(55 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
  • 8-foot LONG 8×8 version, belt option (add an adjustable ring) and Chew Resistant option are available upon request

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“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”




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8-Way Lead ™ 

The six-foot long 8-Way Lead™ is our most popular leash design. This European style, multi-functional, braided leather lead is so versatile it’s like having eight leashes in one!

Our standard 8-Way Lead is six feet long, and 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.

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 width sizes, choose the width when you order.

Available with a belt feature! ($) Selecting this option will add an Adjustable Ring and fob to the middle section of the leash to allow the leash to be worn hands-free around the waist.

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.

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.

8×8 LONG 8-foot version ($):

Same features, just longer! Eight-foot long 8×8 Lead makes an 8, 6, 4 1/2 foot lead. (When worn hands-free over the shoulder, it’s approximately 6 ft. from your shoulder to the dog). This extra long lead is designed for tall or larger people and/or short or small breed dogsMade to order. Select the option to “make it longer” to order this version. 

Chew Resistant Chain version ($):

This variation is made with a premium stainless steel chain at the dog end for dogs that are tempted to bite at their leash.This option replaces the leather at the “dog end” of the leash with 24 inches of chain and omits the loose ring feature. If you wish to use the collar feature, simply clip the snap directly to the chain. Made to order. Select the hardware option to “make with chew resistant chain.” Only available in ¾” wide (19 mm).

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 (gold color). (Due to hardware shortages there is no additional charge for Silver/Stainless Steel on 1/2″ Tan Leather at this time)

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 hardware (silver color)

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. 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.

Handcrafted in own workshop!

Additional information

Weight N/A
Dimensions 6 × 6 × 1.5 in
Length of Lead

8-way 6ft, 8×8 Longer 8ft version

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55 reviews for 8-Way Lead™ – versatile leather leash (6 or 8 feet long)

  1. Brittany

    Love this leash! It is both elegant and very functional. Very durable, but the leather is very soft and subtle. It’s convienent for both city walking and taking a stroll through the woods. It’s also wonderful to use for hands free handling!! I recommend this leash to everyone!!

  2. Brittney Jarman (verified owner)

    This is an amazing leash that both my husband and I use on our dogs and we couldn’t be happier with it. We can use it in so many ways hence the “8 way lead” name so I can go from holding the leash to in seconds have it over the shoulder! We plot the widest width out of our preference and given we have large dogs too! Highly highly recommend to everyone that I come across!!!

  3. Dana Rankin

    My favorite leash. The leather has worn welll. Still looks amazing 2 years later. Extremely functional. I get a lot of compliments on this leash. So practical for walking more thsn one dog. My labrador puppy modified my 8 way lead. I sent it to Katrina and she fixed it no problem. It is as good as new! Love this lead.

  4. Jessica (verified owner)

    I bought this leash about two years ago for my min pin, Reggie. He is not the greatest on leash so I like that I can change the positioning based on how much control I need on him. I also like that it is 6 ft so that when we’re sitting the park (We live in NYC) it gives him a bit extra length to run and play. After two years it’s still in excellent condition AND he looks great wearing it! :)

  5. Julia (verified owner)

    This was exactly what I needed! I have a service dog and discovered very quickly that holding a leash in one hand and trying to do something else with the other was difficult. Grocery shopping was a biggie but now I can wear this leash over my shoulder and have both hands free. The leather and hardware used is superb. Clasps and rings feel solid, leather is strong but supple and will feel buttery soft and wonderful quickly. Like most dog owners I’ve owned a lot of leashes but I doubt I’ll ever get a leash anywhere else. Trust me they are that good and the customer service is perfect. Recommended to all my dog loving friends.

  6. Debbie (verified owner)

    I own a couple multi-functional leashes and a few leather leashes from other companies, but none of them compare to BLD leads because 1) other leather leashes do become soft but retain the hard edges and surface, but this BLD leash becomes buttery soft and the edges are bevelled 2) though it’s soft, it not only feels strong…it IS strong, and you don’t need a really wide lead to achieve this 3) the multifunctional tool! Well none of the other brands include a slip lead, and none of them have the braids that make it easier to grip. 4) it’s light 5) it’s beautiful, not of cheap leather but quality leather with a rich brown that darkens and and deep black, and for both, the colour is dyed right through, none of this black surface leashes with light brown edges. I love this leash so much, I have several (different size or colours). :) Can’t go wrong.

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