Some of the Best Dog Leashes for Large Dogs

If you currently own, or have ever owned a large dog, I’m sure you will totally get the need for a decent dog leash. It’s vital to have something that allows you to have control over your dog at all times, but is also comfortable for you. After all, no-one wants a nasty cut in the palm of their hand from a snaking piece of nylon! Believe me, I’ve seen some really bad friction burns because people haven’t had a suitable leash for their large dog.

Please don’t use flimsy retractable leads for your large dogs. In fact, I wouldn’t even use them for medium breeds either. This is because I’ve seen a husky wrap one around a power pole, a pushchair, a toddler and another dog plus its walker all at once. Fortunately they were all OK, but it could have been a recipe for disaster. They are just not made for the strength of a large dog!

So what are my recommendations for leashes for large breed dogs?

PetsLovers Leash with Cushioned Handle

Size: For medium and large dogs, the manufacturer recommends their special 2-layered leash, for extra strength. It’s 6 feet long, by one inch wide. (183 x 2.54 cm)

Weight: 6.4 oz; 181 gm

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Before I get into describing this, I thought I’d mention that it’s the one we used on our German Shepherd Rocky, as soon as he was fully grown.

He was 100lb at his heaviest, and It lasted 11 years! Also, he was a puller!!

Now, I can’t promise that your one will last the same length of time, but this is one of the highest-rated products on Amazon that I have come across. Consequently that also speaks volumes about the quality.

PetsLovers Premium Dog Leash
PetsLovers Leash Special Double Layering

Available in a choice of colours, so you can choose to stand out and be clearly visible.

What’s really special about it is the double-layering technology, which makes it different to most other leashes available on the market.

Because it’s made of nylon, it’s really lightweight and the handle has extra padding for the dog-walkers’ comfort.


Double-layered technologyExtra strength, without any of the added weight that rope or chain leashes have.
Padded handleMuch more comfortable for the dog owner to use, and prevents friction burns of your large dog is a leash puller!
Extra-special guaranteeThe manufacturer gives a better than money-back guarantee. if you find it doesn’t work for you or your dog, or you are not satisfied with it, they will refund your money and let you choose between returning the leash to them, or donating it to a rescue centre. That’s amazing!



  • ​Many customers say the packaging it comes in is so nice, that it makes a great gift for dog owners
Is there anything not so good?
  • Nothing from me. Having used it firsthand and the fact it lasted so long with our big dog, I can’t fault it in any way. Not a single component had to be repaired or replaced over the 11 years we had it.


100% Genuine Leather Dog Leash

Size: 6 foot long (also available in lengths of 4 or 5 feet)

Weight: 7 oz; 204 gm

Leather Training Leash in Packaging
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Sometimes the simplest things can be just as good as hi-tech designer ones. I have to say this is the case with this dog leash. It’s made from leather. Therefore its a natural product, and incredibly strong. It’s the reason most equestrian products are made from leather too, because of that extra strength and durability, without sacrificing comfort.

Leather Training Leash

Sure, there are other leather leashes available. But the reason I’ve selected this one above the others is because it’s hand-crafted in North America, As a result they are beautifully finished. It’s such a great leash that many police and military dog handlers use it.


Lifetime GuaranteeIf you are unhappy with this leash, you can return it for a full refund. This remains in place for the life of the product, which is the most meaningful guarantee you can get.
Premium Dog ClipMade from nickel-coated brass, this is a solid clip that won’t slip or un clip itself (and let’s face it, some of the cheaper versions do!)
Genuine full-grain leatherThe top-of-the-range leather used makes this a beautiful leash, both to look at and use. Because of this, it’s built to last for large dogs and in extreme conditions


  • Leather doesn’t attract dog hair, so it tends to stay a bit cleaner. Some of the nylon and synthetic-material leashes attract dog hair like velcro!
  • It will also take getting a bit wet, because leather is a natural product
  • The quality of the stitching is excellent, and another sign of a high-quality product
Is there anything not so good?
  • Some owners have reported that the product smells a bit funny when it first arrives. Being a natural product, unroll it and leave it to air off. It soon will!
  • One disadvantage of leather is it can appeal more to some dogs to chew on than nylon. It is related to rawhide remember, so it’s hardly surprising. So if your dog is inclined to chew on their leash, maybe look at one of the other options here.


URPOWER Dog Harness for Large Dogs (also comes with a leash)

Size: 6 x 2 x 7 in; 15.2 x 5.1 x 17.8 cm

Weight: 8 oz; 2274 gm

URPOWER structure of harness and leash
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This is a well-designed and heavy duty combined harness and leash. Made from heavy-weight denim, it has quality stitching which makes it super tough and durable. It can be adjusted for a great fit on each individual dog, and the pressure lies on the chest strap rather than a neck collar. This is great if you have a dog that pulls, as it doesn’t put so much pressure on their throat and neck areas.

Please note though, that there is no such thing as a no-pull harness! A harness does not train your dog, you do – but this system can go a long way to helping you control and train a dog that pulls and does put less pressure on your arms too! Harnesses seem to work better in the majority of cases, as the dogs tend to be more responsive to feeling the pressure on their chest area.

URPOWER instructions for harness and leash set


Solid constructionFormed from two layers of tough denim, with a cloth layer on the inside, which goes next to the dog’s coat
AdjustableThe large size of the harness and leash system can be adjusted to fit a chest girth anywhere between 23.5 and 35 inches
Quality stitchingThe stitching is neat and well-done, giving a great quality to the overall finish of this product


  • The package contains instructions on how to fit your harness and leash system.
  • It’s an Amazon best seller with over 2,800 customer reviews
  • Really simple to use, as shown in the instructional diagram above
Is there anything not so good?
  • It is made of denim, and requires to be soaked in brine before being used. This is to help soften the fabric and to ensure any dye runs out before you use it for the first time. I don’t think that’s a big problem for a product that’s designed to last, but some people might find it an inconvenience.


What about collars?

The right collar is also really important, and I think even more so if you have a large dog.The leash and collar work together so you can maintain control of your dog. If they get away from you, a large dog can be a bit scary for other dog walkers and pedestrians. Please do take a look at my article  What are the best large dog collars?

Related content: Why is leash training and socialization important when travelling with a dog?


I would love to hear any of your top picks, for collars or leashes that you think are perfect for large dogs. Please leave any comments in the section below.

Happy walkies 🙂

6 thoughts on “Some of the Best Dog Leashes for Large Dogs

  1. I would always go for a harness over a collar. I had had incidences where I have had my dogs get scared and slip their collars and that is never good. I have also had dogs that pull and pull and the temptation to pull back sometimes when they have yanked your shoulder out of its socket for the umpteenth time is hard to resist. That is so bad for a human to yank on a lead that is around their dog’s necks. So dangerous and painful. I have also had a few instances where my dogs have fell into the lake, two different ones, a canal and a very much deeper puddle than we had anticipated. You would have to haul them out by their necks like a hangman’s noose. Very distressing. So Harnesses are strong and comfy and unlikely to come off in a watery situation. It was the long overgrown grass and weeds near the waters edge that gave the illusion of there being more land than there was. I think it is true that big dogs need bigger better and stronger leads and harnesses not only for them but their owners sakes. Then everyone is happier.

    1. Hi Andi,

      Thank you so much for sharing your opinion and experiences. It’s feedback like this that helps other dog owners make decisions about what they need for their own dogs. This is especially true of they are new to dog ownership.

      All the best, Mara.

  2. I just have to comment because that face in your header is just so cute!

    I actually had a smaller dog. In fact, smallest dog. It was a chihuahua. But in saying that, when my chihuahua was excited about something and ran while I had him on the leash, I would have to use all my might to stay balanced. Otherwise, I would probably fall.

    So I can see the importance of good leash for a big dog for sure. This is great stuff.

    1. Hi Sally,

      Thank you for stopping by and reading this. I appreciate you sharing your own experiences and glad you like my header picture!

      Mara 🙂

  3. Hi, thanks for this great selection. I’ve been using a leather leash on our very large lab and she always seems to chew through it within a matter of months. I’m going to try the Petslovers premium leash based on your comments. Hope it lasts as long for me as for you! I’ll check your reviews of collars now as we usually use a harness, but could you recommend a collar for a large female lab to match the Petslovers leash? Thanks again for this great information.

    1. Hi Tim,

      Thanks for your comments, and hopefully the double-layered nylon PetsLovers won’t be as tasty to your lab! You ask a good question about collars, and this might sound weird but the same qualities that make the Petslovers leash good (i.e. that it’s made of nylon) I think would be uncomfortable as a collar. Take a look at my article on dog collars for large dogs. I would recommend the Perri’s Padded leather Dog Collar – it’s got a nice blue lining that would match the blue PetsLovers leash!

      Hope that helps, Mara 🙂

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