My partner went out and bought a Size 0 harness from CosyDogs yesterday, as the measurements said that the smallest size was needed for Pixie.
That didn’t fit.
Today the size up, a Size 1, arrived. This is supposed to measure 45-64cm, and Pixie’s girth a few days ago was 41cm – she is losing weight every day so probably 40cm max currently.
The new harness is noticeably bigger than the Size 0, and the width of the harness is also thicker for added comfort.
The Size 1 fits her around the waist – it is slightly too big to be a perfect fit, even as small as it will go (can easily fit three fingers beneath, whereas I like it to be tighter).
But it is safe and comfortable for her. HOWEVER, the belly strap that runs between her front legs is still too short!!
It was this that made the Size 0 not fit, and even on the Size 1 it is so short that it makes the straps closer to her armpits than it should, and when she lies on her back you can see the girth straps aren’t exactly straight across her tummy as they should be.
This is how it should sit:
A nice distance from the front legs, and when the dog is on its’ back, the harness goes straight across the tummy, as the leg band is long enough:
So although this harness fits, and we’ll possibly be able to use it without rubbing her, it does not fit her as well as it should. See how the band is right behind her legs then curves right back around to fasten to the end of the belly band?
Not only are the sizings for Size 0 wrong, but if we upped Pixie to Size 2 the length of the belly strap would probably be perfect, but the girth strap would be waaaay too big – she’d be able to walk through the harness! XD
Shame as she looks so cute in it too
The harnesses are handmade in the UK, not *too* expensive, and are beautiful to look at.
The harness sits away from the throat, which I love – any harness is better than a collar for taking pressure off the throat, but I trust CosyDogs more than most for that.
The harness is easy to get on and off, and feels secure – it’s certainly more secure than an EzyDog Quick Fit or a standard step-in harness.
I’ve never even heard of one rubbing a dog. The underside of the harness is all fleece, and even the straps going up the side of the belly have fleece protectors / padding.
The sizing on the site is very wrong, meaning buying online is difficult, especially if you dog’s a crossbreed or of unknown breed.
The head hole can’t be adjusted, and on smaller sizes especially is quite small. This is a significant concern for larger-than-average headed breeds, eg. French Bulldogs!
There isn’t much overlap between sizes, either, which means one size can be too small but the next too big (see below).
The length of the belly band is also an issue – if the belly band is too short with a Size 0 but the girth fits, Size 1 might just fit around the girth but the belly band may still not be long enough, and then Size 2 is far too big around the girth but the belly band is perfect!
Although there are quite a number of colour choices, they’re all quite dark and murky, there aren’t too many bright choices. The pink and sky blue one (which Pixie has) are just about the brightest – even the yellow is a dingy yellow.
Anyway, she looks 100% adorable in it 🙂 Aaaand, her first ever tag arrived today!! ❤
I realised I’d covered a word accidentally in the above photo, but it’s better quality so I included it 🙂
Adorable tag, adorable harness, adorable dog 😀
So although the CosyDogs is a well-made harness and fleece lined, the sizes do not overlap enough, and the belly band is way too short for certain types of dog.
In conclusion we rate the fleece Cosydogs harness 1.5 out of 4 paws.
The reason the score is so low is because: the customer service wasn’t great, the sizing measurements are wrong, and there’s no size that’s a good fit for Pixie. In fact to get it to fit we had to completely cut and re-make the belly band which, thankfully, still works!
Now because I’ve had a really shitty day and have another migraine, the rest of this post is just gonna be cute puppy pics. I’ve included a variety so anyone interested can see how the harness fits
It really is a beautiful harness, and by god does it suit her!
Downside – everyone is gonna think she’s a boy now because, obviously, girls just aren’t allowed to wear anything blue!! *sigh* 😉
Oh and look, a photo that shows quite how adorably wonky her front legs are!!! She’s lying down here bless her, so her legs should be totally straight ❤
My little snugbug ❤ ❤ ❤
This review was updated August 2016 once we realised quite how much the CosyDogs did not fit Pixie.