Natural - Classic Leather Leash
- About Leather
- Care Guide
An important note about our Natural colour leather:
All Vegetable tanned leathers darken over time with exposure to sun, water and normal use. However, the lighter the leather is to begin with the more pronounced this effect will be. Over a four to five year period, this natural leather will darken to about the same colour as the mahogany - a beautiful, deep, medium reddish brown.
Classic Leather Leash:
Beautiful yet functional, our leashes have been thoughtfully designed with a D-ring and a scissor snap at each end of the leash.
This makes them extremely versatile and adjustable depending on your needs. Here are a few of our favourite ways to leash up:
- Regular, good old fashioned walking with the handle clipped
- Quick tie-ups for patio pups
- Shortened to half-length to keep your pup close in busy settings
- Clipped to both the front and back of a harness for a pup who pulls
- Pair with our handsfree adapter
Our leather leashes are approximately 5ft in length with the handle clipped around the D-ring. Since leather is a natural material there may be slight variations in length and colour. There may also be minor imperfections in the leather from product to product.
We use solid brass and chrome-plated solid brass hardware, which won't rust over time. All of our leashes are finished with a Strange Tails moon charm to match your hardware selection.
Proudly handmade in our Vancouver, Canada studio.
Our leather products are made using the finest quality full grain vegetable tanned bridle leather. Bridle leather was originally developed to make bridles for horses and is known for its strength, durability and the beautiful patina that it develops with age. Vegetable tanned leather is still tanned using traditional methods involving the ‘tannins’ from plants and tree barks, much the way it has been done for the last several thousand years. This process is a slow and painstaking art when compared to the modern methods of using chromium and harsh chemicals that can shorten the process from several months to just several days.
Only 10% of the worlds leather is still tanned using these old-world methods, but it is widely regarded as the best leather on the market. Additionally the tanning process does not pollute the environment like chromium tanning does. We are committed to both the quality of our products, and to ensuring our environmental impact is as low as possible, so using Veg Tan leather was an easy choice!
Every step of our leather working process is done by hand, including taking the extra time to bevel and burnish the edges of the strap. These are techniques that leave the cut edges of the leather shiny and smooth, making them very comfortable in your hands and against your dog's skin right out of the box. Before our leather products leave the studio, they are conditioned with mink oil for a boost of hydration.
Since leather is a natural material, no two products will be exactly the same and there may there may be some small imperfections in the material as well as variation in colour from product to product. Products that are made with Vegetable Tanned leather will be slightly stiff when first purchased. However, with time and use the leather will form a beautiful patina and darken, while at the same time becoming more soft and supple. This is a completely normal part of the aging process and what makes leather such a beautiful material to work with.
With just a little bit of maintenance, your Strange Tails leather goods will only get better with age.
We recommend conditioning your leather products with Mink Oil or a similar leather conditioning product every few months, or more often if desired.
If your pup goes swimming or your leather gear gets very wet, allow your gear to air dry away from a heat source. Exposure to water can cause your gear to darken more quickly and when new, can cause the leather to become slightly stiff. Gear that gets wet and dries out repeatedly can result in the leather becoming dry. If your leather gear gets wet often, condition the leather on a more frequent basis.
Natural - Classic Leather Leash
I have been looking for a leather leash for a long time. I always try to shop local/small and was thrilled when I saw Strange Tails was going to offer leather in addition to biothane. The craftsmanship of the leather and attention to detail is unmatched. We are not easy on our gear and we’ve had these for a few months now and the quality is amazing. We have a matching collar and I truly love the worn in leather look and can’t wait to put more wear into these items!
I was very torn between the two leather leash options and messaged ShopStrangeTails on Instagram for advice! They replied very quickly and had some great insight plus offered doing the leash in this colour and then handle in the other colour! When it arrived it was even more stunning than I could have expected + the charm is an adorable little touch! Will definitely be ordering again in the future!