(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 and 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).

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!

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Dimensions 6 × 6 × 1.5 in
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55 reviews for 8-Way Lead™ – versatile leather leash (6 or 8 feet long)

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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 !

  5. Fiona

    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.

  6. 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!

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