Here are some pictures of
different harnessmodels for sleddogs.
1 Leather-collar harness in old fashion style, these were used on
Denali Park Service sleddogs.
These harnesses are similar to the ones used in the pioneer days of Alaska.
2 Harness used by L Seppala. This harness was given to Reidar Schau by Leonhard Seppala. Its the same shape as
3 Leather collar harness
Used mainly for nordic style mushing with pulkas.Has a thick leather collar similar to the
ones used on horses.
Has mearly been replaced by webbing nordicstyle harnesses, they are both cheaper and
better for the dog to move in than the leatherharness.
This model can be used both with ganglines and pulka/sacco rods.
There is a ring and a strap on it to connect to the rods. Quite popular in Scandinavia, and has taken over for the leather colalr harness above
4 Siwash x-back harness
The most commonly used harnessmodel for sleddogs.Usualy made of nylonwebbing.
Used to be padded with "teddyfabric" or fleece, but this has been replaced
by rip-stop fabric filled with a foamy material. This prevent the harness from getting
soaked and frozen stiff.
4 Siwash x-back- padded
On hounds and other shorthaired dogs its common to use harnesses with more padding than on
5 H-back harness
Commonly used by longdistance mushers.Also called Norris harness
6 Taiga Collared Neck
The Taigaharnesses has become quite popular. What espescially differs them from the
ordinary x-back or H-back is the construction on top of the shoulders.Its supposed
to give the dog better freedom of movement in the shoulder..
7 Taiga Collared Neck
X-back Here the construction with only one strap between the shoulderblade can be seen
8 Adjustable harness
by Jan Reinertsen
First modell has similar shape as the Greenland eskimoharness. Only one strap on top
of the back. It can be adjusted in the collar, on the backstrap and on the
Not the best workingharness, but useful to have as a extra-harness in the sled since it
can be fitted to all sizes. Its also useful on dogs who get wounds under elbows because
they are not pulling straight. The harness can be adjusted unstraight to avoid soar area.
9 Weight-pull harness
These harnesses are constructed with the harnessloop much lower than on ordinary
10 *Pinnesele* X-back harness with lowered pullingpoint
Not unlike a weightpulling harness, on this model the pressurepoint at the croup is lowered and the harness is spread with a stick. Used espescially on wheeldogs and on dogs with backproblems
11 Long distance harness
A fairly new model introduced by Jeff King. Reduces pressure on hips and croup