I just noticed today that Archer's shoulder areas are looking a little thin. The hair is about 1 inch long there and about 2 1/2 inches long everywhere else. I am thinking it must be from the buddy belt harness rubbing on the hair and breaking it. He still pulls a fair bit and sometimes darts away. I am hoping that the harness will not break the hair off so much once he is not pulling regularly (we are making progress). I need to upgrade to a larger harness, and was planning on just buying a larger buddy belt. But they are quite expensive, and if it is going to cause this as an ongoing problem I may need to rethink things. Does anyone else have experience with a buddy belt causing hair breakage? This is something I can expect from most harnesses to a certain extent? The Buddy Belt is the only harness I have really been happy with so far so I'd like to stick with it but I don't want to cause any hair problems for my handsome guy.
We have a little matting at shoulders with it but I have not noticed breakage so far. We have used it for about a month. He has not wiggled out of it like he did his last harness so I decided it was a good enough trade off. I'll probably try another harness sometime down the line.
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Since Day 1 Canela has always worn BB, I never seen any breakage as a puppy or when she had her hair long but I always made sure her hair was outside of the harness. Right now her hair is REALLY short and I still donít see any breakage, if anything I think it flattens her hair esp on her chest.
Vino has both the BB and Curli Harness. He doesnít like the BB, he runs away evey time he sees it. Now with the Curli, he will sit still and let me put it on him. I really like the feel of the Curli Harness. Iíve never had any problem with it but I know a couple of forum members said they puppies get mats. Here's a YT video on Curli Harness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqGHWXKL2ms
Another one to consider is the Sensible Harness.
Betty AKA Canela, Jack and Vino's Mom
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There's a great rolled leather harness by Petego.com. I buy all my collars and harnesses from them, they last forever! Because it's an wonderful leather that's rolled, it doesn't matt or rub on their bodies. Django has been wearing their product since he was 2 years old. You can also find their product on Amazon, sometimes for a little less.
Hey all, just a quick note to say I did not replace the Buddy belt. At $60 for a second one I thought I could do better with somthing cheaper until he is through chewing stuff. I picked up the dogline comfort microfibre harness. So far so good. I feel like he has better mobility in it and it seems to slip on the hair better and so far it does not seem to be implicated in any further hair breakage. In case anyone is interested here is a link. I just found it in a local shop.
The other thing I like about it is how the loops stick up out of the fur for easier leash attachment. It helps with these fluffy guys. It is also more secure IMHO because you can attach to the loops on both sides of the buckle.
Well it is only sitting on a puppy coat so far, but if it lasts until he has his adult coat I'll report back!
I paid $25 for one that should accommodate his adult size. Less than half what I would have had to pay for another BB.
Last edited by Naturelover; 07-09-2014 at 12:21 PM.