Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 26 customer ratings
(26 customer reviews)


Updated Length – 105″ overall

8×8 Lead™ an 8 ft. long 8 position multi-functional leather leash:

  • Approx 105” end to end, bolt snap on each end (makes an 8′ leash with the handle formed)
  • Makes a 8, 6, 4 1/2 foot lead
  • Floating ring for slip-collar
  • Hands-free over-the-shoulder leash! (approx. 6 feet from shoulder to dog)
  • 8 positions—you may even discover more
  • 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.
  • Perfect for taller people who need extra length

Want to see it in action? Watch a video demonstration of the leash! (6 foot version is shown, but it has all the same features as this long 8×8 Lead.)


Switch Hardware Colors

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


8×8 Lead ™ 

***Please note: original 8×8 leash was 96″ overall – this new length is 105″ overall, from bolt snap to bold snap, and is 8′ with the handle formed***

By popular demand, our awesome 8-Way Lead design is now available in an 8 foot long version.

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. This extra long lead is designed for tall people with short dogs. It’s long enough to be placed over your shoulder and give the dog plenty of room to roam (or even lie down as you stand); allows 6 feet of leash from your shoulder to the dog.

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 8, 6, 4 1/2 foot lead. Excellent as a hands-free leash that can be worn across your body by placing the leash over your shoulder (approximately 6 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 chrome plated solid brass hardware (some hardware is stainless steel depending on the size).

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. *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. *popular choice!*

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 at small additional charge.

Additional information

Weight 0.6 lbs
Dimensions N/A
Leather Color



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26 reviews for 8×8 Lead™ – 8 ft. versatile leather leash

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Janet Smith

    I’m a professional dog trainer – this is by far my favorite leash. All of the BLD leashes are beautiful and well crafted with the best leather. I love the versatility of this leash and all the options for it’s use. I’m 5 ft. 10in and other service/police leads are not long enough to wear over a shoulder and attach to the dog — the 8 ft length of this leash is exactly what I needed. Love, love the leash and it just get better with use.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Melissa (verified owner)

    I wasn’t very thrilled when our new trainer said I needed to invest in a leather leash. I’d never had leather before and didn’t understand the hype. I am a now a convert and will never use anything but leather again!

    The configurations of the 8 way lead allow me to connect around my waist for hands free walking, while my husband, who is over a foot taller than me, can use the over the shoulder option with the dog comfortably in the down position. When training I can configure the leash to go around my forearm with a sheepskin padding for optimal comfort. I love all the options.

    I wasn’t sure about the braids when I ordered but I conditioned the leash as soon as it arrived and they are soft and smooth. Even our trainer was impressed with the quality and workmanship. I will continue to buy additional products from Bold Designs and highly recommend them.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Meg Holsinger

    I bought this leash for my service dog and it is still our go-to leash more than a year later. As a tall service dog handler, I love that my service dog can lie down without me needing to remove the leash. I also really like to double it up to a 4ft. length to use when I don’t want to use it over my shoulder. We have the black/silver combo. The leather broke in quickly and is very soft and easy to maintain. I bought the thinnest leash, and it has held up beautifully with my large breed!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Caitie (verified owner)

    Love this leash! Customer service did an amazing job helping me order custom hardware. Even with a customized order the leash arrived very quickly. I will order more products from BLD–I was really impressed with their quality, service, and fair pricing.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    Wonderful. Excellent for hiking or going to events.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mechelle Lech

    We love our hands free leash. Let’s me work Ganeva handfree with plenty of slack so that she can lay down.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kristin Matney

    This leash is amazing! I have had my BLD 8×8 leash through 4 dogs, multiple fosters, catching strays, and about 5 years. I use it every day, and it is still perfect! The leather softens up the more you use it, it now is soft as buttah! I love the hands free option with my service dog, and the many different ways to use the leash have been imensely handy! I always keep this leash in my car when not in use so that if i see a dog wandering i have it on hand-the slip lead is great for this, as is having clips on both ends (for when you find 2 dogs wandering together). I cannot sing the praises loud enough! This is by far the best investment I’ve made in the daily care of my dogs.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ashley Watkins (verified owner)

    This is my fourth purchase from BLD and my expectations are exceeded everytime! This leash is my new go to, can’t leave home with out it, piece of leather. It is functional, soft on your hands and the quality is phenomenal. Good leather will last a lifetime and I have no doubt this will hold true.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5


    I love this leash! It started out super stiff and awkward. I was pretty worried it wouldn’t work out. But after some conditioning and use, it’s very comfortable, functional, and attractive looking.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amanda Weekley

    I have this leash in black, and absolutely love it. I got it to use in the over-the-shoulder position because I have bad arthritis and can’t use my hands very well, so I needed a good leash I could use hands-free. I definitely have not been disappointed! I also use it as a regular leash when I’m doing bathroom breaks and want a longer leash than 6 feet. I have been very happy with this leash now ever since I got it over a year ago. No complaints whatsoever.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stephanie (verified owner)

    Elegant simplicity, beautifully made. I opted for the tan bridle leather with brass lobster clasp and the matching Training collar and feel that I have a set for all purposes.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    kaonaduffield@gmail.com (verified owner)

    We love our new leash! We’ve been using it for about a week now. It is very soft and comfortable. I love that my service dog can lay down at my feet when she’s feeling a little tired without me having to take the leash off my shoulder, like I had to do with another one that was a bit shorter than this. Very happy customer.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kaona (verified owner)

    I love the 8×8 leash for my service dog in training! IBefore if she was a little tired or bored in a store and wanted to lay down out of the way, a 7 foot leash we had from somewhere else was pretty much hanging her. That problem is gone with the 8×8 leash. It’s also very light weight in comparison to other leashes, which I love. It appears to be very durable and is gorgeous. Very pleased!

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    HD (verified owner)

    Just wanted to let you know that today the leash and collar arrived at my doorstep, fresh from customs. The collar fits nicely (neat technique to make the fitting work as finely as it does) and the leash is a wonderful piece of handcraft, looking sturdy and this should be a leash that actually looks better with a bit of wear & tear along the years.
    The package and the nice little dog-bowl has been much appreciated, as has your pitch-perfect service and aid along the way.

    Many thanks again – I’m looking forward to field-testing the gear in the forest this afternoon :-D .

    All the best

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Eric M (verified owner)

    great product,look forward to more product as my dane grows.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Laura C

    BLD was recommended to me by a dog trainer and breeder. Since Koa is my first dog; just like a first born child; I wanted the best and most versatile product. I absolutely love this multifunctional lead; it’s all things any time I need it. When my puppy chewed it up (yep, my fault) I immediately took it to a leather boot repair store for them to fix it! It was the first time they had received a request to fix a leash. However; when they saw the quality and craftmanship – they understood.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5


    I just recieved my 8×8 lead, black, sized Large. It’s GORGEOUS. Since I’m nto a fan of braids, I asked for all screw posts to be used throughout the leash and it was done with no problem.

    I’m 5’11, and I have an 8 week old service candidate in training who is very glad he can lay down at my feet without being hung by the leash.

    I’m a bit of a leather quality nut, and I can really appreciate that this leash will last a long, long time. I’m sure my new puppy is going to put it through hell, but I have no doubts that it will stand the test of time.

    I’ll try to come back and re-review after 6 months to see how it stands the test of a very active outdoorsy owner and her newest puppy.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kim (verified owner)

    I have three of these awesome leashes and absolutely love them! I love that I can change the length and also use them around my shoulder for a hands-free walk. The longer length is also great for “umbilical cord” training for puppies and new rescues. Thanks Katrina for making such a fantastic and high quality product. Love your wide variety of hardware, too!

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jen Donahue

    I love this leash and will never buy another kind. It’s durable, strong, and super functional; when I can need to carry groceries or something, I just slip the leash over my head for hands-free walking. My dog is very nervous and can pull a lot, so the adjustable length has come in really handy. When we are in familiar spaces, I let it go long and when we’re in new territory I shorten it for more control. I used to use “cute” leashes with patterned ribbons sewed into them, but over time the material rubbed my hands raw and the ribbons became distorted. This leash only looks better with time, as quality leather usually does. I get compliments on it all the time! I highly recommend it – no reservations!

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Laura “Kit” Azevedo

    I purchased this leash in 2010 with some special modifications for me. I don’t like the feel of braids on my leash so I asked that Katrina use the bolts instead. She was happy to make exactly what I wanted. My leash is 3/8″

    And this leash is EVERYTHING I have ever wanted in a leash. I use it every day in ways I never imagined I would need a leash. My retired service dog and my service dog in training are both grateful that they can now comfortably lay down at my feet while I’m standing when I use it as an over the shoulder leash. I can take both of them out to potty on on it at the same time, one attached to each end. If I forget someone’s collar, no trouble, it can also be a slip lead. When I forget Billy’s Infinity lead, no big deal, I can make my 8×8 into an infinity lead as well.

    This leash has stood up to two years of hard every day use (including being tangled in the spokes of a wheelchair multiple times) and it has a few nicks and scratches. Battle scars from helping me to raise a puppy and to work with countless dogs. The metal bits have some dings and scratches too. Despite this, my leash is a soft, supple and sturdy as the day it arrived in my home, and the metal work is strong functional and without corrosion.

    I recommend this leash to anyone who wants a strong sturdy versatile leash. A leash that will last a life time.

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