What is the Best Alaskan Malamute Harness? Our 2023 Recommendations!

Alaskan Malamutes love to walk so having the right equipment for them is vital. It is widely agreed within the Malamute community that owning a harness is essential for making walkies a breeze. With harnesses becoming increasingly popular thanks to their health benefits, knowing which one to buy can be tricky.

Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of our personal favourites that kept our Malamutes comfortable through the years. Keep reading to find the right Alaskan Malamute harness for you!


Table of the Best Harnesses for Alaskan Malamutes


Why Should You Use a Harness With Your Malamute?

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Alaskan Malamutes love to walk – it’s what they were bred for after all! Whilst Malamutes are usually well behaved, their large size makes it difficult to control them if they get excited or startled whilst on their daily walk. This is where a harness comes in. Harnesses give you more control over your dog and deters them from pulling as much as it’s harder to get away.

We’ll admit that when we first got our Malamutes, walking them was a little intimidating. A few walks on a standard leash and collar left us wondering what would happen if they really wanted to get away from us.

Since changing to a harness, we’ve noticed not only a big improvement in our Mal’s behaviour whilst on a walk but also in our own confidence. We really can’t recommend buying a harness enough!

Not only is owning a harness a confidence boost, but there’s also some added health benefits for both you and your Mal. The most obvious is that a harness distributes the pressure over a larger area of your dog’s chest, rather than focusing solely on pulling the neck. This will keep your Mal feeling comfortable and prevent any strain injuries if they do get a little excited.

Making your Malamute wear a harness can also alleviate stress on your arms and back as you’re not being pulled by a singular point, meaning you can keep walking for longer!

Check out our recommendations for the best Alaskan Malamute collars here!


What Should You Look For in an Alaskan Malamute Harness?

When choosing the right harness for your Malamute, there are a few things you need to look out for. The first is undoubtedly the size. Malamutes are a big breed so it can be difficult to find harnesses that are big enough to fit with some wiggle room.

The general rule of thumb is that you should be able to fit two fingers under the harness around the neck, waist and chest areas. This will ensure your Mal is comfy enough to walk for long time periods, but also secure enough that they won’t wriggle out.

When looking for a harness there are a few features you should look for to make sure they’re suitable for a Malamute. The first thing we look out for is the padding over the chest.

Some harnesses are built using flimsy straps that can be damaging to your Malamute’s coat and dig into their skin. We suggest using a harness that has thick, high-quality padding over the chest to ensure their coat stays protected.

The harness needs to be high quality with strong stitching that can withstand any pulling and last for many miles of wear. We also recommend choosing a harness that is both water and frost resistant, so it lasts through all weathers. We all know by now that Malamutes don’t care about the weather when it comes to their walk!

Check out our recommendations for the best Alaskan Malamute leash here!


Our Alaskan Malamute Harness Recommendations

Is finding a harness that fits all the criteria sounding like an impossible task? Don’t worry, we’ve compiled our favourites that have kept our Malamutes feeling comfy and secure through every season.


The Fan Favourite

Powerharness by Julius-k9 – $$


Popular with Malamute owners around the world (and for very good reason) is the infamous Powerharness by Julius-k9. This harness has built up a reputation for being made with high-quality fabrics and stitching and for being suitable for pretty much every dog.

The harness has reflective strips around the chest area for added visibility and is available in a wide variety of colours and patterns. We’ve had our harnesses last for many years with daily use through all weathers.

In terms of sizing, we’ve personally found that most Malamutes fit comfortably into a size 3, although we have known some giant Mals to need a size 4. We recommend checking their guide and choosing the best option based on your Malamute’s weight. If you’re ordering through Amazon, you should have no problem returning the harness if the size isn’t quite right.

The straps on the harness are easily adjustable to make sure your Malamute is fully secured, and the clips are very sturdy. This is one product we can agree with all the hype around!


The Minimalist Design

Easy Walk Dog Harness by PetSafe – $$


If you’re looking for a simplistic Alaskan Malamute harness that ticks all the boxes, the Easy Walk Dog Harness by Petsafe is the best choice. The harness is available in several colours and clips at the front on the chest rather than on the back which is perfect for Mals that still aren’t used to being walked.

The harness even comes with a ‘1-year chew damage replacement’ guarantee where they’ll replace your harness if your Mal happens to get their chops around it.

This harness has good quality straps but they are a little on the thin side. We wouldn’t personally wear it for our longer walks as the straps can get a little twisted and become uncomfortable for your Mal, but we’ve had no problem with using it on our regular daily walks.

As for the sizing, we recommend getting either the large or extra-large sizing depending on your Mal’s measurements. The straps are adjustable but as with all harnesses, it’s best to check the manufacturers sizing guidelines.


The Budget Friendly

No-Pull Dog Harness by Bolux – $


Without a doubt, the best value for money Alaskan Malamute harness is the No-Pull Dog Harness by Bolux. You might be thinking the design looks familiar, we think it’s pretty clear that it’s modelled after the Julius-K9 harness!

Despite the low price, the harness is good quality and comes in a similar variety of colours and designs as its more expensive counterpart.

There is, of course, a reason for its lower price. The stitching seemed to come loose within a few months of using it and the materials in general feel a little bit cheaper. We think you could probably squeeze up to a year’s worth of use out of this harness before needing to replace it. For the price though, we’re really not complaining!

We recommend either the XL or the XXL for your Malamute, depending on their chest measurements.


Alaskan Malamute Harness Alternative Options

No-Pull Pet Harness with Two Leash Clips by Rabitgoo – $$



+ Affordable

+ Multiple colours available

+ Large and X-Large available

+ Leash attachments on both front and back


– Can suffer from fraying after extensive use


Adjustable Pet Harness by Cooyes – $



+ Suitable for deep-chested breeds

+ Has reflective surfaces for better visibility

+ Large and X-Large available

+ Helps to correct walking posture


– Takes some time to get used to adjusting the size


Final Thoughts

Finding the best Alaskan Malamute harness can be a difficult task but our recommendations should have you covered. If you have any questions about using a harness or about any of the products listed above, don’t hesitate to contact us here.

We want to see your Malamutes! Send in photos to themalamutemom@gmail.com for a chance to be featured on our website.

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About The Author

Caitlin is the owner and lead writer for The Malamute Mom. She has over 10 years of experience with Alaskan Malamutes and Huskies. She is currently working on getting her PhD in materials science but continues to write for The Malamute Mom in her spare time.

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2 thoughts on “What is the Best Alaskan Malamute Harness? Our 2023 Recommendations!”

  1. We have a 2+ year old neutered male malamute rescue that had learned to slip his collar easily before we got him. I bought a different collar and it fits snuggly but when nobody is looking at him, he can get his head out and off he runs. I bought a well fitting harness and he gets out of it easily but I have not seen him do it, so no idea how he does it.
    Is there some sort of restraining item that heavy neck dogs can’t slip out of?
    If it kept him from pulling me, a 200 lb man, with so much power that it’s VERY difficult to control him or stay on my feet even, that would be a plus. He’s a good lovable dog but next to impossible to control outside the yard, and once the collar is off, he can get over the tall fence like it isn’t there .

    • Hello, thank you for your comment.

      Firstly, you’re not alone – Malamutes are a stubborn breed and if they decide they want to get out of their collar they more than likely will. They love to keep us on our toes!

      I know many Malamute owners have found great success with the ‘Rabbitgoo Escape Proof Dog Harness’. Rabbitgoo is a very reputable brand and they seem the be the only ones making a harness that is specifically for large dogs that like to wriggle out of their harnesses. It has great reviews and I personally know people who can vouch for it. Having a well-fitted harness is also key for your control over a Malamute – the shape of the harness over their chest is what distributes the pulling force more evenly to make sure you aren’t suddenly pulled from your feet.

      I would also advise you to work on some regular training to improve your Malamute’s recall. As I said, Malamutes are stubborn and therefore hard to train but it’s worth putting the effort in if it makes him less likely to run off or try to escape in the first place.

      If you have any further questions please do reach out again!

      Best wishes,
      -The Malamute Mom Team


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