Harness Measuring and Fitting
BRILLIANTK9 ERGONOMIC DOG HARNESS
The AKC (American Kennel Club) currently recognizes 189 breeds of dogs, that does not include the number of non recognized breeds or mix breeds. We offer 20 fully adjustable sizes to ensure each dog gets the perfect fit. Other Harnesses are offered in 5 or 6 sizes, and no matter how adjustable, they do not fit the range of sizes from the smallest to the largest. Poor sizing leaves dogs uncomfortable, causing rub spots or dogs backing out.
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Tons of information below in both written format and video to help you get just the right size for your pup, and understand the use.
Section 1 is How to Measure.
Section 2 is How to Get the Perfect Fit on a BrilliantK9 Harness.
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Sizing Guide for BrilliantK9 Ergonomic Dog Harness at the bottom of this page
If your dog is a trim active dog, narrow bodied, or longer than tall, the Lucy Fit is the right option. If you have a bully breed with a shorter ribcage or a heavy bodied dog, then the Original Fit will work best. Please remember the harness is designed to fit looser on the dog, if the harness is too tight it will not work properly and it will cause the dog to be uncomfortable. Take into account the dogs coat - for heavy coated dogs measure over the top of the coat, the harness will need to float on top of the coat. If you are at the end of a size range then go up to the next size. If you are not sure what size to buy you can always chat or message us. Send a picture of your dog from the side with height, weight and age, and we will be happy to help you out. Or you can check out the Sizing information below.
Teacup: #1 Front, 5" to 6" - #2 Girth 9" to 13" - Approximate Weight Range 2lbs to 4lbs - Breed Type: The tiniest of toys - Chihuahuas, Yorkshire Terrier, Papillons - Order Here
Toy - Lucy Fit: #1 Front 7"-9" #2 Girth: 11"-16" - Approximate Weight Range 4lbs to 7lbs - Breed Type: Papillons, Italian Greyhounds, Miniature Pinscher, Griffon, Poodle, Toy Fox Terrier, Miniature Dachshund - Order Here
Toy - Regular Fit: #1 Front 6" to 7" - #2 Girth 12" to 17" - Approximate Weight Range 4 to 7lbs - Breed Type: Chihuahuas, Yorkshire Terrrier, Toy Spaniel - Order Here
Oliver - #1 Front 7" to 8" - #2 Girth 13" to 19" - Approximate Weight Range 7lbs to 10lbs - Breed Type: Papillons, Pomeranian, Yorkshire Terrier, Chihuahua, Chinese Crested - Order Here
Petite - Lucy Fit: #1 Front 8"-10" #2 Girth: 14"-18" - Approximate Weight Range 9lbs to 15lbs - Breed Type: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Border Terrier, Toy Spaniel, Maltese, Manchester Terrier, Poodle - Order Here
Petite - Regular Fit: #1 Front 7" to 9" - #2 Girth 15" to 20" - Approximate Weight Range 9lbs to 14lbs - Breed Type: Boston Terrier, Pug - Order Here
Callie - #1 Front 8" to 11" - #2 Girth 15" to 20" - Approximate Weight Range 9lbs to 18lbs - Breed Type: Dacshund, Havanese, Japanese Chin, Maltese, Pekingese, Shi Tzu - Order Here
Stripper - #1 Front 8" to 10" - #2 Girth 15" to 21" - Approximate Weight Range 10 lbs to 14 lbs - Breed Type: Sheltie, Mini Aussie - Order Here
Small - Lucy Fit: #1 Front 9"-11" - #2 Girth 17"-24" - Approximate Weight Range 13lbs to 18lbs - Breed Type: Border Terrier, Shetland Sheepdog, Cocker Spaniel Basenji, Swedish Vallhund, Corgi, Miniature American Shepherd, Russell Terrier, Rat Terrier, Beagle - Order Here
Small - Regular Fit: #1 Front 8"-10" - #2 Girth 19"-27" - Approximate Weight Range 13lbs to 17lbs - Breed Type: Boston Terrier, French Bull Dog, Pug, Bichon, Miniature Bull Terrier - Order Here
Tweener - #1 Front 10" to 12" - #2 Girth 20" to 26"- Approximate Weight Range 16lbs to 20lbs - Breed Type: French Bull Dog, Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier - Order Here
Garminn - New Size #1 Front: 11" to 14" - #2 Girth: 18" to 24" - Approximate Weight Range 15lbs to 20lbs - Between the Lucy Small and the Lucy Medium. Perfect for the petite Border Collie, Large Rat Terrier, Large Sheltie, Whippet - Order Here
Medium - Lucy Fit: #1 Front: 11"-14" - #2 Girth: 21"-29" - Approximate Weight Range 17lbs to 30lbs - Breed Type: Border Collie, Belgian Malinois, Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Shetland Sheepdog, Greyhound - Order Here
Medium - Regular Fit: #1 Front 11" to 13" - #2 Girth 22" to 30" - Approximate Weight Range 16lbs to 30lbs - Breed Type: Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier, English Bulldog, Australian Cattle Dog - Order Here
Dixie - #1 Front 12"-15" - #2 - Girth: 23"-31" - Approximate Weight Range 30lbs to 55lbs - Breed Type: Australian Shepherd, Australian Cattle Dog, Border Collie, Belgian Malinois, Dalmation, Golden Retriever, Labrador, Standard Poodle - Order Here
Large - Lucy Fit: #1 Front 13" to 16" - #2 Girth 25" to 34" - Approximate Weight Range 50lbs to 65lbs - Breed Type: Boxer, Doberman Pinscher, Portugese Water Dog, Giant Schnauzer, Standard Poodle - Order Here
Large - Regular Fit: #1 Front 12" to 14" - #2 Girth 27" to 37" - Approximate Weight Range 45lbs to 65lbs - Breed Type: English Bulldog, American Bulldog, American Staffordshire Terrier - Order Here
XLarge - #1 Front 13" to 17" - #2 Girth 28" to 39" - Approximate Weight Range 65lbs to 80lbs - Breed Type: Great Dane, Bernese Mountain Dog, American Bulldog - Order Here
King - Special Order Only
Giant - Special Order Only
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The BrilliantK9 Ergonomic Dog Harness is designed differently than the majority of walking tools, such as collars, head collars and other harnesses. The BrilliantK9 Ergonomic Dog Harness keeps pressure off the neck, and allows freedom of front-end movement while limiting the dog’s effectiveness at pulling.
Collars are a common device used to walk dogs. The point at which the collar hits not only strains the spinal cord, but can also strain the vessels that connect to the nose, eyes and ears, which, in turn, will compromise a dog’s five natural senses. In addition, the pressure from a collar could irritate or damage the thyroid glands, which are also located on the anterior portion of the dog’s neck.
Other common devices used to walk the dog are head halters and harnesses. While head halters may be effective, they are not always the best option for a dog with anxiety issues or a previous neck injury. The majority of harnesses are designed based on a Schutzhund style, having the main points of the harness focus on the dog’s rib cage, shoulders, and upper body. When a dog pulls in a Shutzhund style harness, the dog drops its’ hind end in order to shift the majority of their body weight into their front end for more power. This hind end drop will stress the dog’s knees and hips, as well as its’ lower back. When all of their body weight has been shifted forward, the harness will put direct pressure on or around the shoulder blades, which will restrict movement, causing wear and tear on the muscles and ligaments in that area.
The BrilliantK9 Ergonomic Dog Harness derived its’ ergonomic design with the help of veterinarians, canine sports trainers, chiropractors, acupuncturists, along with agility World Team members and coaches. The harness was designed to allow freedom of movement while taking advantage of a dog’s natural pivot point. The saddle portion of the harness was designed to swaddle a dog’s back, keeping them calm and comfortable, making it great for the anxious or nervous dog. The non-water absorbent material will not retain water, making it useful for swimming and under water treadmill work. The chest strap of the harness is seated above the dog’s shoulder blades, but below the trachea, allowing free range of motion while keeping the neck free of pressure. The girth strap is seated just behind the last few ribs of the rib cage, and over the sternum, which is the natural pivot point of a dog. Thus, when the dog pulls, the girth lifts them upwards at their pivot point, limiting their effectiveness at pulling. When a dog is ineffective at pulling, it is apt to decrease or discontinue pulling.
The BrilliantK9 Ergonomic Dog Harness was designed with the dog’s best interest in mind, but the owners were not forgotten. The 15 sizes and 22 colors and patterns were created to keep both ends of the leash wagging.