Choose the Perfect Harness

Choose the Perfect Harness

February 08, 2016

As with collars, there are many different styles of harnesses to choose from. It can be very confusing when it comes to choosing the best style that would suit you, and your dog's needs. Harnesses can be very helpful when it comes to being able to exercise better control over your dog, for training purposes, or for the overall comfort of your dog.

We have decided to break down the two styles of harnesses that we offer and how to measure for both.

Step-In Harnesses

Our step-in harnesses feature a closure in the back with two d-rings to hook your leash through, as well as one d-ring located at the front of the harness. Step-In harnesses are the most commonly used type of harness but the front-clip d-ring (patent pending) is unique to Danes & Divas® harnesses. Harnesses are useful for small dogs which may be susceptible to tracheal collapse from flat or martingale collars

H- Harness

H-Harnesses look like a sideways "H" when laying flat on a table.
It is basic in function, featuring just three straps: one around the neck, one around the girth, and one to connect the two with a d-ring for the leash! 
These can easily be adjusted to properly fit rabbits, ferrets, and cats! The H-Harness is the safest harness for cats and rabbits as they are not easy to slip out of.


Chloe of Napoleon Bunnyparte enjoying a stroll her in h-harness
Chloe of Napoleon Bunnyparte enjoying a stroll her in h-harness


Measuring for the Best Fit



Danes & Divas Sizing





CAT 7"-10" Fits most cats and kittens.
Features a breakaway safety buckle
Extra Small (XS) 7"-10"

Suitable for toy breeds up to 5lbs

Small (S) 10"-14" Suitable for small breeds up to 18lbs 
Medium (M) 12"-16"

Suitable for small + medium breeds up to 40lbs

Large (L) 15"-21"

Suitable for medium + large breeds up to 90lbs 

Extra Large (XL) 19"-27"

Suitable for large + giant breeds up to 150lbs



Our harnesses come in two styles. The H-Harness for cats and rabbits or the Step-In Harness for dogs. Our H-Harnesses require neck and girth measurements.
Step-In Harnesses only require a girth measurement.


Adjustable Length


XS Step-In Harness 10"-14" Girth Toy breeds up to 6lbs
Small Step-In Harness 15"-20" Girth Small breed dogs
Medium Step-In Harness 18"-25" Girth

Small to Medium Breeds

Large Step-In Harness 23"-31" Girth

Medium to Large Breeds up to 65lbs

XL Step-In-Harness 27"-40" Girth

Most large breeds up to 85lbs

How to measure your dog for a harness

Our bow ties are made to attach to any collar up to a 1.5" width. Simply select your pet's bow tie based on your preference or as per our recommendations below. 



3" Suitable for puppies, cats and toy breeds
4" Suitable for small to large breeds
5" Suitable for large to giant breeds


The bandana you choose should only occupy three-quarters of the length of your dog's collar. This will allow room to access the collar's d-ring and buckle.




XS 6"W x 4.5" Drop Cats + Teacup Breeds
Small 8"W x 6" Drop Dogs up to 20lbs
Medium 10"W x 7" Drop Dogs up to 40lbs
L/XL 14"W x 9" Drop Dogs up to 150lbs
Measurements are recorded in inches. 
As purchases are a final sale, we recommend measuring your pet before ordering.
Each item is tailor-made to the specifications you select.
Be sure to refer to safety tips regarding detachable collar accessories and more here.