What are the best value dog leads for your small, medium or large dog?
Here are the top three of our list for Best Value Dog leads in the UK!
Well Dog leads are an essential item for any dog owner. Whether you have a large or small breed, a lead is an important tool to keep your dog safe and under control while out on adventures in the countryside or in public places.
With so many different types of dog leads available on the market, it can be overwhelming to choose the best one for your pet. I know I was amazed when I started buying leads myself.
To help you save time and heartbreak with a poor product we have put together a shortlist of the top 8 dog leads, what we normally consider when getting one and then a quick list of the ones we have used with our dogs and their pros and cons!
What to consider when buying a dog lead
Breed and size of dog
The breed and size of your dog is one of the most important factors and number 0.5 on the below list, it will massively affect the type of lead you choose. A small dog may be more comfortable on a lightweight and retractable lead, while a larger dog may require a thicker and sturdier lead for better control.
My dogs Jasper and Bruce require the latter a strong lead to support their needs and ensure they walk safely for both themselves and others around them.
Additionally, certain breeds may have specific needs or tendencies that require a particular type of lead, such as a harness lead for breeds prone to neck injuries or a shorter lead for dogs that tend to pull. For advice and tips on dogs pulling on the dog lead have a look at our article How to train your dog to walk on a leash.
- Material: The material of the lead is crucial for durability, comfort, and safety. Popular materials include nylon, leather, and rope. Nylon is lightweight and easy to clean, while leather is sturdy and can last for years. Rope leads are great for strong dogs who like to pull as well.
- Length: The length of the lead can vary depending on your needs. A standard lead is typically around 4 to 6 feet long, but longer leads can be useful for training or letting your dog roam a bit more. Most retractable leads are larger than this so ensure you read the information on the product before you buy.
- Width: The width of the lead is important for comfort and control. A wider lead is easier to grip and can provide more control over your dog. This is massively important if you have a larger dog, anything below 2.5cm thickness is in my opinion not suitable for large breeds of dog.
- Handle: The handle of the lead is important for grip and comfort. Look for a lead with a padded handle or one that is ergonomically designed for a comfortable grip, if your dog pulls or is reactive a comfortable handle is key so you both have a positive walking experience.
- Clip: The clip is an important part of the lead as it attaches to your dog’s collar or harness. Look for a sturdy clip that is easy to open and close. The clip can be the first victim of bad weather, muck and general wear and tear so make sure you stay on top of maintenance and cleaning of it, you don’t want an escapee!
- Reflective Properties: If you plan on walking your dog at night, or if you live in the UK like I do , a reflective lead is very handy, it allows for greater visibility to cars, other dog walkers and the general public.
- Chew Resistant: Some dogs have a tendency to chew on their leads, it’s not ideal if the material frays and it can cause some health issues so do try and look for a lead which is anti chew or follow our list of Dog leads below.
- Price: Dog leads can range in price from a few pounds to into the hundreds of pounds, depending on the brand, materials, and features. The price should be weighed against the quality and durability of the lead, as well as your budget and needs.
Top 8 Best value Dog Leads
This lead is made from high-quality rope and features a sturdy, rust-resistant clasp. It is designed for large and medium-sized dogs and is available in multiple colours and styles.
Made from very durable rope
Suitable for larger dogs
Very Sturdy have been using this for months now.
Can be used in almost all situations and takes 5 seconds to put on.
Long enough for your dogs to get good sniffs but not be too far away!
May not be suitable for smaller dogs
Rope can fray depending on use and storage.
The blocker mechanism for the tightening of the lead is not the best.
The Handle is not overly comfortable when you have a very strong dog
Very nice lead, fashionable and genuine leather, features a strong clasp and has multiple sizes for different dogs.
Very nice looking and hand made
Multiple dog lead sizes.
Excellent packaging and customer service
Does not weather very well
Leather takes maintenance to stay in good condition
This lead is designed to provide maximum control when training your dog, with two clips allowing for different lead lengths and a padded handle for added comfort. It is made from durable nylon webbing and is available in multiple colors.
Provides very good control during training
Two clips allow for versatile lead length and different breeds of dog.
Padded handle for comfort.
Extremely good if you have a reactive dog.
Very good head control
May be too heavy or bulky for some smaller dogs
Can be a pain to get on in the wet
Not very sturdy
Excellent for medium weight dogs similar to number one in terms of structure and material, much smaller though.
Very good control for medium and small breeds of dogs
padded handle and reflective material for good visibility.
Handy for almost all occasions.
Not suitable for large breeds of dog – Labrador or Bull Lurcher at least.
It is too thin and does not apply force to the correct area.
Became frayed after a short time.
Dog Leads more specialized in reactive dogs or when working with a dog that needs some hyperactivity training.
Good control for medium and small breeds of dogs
Useful for training and use in close proximity situations
Not as useful for larger dogs or dogs that pull
Much thinner and weaker than in the image
Not suitable for harness attachment
Not ideal for dogs who use a sighthound collar.
A good entry in our Dog Leads list and useful for multiple types of dog, unique handle system i have not used before but it was a good experience!
The two handle system is actually very good for controlling your dog
Sturdy in my experience but not suitable for large dogs
On the expensive side
Using two hands for the lead means you have no hands for anything else
Not ideal when walking with children
I would not describe it as heavy duty – best for medium dogs.
The first retractable lead, something I use for my Labrador as it’s not suitable for a reactive dog like Bruce. Excellent for walks, long leash and very handy. The lock feature is sturdy enough for small and medium dogs, even large dogs if they are not too reactive.
Handy and quite stylish
Retractable lead useful for open areas
Anti Slip handle good for strong dogs
Good linking system – sturdy with the collar
Sturdy enough for medium and small dogs
Extending leads are dangerous near open roads
Tough to use with a very strong or large dog
At full extension Bruce would pull of my arm
The leash does not fair well in bad terrain, it does not retract when twisted or muddy.
This is a combo item and extremely good value, comes with a leash and a harness which would normally set you back £30 plus from a retail store.
Harnesses are one of the best ways to manage dogs which are strong and reactive I use one for Bruce and swear by it
Secure on the dog
Easy to adjust
Not the best quality
The lead is a poor version of number 4 on this list
Plastic clips break easily on the harness so not good for reactive dogs.
Limited size so dogs over 35kg will not fit.
Conclusion – it really depends on what you are after in a dog lead / leash for me. Personally I look for something secure, long enough that my boys can get their sniffs but easy enough to use so I’m not concerned Bruce will escape.
I use the JBYAMUK 5 FT Strong Dog Lead on this list daily to walk both my dogs and it’s a fantastic lead.
The one that surprised me the most was number 2 Joytale Real Genuine Leather Dog Lead as most of the time products like this are poor quality but this one was superb.
Thank you for reading and I hope this article on dog leads was insightful and useful for your purchases!