Choosing the best harness for a pitbull can be complicated. As guardian to two pitbulls of my own, I have a lot of experience in harness trial and error. One of my dogs likes to pull-pull-pull, while the other is more likely to mosey. We’ve tried no-pull harnesses, rugged hiking harnesses, and all types in between.
Choosing the right harness for your pit bull can be challenging. Before buying a harness, consider the following:
- Safety and utility. Can you adjust the fit? Will it hold up to extensive use? Will it serve the purpose for which you need it?
- Comfort. Is it designed to keep your dog feeling comfy while in use?
- Budget. Is it affordable? A harness is an investment, so don’t go for the easy bargain. But you should be able to find a good option at a reasonable price.
- Style. Okay, your dog may not care what it looks like, but it’s okay if you prefer a fashionable harness for your pit bull!
With all that in mind, along with personal experience and online reviews to guide us, we’re ready to recommend four of the best pit bull harnesses available.
Best Everyday Walking Harness: Ruffwear Front Range
One of two Ruffwear picks on our list, the Front Range is a perfect go-to pitbull harness. It slips over your dog’s head, and with one sturdy clip, you’re ready to go. The softly padded chest provides comfort and a secure fit, and its rugged materials keep it safe in all weather. Online reviewers love how easy it is to put on, and praise the bright, fashionable colors.
- Four points of adjustment for a custom fit
- Comes in lots of bright colors for visibility and style
- ID pocket lets you slip in tags or a paper note for easy identification
- It’s not cheap! A quality harness is a worthwhile investment, but RuffWear runs on the pricy side
- Some reviewers had trouble slipping the harness over their dogs’ heads. Measure carefully before ordering.
Most helpful review: “Very well built, fits perfectly. We have a chunky american pitbull terrier, I’ve tried other harnesses and leashes. This is the best of all…Very comfortable and breathable fabric, with no loose ends flopping around. My pup loves this also, he would wear it all day!”
Best No-Pull Harness: Freedom No-Pull Harness
For pitties who like to get their pull on, a no-pull harness can make all the difference. My trainer recommended the Freedom harness, and I love it. It may look basic, but its ingenious design saved my back (and arms, and everything else) when my dog was at his pulling-est. Online reviewers praise it for its gentle control.
- Four points of adjustment for a safe, comfortable fit
- Reviewers rave over how well it prevents pulling, and how comfortable their dogs are in the harness
- Comes in lots of bright colors
- Getting used to two leashes can be tricky
- The Freedom harness is a training tool, and may not be ideal for everyday/ongoing use
Most helpful review: “I love that the harness turns her towards me and away from what she is obsessing over. I weigh about the same as the dog, and so far I’ve been able to control her when she gets it in her head to go after those pesky squirrels while on our walks along the woods.”
Best Walk-to-Car Harness: Kurgo Tru-Fit
Any time you take your pitbull for a ride in the car, you should buckled them in for safety. The Kurgo Tru-Fit harness is designed with safety in mind, and is crash-rated for dogs weighing up to 75lbs. Best of all, unlike many car-restraint harness systems, the Kurgo Tru-Fit is equally comfortable and useful as a walking harness.
- Several points of adjustment for a secure fit
- Padded chest plate and wide straps keep your dog comfortable
- Comes with a seatbelt tether to secure your dog in the car
- The buckles take some getting used to
- Chest plate collects hair easily, so may require extra cleaning
- Some reviewers doubted the quality of the included carabiner, used to attach the harness to the seat belt tether. They recommend getting a heavy-duty carabiner at your local camping store.
Most helpful review: “I love this! I leave it on my dog all the time, not just for car rides. It is extremely adjustable and efficient for walks too, and I can also use it to help him with his mobility issues.”
Best Heavy-Duty Harness: Ruffwear Webmaster Secure
A secure harness is one that makes sure your dog stays on leash and under control. If your pitbull backs out of other harnesses, the Ruffwear Webmaster Secure may be your best option! It’s my personal choice for my dog because the chest and belly straps keep him securely harnessed, while the extra padding keeps him comfortable. Online reviewers praise the safety of this model, and say it’s equally useful for active younger dogs and aging dogs who need a little help.
- A handle for controlled, balanced lifting
- A customizable fit with adjustable, foam-padded straps
- Reviewers with pitbulls say this harness prevents pulling!
- Two secure leash attachment points
- Reflective trim for visibility
- For gentle leash-walkers, this harness may be too bulky
- Getting a proper fit can take some fiddling
Most helpful review: “With the Web Master Harness, her pulling has stopped completely. The handle on the top of the harness has been great as well. We are able lift her over muddy puddles or hoist her into the truck with ease.”
All of the above harnesses were chosen with pit bulls in mind, but the advice applies to lots of dogs. Whether you have a pulling pit bull or something else, a good harness can make all the difference.
Featured image: The Natural Vets. Shanti in a Ruffwear harness and lead.