The best harness fit for Whippets

Updated July 2023

I get asked quite a lot about these harnesses so I thought it may be useful for anyone who was thinking about one for their hounds.

Ruffwear Dog Harnesses

Why I choose Ruffwear

There were two reasons I was looking at harnesses; my old boy Jasper was quite sensitive around his head when he had his inner ear removed, I felt a harness would be much gentler for him, and then there was Shadow.

When I first adopted Shadow, I realised that we would need a harness for some of our walks, basically wherever there was going to be any excitement, if he saw anything even remotely fun then he would leap four foot in the air and dance around like a maniac. Not great when the only thing he is tethered to is a collar round his neck.

It’s notoriously difficult find harnesses for sighthounds, most fits seem to be too loose because of their deep but skinny chests. I was pleasantly surprised by the RuffWear Front Range Harness, because of the amount of adjusting we could do at several points, it fitted perfectly. I also loved the fact that rather than being strips of thinner material like a lot of harnesses, this has wider, more padded sections and the front almost feels like a chest piece.

The front range harnesses are great for general walking, however Shadow learned how to back out of it. So I checked out the six point Webmaster – problem solved! Again this is super adjustable, it fits him really well and with the added benefit of the harness coming further towards where the waist tucks in, it’s Shadow proof. I went for the addition of the stomach protector as he had previously had trouble with an awful rash after going through long grass. Hey presto, I have the perfect harness!

I used the front range harnesses for all the other hounds with great success. I had the small size for all five hounds, that shows how adjustable they are as they are very different in height & weight! I can also pop them over  Redhound for Dogs fleeces, although they now have lots of great whippet coats and jumpers with harness holes.

I got asked quite a lot of questions about the fit, so I have popped a little video up here: Ruffwear Harness Fit

front range harnesses

When do I use them?

We use them quite a lot, like if we are going somewhere super busy like DogFest or when we are exploring the countryside. Anywhere there is too much going on for us to be trying to direct the hounds from collars, it’s not easy on their necks as they are constantly trying to hoover up dropped food or follow exciting smells.

Ruffwear dog harnesses

Update July 2023:

This blog was initially written in 2017. I am still using Ruffwear and now I have moved to the Lake District, they are much more frequently used, alongside the Roamer Bungee lead they are indispensable! I’ve changed Bertie over to the Flagline Dog Harness with Handle as for some reason he didn’t like wearing the Webmaster, not an issue I have had with the other dogs, but he’s very happy with the Flagline!

If you have any questions about my experience with these harnesses, please don’t hesitate to ask, and I’d love to hear if you have them for your hounds too!

With thanks to additional models Buzz, Ozzy & Ollie who are also RuffWear wearers 🙂

Kerry x also sell the full Ruffwear range: Ruffwear Harnesses



  1. Karen

    Hello, could you please advise me on a ruff wear harness for my small english whippet she leads well and won’t pull or get out of her harness. I wouldn’t want a real heavy one and like them to fit low on kneck so not to hurt her throne. She will get a rash from one she wears now on the inside elbow between her elbows under arm. So needs to sit far enough back elbow not to make her red there.

    Also are they safe tested in a car accident or tested for this. Thank you karen

    • Kerry Jordan

      Hi Karen, I’m not an expert, I have just used them for many years. The one I use for Bertie is probably a good one for you as it’s a six point – which makes it very difficult to back out of, more lightweight than the webmaster which I use for Shadow. I couldn’t comment on how well they work in the car I’m afraid – but ruffwear do a specific harness for this which is tested. I hope this helps.


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