Our Defender Harness, which is an exclusive K9 Tactical Gear design, has been our top selling harness for years. This harness was created to be a minimal and effective approach to be your go-to harness without impeding mobility or comfort. It is manufactured to withstand years of use from daily wear, long hikes, police patrol work, military applications, and all types of working dog training. The harness comes standard with a rigid and functional handle, loop attachment (velcro) for personalization on each side of the neck, two leash attachment points, and a padded front chest piece for extra comfort.
The use of our 1.75” rigid Mil-Spec webbing is one of the multiple specs that set this harness apart from the others. We believe this is the perfect firmness and width for both strength and comfort. A minimal profile harness with this material allows your canine to stay cool in tempermental climates and withstand any challenging working conditions you might find yourself in. K9 Tactical Gear only uses the highest quality hardware on the market. The AustriAlpin buckle is constructed of aluminum to be lightweight with a high tensile break strength. You will find two forged V-rings, front and rear, for control exactly where you want it. The harness is constructed with a high strength bar-tac stitch pattern commonly used in skydiving and rock-climbing equipment.
Like all front yoke designed harnesses with a single buckle, this requires you to lift one of your dogs front legs through the girth strap for a correct wear and secure fit.
The Defender Harness has different accessories you can attach at any point. The detachable mesh is one of the most popular accessories. This product allows for even more personalization of patches, ID cards, or plain mesh. You can read more about this accessory on theAttachable Mesh Product.
If your dog is sensitive to legs being picked up while putting on a harness, take a look at our Double Buckle Defender Harness.
Elite (patterned) Option: The construction is slightly different but has all the same benefits as our traditional (solid), only slightly thicker! By choosing an elite pattern the cordura front yolk of the harness will be in the pattern of choice as will the top, handle and girth strap.
UPDATE of 2023: The front straps (both sides of the neck and strap between the front legs) are no longer lined with the patterned webbing. The cordura will still be in the patterned choice.
PLEASE NOTE: The X-Small Defender is only available in the color black at this time.
Product Specs & Compatibility
Fully adjustable 1.75" wide Mil-spec webbing
2 Mil-spec V-Rings for ultimate strength and durability
Forged steel slide adjuster
AustriAlpin COBRA™ buckle
9kn 2500lb proof-load test buckle
The front chest protector of the harness has an internal pad for the dog's comfort
Padding does not collect hair or any unwanted outdoor stickers.
Comes standard with a handle
Harness comes with 6" loop attachment velcro
Available in Traditional (solid) or Elite (patterned) color options
The patterned webbing does fade quicker than solid colors
Defender Neck: approximate 6"
To purchase an ID Panel for your harness, click here!
Removable Mesh Backing:
Would you like the Removable Mesh ID Backing?
This Removable Mesh ID Backing attaches directly to the defender harness with velcro. This provides more stability for the defender harness while also allowing the opportunity for more identification.
Options of Mesh Backing:
Standard plain mesh has no velcro or additions, it is simply to help keep the tail of the harness down.
ID card Holder/Velcro
One side has a plastic ID card holder sewn onto mesh, approximately the size of a drivers license card. The other side is velcro.
Four 1" strips of velcro sewn onto webbing in the formation of molle.
This product is designed to fit medium-sized and large-sized breeds. this harness is available in the following sizes:
X-Small : 23" - 26" - Please note the XS Defender is 1.5" webbing and available in black only at this time. The XS mesh will not be interchangeable with other sizes.
Small: Girth 25"-30"
Medium: Girth 29"-34"
Large: Girth 32"-38"
X-Large: Girth 36"-42"
The neck should not be fully expanded. It needs at least 3" of hook and loop to be in contact with each other.
Please measure your pet or working dog's girth with a soft measuring tape (or piece of string- then lay against a tape measure) to get the most accurate measurement. Our harness measurements are listed above in inches.
What’s the purpose for two V-Rings? The option for two attachment points allows for standard lead attachment on the forward v-ring for routine use and specialized lead attachment to the rear v-ring in tracking and agitation use. Is the mesh removable? Yes, the harness comes standard with loop attachment on the inside of the harness webbing for mesh attachment.
Is the mesh included? This harness does not come with mesh. You can see our Defender Harness Mesh options here.
Is this only designed for working use? No, this harness can be used for canines of almost any size and activity level.
Shipping & Returns
Production lead time:
This item is made to order and hand crafted in our shop in Rocklin, CA. This product follows our current lead time, please see our front page for the most accurate time frame.
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