Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 33 customer ratings
(33 customer reviews)


Simple, functional, beautiful.

BLD’s Traditional Leather Lead is handcrafted with a solid brass (or chromed brass) bolt snap. A premium quality basic necessity!

  • Available in your choice of length and width suitable for any size dog
  • Lifetime Warranty assures premium quality and durability
  • Premium American leather is supple and only gets better with age
  • Gentle on your hands, will not give you “rope burn!”
  • Handcrafted in USA. Made in our own workshop in Aurora, Colorado

Most Sizes are in stock and ready to ship!
Please allow additional time for items listed as “available on backorder” as these are custom made.

More details below, keep scrolling. 


Custom Options

See CUSTOM listings to “Change Hardware” or “Add Features” to make your selection. Allow 5-7 days for custom orders.

Customize it!

Please allow 5-7 biz. days for your custom order to be completed.


Traditional Leather Dog Lead:

Quite simply the best dog leash you’ve seen at a price that can’t be beat. Made of our soft and extremely durable leather. 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. Smaller widths are braided on both ends, larger widths are fastened with screw posts for extra durability. 

Select Leather:

Our Golden brown 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 to a lovely chestnut brown. Made with premium solid brass bolt snaps and 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. Made with premium stainless steel bolt snaps (silver color hardware)

Choose Width Size:

Lightweight XS (3/8” / 7mm. width)–for toy and small breed dogs 20 pounds or less. Thinner and more supple option is braided at both ends (not recommended for larger dogs, or dogs that pull).

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)—*most popular choice!* Great for medium sized dogs, yet sturdy enough for larger dogs. Good for people with petite hands, or who prefer a lighter weight leash. Braided at both ends.

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.

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.

Customize your leash!

Custom leads are our specialty, but please allow extra time for your leash to be custom made to order. Popular custom requests may be selected when you order.

Need more? See other hardware options here, and other modifications here.

Looking for a different length? See our shorter Traffic Leads or longer Tracking Leads.

Need wider or more heavy duty? See the HD Heavy Duty version here


Swivel Bolt Snaps are the standard hardware. These are the most reliable leash snaps we’ve found. TAN/brown leather comes with solid brass (gold color), BLACK comes with stainless steel (silver color).

Our exclusive, stainless steel, swivel Shackle Snap (panic/quick-release) hardware is available by request.

BLD’s exclusive swivel Shackle Snap:


Additional information

Weight 0.18 lbs
Dimensions 4 x 6 x 1 in
Leather Color



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33 reviews for Traditional Lead – premium leather dog leash

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Graeme (verified owner)

    Thank you for my order,which I have received.I am impressed with your “Traditional Lead”.All ready have had comments from friends etc saying how nice it looks.Nothing in New Zealand comes close to design and price.Thank you Regards Graeme

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gisela Mueller (verified owner)

    we have a 43 lb French Brittany who will be 3 years old at the end of the year. He likes to pull on his leash whenever there is quail or rabbits around…. We are using the 6 ft leash for several months and this is our first leather leash. I am happy to say there is no more leash burn….. The leash is also sturdy, and looks like new despite heavy use (and abuse ;). The light brown color beautifully matches my dog’s fur color and we are getting lots of compliments.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kali (verified owner)

    My new favorite training leash! I have the tan & brass, 3/8th wide six foot leash for my 22lb Corgi. Lightweight but very durable and has a great feel. Breaking in beautifully. I had them add a floating o-ring to the handle so I can clip it around my waist when she is off-leash, or inconspicuously attach a long line to the leash when practicing long-distance stays. The snap is also the perfect balance of possessing strength without being heavy or bulky.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ron (verified owner)

    After a nylon leash I had been using for a few years failed (the snap fell apart) while I was walking one of my greyhounds last weekend, I decided it was time to replace a couple of older leashes with something better.
    I had a couple of requirements: leather and made in the USA. After looking at a number of websites, I found BLD. I liked the look of their products and the sound of their organization, so I ordered a couple of the traditional 4-foot leashes, size medium.
    I called the company the next day to ask a couple of questions and spoke with a young lady who was pleasant, professional and efficient.
    The leashes arrived two days later (Colorado to South Carolina in two days, very nice!). Beautiful leather, rock solid hardware and obvious craftsmanship. Combine theses facts with the lifetime guarantee, I know I chose wisely. They are perfect!
    I certainly plan to make future purchases from BLD and am already recommending them to my friends.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sheila (verified owner)

    I love this leash! I purchased the 1/2″ and when it arrived I thought it looked too thin because I’ve gotten used to using wider leashes. But after just the first use I fell in love with it. It’s perfect! It looks beautiful, it’s soft, smooth, and feels great in my hands. I have small hands but my husband does not and this leash works great for either of us.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lisa (verified owner)

    Purchased Black Latigo 5 ft meadium lead for my English Cream Golden Retriever. This lead is so soft i t is exactly what I was looking for. Quick shipping. Plan on ordering another 6 ft lead. Thank you for making a quality product at an affordable price.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jill Pinder and Eli

    I ordered a 6 foot lead for everyday use with my GSD. I love the construction, soft feel in my hands and the durability of this beautiful leather leash. Everyone should have a leash like this.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Shannan Meehan (verified owner)

    I loved this leash so much I ordered a spare! These are high quality leather that get softer and better with age while maintaining durability. The leather has stood up very well to the crazy Chicago weather with very little care. I love these leashes and would highly recommend them.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    SK (verified owner)

    My Jack Russell Terrier busted out of a leash bc the bolt snap just popped open & stayed that way, also the leather was about to break. (It was only about 4 yrs. old) I searched & got a scissor clasped one that only came in a size that was too heavy for him & a leash that was thick for my hands. I felt terrible that it was such a heavy clasp but opted for safety. Then, a friend told me about Bold Lead Designs. There were so many choices! I read that the bolt snaps were the most reliable, more than the scissor snap I had gotten “to be safe.” No throughly confused, I decided to call to consult w/someone. Katrina was amazing–went over all the pros & cons of all the choices. I ended up w/the the traditional leash w/bolt snap and the leash is great! My dog doesn’t have a huge clasp weighing him down and the 1/2″ leash is better in my hand—after just a week I can feel the leather softening! The bolt snap seems secure, the craftsmanship is beautiful, and the customer service is great. I feel this will last a lifetime; but if I end up needing another leash or accessory I will most definitely get it f/Bold Lead Designs!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lynda Costello (verified owner)

    I bought the bridle leather 6′ and liked it so much I bought the 4′ in latigo leather. I have a 146.6lb 15 month old Newfoundland so wanted a strong leash, easy on the hands. (I am 75). I could not be more pleased with both leashes. Highly recommend BLD!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Shelly Legault

    Another great product from Bold Lead Designs! High quality and very durable great for everyday use. I bought this product a couple months ago and it has worn in very nice, one of the best leather leashes I have bought!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alex (verified owner)

    i bought the 5-foot 5/8″ tan lead more than 1.5 years ago. When I first received it I was impressed with the quality of the leather and craftsmanship. I’ve never seen such a nice leash for the prices offered by BLD. The leash is still holding up fantasticly. It’s now much darker and has become very pliable with use. I have no doubt it will last a lifetime if properly taken care of. I plan on buying several more this Christmas to share with my dog loving friends!

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mary (verified owner)

    Absolutely love the medium 6ft leather leash with the perfect pace leather halter. Excellent quality leather and craftsmanship. I would have gone with a large or extra large for our Bernese Mountain dog if I were using it with a regular collar. Since she does not pull with the perfect pace, the medium is light and more than strong enough to use with her.

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