

8/10

Vibrant, stylish colors

Good for dogs with sensitive skin

Reflective strips on the webbing and front chest strap

Ideal fit for most dachshunds

Broad chest plate for weight distribution

Chest strap is not adjustable

Leash attachment ring can slide around

Material
Made of neoprene and nylon
Design
Step-in harness
Leash Attachment
Standard metal back-clip leash attachment
Points of Adjustment
1 point of adjustment (girth)
Color Choices
5

Blueberry Pet Reflective Harness

8/10

Color combinations are bright and fun

Great for more active dogs

Reflective stripes and triangle

Does not stretch

Very durable and secure

Fit is easily adjustable and snug

Responsive seller

For smaller dogs, it’s relatively heavy / bulky

Not very soft

Sizing runs a little big

Material
Made with lightweight mesh
oxford
and polyester materials
Design
Comes in 2 designs: step-in and vest
Leash Attachment
Sturdy D-ring back-clip leash attachment
Points of Adjustment
4 points of adjustment (2 around the neck and 2 on the belly)
Color Choices
11

PetSafe Easy Walk

2/10

Easy to put on (just slip over the head)

If it ever tears, can be replaced for a “nominal fee”

Martingale clip gently tightens when the dog pulls (but not to the point of choking)

Low price point

Can cause irritation under dog’s front legs

Dogs with short legs easily slip out

Material
Made with high-grade nylon
Design
Designed for dogs who pull or lunge
Leash Attachment
Front-clip D-ring martingale design
Points of Adjustment
4 points of adjustment and many sizing options
Color Choices
7

BINGPET Harness

6/10

Great for outdoor sports

Soft chest plate evenly distributes weight and prevents choking

Low price point for an outdoor harness

Most owners report a very sturdy design

Not truly a “no pull” harness

Some reports of stitching coming apart

Doesn’t consistently stay snug

Material
Made of waterproof fabric with soft mesh lining
Design
Designed for the outdoors
Leash Attachment
Back-clip with 2 metal D-ring leash attachments
Points of Adjustment
2 points of adjustment (buckles on the chest and belly)
Sizes
Big
small
Color Choices
4

Lanyar Soft Harness

6/10

Perfect weight for cool weather

Fashionable, cute look (unique houndstooth option)

Padded neck

Technically machine washable, but hand washing and air drying recommended

Buckle is extremely hard to unclasp

Sizing inconsistent

Velcro isn’t durable for pullers

Expensive to return

Material
Made with lightweight polyester material and has a fleece lining
Design
Fashion harness for cooler weather that’s a easy step-in design
Leash Attachment
Back-clip with two D-ring leash attachment
Points of Adjustment
2 points of adjustment (1 velcro chest belt and 1 quick-release buckle)
Color Choices
2

Challenges of Dachshunds

When picking a harness, the main concerns for your Dachshund are their back problems, unique shape, and short legs. Due to their long bodies, Dachshunds are naturally prone to spinal injuries, like intervertebral disc disease (IVDD). For this reason, it is extremely important that they get the support they need and that harnesses don’t cause unnecessary stress–even for big pullers.

Likewise, their short legs make it easy for them to back out of most harnesses, meaning it is essential to find a harness that fits snug without causing skin irritation. Dachshund owners also have to be particularly careful with measurements. Even if you think you have a good sense of your dog’s size, double check these areas with soft tape.

Neck: Measure around the base of the neck.
Length: Measure from the base of the neck to the base of the tail.
Girth: Measure base of the neck, encircle the body just behind the front legs.
Height: While your dog stands, measure from the base of neck down to the floor.

Sizing is not consistent across harnesses, and the number one complaint for every harness is fit. So, if you need the size to be perfect on the first go, keep these measurements nearby. It is especially important to keep in mind that standard Dachshunds and miniature Dachshunds have different size needs. While most of our reviews are with standard sizes in mind, we found did find a few harnesses to be excellent choices for any minis.

Types of Leash Attachments

Another factor to be mindful of when shopping for your Dachshund is the location of the leash attachment. The vast majority of harnesses come in one of two varieties: back-clip and front-clip.

The back-clip is true to its name. The leash attachment is on the back of the harness and is best for very relaxed walker. There’s next to no chance of your Dachshund leg getting caught on the leash. This are by far the most common style of leash attachment, and the one most dog walkers are familiar with. The advantage of back-clips is that they evenly distribute pressure across the dog’s chest. This is a particular plus in the case of Dachshunds, since we don’t want to cause any stress on their back.

If your Dachshund is an active puller, however, a front-clip may be a better fit for your needs. While training is always recommended, front-clips can be used to help mitigate the problem as you train. Front-clip harnesses are designed to redirect your dog by using their own force against them. Because the leash is attached to the front, anytime they pull, they use their own momentum against themselves and turn to the side–thus giving you a lot more control.

In general, front-clips are not ideal for Dachshunds. As their bellies are relatively low to the ground, they are more likely to get tangled in or stumble over their leash. Additionally, the uneven stress on their back can cause problems down the road if pulling remains a problem.

That’s a Wrap

Because of their unique shape, Dachshunds can be a real challenge to fit in a comfortable, affordable, secure harness.

Overall, there are many options on the market, but only a handful that provide the support in the back that a Dachshund needs, while preventing terrifying harness-escapes. We hope this guide has given you some insight so you can purchase the perfect harness for your canine companion with confidence.

Let us know which harness you went with and why. We would love to hear from you and your Dachshund.