I had a Julius K9 years ago for Kasper, and I didn’t like it.
It slipped about as he walked, it didn’t seem very well made, the clip broke after a few months’ use…I was not a fan. We already had a DoxLock harness and, as my partner said, the Julius K9 felt like a knock-off DoxLock!
I bought one recently for Pixie because the strap that goes around her front can be adjusted, which should mean the rear strap sits further away from her armpits. She’s half Dachshund so finding harnesses that accounts for her long body is a nightmare!
And on top of that I wanted a harness that we could add ‘alerts’ to; the patches on the Julius K9 can be swapped to ones that have all sorts of messages.
Review time 😉
What? Julius K9 IDC Powerharness
Price: we found it for £14.90 after a lot of searching, but they can be very expensive, especially larger sizes. Usually costs around £20-26
Since we last bought a Julius K9 it seems they have modified the design quite a bit.
The harness is now a different shape, and it just feels better made. Pixie wasn’t too alarmed having it put on, and it was very easy to size.
We’ve tested the Julius K9 on a few walks now, and it seems really good!
It doesn’t slip and slide at all, and I’m wondering if that’s something they’ve changed in the design or if it’s just because Pixie’s such a tiny dog, and she doesn’t really pull. I have the neck hole almost as long as it can go, and the belly band does sit further from the armpits than almost every other harness we’ve tried.
The harness should have been pulled to the side in the pic below, but as you can see it didn’t slip at all!
It’s really, REALLY hard to get a photo showing where the black band is on a black dog in terms of her armpits haha! I’ll have to try and get some more and maybe edit red lines on the band so you can see where it sits 🙂
And, of course, our beloved patches!
The patches are horrifically expensive, but as we only want ones that tell people to keep away or that she’s nervous, we should only have to buy two sets at most 😀
And yes, I am covered in sudocrem in those pics…in fact it feels like our whole house is covered in sudocrem XD
Okay, so…the good
- Easy to put on and take off
- Easy to get the sizing right
- Doesn’t slip about as dog walks (at least not on a small dog that isn’t a strong puller)
- Comes in a variety of colours
- The patches can be swapped to include helpful or humorous messages
- Nice big D clip to attach lead to
- Feels like a sturdy harness
- For what it is, it’s a very expensive harness, with some places selling a large-sized harness for £35
- Although the back is padded, neither of the straps are, and the band going around the belly is quite tough
- The patches are stupidly expensive at £6+ for two, and if you order from Julius K9’s own site they add £6 delivery
- As a harness it doesn’t *really* have much going for it – most harnesses in this price range have some sort of special function (eg. front D clip, comfort, escape-proof) but the Julius K9 is ‘just’ an everyday harness with very few special features
In conclusion we rate this harness (drum roll please)…