(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. 3Catahoulas (verified owner)

    This is the best leash I own, and I own a lot of leashes. I ordered this when we adopted a 90 lb Rottweiler this spring. I wanted a sturdy leash with a double attachment. I ordered a 3/4″, which proved to be a bit too large for my hands. I called and talked to Nicole, who was most helpful. A new 5/8″ leash was ordered and sent out asap.
    My return was handled promptly and with no problem.
    I would recommend this leash to anyone who is looking for the best leash at the best price.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. Laura

    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!

  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!

  6. 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

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