The Best Harness For A Corgi (In My Opinion, 2023)
Last Updated on March 30, 2023 by May Jones
The best harness for a corgi that I’m aware of is the RUFFWEAR Front Range Dog Harness (click here to check the latest price on Amazon) IF your corgi is the right size. This harness is recommended by many other corgi owners, however, unfortunately ours was a size in between, so it wasn’t a good fit.
If your corgi is a size in-between too, try the Freedom No Pull Harness (click here to check the latest price on Amazon) for everyday activities and the Julius K9 Harness (click here to check the latest price on Amazon) for activities like hikes. That’s the two harnesses that we happily use all the time now.
If you’re interested in how I came to this conclusion, keep reading, as I’ve outlined it all below 🙂
My experience of buying a harness for my corgi
In my experience, getting a harness for a corgi is either super easy or the polar opposite – a practically impossible task.
I personally had a pretty hard time trying to find a good harness for my corgi at first.
To be honest, I spent a RIDICULOUS amount of time doing research and trying different types. They would all be either too small, too big, slip out or be too difficult to put on. Some of them my corgi disliked so much that he would hide away from the harness rather than being excited to go out for a walk. It was awful and required so much more research than I thought it would.
Common problems with getting your corgi a harness
I used to think all harnesses are pretty much the same, so at first I didn’t put much thought into what I was buying. This led me to buying a pretty cheap, normal-ish harness because I thought my puppy would grow out of it quickly anyways, so I didn’t want to spend any more money than necessary.
Well, turns out my corgi didn’t think so. The first thing that surprised us was how much training we had to do to get him to tolerate us putting the harness on. In hindsight maybe we should have expected this, but we didn’t think of it at the time.
So, that took a few days but worked out well eventually. Unfortunately, there was another unexpected problem that awaited us… When taking our corgi out for a walk, he would now pull much more than he ever did when wearing a collar.
The pulling caused the harness to rub against his skin, which hurt him and made walks for all of us uncomfortable.
That was the first harness we tried, followed by a few others which weren’t great either. One slipped off every time our corgi pulled back because his legs are so short. One scared our corgi because the plastic buckle made such a loud sound. Another one required us to fuss around too much which our corgi hates, e.g. loop through his legs and snap at the top, you get the idea…
Eventually I came to realise that due to the different proportions of a corgi’s body, not all harnesses are equal for them.
RUFFWEAR Front Range Dog Harness
Because the pulling became such an issue with the harness, I asked around and many fellow corgi owners recommended the Ruffwear Front Range Dog Harness.
It has two leash attachment points, which means you get extra control as you can redistribute the weight if your corgi pulls.
Unfortunately our corgi was in between two sizes, so it wasn’t a good fit and we had to continue our search for the best harness for a corgi.
That said, you might have more luck than us, as this harness definitely seems to work well for many other corgi owners!
Turns out this simple harness is the miracle harness for us. We can clip the leash at the front and back, which helped to train our bossy corgi not to pull. It’s called Freedom Harness, click here to check the latest price on Amazon.
I think because it’s so light-weight it’s easy to fit and doesn’t hurt our corgi. This is basically our everyday harness now.
We also use the Julius K9 harness (click here to check the latest price on Amazon) if we need a more sturdy one when going on hikes.
What size harness does a corgi wear?
Corgis often wear either the small or medium size harness, but it’s always best to measure your corgi to make sure the harness is a good fit.
It’s easy – there’s two places where you want to measure your corgi, and you can do it with a simple tape measure:
- Around the neck (where the collar would be)
- Around the thickest portion of your dog’s chest