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Comparing Hurtta Harnesses

Measuring your dog

for the Hurtta Harnesses 

These are the measurements needed for the Hurtta Harnesses:

2. Neckline is taken from the widest part of the dogs neck, i.e. from the base of the neck. 

3. Chest is taken from the widest part of the dogs chest right behind the front legs. 

The Harnesses are sized by the chest circumference 

measured right behind the front legs. 

The sizes indicate the biggest (and smallest) 

adjustment for the chest strap. 

Neither of the Hutta Harnesses are 'anti pull' but are designed to move the pressure from the sensitive neck area to the dogs chest and shoulders.

Which model of dog harness to choose is very much a matter of preference and taste. 

However there are some designs that fit certain shapes of dogs better than others. 

Here's a description and comparison of each of the Hurtta Harnesses 

to make it easier for you to choose which would be best suited for your particular dog and needs.

Casual Y-Harness:

The Casual Y-Harness has been improved a bit from the original Hurtta Y-Harness. It has two snap buckles, one on each side of the leash attachement. This makes it easier to put on and take off as it just slips over the head and snaps around the chest. No need to touch the dogs legs. There is a short strap along the back that ensures the chest strap sits far enough back from the armpits so it doesn't chafe. A great harness that doesn't take up a lot of room on the dog, and therefore the most suitable for very warm conditions.

Suitable for most shapes of dogs, but perfect for slim dogs.

Casual Padded Harness:

This model fits snugly and has a strap that goes across the front of the dogs chest. I find it discourages pulling more than any of the other harnesses due to the design. It also has a handle on the back that can come in handy if you encounter a tricky situation or need close control when meeting other dogs etc. Also ideal to support dogs that are old or weak when walking. The ring to attach the leash is placed on the handle. This harness has more neoprene padding than the Y-harness as the chest strap is also padded.

Dogs that are chesty (Dobermans, Sight Hounds, Boxers etc) 

get the best fit with the Padded Harness.

Active Harness and Dazzle Harness:

Adjustable in 4 places, at both the chest and neckline, these harnesses can be fitted perfectly to most any dog regardless of built. Also perfect for growing puppies. Shoulder freedom combined with a sturdy handle on the back . Wide padded chest plate along the sternum and up along the shoulders distributes the pressure when pulling for optimal comfort. Snap buckles on both sides of the chest, ensures easy on and off without having to lift the dogs leg. The Dazzle Harness is high visibility and has large patches of 3M reflectors on the padded areas as well as woven into the nylon straps. The Active Harness has reflective piping. The padded pieces on the Active Harness is a bit more flexible than on the Dazzle Harness. The chest plate is a bit wider on these harnesses than on the Adventure and Weekend Warrior Harnesses and therefore especially suitable for broad chested dogs.

Suitable for all shapes of dogs, but especially wide chested dogs.

Weekend Warrior Harness:

The newest model of Harness from Hurtta is very similar to the Active and Dazzle Harnesses, but the chest plate is not as wide, and therefore better suited for narrow chested dogs. The padded areas are softer and more flexible than on the Active Harness. Available in two Eco versions for the environmentally conscious, 2 high visibility colors, 2 camo colors and 2 basic colors.


Suitable for all shapes and sizes of dogs, as well as growing puppies

Adventure Harness:

Like the Active, Dazzle and Weekend Warrior Harnesses the Adventure Harness is also adjustable at 4 points and has two snap buckles for easy on and off. It also has a slim padded chest plate along the sternum like the Weekend Warrior harnesses. It does not have a handle on the back and also doesn't have the padded piece on the back, so it's a lighter harness. The Adventure line is designed with a little button to attach a LED light to keep your dog visible on nighttime walks.

Suitable for all shapes and sizes of dogs, also growing puppies.

Trail Harness:

The Trail Harness is basically the Trail Pack without the backpacks. Additional to the chest strap it has a strap around the waist. Neoprene padding along the sternum and front of the shoulders as well as along the back. Handle is placed at the middle of the back and the 2 rings for leash attachments are placed on top of the shoulder blades and at the very back. The Trail Pack takes up a lot more room on the dog and is suitable for rocky terrain where the dog may need help navigating.

Suitable for assisting medium and large breed dogs like  

Weimaraners, Vizslas, Boxer, Retrievers, Rhodesian Ridgebacks etc

If you have questions or need help with sizing 

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