If you are planning to take your rabbit out into an unfenced yard or to a nearby meadow for a walk on the grass, you’ll need a way to ensure your furry friend doesn’t run away. The best solution, outside of buying an expensive outdoor hutch with a fenced-in run, is to buy a rabbit harness.
Rabbit harnesses are relatively inexpensive, and there is a wide range of them available on the market. However, they range in both quality and style, and some of them can be downright dangerous for your furry friend.
So, to help you wade through the hundreds of harnesses available online, we put together this list of reviews of the best rabbit harnesses currently on the market.
Our Favorite Picks of 2023 Compared:
|Best Overall||Niteangel Adjustable Soft||
|Best Value||Living World Small Animal||
|Premium Choice||Kaytee Small Animal||
|Calunce A1011007 Soft||
The 7 Best Rabbit Harnesses:
1. Niteangel Adjustable Soft Rabbit Harness – Best Overall
Available in pink, blue, or black and in a variety of sizes, this purpose-built rabbit harness from Niteangel features a soft and lightweight polyester mesh vest. An underbelly snap buckle fastener secures the vest, and it has a metal D-ring located at the rear of the vest, onto which you can connect the leash.
The soft harness comes complete with a 47-inch elastic leash, which, together with the position of the D-ring fastener, ensures that your furry friend’s neck won’t be injured if he jumps and pulls tightly on the leash.
The vest comes in a variety of sizes and has an accurate sizing chart, so be sure to measure your rabbit before ordering to avoid purchasing the wrong size.
All in all, we think that this is the best rabbit harness of 2020.
2. Living World Rabbit Harness – Best Value
The Living World Small Animal Harness from Hagen is another polyester mess style harness that fastens around the belly and has a neck clasp. It comes complete with a nylon leash and is available in a range of colors.
The leash can be attached to the harness via small D-ring near the rear of the vest. Our only concern with this vest is that it will sit quite high around your pet’s neck and does not have an elastic lead. As such, you’ll need to be more careful not to jerk the leash to avoid hurting your rabbit’s neck. However, given the price and quality, the Living World Small Animal Harness is our choice for best rabbit harness for the money.
3. Kaytee Rabbit Harness – Premium Choice
Kaytee’s small animal harness and stretchy leash is a premium choice harness that is perfect for exercising your furry friend. Made with comfort and quality in mind this vest style harness and leash combination features a mesh harness with fuzzy fastener fitting and a stretchy 4-6 foot leash (depending on harness size).
This harness is available in three sizes; however, as it is quite small, and may be best suited to young and smaller breeds of rabbits.
4. Calunce Soft Rabbits Harness
This nylon mesh harness is best suited to small rabbits between 3 and 6 pounds. It is available in soft red, sky blue, or dull black, and features adjustable straps and comes complete with a nylon leash that connects to a small D-ring on the back of the vest.
While designed specifically for rabbits, this soft harness more suited for smaller breeds and unlikely to be large enough for some bigger rabbits.
5. PERSUPER Pet Rabbit-Harness
The PERSUPER Pet Rabbit Harness is a strap style harness made for high-quality nylon straps. It has been specifically designed to reduce tugging and pulling on your pets their neck. To this end, the manufacturer has placed the leash connection on one of the rear straps.
You will still need to take care, however, as if your pet was to pull hard on its non-elastic leash, the nylon harness strap across its chest could slide up and place pressure on its neck. You would also be well-advised to ignore the advertising copy for this product that states the leash is suitable for taking your pet for a jog, as unlike dogs, you should never take your rabbit for a run.
6. FunPetLife Adjustable Rabbit Harness
The harness is made from high-quality adjustable nylon strapping that comes in a variety of colors, and is fitted with plastic quick-release clips and comes complete with a non-elastic lead.
When using this style of harness care should be taken to ensure the harness is correctly fitted to your rabbit, as a loss fitting harness is more likely to slide up around your rabbit’s neck and may cause an injury to your pet.
7. Pettom Bunny Rabbit Harness
This nylon mesh-style harness is available in two sizes and comes in a variety of colors. The harness is both breathable and padded for added comfort, is fitted with external clips to make it easy to put it on your pet and comes complete with an elastic lead.
We note that this vest will sit high on your pet’s neck. You will need to watch this carefully to ensure your rabbit is not harmed by the harness. You may also find that due to the high neck strap, your rabbit may find this vest a little uncomfortable to wear.
A lot of people love taking their indoor rabbit out for a walk in the garden, and a great way to ensure your pet doesn’t bound away is to fit it with a harness and lead. If you are thinking about buying one of these harnesses, make sure you consider these few things.
Do I need a harness or will a simple collar do?
Make sure you never put a cat/dog style collar on your rabbit. Rabbits have very delicate necks and a collar attached to a leash is extremely likely to cause your pet a severe injury. As such, the only safe way to exercise your rabbit on a leash is with a specially designed harness that doesn’t place any pressure on your pet’s neck.
Your rabbit may not like wearing a harness
Many rabbits don’t like wearing a harness at first, and it can take a little while for your pet to get used to wearing one. You should always fit and try out a new harness on inside your house, or in your pet’s typical living environment. Make sure you give them some time to get comfortable before venturing outside and both you and your rabbit will have a more enjoyable time.
Ensure you get a harness that fits correctly
Many of the best rabbit harnesses come in a variety of sizes and are also adjustable. To ensure your pet’s safety and comfort, you should buy the correct size and correctly adjust it to ensure a snug and secure fit.
Should I get a mesh or strap harness?
There are two main types of harness available from rabbits. Mesh harnesses, which are wide and soft and cover the entire belly or rabbit as well harnesses made straps. We have included examples of both in our reviews; however, most rabbit harnesses are the mesh variety.
Mesh harnesses have the advantage of providing the most support and comfort for your rabbit. They are also the least likely to harm your rabbit’s delicate neck, or back in the event he suddenly tries to run away and gets restrained.
Strap harnesses are generally cheaper to buy than the mesh variety, are usually more adjustable, and are easier to fit. If used with care, they are quite safe for your rabbit to wear, although you will need to be careful to ensure that the front strap that sits across the chest of your rabbit doesn’t slide up to his neck.
Consider an elastic leash
As discussed above, rabbits have quite delicate necks. One way to help prevent your rabbit from hurting itself on its lead is to pick a harness that comes with an elastic lead. Alternatively, if your harness comes with a non-elastic lead, consider buying a separate elastic lead for your pet.
Taking your rabbit out into the yard to enjoy some time wandering around on the fresh grass can be an excellent experience for both you and your pet, but you must choose the right harness.
All of the harnesses we’ve mentioned in our reviews are good quality products and could be a good choice for you and your pet. In choosing any one of them, you can be assured that you’ll be getting a quality product.
To recap, our top-performing harnesses are:
We truly hope that this article helps you find the best harness for your rabbit. Good luck!
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