Why Your Brachycephalic Dog Needs a Harness

Why Your Brachycephalic Dog Needs a Harness

As a dog owner, you want nothing but the best for your furry friend. And when it comes to walking them, choosing the right gear can make all the difference. If you're the proud parent of a brachycephalic dog like a Pug, Frenchie, or Bulldog, you know that their adorable squished faces come with a unique set of challenges. That's why we're here to discuss why harnesses are a better choice for brachycephalic dogs than collars. So, buckle up (or should we say, harness up?) and let's dive in!

Why Collars can be Dangerous for Dogs with Breathing Problems

When it comes to brachycephalic dogs, their narrow airways and short snouts make it even more difficult to catch their breath. That's where collars can become problematic. When attached to a dog's neck, a collar can put pressure on their airways, making it even harder for them to breathe. Imagine trying to walk while someone's holding onto your neck – not exactly comfortable, right? The same goes for your pup.

Why Harnesses are a Better Choice

Now, let's talk about the hero of the story – the harness. According to a study published in the Journal of Veterinary Behaviour, dogs with respiratory issues had significantly more respiratory distress when wearing a collar compared to a harness. Unlike collars, harnesses are designed to distribute pressure evenly across a dog's chest and shoulders. This design can reduce the risk of choking and other respiratory problems, making it an excellent option for brachycephalic dogs. Plus, harnesses can help prevent neck injuries that can occur when a dog pulls on a collar while on a walk. With a harness, your furry friend can breathe easy and walk with confidence.

Choosing a Harness

When it comes to choosing the best harness for your pooch, Pelucci Harnesses are a cut above the rest.

  • The Pelucci Harness is made from a soft, stretchy material that’s lightweight. It won’t bother your pup to wear it, and they probably won't even notice it’s on. 
  • All of the hardware on the harness is of high quality, with woven nylon straps, coated carbon steel D-rings, and heavy duty plastic buckles that are pinch-proof.
  • There are three leash attachment points; one on the front for a no-pull walk and two on the back for the more well-trained pup.
  • It’s easy to clean and available in an assortment of stylish colors!

Plus, if you’re looking for a new leash to match, consider getting the Walk Kit, which comes with a harness, a leash, and a dog waste bag dispenser.


Dog Pulling on the Leash: Effects of Restraint by a Neck Collar vs. a Chest Harness | Journal of Veterinary Behaviour

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