Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 53 customer ratings
(53 customer reviews)


8-Way Lead ™ – a 6 ft. long 8 position leather leash

  • Six foot long, multi-functional leash
  • Approx 82” end to end, bolt snap on each end
  • Makes a 6, 4 ½, 3 ½ foot lead
  • Floating ring for slip-collar
  • Hands-Free over-the-shoulder leash!
  • 8 positions—you may even discover more

Want to see it in action? Watch a video demonstration of the leash!
See us make this leash live on the morning news! 9 News KUSA, Where in the Town 

“I recently made my first purchase from Bold Lead Designs and I couldn’t be happier. I experienced fantastic customer service and received a beautifully made product. The 8-Way Lead is perfect for my GSD and our active lifestyle. I will definitely be buying from this company again! Thank you very much! — Jordan”



Switch Hardware Color?

Our standard color combinations are:
Tan Leather with Brass (gold) Hardware
Black Leather with Stainless Steel (silver) hardware


8-Way Lead ™ 

The 8-Way Lead ™ is our most popular leash design. This European style, multi-functional, braided leather lead is the most versatile leash available. This leash can do almost anything!

Features a bolt snap at each end, 3 fixed rings, and one loose ring. This leash does NOT HAVE A LOOP HANDLE, rather it has a bolt snap at each end so you can use the leash in any configuration. Available in 4 sizes, choose the width when you order.

Check out the illustrations to see what this leash can do. This super sturdy yet supple lead goes beyond the standard dog leash. This multi-function lead can be clipped to a collar or harness, or may be used as a slip-collar for effective yet gentle training. The lead can be shorted or lengthened at any time: Makes a 6, 4 ½, 3 ½ foot lead. Excellent as a hands-free leash that can be worn across your body by placing the leash over your shoulder (approximately 4.5 ft. from your shoulder to the dog). For dual control, you can connect one end of the leash to a training collar, and one to the regular collar. Great for use with head collars or harnesses.

Great for Schutzhund/protection work, obedience training, service dogs, and everyday use.

This is the best quality leash you will find anywhere. There is no stitching to come undone or rivets to wear out. We use only the best and most durable leather that is always soft to the touch and only improves with age. All edges are beveled for a smooth feel. Top quality hardware assures strength and durability. We believe so strongly in the quality of our work, we offer a LIFETIME WARRANTY.

Select Leather:

Our Golden TAN BRIDLE Leather is 100% American vegetable tanned leather, made with NO dyes or toxic metallic chemicals. Reminiscent of fine English horse tack, this leather is superior in quality to any other leash you’ve seen. Every leash is HAND-OILED to bring out the softness, so your leash arrives supple and feels great in your hands immediately and only improves with age. The color will darken with use and age. Solid brass hardware.

Our lovely BLACK LATIGO is solid black, and superior to ordinary leashes in texture and quality, cut from select from USA hides. It is incredibly durable, yet is very flexible. Feels great in your hands and will simply get better with age. We use only the highest quality stainless steel and chrome plated solid brass hardware (silver finish).

Choose Width Size:

Small (3/8” / 7mm. width)—Best for smaller and medium sized dogs. Lighter weight leather is braided at both ends; this narrow width is very secure. Small yet strong hardware.

Medium (1/2” / 11mm. width)—Great for medium sized dogs, yet sturdy enough for larger dogs. Great for people with petite hands, or who prefer a lighter weight leash. Braided at both ends. *Most popular choice!*

Large (5/8” / 14mm. width)—Sized for larger dogs, size fits well in your hands. A good sturdy weight with larger hardware. Screw posts used for durability at the “dog end” of the lead.

Extra Large (3/4” / 17mm. width) —Sized for large, giant, and very strong dogs. Great for people who like a big, sturdy leash. Heavy duty hardware. Screw posts used for durability at the “dog end” of the lead.


Standard bolt snaps are shown; they are the highest quality and most reliable snaps we’ve found. Special hardware or modification is available by request.

Additional information

Weight N/A
Dimensions 6 x 6 x 1.5 in
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53 reviews for 8-Way Lead™ – 6 ft. versatile leather leash

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    jennastokes (verified owner)

    This leash is amazing! I was so excited to see something so functional in high-end leather. It is so incredibly useful, and I find myself adjusting the length frequently even during a single outing with my pup to keep her at appropriate distances for different places. It’s much more comfortable than just trying to hold a standard leash in the middle. I’ve had people comment on how nice it is, both just walking my dog normally and when they see me quickly reconfigure the leash to adjust the length on the fly. This is the perfect leash and it seems like it will last a lifetime but I’m tempted to get a spare so that if I manage to do something to my current one I don’t have to go without.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    s. kim (verified owner)

    i purchased the fastener free collar for my dog, paco, and was so pleased with the craftsmanship, thoughtfulness, and beauty of it that i decided to purchase the 8-way lead. a friend of mine in brooklyn had this leash, and i always admired it, but held off on buying it because it seemed TOO lovely a product! :o) hehe, i am glad i let go of that idea! i especially like the hand free option, and the ability to alter the length of the lead, depending on where we are walking. i will only buy BLD products from now on. thank you for a beautiful, functional, quality product!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    I just adopted a greyhound and this lead has been a life saver! The Brahma material is amazing. Feels like like well worn leather. It is tough as nails despite the soft feel. The multiple lead positions have been great to help my retired racer adjust. I LOVE the hands off feature! I will be getting the regular 6 foot lead. The craftsmanship on these leashes is outstanding! Well worth the price!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jordan (verified owner)

    I recently made my first purchase from Bold Lead Designs and I couldn’t be happier. I experienced fantastic customer service and received a beautifully made product. The 8-Way Lead is perfect for my GSD and our active lifestyle. I will definitely be buying from this company again! Thank you very much!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lisa M.

    Hi Katrina and Josh, It was GREAT to meet you at the PennVet Working Dog Conference! I’m so glad I stopped by your booth and bought several of your 8-way leashes, as they have been game-changers in my work! I don’t have a “typical” working dog, like a patrol or search-and-rescue dog, instead, I work with therapy/facility dogs in a children’s hospital. We do everything from simple cheer-ups to working with our Child Life, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy teams, to help our kiddos achieve various goals. Since we are a hospital, hand hygiene is very important so the dogs aren’t a vector for anything. In the past, I’d have to juggle: hand sanitizer: census forms; pens; and the dog’s leash. With your 8-way leash, I can go hands-free, and work to help kiddos clean their hands, take my notes, answer a page, and still have my dog attached to me! Often, kiddos won’t want to get out of bed to do their physical therapy, but if they love dogs and get a chance to walk a dog, it’s motivation for them to get out of bed and walk with their PT. I used to use two leashes with the dog, so I can maintain control of the dog, and the kiddo can hold the other leash… maybe I should try out your dual handle leash next for that!I work with fairly large dogs (Rhodesian Ridgebacks) and your leashes are such top quality leather, I’ve experienced no stretching at all (even when we’re walking “off-duty” in my neighborhood and see squirrels!) The braided leather sections are really well-placed to provide a place to grab, should a squirrel simply be too tempting and the dog decides to pull.
    Again, THANK YOU for such a great product!! Cheers,Lisa

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dawn B. (verified owner)

    I bought this leash (1/2″ golden tan) after my previous over-the-shoulder style leash broke (snapped apart right at a rivet when my shepherd mix lunged forward to take off after a deer). Since that was the second one I had that broke that way, I was looking for something stronger but still made of leather which I couldn’t find in local stores (they only had big, thick, nylon leashes in this style). I also wanted something that wasn’t too wide, as most leashes seem to be when they are this long, since I wanted to be able to attach it to a Gentle Leader head collar and didn’t want the extra weight pulling on my dog’s head.

    I have had this leash for almost a year now and it has performed excellently. I got this one and the 8×8 at the same time, but I have found that since I am tall, the 8×8 works better for me generally, as this one is a bit too short when I wear it over the shoulder for my dogs to be able to sniff on our walks. However, I have figured out a way to use it with one of my dog’s harnesses that works quite well and gives her plenty of freedom without getting tangled up around her legs all the time. The braiding and overall leather has held up perfectly to numerous squirrel induced lunges and the hardware has a very smooth action, unlike some leash clips I have had in the past that barely slide. Personally, I could do without the floating ring since I don’t like the way it jingles when it hits the other rings/hardware, but all in all, I have been extremely happy with this leash.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kate Mortensen

    When I first got my new 8-way 6-foot black leather lead, it seemed awfully bulky with the braided portions and hardware, and I wasn’t sure I would like it. On the other hand, my service-dog-in-training is a 65 pound standard poodle, so the bulkier 5/8″ lead made the best sense. I shrugged and put it on him to try it out.

    That was a few weeks ago, now, and I haven’t had the other leash on him since. The leather is comfortable, even brand new, and all that braiding actually seems to make it easier for me to grip. Keeping him on-lead while tying him to something else is both simple and priceless.

    The biggest surprise is that due to the braids and extra hardware, it looks like working gear even to the uninitiated, and I no longer need the huge “STOP – Do Not Pet” sign I had to use on his old, more standard leash to keep most people from trying to pet him when we’re out in public. This, too, is priceless. You haven’t lived until you’ve fended off 30+ dog lovers while trying to buy two items at Walmart.

    Thank you, Bold Lead, for this wonderful, well-made, truly multi-functional leash. You are my heroes.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    John D Karl

    I bought the 8 way lead for use with my service dog. The product is of high quality, excellent design, and performs as promised (rare these days). The hands free feature is wonderful for someone like me who has to walk with a cane. I love this leash!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    David Nowak

    I have several of these leashes for my service dog and for my asst. trainers dog. They are extremely well made, versitile and handsfree. This gives my service dog team partners the hands-free ability to control their service dog as well as adhear to the ADA requirements that the service dog must be teathered to the owner/partner at all time….
    It a great leash !

  10. Rated 5 out of 5


    I have a very tenacious terrier who despite her small size can almosf rip your arm out of the socket getting to an interesting smell! This leash is great and by wearing it accross my body she walks to heal much better
    whilst keeping my arms intact. I love not having to hold a leash on long walks. It is also very well made and should last for many years.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Britta Moellenbeck

    As I’m walking 2 big and a small dog together I had ordered a slightly modified version with extended hand loops on all leashes so they wouldn’t bundle up to much in my hand. Easy process, the results are fantastic leashes that are sturdy yet feel soft in your hand, reliable and look good as an additional bonus. Would by them again immediately but I don’t think I have too as they look and feel like they will hold up well for many many years to come. Love it!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Johanna Tak

    I absolutely love this! I live in the city and bring my dog with me everywhere!
    I love being able to have my hands free while I carry something or sit at a restaurant.
    This can’t be bought in a store in Sweden and I get a lot of compliments for it!

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lisa Padgett

    I’ve had this leash for at least three years and use it several times a week. It gets even more comfortable in the hand as it ages and the hardware is a sound as when I first bought it. I use all 8 configurations, and especially like the hands free option. I’ve recommended it to friends who have also purchased it and have been very happy with it too. This made in the USA product can’t be beat!

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