(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. Lola (verified owner)

    This is a great tool and it is beautiful. It does everything and it works for every situation. The leather is perfect and of very high quality. What I love the most is that it has the feel of durability, and for me that is essential. It is an object that will last long and that matters to me, cause I do not like to buy buy buy. This is a good investment.

  2. Lori (verified owner)

    The 8-Way Lead is absolutely the best & most versatile lead I have ever used!
    The quality is amazing and will last a lifetime, and has a great guarantee.
    I own 2 collars and 2 BLD leads…. and will never use anything else.

  3. Zoe K. (verified owner)

    Ordered all the way from Singapore because couldn’t find anything like it here!

    A well-made, quality product that is as convenient and versatile as it is good-looking. Use it every day…paired with the quick release matching leather collar with metal buckle.

    Meg the Mini Schnauzer is without doubt, the best accessorised dog on the block.

  4. Patricia Meredith

    I bought this lead because of the description, although I rarely have been happy with any leather lead. I thought I would use it occasionally but it has become my first choice. The leather quickly softened and feels wonderful in my hand. I have a service dog and it is the first lead I have had that I can use comfortably (hands free) in a buffet line! After two years it stll looks great.

  5. Liz

    This is the best leash ever. It is so versatile and I love being able to use it in so many ways. I am able to bike with my dog without any interference. Thanks for such a great product!

  6. Jacki (verified owner)

    I decided to order this leash after my dogs trainer allowed me to borrow hers during a training session for hands free walking. My dogs trainer said that she has her leash for years, but there were no signs of wear. I loved the hands free option, so I decided to invest in a nice leash that would last many years. I am so glad that I did! We get compliments all the time on the quality of the leash and the different options. I love that I can have her close to me when walking in crowds, or give her more of a lead, but my favorite option is the hands free. I have noticed such a difference in training and her walk. The leash is beautifully crafted and the leather is soft. This is the perfect versatile leash for anyone who would like options for walking their pup.

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