(34 customer reviews)


Simple, functional, beautiful.

BLD’s Traditional Leather Lead is handcrafted with a solid brass or stainless steel 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!”
  • Tan comes standard with solid brass hardware (gold color)
  • Black comes standard with stainless steel hardware (silver color)
  • Comes standard with bolt snap hardware. Custom hardware options are available!
  • Handcrafted in USA. Made in our own workshop in Aurora, Colorado

Popular sizes are in-stock and ship in 1-2 business days. Please allow 5-7 business days for made-to-order items!

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Handcrafted in own workshop!

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” / 9.5mm 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” / 9.5mm 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” / 12.7 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” / 15.9 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” / 19mm 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.

Heavy Duty XXL (1” / 25.4 mm. width) — Extra wide big, strong dogs, and folks with big hands. Heavy duty hardware. Made with triple screw posts (no braids) – To order this option, select XL for the width, then “customize it” by checking the appropriate box. 

Customize your leash!

You may choose to add features or special hardware to your leash order.

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.

Premium Hardware:

  • 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).
  • The following specialty snaps are available by request.
  • Scissor/trigger style snaps are available for 1/2″ or wider leashes by request; please know we don’t recommend these as they are not as reliable as our standard options. You may select special hardware if you’d like. (NOT available on small width)
  • Our exclusive Locking Carabiner Snap comes in all sizes; choose this if you desire a snap that can lock closed, ideal for “Houdini” dogs that somehow shake loose of regular leash snaps. Must be used in the locked position.
  • Alligator Locking Jaw Snaps are available for XL 3/4″ and XXL 1″ wide leashes ONLY. These are heavy-duty snaps designed for working/police/military dog applications. Made in Italy from solid bronze.


Additional information

Weight 0.18 lbs
Dimensions 4 × 6 × 1 in
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34 reviews for Traditional Lead – premium leather dog leash

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  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.

  6. 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!

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