The best leather

The Best Leather, the BLD brand

We have selected top quality full grain leather for its feel and strength. Our leather is soft and pliable, yet far more durable than the average pet products. We use USA cowhides because they’re the best. Your leash, collar or harness will arrive feeling great in your hands, which will only soften more with use and age.

Quality hardware

Quality Hardware

To assure durability, we use solid brass and stainless steel hardware. The standard solid brass bolt snaps used on our products are proven to be easy to use and durable (brass is chrome plated for silver color). A variety of other fastener styles are available to meet individual preferences. We avoid fasteners made from inexpensive die cast and malleable metals used by most manufactures. You will never find cheap hardware that would rust or break in our workshop.

True craftsmanship

True Craftmanship

First, we start with the best leather, then cut and bevel the edges of each strap. A strap is hand selected and individually cut to make each lead, one at a time. We use hand tools and special punching and braiding techniques to ensure a sturdy leash. There is no stitching to come un-done & no cheap hardware that would rust or break. Our technique allows quality control every step of the way, and for repairs if necessary. We  guarantee our workmanship (or “work-womanship” as the case may be).

Our leather

While BLD’s leather is most certainly “genuine” and has the “top grain,” these terms really don’t mean much. “Top grain” refers to the top layer of the leather that has altered or corrected, and as long as an item contains some amount of leather it can be called “genuine,” so we avoid this confusing terminology. 

According to Best Leather’s excellent Leather 101 article explaining leather terminology,  “Leather with the entire grain intact is called full grain. Full grain leather, even though it may have blemishes, is more expensive and more sought-after than top grain leather because of its durability and longevity.” Full grain leather is the real thing that has not been split or corrected; it’s reliable, durable, and last for decades under the most demanding use.

Our leashes average 10-12 ounces in weight, yielding a 3.96 to 4.78 mm thickness. 6-8 ounce weight is used for other products when lighter weight is desired.

Golden Bridle Leather (veg tanned)tan leather new vs aged 1

Reminiscent of fine English horse tack, our beautiful natural Golden Bridle Leather is from the few remaining American tanneries, Hermann Oak (see the video above for more about how this material is created). 100% made in the USA using a time honored tradition of vegetable tanning, the treatment process cures the leather with the perfect amount of oils and tallow for suppleness, durability, and weather resistance, is a lengthy, labor intensive, and expensive process. This leather is simply the best on the market for our needs, and we are one of the ONLY pet supply makers to use this quality of leather for our standard products. It is made with NO chromium, toxic metals, or dyes making it ideal for those with chemical sensitivities or who prefer a more eco-friendly natural process. Our bridle leather creates a supple, sturdy leash with a great grip and feels COMFORTABLE in your hands. Each item is HAND-OILED to bring out its softness and rich golden brown tones without adding dies or coloring. Right away, your leash will be very pliable and will only get better with age. Leather color may vary and will darken to a lovely deep chestnut brown with use and age. Solid brass hardware is standard.

Black Latigoblack new vs old_1403

Latigo is prized for its strength and suppleness. This is the very best latigo available; it is more waxy, flexible, and refined than cheaper alternatives. Our lovely Black Latigo Leather has a refined, smooth texture and a nice give. Your leash will start out a bit firm yet flexible, and will very quickly soften with just a few uses. Rich black color will not bleed or fade because it is struck through the leather in the tanning process, not just dyed on the surface–an unusual feature in the leather industry. Our latigo is chrome veg retanned from US heavy native steer hides for durability, high tensile strength, and is specifically manufactured for premium pet products. Chrome plate solid brass hardware (silver color) is standard.

Leather sizes (width)

Small (3/8” / 7mm)

  • Best for smaller and medium sized dogs Small yet strong hardware. Crafted with braids at both ends.
  • Also available in a lightweight XXS option, by request, for dogs under 20 pounds!

Medium (1/2” / 11mm)

  • Our most popular width is light enough for smaller dogs, and durable enough for large ones. Great for people who prefer a light weight yet sturdy leash. Medium sized durable hardware. Crafted with braids at both ends.

Large (5/8” / 14mm)

  • Sized for larger dogs, size fits well in your hands. A good sturdy weight lead with large hardware. Braided handle, screw posts used for durability at the “dog end” of the lead.

Extra Large (3/4” / 17mm)

  • Our wide width is sized for large, giant, and very strong dogs, yet fits nicely your hands for a good grip. Great for people who like a big, sturdy leash. Heavy duty hardware. Braided handle, screw posts used for durability at the “dog end” of the lead.
  • Heavy weight bridle leather available by request for a heavy-duty leash.

XXL (1″ / 20mm)

  • Extra wide width is heavy-duty, and sized for giant, and very strong dogs, or for people who prefer a big, fat, heavy-duty leash. Heavy duty hardware. Crafted with screw posts. Available by request on many of our leash designs. (Not shown in illustration.)

Special hardware requests and customized orders are welcome! Contact us if you would like something special or have questions.

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Various hardware choices available to customize your leash.

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