Staffy Harness Guide

Guide to Buying a Staffy Harness

A staffy harness allows your dog to walk in comfort without choking it .Its also more secure as the dog can’t slip out of it like a collar and it can also help in training. Its a simple design using extra loops, generally surrounding the torso, as well as using connecting straps. This stops the dog from choking and evenly supports the rest of the animal’s body.

Harness vs Collar

Collars are a bit more traditional but theres a real risk of injury .We’ve moved away from choke collars, so you could say the same about dog collars. Really you should be moving towards using a harness and they are not even expensive.

For the best fit and how to measure your dog read on …

Staffy Harness Types

Though most dog harnesses essentially function the same way, there are some subtle differences in the kinds of harnesses available. The following lists the various harness types, including built-in leash harnesses, step-in harnesses, and vest harnesses.

Step-In Harness

staffordshire bull terrier harness

A Step In Harness does as it sounds, the dog simply steps into it. It generally features straps around the bottom and top of the front legs. The leash is connected to a point above the harness, and there is minimal risk of the dog getting choked.

Regular Harness

Comprising of straps that can be adjusted, a regular harness surrounds the torso below and above the front legs. The leash attaches to the harness’ top. It may have an extra strap circling the lower abdomen.

Vest Harness

harness for staffyEncircles most of the torso with fabric and generally kept closed with straps. Occasionally accessories are added to it. You’ll usually see vest harnesses on small dogs.

Built-In Leash Harness

Refers to harnesses that have a leash built-in. These can be seen in numerous harness types, such as in a vest or step-in harnesses.

Easy-On Harness

Equipped with quick release buckles. The easy on harness slips off and on smoothly and isn’t very heavy. Might be too flimsy for larger dogs.

When buying a staffy harness, be mindful of the dog’s size, as not all harnesses are made for larger dogs.

What to Look for in a Staffy Harness

There’s several things to look out for when choosing the best staffy harness, such as the type of fabric, size differences, durability and look. The following addresses the more common things you need to look for when choosing the right staffordshire bull terrier harness.


dog harness for staffyFabric structure is very important when determining the harness’ durability ,comfort and strength. A cheaply made harness may last on a small dog, but not very long on a large one. Robust, thick materials are best for big dogs, yet may be too constrictive for a small one. You should choose a harness that accommodates your dog.

Also inspect the materials stitching. The best kind of harnesses are the ones that are top-stitched after being fused together. You need to look at the biased strip around the harness’ edge. This strip binds the side of the fused fabric. With regards to the stitching, look closely when viewing the harnesses, as some only have openings that are top-stitched.


The staffy harness’ corners wrap around the dog’s joints, particularly the dog’s front legs. Look for rounded corners, particularly at the arms, neck, and around the straps. Rounded corners provide a softer fit and adapt to the dog’s body. Sharp, right-angle corners generally cover the joints of your dog, limiting their mobility.

D-Ring Strap

Make sure the D-ring is centered, the space where the leash gets attached. The strap it attaches to should be stitched below the neckline, running through the back, and be reinforced for a strong hold while your dog is being walked. This lets the pull of the leash focus on the harness and not the dogs neck.


best harness for staffyCheck the staffy harness you buy comes with straps that can be adjusted for any change in size. The harness shouldn’t reach any further than the dog’s waist, right past their ribs. The harness should fit just like a vest, and should only cover up half of the dog’s back. Bigger harnesses are out there, but they usually come with extra straps that secure the dog around its hind legs.

Ensure the straps are tight but comfortable, as straps that are too big for a dog can be bulkier, adding more pressure and weight on the animal’s belly and chest.

Staffy Harness Size Measuring

You can take your staffy to somewhere like pets at home who will measure your dog for free. When buying one online, ensure you measure your dog before buying. If your measuring at home, use a fabric adaptable tape measure and ideally the assistance of a family member or friend.

Follow the easy and quick instructions below to properly measure your dog.

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Step 1: Keep your dog still, either by holding it, or having someone there to help.

Step 2: Measure under the front legs and around the torso to get the girth size which determines how big the harness should be (in inches).

Step 3: If your buying a harness with a neck opening, the length around the neck needs to be measured too.

A final note on measuring: with no sizing standard in place within the pet industry, what a manufacturer deems “medium” might be “small” to another manufacturer. Be mindful of its true size and not just trust what the tags say.

When you’ve chosen a suitable harness for your staffy , check your dogs movements in it. Keep an eye out for it pinching the dog or restricting the dogs gait when it walks.

leather staffy harness

Bottom Line

Choosing the right staffordshire bull terrier harness is easy, just make sure it fits properly and doesn’t limit any movement of the dog.

Measure for the right size, and watch how it fits the dog while it walks and runs.

The harness should have rounded corners for easier movement. The D-ring needs to be tight and centred so that it doesn’t choke the dog. A poorly positioned D-ring can place all the pressure of the leash at the harness’ neck.

Guide to Buying a Staffy Harness
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Guide to Buying a Staffy Harness
Staffy harness types, including built-in leash harnesses, step-in harnesses, and vest harnesses.
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