Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 25 customer ratings
(25 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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25 reviews for 8×8 Lead™ – 8 ft. versatile leather leash

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Grace Winchester (verified owner)

    Best leash I’ve ever owned! I purchased it for my service dog and love it. I used every function almost daily! Perfect for working dogs or pets. Never worry about not having a leash for your situation. Sadly my boy damaged it when doing a task so I’m working on saving up for a replacement. Thanks BLD we will be ordering much more.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Marie Wade (verified owner)

    This is a great lead! I have German Shorthaired Pointers & use this lead for training & walking, usually 2-3 at a time. I love the versatility of it. I love the leather being so supple on the hands. I have recommended this lead to numerous folks with high energy hunting dogs. It is the best! Mw

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jeremy (verified owner)

    This leash is great. So great, I had to buy another when I misplaced my first one. It’s perfect for providing the various lengths I need and I can always tie my dog out if I need to.

    If there is one thing I would do over it would be to add another floating ring. I like to clip the leash onto itself and put it across my shoulder when not in use. It’s easy to clip around the leather itself but having a ring would make it that much easier.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Despina (verified owner)

    This is a great product! I bought this leash for my one year old German Shepherd primarily for the hands free option. However, I find myself using all the functions more than I had expected. The leather is high quality and softens as you use it. It’s strong and durable enough to handle my 90lb 1-year old. The multi-functions are very easy to use and switch between even while on a walk. It took me a while to decide on a good leather leash and I am very happy that I finally decided on the 8×8 from Bold Lead Designs.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    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 am tall but I’m able to comfortably wear the leash over my shoulder and the length is plenty long enough for my dogs to be able to sniff around and have a bit of freedom as we’re walking (even with the head collar) but not so long that I am constantly having to untangle it from their legs. The braiding and overall leather has held up perfectly to numerous squirrel induced lunges and it’s really starting to soften up a lot now with all the use that it gets. The hardware also has a very smooth action, unlike some leash clips I have had in the past where it barely wants to slide. Personally, I could do without the floating ring since I don’t like the way it jingles against the ring on the end of the leash, but all in all, I have been extremely happy with this leash.

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