Finding the best muzzle for your dog: An equipment guide

The Muzzle Up! Project has received a large number of requests for  information on the different types of muzzles available, breed-specific muzzles, and where to purchase them. The following is a starter list, compiled from our own research and information from supporters. Please email us at muzzleupproject@gmail.com if you have any questions or resources to share. We’d especially like to hear from those who live outside the US to help us expand our international resources.

Equipment Review

The Baskerville Ultra muzzle is the gold standard for a safe and comfortable basket muzzle. Product features include:

  • Durable, flexible plastic
  • Neoprene padding on the straps to prevent chafing
  • Safety strap that fits over the head to ensure a secure fit (optional)
  • Wide holes guarantee your dog can eat, drink and pant

– The Ultra is available on many sites. Muzzle Up! recommends purchasing one from the Karen Pryor Clicker Store. For those in the UK, Company of Animalsprovides a selection, including the option of blue or pink plastic.

– Pet Expertise offers a great sizing chart to help determine the best fit for your dog. Several Muzzle Up! supporters have indicated one drawback to the Ultra: in some dogs, the plastic chafes the skin above the nose. Fabric strips placed on the plastic can help prevent damage to the skin, as well as ensure a proper fit.

– Dean and Tyler offers a muzzle that comes in 30 sizes. Their website includes a chart to help you determine the correct size for your dog. Product features include:

  • Heavy felt padding on the nose area to prevent chafing
  • Adjustable leather straps
  • Ample room for your dog to eat, drink and pant
  • Available in smaller breed sizes

While wire muzzles can be a safe and effective choice, they are typically heavier than plastic muzzles. The metal can also become uncomfortable for a dog in hot or cold climates. Leather basket muzzles, while sometimes hard to fit, can provide some extra comfort for your dog. Keep in mind that some leather muzzle designs do not allow for easy consumption of food and water (two things that are essential for muzzle safety). Dean and Tyler also offers a versionwhich, like their wire muzzles, includes padding around the nose area to prevent chafing.

– Trixie Pet Products offers a leather “bridle” style muzzle, which includes space for treat taking, panting and drinking, as well as a forehead strap for a secure fit.

Breed Specific and Custom Sized Muzzles

– The Dog Muzzle Store offers one of the most comprehensive collections of breed-specific muzzles available, in both leather and wire varieties. Here is an example of a leather basket muzzle designed for French bulldogs, pugs and Boston terriers. Their site allows you to list your dog’s measurements to ensure a custom fit.  Features of these custom muzzles include:

  • Felt padding along the nose area
  • Ample ventilation
  • Forehead straps to ensure a secure fit

The site includes various other leather options  to choose from, but this one has the best design for delivering treats and drinking water. The Dog Muzzle Store’s rubber and plastic coated muzzles come with a comfort strap above the nose as well, and the rubber coating ensures comfort in hot and cold temperatures. Here is an example of their metal wire muzzle, designed for boxer type breeds. They also offer a fully padded wire version (seen here on a German Shepherd).

– Hot Dogs All Dressed offers custom-made leather muzzles for all breeds.

International Links 

– Bumas custom leather muzzles in various colors (based in Austria but ships worldwide)

– Gappay rubberized muzzles (based in Germany)

– Sofahund Hot Dogs All Dressed (custom leather muzzles in various colors)

– The Greyhound & Whippet Shop

– A special note about greyhounds: By purchasing from a respected rescue organization, you can ensure that your money will not support the dog racing industry. One of our supporters shared the link to Greyhound Rescue West of England, which provides several basket muzzle options. Scottish Greyhound Sanctuary also offers basket muzzles for this breed in a variety of colors.

– By Maureen Backman, MS CTC. Maureen is the founder of The Muzzle Up! Project and owns Mutt About Town dog training in San Francisco, CA. She will be presenting about Muzzle Up at this year’s Pet Professional Guild Summit in Tampa, FL. Get in touch at muttabouttownsf@gmail.com.

23 Comments on “Finding the best muzzle for your dog: An equipment guide”

  1. I have a 2 year old Doberman that weighs between 70-75 lbs. Due to her aggressive behavior towards my other dogs in the pack she was recommended to wearing a muzzle. I have no clue what size muzzle she should wear. Can you please help me measure her so I can buy the right size of muzzle for her.

  2. I need a muzzle for my bernedoodle puppy (25 pounds) to keep him from eating socks and other items. He is not aggressive towards other dogs/people. What is the best muzzle for this purpose?

    Amy McCall

    1. Hi Amy, generally we recommend basket muzzles. Baskervilles fit many dogs, but you’ll need to do some specific measurements for your pup!

  3. I am looking for a muzzle for my australian cattle dog. Being a breed that tends to nip I want it so he is not able to bite or nip at anyone. I have been looking at basket muzzles. I want him to be as comfortable as possible he is 42ibs of pure muscle. From tip of nose to between eyes is about 3to 4 inches. Do you have a specific muscle that tends to be best for herding breeds to prevent bite injuries?

    1. It depends on face shape. If he’s got a really long nose, a sighthound muzzle might be best. Otherwise most herding dogs fit the baskerville quite well.

  4. KhaosCollars on Etsy makes custom sized biothane and leather muzzles! They also have options for an open nose and 3 levels for the amount of negative space between straps.

  5. Your site was recommended by my trainer. So much helpful and reassuring information her. Thank you.

    Looking at Burma’s, not delighted with the six week wait time. Positive CER is slow enough! Hate the black muzzles . Your positive negative CER example shows a pretty muzzle, yet I can’t find it in your list of muzzle providers?

    I’m not a fashion conscious person, but muzzles have enough stigma without the biker look!

    1. Some other custom muzzle makers exist, like KhaosCollars on Etsy and Trust Your Dog in Fort Collins, CO. Some people also customize their black muzzles with paint or sequins 🙂

  6. Hello. I need a muzzle for my very placid labrador to prevent her picking up poison baits when we go remote camping or bushwalking. (Baits are used extensively in the Australian bush to eradicate feral cats and foxes.) Can you please recommend the style of muzzle I should look for? I note many styles say the dog can eat while wearing the muzzle, which may defeat the purpose.

    1. Hi Trish, something like the BUMAS will generally prevent snacking. I’ve had to cut the muzzle to make it easier to feed my dog through it. Some of the Jafco muzzles will also do the trick, since the treat holes are so tiny.

  7. Hi, my dog has nose cancer and her nose is extra sensitive. She needs a muzzle that will be comfortable and not put too much pressure on the bridge of her nose/ snout. Her nose is also bumpy in that area due to the tumors. Do you have any recommendations?

    1. You’ll probably need something custom. Many people add extra padding to their muzzles, but this is a tough one!

  8. Hi I’m really struggling to find a muzzle for my shih tzu Harley, we have tried mesh to basket muzzle and he somehow removes them all and they don’t sit correctly.

    1. If he’s removing them he probably needs more training to tolerate wearing them. Check out our resources on that!

  9. Your thoughts on Leerburg Jafco plastic muzzles please? The three strap has opening for treats. Thanks!, Hope

  10. I have a 70lb male shar pei. My vet referred me to you. Any suggestions for sizing for a Baskerville? I’m having issues finding the right fit

    1. Shar peis are tricky for sizing, a Baskerville might be the wrong shape. Hard to say without the dog in front of me!

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