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As a toy breed, Shih Tzus are affectionate, outgoing and they love going on walks just as much as any other breed. But unlike their larger friends, such as Labs and Boxers, a Shih Tzu’s neck, throat and chest are rather delicate and can become injured if they get too rambunctious while wearing a collar. So it’s a good idea to try out a Shih Tzu harness that is well adapted to their anatomy, coat type and lifestyle. Take a look at our top picks below.
1. Best Harness for Comfort: Puppia Soft Vest Harness
This type of dog harness, made of soft and breathable air-mesh material, is the best option for puppies and first-time harness wearers because it is one of the most comfortable harnesses available. The padded vest is easy to put on, and the velcro and clip closure keep the harness securely in place so your Shih Tzu can’t wiggle her way out of it.
Shih Tzu owner review: “Love this vest for our little guy. He’s half Shih Tzu and half toy poodle, just under 12 lbs, and has been wearing a medium for several months. It fits pretty perfectly, though may be getting a little snug. I think it is very comfortable for him, soft, and doesn’t tug at his neck like a regular collar. Like the two rings for the leash. Highly recommend!”Shop on Amazon
2. Best Shih Tzu Harness for Car Safety: Pawaboo Dog Safety Vest Harness
This chest plate harness has a seat belt attachment that can keep your pet safe on walks and in the car. Safely restrained, you can be certain your pet won’t be thrown if you make any sudden stops while driving.
Shih Tzu owner review: “When I told my husband I was buying a ‘seatbelt’ for the dog he looked at [me] like I had lost my mind. ‘Why are you spending extra money? Just let him ride on your lap.’ Well, like any good pet parent I live in terror of getting into an accident and something bad happening to the dog. Fast forward to a 3-hour road trip with the pup safely buckled in the backseat, sitting quietly and not bothering anybody. Cue husband, ‘That may be the best investment you’ve ever made.’ We have a 15-lb Shih Tzu and the small vest fits him perfectly.”Shop on Amazon
3. Best No-Choke Shih Tzu Harness: GOOBY X-Shaped Harness
This harness is great for Shih Tzus whose delicate frame makes it easy to choke on a standard collar or high-neck harness. The X-shape on this option from GOOBY however is especially designed to sit below the neck area reducing any stress on the neck. The positioning of the D-ring on the back also helps make this Shih Tzu harness choke free.
Shih Tzu owner review: “I tried a wide variety of harnesses for my Shih Tzu before I found this one. All of the others were either too bulky, too tight or the harness ring was all wrong. This one is perfect! It’s lightweight, seems sturdy and, best of all, my dog seems to love it. That’s good enough for me.”Shop on Amazon
4. Best Harness for Night Visibility: RABBITGOO No Pull Dog Harness
If you love to (or have to) go for walks early in the morning or late at night when visibility isn’t the best—consider a safety harness that features bright colours and light-reflective material.
In addition to its neon colour options (don’t worry, there are also some more subdued choices) and glow in the dark stitching, this harness also includes a handle to easily bring your pet under control. The two ring locations on the back and chest make walking your Shih Tzu in this harness very easy.
Shih Tzu owner review: “Very nice and sturdy. Ordered a small and glad I did. 15-lb Shih Tzu who normally wears a medium in jackets, sweaters etc. There is stretch inside the band and probably gives an extra inch or so.”Shop on Amazon
5. Best Leather Harness: CollarDirect Rolled Leather Dog Harness
Since Shih Tzus have long, silky, fine hair, prolonged harness wearing can cause their fur to matt. This great step-in Shih Tzu harness is constructed of soft, rolled leather that prevents your pup’s fur from getting all tangled.
Shih Tzu owner review: “This thin, rolled-leather harness and leash are perfect for my Shih Tzu. I ordered it in size small, which fit her perfectly. She walked comfortably in it, and I trust it will reduce tangling of her hair, which we keep long. For comparison, she wears a medium in coats and has a 22-inch chest girth. The leash is the perfect length to give her freedom while I’m able to maintain control should a random chipmunk get her attention.”Shop on Amazon
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