THE Best Frenchie Harness of 2019 (25 Tested)

THE Best Frenchie Harness of 2019 (25 Tested)

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  • Last Updated: 02/27/2019
  • Author: Jonathan Burton

As any proud owner of a French bulldog can attest, the unique physique of the “bully” breed can make fitting harnesses, collars, and other accessories for your pet difficult. French bulldogs are susceptible to respiratory issues, and wearing just a collar while on walks or during exercise can put dangerous pressure on their trachea and neck. And your Frenchie doesn’t have to be an escape artist to easily escape from a collar which should be worn with their ID and tags around the house and yard, but outside the home and on walks it’s critical to use a comfortable, well-fitting harness.

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

Best Overall

Blueberry Pet Classic Solid Color Adjustable Dog Harness

4/10

Wide variety of colors

Heavy duty D-rings (2 for added strength)

Fastens in back

Sits low across the chest

Plastic adjustment tabs easily slide, loosening fit

Single ply

Not reinforced

Harness Type
Back-clip
Material
Nylon Webbing
Leash Attachment Points
1 point
2 D-Rings on back
Size
small (16.50-21.5 chest girth)
medium (20-26 chest girth)
large (26-29 chest girth)
Colors
19

Ondoing Vest Harness Soft Reflective No Pull

6/10

Double nylon webbing

Handle for easy control of your pet

Reflective band

Padded construction

Chest strap is adjustable

Not a true no-pull harness

Bulky plastic fastener for the strap behind front leg is directly behind the joint and does NOT look comfortable

HARNESS TYPE
Back-clip
MATERIAL
Nylon webbing
mesh
woven fabric
plastic
LEASH ATTACHMENT POINTS / LOCATION
1 point
1 metal D-ring on back
SIZE (CHEST GIRTH)
small (16-17.5)
medium (17.3-21)
large (22-27.5)
X-large (28.3-32)
COLOR CHOICES
1

Kurgo Tru-Fit No Pull Dog Harness with Pet Seatbelt Tether for Car

8/10

Ideal for broad-chested breeds

Five adjustment points

Seatbelt tether and carabiner included

Dual leash attachment sites

Machine washable

Double ply nylon webbing

Plastic connectors everywhere with no padding beneath to protect the dog

Plastic adjustment sliders can loosen

HARNESS TYPE
Dual Clip
MATERIAL
Nylon webbing
water-resistant ripstop fabric
plastic
LEASH ATTACHMENT POINTS / LOCATION
2
at chest and on back
SIZE (CHEST GIRTH)
x-small (12-18)
small (16-22)
medium (18-28))
large (24-34)
X-large (28-44)
COLOR CHOICES
1

RuffWear - Front Range No-Pull Dog Harness with Front Clip

8/10

Ideal for broad-chested breeds

Four adjustment points

Padded construction

Easy to put on

Double ply nylon webbing

All plastic connectors sit on top of padding for dog’s comfort

Unlike the back leash attachment ring, front ring is not made of metal it is a rubber loop secured with nylon webbing which can fray

Rear leash ring is secured with one-ply strap affixed with only two rows of stitches can come loose

HARNESS TYPE
Dual Clip
MATERIAL
Mesh
Nylon webbing
Rip-stop fabric
plastic
LEASH ATTACHMENT POINTS / LOCATION
2
loop on chest
metal D-ring on back
SIZE (CHEST GIRTH)
xx-small (13-17)
x-small (17-22)
small (22-27)
medium (27-32)
large (32-42)
COLOR CHOICES
6

Best Overall

K9-Power Harness Julius

10/10

Ideal for broad-chested breeds

Handle on back

Reflective chest strap

Customization options

Smaller plastic connectors

Does not constrict neck/throat

Double ply nylon webbing

All plastic connectors sit on top of padding for dog’s comfort

Harness can bear 660 lbs of weight

Chest safety strap is not padded

Dog can back out of the harness when safety strap is not fastened

HARNESS TYPE
Back Clip
MATERIAL
Fray-resistant tactical “seatbelt” nylon webbing
ripstop fabric
steel
plastic
LEASH ATTACHMENT POINTS / LOCATION
1 D-ring on back
SIZE (CHEST GIRTH)
xxx-small (11.5-14)
xx-small (13-17.5)
x-small (15.5-21)
small (20-26.5)
medium (23-30)
medium-large (26-33.5)
large (28-38)
X-large (32.5-45.5)
COLOR CHOICES
19

EcoBark Maximum Comfort Dog Harness

3/10

Breathable materials around neck

No plastic connectors under armpits

Padded in front

No-choke design

Nylon webbing made from recycled water bottles

Mesh neck opening can not be adjusted and you have to pass dog’s head through it

Single-ply nylon

Construction is not very durable, stitching is not reinforced.

Plastic adjustment point can slide and loosen the harness

HARNESS TYPE
Back clip
MATERIAL
Nylon webbing
mesh
steel
LEASH ATTACHMENT POINTS / LOCATION
1 D-ring on back
SIZE (CHEST GIRTH)
x-small (9-13)
small (12-18)
medium (14-21”)
large (19-29”)
X-large (21-32”)
XX-large (26-39”)
COLOR CHOICES
10

Kurgo Tru-Fit Travel Harness

7/10

Top-rated for dog’s safety in vehicles

Crash tested for dogs up to 75 lbs

Steel buckles are stronger than plastic

Highly adjustable

Padded chest panel

All steel nested buckle system with 5 adjustment points

Learning curve using the metal adjusters

Front loop is plastic and not securely stitched in place

Sits high up on neck

HARNESS TYPE
Dual Clip
MATERIAL
Nylon webbing
mesh
ripstop fabric
steel
plastic
LEASH ATTACHMENT POINTS / LOCATION
1 chest D-ring
1 back D-ring
SIZE (CHEST GIRTH)
x-small (12-18”)
small (16-22”)
medium (18-28”)
large (24-34”)
X-large (28-44”)
COLOR CHOICES
2

Dogline Personalized Mesh Dog Harness

2/10

Customizable

No choke design

Breathable mesh

Highly adjustable

Lightweight and soft

Padded chest panel

Mesh neck opening can not be adjusted and you have to pass dog’s head through it

Single-ply nylon

Construction is not very durable, stitching is not reinforced.

Plastic adjustment point can slide and loosen the harness

HARNESS TYPE
Back clip
MATERIAL
Mesh
nylon webbing
plastic
metal
LEASH ATTACHMENT POINTS / LOCATION
1 D-ring on back
SIZE (CHEST GIRTH)
small (12-16”)
medium (16-21”)
large (19-25”)
X-large (24-31”)
COLOR CHOICES
12

Best Budget

GoPets No Pull Harness

6/10

Single-ply nylon webbing

Rubber square ring to prevent adjustment buckles from loosening

Reflective material on straps

Both leash attachment points are metal

Compression strap

Ideal for broad-shouldered dogs

Single-ply nylon

Construction is not very durable, stitching is not reinforced.

Plastic adjustment buckle behind dog’s leg

HARNESS TYPE
Dual clip
MATERIAL
Nylon webbing
steel
plastic
LEASH ATTACHMENT POINTS / LOCATION
1 metal O-ring at chest
1 D-ring on back
SIZE (CHEST GIRTH)
medium (22-28”)
large (27”-33”)
XL (33-46”)
COLOR CHOICES
1

Roughtail Dog Harness

5/10

Handle on the back with two layers of nylon webbing.

Single-ply nylon straps

Padded back

Reflective stitching

Predominant single-ply nylon construction

Does not look very durable, stitching can weaken or give way.

Plastic adjustment buckle behind dog’s leg, straps can loosen

HARNESS TYPE
Back clip
MATERIAL
Nylon webbing
fabric
plastic
metal
LEASH ATTACHMENT POINTS / LOCATION
1 D-ring on back
SIZE (CHEST GIRTH)

provided)
COLOR CHOICES
1

OnDoing No Pull Dog Harness

6/10

Handle on the back with two layers of nylon webbing.

Padded chest plate

Metal leash attachment point on back

Plastic buckles are not positioned behind the dog’s leg

Weak buckles and straps that loosen

Does not look very durable

Too many buckles, excess webbing material

Chest panel is stiff and bulky

Sizing inconsistencies

Not suitable for dogs that pull

HARNESS TYPE
Back clip
MATERIAL
Nylon webbing
nylon fabric
plastic
metal
LEASH ATTACHMENT POINTS / LOCATION
One D-ring on back
SIZE (CHEST GIRTH)
small (14.9-18.5”)
medium (18.1-23.7”)
large (22.5-27.6”)
X-large (29.2-39”)
COLOR CHOICES
16

PetSafe Easy Walk Harness

4/10

Streamlined and not bulky

Four adjustment points

Metal leash attachment point not plastic

Plastic buckles are not positioned behind the dog’s leg

Sits in dog’s armpits

Difficult to adjust, adjustments slide

Not suitable for dogs lower to the ground

Front orientation of leash ring frequently has leash catching on dog’s front legs

HARNESS TYPE
Front Clip
MATERIAL
Nylon webbing
metal
LEASH ATTACHMENT POINTS / LOCATION
1 D-ring at chest
SIZE (CHEST GIRTH)
petite (6-7”)
x-small (8-9”)
small (8.5-11”)
small/medium (11-13”)
medium (12-15”)
medium/large (14-18”)
large (16-21”)
X-large (17.5-23.5”)
COLOR CHOICES
7

Best Soft Harness

Puppia Authentic RiteFit Harness with Adjustable Neck

6/10

Breathable mesh

3 attachment points

Double-ply nylon webbing

Soft harness with an adjustable neck

Plastic buckles are padded so they do not rub on dog’s skin

Does not slide on over dog’s head

Neck loop can be bulky with overlapping padded components

Difficult to adjust, adjustments slide

Inaccurate sizing

Back strap is short and will cut in behind dog’s legs

HARNESS TYPE
Back clip
MATERIAL
Nylon webbing
mesh
plastic
metal
LEASH ATTACHMENT POINTS / LOCATION
2 D-rings on back
SIZE (CHEST GIRTH)
small (12-18”)
medium (16-22”)
large (20-29”)
X-large (22-32”)
COLOR CHOICES
6

PetBuckle Pet Seat Belt Harness for Pets

2/10

Streamlined and not bulky

Metal adjustment hardware

Two adjustment points

Can be used with Petbuckle Tether (not included)

Failed Center for Pet Safety report

Two sizes only

Not comfortable for long wear

Use in the car only

HARNESS TYPE
Back clip
MATERIAL
Nylon webbing
plastic
metal
LEASH ATTACHMENT POINTS / LOCATION
1 D-ring on back
SIZE (CHEST GIRTH)
small (dogs 20lbs or less)
standard (dogs over 20lbs)
COLOR CHOICES
1

Embark Active Dog Harness

9/10

Buckles are positioned above padding so they are not in direct contact with dog’s skin

Quadruple reinforced metal leash attachment points

Both chest/neck and girth straps are fully adjustable

Ripstop nylon and military grade nylon thread construction

4 adjustment points

Handle on back

Dogs can back out of it

Thin webbing

HARNESS TYPE
Dual clip
MATERIAL
Nylon webbing
padding
mesh
ripstop nylon
plastic
metal
LEASH ATTACHMENT POINTS / LOCATION
1 D-ring on back
1 D-ring on chest plate
SIZE (CHEST GIRTH)
x-small ( 13-15”)
small (16-23”)
medium (24-30”)
large (31-37”)
X-large (38-45”)
COLOR CHOICES
3

URPOWER Dog Leash Harness

6/10

Easy to put on with one plastic buckle

Two adjustment points

Includes matching leash

Streamlined and not bulky

Fewer pieces of hardware to chafe against dog’s skin

Stylish design and color

Construction not as durable

Plastic buckle can slip open

Webbing and denim easily fray

HARNESS TYPE
Back clip
MATERIAL
Denim
nylon webbing
metal
plastic
LEASH ATTACHMENT POINTS / LOCATION
2 D-rings on back
SIZE (CHEST GIRTH)
small (12.6-15.5”)
medium (14.8-16.5”)
large (16.5”-28.5”)
COLOR CHOICES
1

RABBITGOO No Pull Dog Harness

7/10

Easy to put on with one plastic buckle

Single-ply nylon strap construction

4 adjustment points

Reflective trim

Buckles are positioned above padding so they are not in direct contact with dog’s skin

Sits low on dog’s chest/neck

Plastic adjustment sliders can loosen

Bulky chest piece

Webbing and denim easily fray

Weak construction

Leash attachment points tear off

HARNESS TYPE
Dual clip
MATERIAL
Nylon webbing
padding
mesh
ripstop nylon
plastic
metal
LEASH ATTACHMENT POINTS / LOCATION
1 D-ring on chest plate
1 metal D-ring on back
SIZE (CHEST GIRTH)
X-small (13-17”)
small (17-22”)
medium (22-27”)
large (27-32”)
X-large (32-38”
COLOR CHOICES
3

Voyager All Weather No Pull Step-in Mesh Dog Harness

4/10

No adjustment points mean no

buckles or hardware against dog’s skin

Sits low on dog’s chest/neck

Single-ply nylon straps anchor the plastic buckle and leash attachment to the harness

No adjustment points

Breathable mesh

Durability may be an issue as webbing that anchors the leash attachment is affixed

Dogs can back out easily

Stitching can fray and come loose over time

HARNESS TYPE
Back clip
MATERIAL
Mesh
nylon webbing
LEASH ATTACHMENT POINTS / LOCATION
2 D-rings on back
SIZE (CHEST GIRTH)
X-small (13-14.5”)
small (14.5-17”)
medium (16-18”)
large (18-21”)
X-large (21-23”)
COLOR CHOICES
15

Chai’s Choice Front Range Dog Harness

8/10

Buckles are padded and away from dog’s skin

Sits low on dog’s chest/neck

3M reflective material integrated into the nylon webbing and chest panel

Handle on the back

Padded design for comfort

Durability may be an issue as webbing that anchors the leash attachment is affixed

Stitching attaching nylon webbing to harness can fray and come loose over time

HARNESS TYPE
Back clip
MATERIAL
Mesh
nylon webbing
LEASH ATTACHMENT POINTS / LOCATION
2 D-rings on back
SIZE (CHEST GIRTH)
X-small (13-14.5”)
small (14.5-17”)
medium (16-18”)
large (18-21”)
X-large (21-23”)
COLOR CHOICES
15

Puppia Soft Dog Harness

6/10

Designed for comfort

Seven sizes

Soft mesh

Sits low on dog’s chest/neck

Neck opening is not adjustable

Buckle rests behind dog’s leg when harness is adjusted tight

Leash attachment point is not well stitched

HARNESS TYPE
Back clip
MATERIAL
Nylon webbing
mesh
LEASH ATTACHMENT POINTS / LOCATION
1 D-ring on back
SIZE (CHEST GIRTH)
X-small (9-12.5”)
small (12-18”)
medium (16-22”)
large (20-29”)
X-large (22-32”)
XX-large (29-41”)
COLOR CHOICES
14

EzyDog Quick Fit Custom Fit Adjustable Dog Harness

7/10

Great for dogs who prefer a collar

2 adjustment points

Reflective safety stitching on nylon webbing

Easy to put on slipping over head

Sits low on dog’s chest/neck

Buckle rests behind dog’s leg

Leash attachment point is not well stitched

Chest strap is adjustable with Velcro under the neoprene sleeve

Harness goes on over dog’s head

HARNESS TYPE
Single clip
MATERIAL
Nylon webbing
neoprene padding
pastic
metal
LEASH ATTACHMENT POINTS / LOCATION
Single D-ring on back
SIZE (CHEST GIRTH)
XX-small (12-15”)
X-small (15-18”)
small (18-21.5”)
medium (21.5-26.5”)
large (26.5-33”)
X-large (33-42”)
COLOR CHOICES
10

Rogz Utility Reflective H-Harness

6/10

Very adjustable (5 adjustment points)

Plastic buckle sits higher on back than behind the leg

Sits low on dog’s chest/neck

Sizing can be difficult for bully breeds

chest opening is not adjustable

Harness is not very strong or durable, weak stitching and design

HARNESS TYPE
Single clip
MATERIAL
Double-ply nylon webbing
plastic
metal
LEASH ATTACHMENT POINTS / LOCATION
1 D-ring on back
SIZE (CHEST GIRTH)
small (9-15”)
medium (15-22”)
large (24-42”)
X-large (36-40”)
COLOR CHOICES
6

Comfort Metric Comfort Fit Padded Harness

2/10

All-in-one construction

Handle on back

Sits low on dog’s chest/neck

Specifically designed for smaller dogs up to 15 lbs

1 adjustment point

Padded interior with extra cushioning

Edges of leg holes may chafe if not the right dimensions.

Not suitable for French Bulldog

Velcro straps are weak

HARNESS TYPE
Back clip
MATERIAL
Neoprene
nylon webbing
plastic
metal
LEASH ATTACHMENT POINTS / LOCATION
2 D-rings on back
SIZE (CHEST GIRTH)
XX-small (9-11”)
X-small (12-14”)
small (15-17”)
medium (18-21”)
COLOR CHOICES
7

Gooby Choke Free Comfort X Soft Dog Harness

3/10

Low profile

Allows for wide range of motion

Sits low on dog’s chest/neck

Microsuede trimming

2 adjustment points

Breathable mesh

Single-ply nylon webbing construction

Not a safe harness for a dog that pulls

Chest/neck opening is not adjustable and sizing may prove difficult

Harness goes on over dog’s head

HARNESS TYPE
Single clip
MATERIAL
Mesh
nylon webbing
plastic
metal
LEASH ATTACHMENT POINTS / LOCATION
1 D-ring on back
SIZE (CHEST GIRTH)
small (9-13”)
medium (11-16”)
large (14-19”)
X-large (17-26”)
COLOR CHOICES
6

PUPTECK Soft Mesh No Pull Harness

1/10

Low profile

Allows for wide range of motion

Sits low on dog’s chest/neck

Microsuede trimming

2 adjustment points

Breathable mesh

Single-ply nylon webbing construction

Not a safe harness for a dog that pulls

Chest/neck opening is not adjustable and sizing may prove difficult

Harness goes on over dog’s head

HARNESS TYPE
Single clip
MATERIAL
Mesh
nylon webbing
plastic
metal
LEASH ATTACHMENT POINTS / LOCATION
1 D-ring on back
SIZE (CHEST GIRTH)
small (9-13”)
medium (11-16”)
large (14-19”)
X-large (17-26”)
COLOR CHOICES
6

How to Choose A French Bulldog Harness

Consider where your dog is in his training and his temperament well as any health concerns when reviewing the various kinds of harnesses for your French bulldog. We do not recommend corrective harnesses such as tightening or muzzle harnesses because they are not suited for your dog’s build or respiratory concerns, so we have not included them in our reviews.

Harnesses vary in their construction and durability. Two-ply harnesses are usually two or more layers of fabric, leather, or nylon. These will be more durable and last longer than single-ply harnesses which are typically a single layer of nylon webbing with plastic clasps. This was why our top pick was the Julius K-9 Power Harness, as it is manufactured with the highest tactical fray-resistant grade nylon.

Harness Categories

Front-clip harnesses. Leash attachment point will typically be a metal or plastic loop attached to the collar at the base of the neck, chest, or throat. They are considered “no pull” because when the dog pulls on the leash, it will cause them to turn to the side. These are generally not suitable for French bulldogs because of the compression on the neck and trachea.

Dual clip harnesses. These will typically have a leash attachment point on the chest/neck area similar to the back-clip harnesses but also an attachment point on the back, behind the dog’s neck. Many of these we reviewed had a plastic or composite clip on the front and the only metal/heavily reinforced clip was on the back.

Back-clip harnesses. Leash attachment point on the back only. These will often also have a handle you can use to quickly restrain your dog. These are the best harnesses in our opinion. This style of harness will distribute pressure evenly across the body, will not constrict breathing, is easy to put (and keep!) on your bulldog, and often will have a convenient handle on the back in the event that you need to lift your dog or quickly restrain him.

Finding the Right Fit

We recommend finding a harness that is highly adjustable in order to get the best fit. Measure your own dog and use these actual measurements in addition to manufacturer guidelines for a good fit. Do not go by weight. French Bulldogs may be small, but they have stocky bodies–which means some of their proportions match larger dogs.

The harness should be nonrestrictive of normal motion such as walking, eating, drinking, or squatting. Feel around the entire surface of the harness where it comes in contact with your dog’s body to ensure it is snug but not chafing or too tight. Look for and avoid raw, unfinished edges that will lay flat against the dog. Pay particular attention to parts of the harness such as buckles that wind up behind leg joints as this can make your dog extremely uncomfortable and lead to problems.