leashes are made of a wide variety of materials, ranging from very
strong and sturdy to merely decorative. The basic design is a strip
of material with a handle for you to hold, and a means of fastening
the other end to your dog, usually to his collar. When deciding
upon the basic material for your dog’s leash, you need to especially
keep in mind his size. A leash that’s suitable for a Chihuahua is
probably not going to work for a Bull Mastiff. Conversely, a leash
designed to restrain a St. Bernard will probably weigh so much that
a little Yorky might not even be able to hold up his head if you
attach it to his collar.
keep in mind any conditions that might affect the performance and
wear of the leash. For instance, if you live in an area with high
humidity and salt air, you might want to consider something with
rust and corrosion resistance. Or if you’ll be walking your dog
mainly at night, you might think about visibility.
are some of the materials available for dog leashes:
Cable leashes are made of steel cable, usually covered with soft
plastic, similar to the familiar bicycle cable locks. These are
extremely strong, though somewhat less flexible than some other
– Chain. The simplest chain leads are just lengths of familiar galvanized
chain with a handle attached at one and a clip at the other. Others
are made of nickel-plated links for a nicer appearance, with handles
made of leather. Some are combination chain and leather.
– Fabric. Fabric leashes come in a large variety, and include rayon,
cotton canvas, handwoven fabrics, braided fiber and hemp. Some are
merely decorative, but others, like the heavy-duty canvas ones,
can be quite sturdy.
– Leather. Leather leashes are the classic training leash, and still
preferred by many dog owners. But don’t be fooled – leather can
and does come in a variety of thicknesses, strengths, styles and
colors. There are the thick, flat latigo training leashes, and then
there are fancy patent leather toy dog leashes glittering with rhinestones,
and a lot of variations in between. Don’t assume that just because
a leash is leather, it’s going to be strong or suit your purpose.
Be sure to check out its practical properties as well as its appearance.
Rigid or semi-rigid handles designed to work with service dog harnesses
are usually constructed of rolled and stiffened leather.
– Nylon. Nylon strap or webbing is another popular choice for an
attractive and relatively inexpensive but sturdy leash. It also
comes in various widths, thicknesses and strengths. Nylon line or
cord is another option.
– Plastic. Plastic or “Pleather” leathers simulate the appearance
of leather, and are mostly decorative, not to be used for serious