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Ace Takes the Lavien Leather Dog Leash Out for a Spin

This affordable, highly ranked leather leash is available only via Amazon. How does it hold up?

 |  Aug 21st 2014  |   0 Contributions


This week’s dog product is a leather dog leash that caught my eye because of its high ratings on Amazon –- four to five stars with more than 80 reviews! Since most dog owners are picky about the kinds of products they will shower with praise, these high ratings made me curious to try a sample of one of Lavien’s dog leashes. Lavien sells their products exclusively through Amazon. Lavien’s line includes leather leashes, traffic leashes, and collars.

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The Lavien leash comes packaged in a mesh pouch.

Ace and I tried the Lavien Canine Dog Leather Leash ($68 list price, currently $35.23) in black. The leash is six feet long and 3/4 inches wide. It arrived in a mesh storage pouch. Upon opening the pouch, I noticed the leash smelled strongly of leather, which I enjoy.

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The leather on the Lavien leash feels strong and thick. It is almost entirely dyed black, except for the inside of the handle. At first, I thought the colorless leather inside the handle was an odd cosmetic detail, but after using the leash I believe this leather is intended to be softer and more comfortable in the hand than the leather used for the rest of the leash. The leather inside the handle is supple, and its edges are rounded. I noticed some of the black dye from the outside of the handle has bled into the neutral colored leather, and I imagine that would continue the longer I handle the leash.

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The Lavien leash’s stitching, particularly at the juncture of the handle to the leash and the leash to the clip, appears sturdy. In contrast, I have some concerns about the durability of the clip. While the brass coloring is unique and pleasing aesthetically, it is lightweight. It feels as if the clip could be opened with little force applied. Owners of rambunctious medium and large dogs might consider a different leash to restrain their dogs more reliably.

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Small dogs like Ace, particularly those living in urban areas and walking on crowded or narrow sidewalks, would probably benefit from a different leash due to the size of the Lavien leash’s clip and the length of the leash (six feet). I think the structure and quality of this leash would be fantastic if it were adjusted in proportion for small dogs, perhaps making the leash four feet long and choosing smaller hardware.

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Dogster Scorecard for the Lavien Canine Dog Leather Leash

  • Quality: While the leather appears to be of good quality, the hardware on the Lavien leash seems flimsy in comparison.
  • Style: The Lavien leash has a classic, sophisticated look.
  • Function: For calm medium and large dogs, the Lavien leash would provide comfort and style to both dog and human, though the hardware might not hold up to strong pullers.
  • Creativity: The Lavien leash is utilitarian and can be purchased easily on Amazon.
  • Value: The Lavien leash is priced comparably to other leather leashes.

Bottom line

The Lavien leash is a beautiful, affordable leather leash that would be ideal for calm medium and large dogs.

Dogster readers, tell us about the leash brands you trust in the comments below!

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About the Author: This East Coast transplant enjoys the bounty of San Francisco, including its microclimates, farmers' markets, and secret stairway walks. When she's not walking with, talking about, or kissing the face of her Boston Terrier, Ace, she blogs about Ace's adventures. Product reviews writer and guinea pig at Dogster.

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