Types of Leather Dog Leashes – Which is Right for You?
When it comes to leashes, most customers only plan on whether to purchase a nylon or leather leash- but once the option of leather is selected, there are actually many possible variations to select based on your dog and how to plan to use your leash.
Rolled leather – Rolled leather leashes are a high end option with a pricetag that turns many customers off- however rolled leashes can be expected to last twice as long and break in much softer than a flat leather leash. Leashes made of flat strips of leather can only bend in one direction, but a rolled leather leash functions like a rope, bending in any direction or several directions at once. Because of the increased stregthn of the roll and the stitching used to hold it in place, rolled leather leashes will not stretch. When fully broken in, rolled leather leashes are the most comfortable leather style for dogs and handlers.
Flat Leather – Flat leather leashes are the most popular choice for leather leashes. Available in a rainbow of colors and a plethora of sizes, a flat leather leash is a classic choice for training, walking, and even showing. Depending on whether the leash is stitch or unstitched it may be vunerable to stretching. The thickness of your flat leather leash will dictate whether the lead will be prone to stretch or break.
Braided Leather – there are two types of braided leather dog leashes- leashes created from a long continuous braid of thin leather straps and leashes with ornamental braids at the clip and or handle. Leashes created from thin braided straps may be inferior, as the thinner pieces of leather are typically pieces discarded from lesser quality hides than are used for solid leather leashes. Loosly braided leather leads may also catch skin or hair in the braid, and pinch uncomfortably when walking your dog. Leashes with braided sections for decorate are usually created using one continous strap of leather, twisted and knotted to create the look of a braid. These leashes are durable and work equally to a flat leather dog leash.
Stitched vs Unstitched. – You will find while shipping for a leather lead, that theere are both stitched and unstitched options. An unstitched leather leash will work fine if you anticipate your leash will be used occassionally, cared for well, and used on small or medium dogs. If you have a large dog, a dog that pulls, or if you ever plan to use your leash to tie your dog (outside of a shop, for instance) you’ll want a leather leash that includes stitching down the entire length. Stitching prevents stretching and breaking and legtnhens a leashe’s life.
A note on stitching: some manufacturers use stitching on leather collars and leads to secure thin laminated strips of leather together. To confirm your leash or collar is one piece of full-grain hide, check the edges of the leather for signs of laminated layers or ask the manufacturer or retailer.