I wanted to write this thread incase theres anyone on the forum considerring buying a buddy belt or maybe another harness. Before i joined this forum i didnt know anything about buddy belts and thought a collar was sufficient for my millie, she was about 10 weeks old when i was told by you guys that she would need a harness and was informed on the buddy belt. The Buddy Belt is an easy to use harness that reduces stress and strain on your dogs neck.
I bought one, and its been one of the best things ive ever bought for my mills. The quality is awesome, the fit is perfect and most importantly i can confidently walk my chihuahuas on a leash without worrying about their necks.
The idea on Buddy Belts was introduced in 1997 (same year i was born!) because of a minature dacshund named buddy. Buddy used to gag and cough on walks and so his owner decided she needed something other than a collar that she could walk buddy on to avoid damaging his neck/trachea. The owner designed and made buddy belts and the harnesses were launched in 2001. The buddy belts are available in a wide range of colours and sizes to fit all sized dogs from our dinky chis to our great danes.
Personally i havnt had any issues with the harnesses however ive heard of people that have, and recieved excellent customer service and a new harness.
Millie wears size 2.5, and she gets excited as soon as she sees me get it out the cupboard she even helps me get it on her by putting her little legs into it bless her. When the pups get to about 8 months they will all get a buddy belt too, i just use temporary ones for them for now as I dont want to have to buy multiple harnesses that they will grow out of.
I love that there is 5 holes so that it is adjustable, i can easily make it abit bigger if necessary, for example if it is a cold day and millie is wearing a coat or tee she can still comfortably wear her buddy belt.
The quality of the leather is amazing, its surprisingly soft and so is gentle on their under-arms, you can also buy soft liners (£7.80) if you want it to be extra soft around the dogs under-arms for added comfort and protection.
I live in the UK and so it wasnt that easy for me to find a stockist I could only find a shop that was a few hours drive away and so it wasnt possible for me to try before i bought so i had to order online but i was not dissapointed. There are three online UK stockist, doggie fashions, not for pussys, and paws and play. I ordered my first one from doggie fashions- Buddy Belts | The all leather easy to use harness!
and postage was quick although they only had the classic colours so i got a baby pink. The next times I ordered from Not For Pussys LTD Dog Store
I ordered hot pink, baby blue, silver dapple and sunshine. I wanted gunmetal and tropic sea too however these wernt in stock which was a shame but the man refunded my money quickly and included some free treats for the dogs in the order for the inconvieniance which i thought was great customer service!
The prices of buddy belts ranges from £25-£40 depending on which colour you chose and which quality you chose there is premium and luxury. They often bring out limited edition colours that cost abit more. However there is an option of a BB2 for £16. I personally havnt tried the BB2 just because the leather is synthetic so i worried that the harness wouldnt last very long. On some websites there is an option to add crystals for an extra £6.60 however this wasnt available where i ordered from but would be a lovely addition if you had the choice.
Buddy belts advises you to condition the leather every three months if your dog wears it often but I think this also depends on weather because millie wears hers often and ive never conditioned it and it still seems fine. Any advice on this, should i be using a conditioner?
Overall I highly recommend buying your Chihuahua a buddy belt if you don't already have one
I would love it if people who have buddy belt harnesses could share your opinions/reviews and photos. Here are some of millie showing off hers.