For mountain climbers and sailing enthusiasts who are also parents to a pooch, a rope dog leash can be a fun look.
But a dog leash isn’t just a cute way to include your canine in your hobby. Buying the right leash is critical to fully enjoying your time out walking with your pup.
As such, rope leashes can also be a great choice even for owners who aren’t scaling mountains or sailing the open seas. If your dog tugs or chews, a leash made of ultra-durable mountain climbing rope can help ensure that your pup cannot easily escape his leash during a walk.
Regardless of your reason for considering a rope leash, in this article you’ll find information to help you make the right choice for you, your pup, and your pocketbook. We’ll look at some factors that you will want to consider before making your purchase as well as recommend our top 5 favorite rope dog leashes!
No time to read? See our quick picks below, or continue reading for more detailed reviews.
|Phydeaux’s Mountain Climbing Rope Dog Leash - 6 ft Long - Premium Quality - Perfect for Medium and...||643 Reviews||from $9.99||Buy on Amazon|
|Lucky Pup Cotton Rope Leash for Dogs- Durable,, Style and Comfort- 5 Ft. Handmade Natural White...||17 Reviews||$18.99||Buy on Amazon|
|Coastal Pet Products DCPR0216GRW Nylon Remington Rope Slip Dog Leash, 6-Feet, Green/White||548 Reviews||$10.75||Buy on Amazon|
|Mendota Pet Dog Slip Lead, 3/8" x 4', Black||1,626 Reviews||$10.82||Buy on Amazon|
|Friends Forever Extremely Durable Dog Rope Leash, Premium Quality Mountain Climbing Rope Lead,...||734 Reviews||from $12.99||Buy on Amazon|
Depending on your dog’s size, his behavior, and where you live, you’ll have different needs in a leash. Here are a few to think about before you buy:
All of the leashes reviewed in this article are 4 to 6 feet in length. While the difference in length may not seem like much, especially compared to retractable leashes, a 4-foot leash and a 6-foot leash work best in different situations.
For example, if your street gets heavy traffic and it’s important to keep your pup close for his own safety, you will probably want to opt for the 4-foot leash. It will offer you more control and limit the space your dog has to get into trouble.
If you live in a quiet neighborhood, however, a longer 6-foot leash gives your pup a little extra room to sniff around and explore.
The diameter of the leash helps you know whether or not it’s appropriate for the size of your pup. The thicker the leash, the better it will be for a larger dog. This is doubly true if your big dog is a puller or a chewer.
For small dogs, you’ll likely prefer a rope leash that is less than half an inch in diameter; otherwise, it may be too bulky or heavy for your wee pup.
This article reviews rope leashes made of cotton, nylon, or polypropylene. While all of these materials make a fine rope, each has specific qualities that might make it a better match for your pup.
For one, polypropylene repels water while cotton and nylon will absorb water; it also doesn’t stretch out when it gets wet. For owners that go for long walks on the beach with their pooch, a polypropylene leash can be a great choice.
If you or your dog chafe easily, cotton can be a great choice because it’s softer than most other materials. Thick cotton rope can also be very durable and strong, although this means it can also be annoyingly heavy.
Most leashes are made from nylon (as are the best mountain climbing ropes). They can be good in water, as long as you let your leash dry in between uses (otherwise it may stretch out). Nylon leashes are also lightweight and come in a variety of colors.
While they are more susceptible to destruction through chewing, thicker designs like the ones featured here can usually stand up to your pet’s chompers.
This article features two types of leashes: leashes with a slip lead that loops around your dog’s neck and leashes with a clasp that attaches to your dog’s collar.
Slip leads can be convenient because your dog doesn’t need to be wearing a collar to use it. They can also be put on quickly, making them easy to use with pups who get so excited for walks that attaching a clasp to his collar seems an impossible task. Additionally, slip leads can be useful for training purposes.
If you choose a slip lead, make sure you are using it the way it is intended. Used improperly, a slip lead can be quite uncomfortable for your pup and even choke him.
The most important thing to remember when using a slip lead is that you should not be dragging your dog down the road. Rather, the leash should be placed high on his neck, behind his ears, so that gentle tugs on the leash can be used to catch his attention easily.
In truth, slip leads can be quite problematic if you haven’t been properly trained on how to use them, so we suggest opting for clasp leads unless you’re well versed in the art of slip collars.
About: Phydeaux is an American company based out of North Carolina with a strong commitment to supporting animal rescues.
Their mountain climbing rope leash is a durable product that is perfect for large dogs who pull. Despite the high quality, this lead is competitively priced and is backed by the company’s one-year guarantee and Phydeaux’s excellent reputation for top-notch customer service.
Features: This leash comes in one color (blue) and in two different lengths: 4 and 6 feet. It is about ½ an inch in diameter and made of strong nylon mountain climbing rope. The clasp is made of metal and can swivel for full range of motion.
This leash is great for pullers since it has been tested to handle up to 1000 pounds and comes with a padded handle to make sure you don’t get a rope burn when Fido tries to tug.
PROS : Many owners noted that this leash was very durable and that it was also comfortable to use because of the padded handle. The clasp was described as high-quality; the spring keeps it shut (although you might want to add a little lubricant when you first get it) and the clasp is big enough to fit around the rope to make a quick slip leash. Owners also tend to be very satisfied with the company’s very generous customer service.
CONS : A few users reported that the rope snapped off the handle after a month or two of use. Some other customers were unhappy with the quality of the rope, which can get bunch up in sections of the leash. However, you can rest easy knowing that the company is quick to resolve customers’ problems. It also seems that these complaints are fairly rare against the overall positive reception.
About: The Lucky Pup Rope Leash is an attractive choice, especially for dog owners who like nautical designs. While this leash is pricier than other options, it’s a relatively durable product that is handmade in India and backed by a 100% “happiness guarantee.”
Features: This leash is 5 feet long and a little less than half an inch in diameter. The rope is made of 100% cotton and has a braided design, much like the rope used in sailing. The metal clasp is a bronze color and can swivel.
The leash is durable and, because the rope is twisted and made of cotton, it’s easy for you to hold, even when your pup pulls.
PROS : Most owners felt that this leash was good value for money, reporting that the leash was comfortable, strong, and stylish. While many people prefer nylon leashes, customers who bought this leash felt that cotton was a better option because it does not fray easily and is more comfortable for dogs and humans.
CONS : This product has not been reviewed many times, so it is difficult to gage how the company handles customers who have issues with their product. That said, this product has very positive reviews. Only small problems with quick at-home fixes -- like the hook getting stuck (use a little WD-40 to lubricate it) -- were mentioned by customers. It should also be noted that this cotton leash is quite a bit heavier than nylon leashes, so it might not be the best choice for your toy-sized pup.
About: Coastal Pet is an American company that produces high-quality collars, harnesses, and leashes. Their nylon Remington rope slip leash is reasonably priced and functional. Among slip leashes, it stands out for its rustic look.
Features: This leash is 6 feet long and a ½ – ¾ of an inch in diameter (the exact measurement seems to depend on who you ask). The rope is made of nylon that is braided into a green and white checkered pattern, making it both handsome and strong.
A metal ring fixed to the end of the rope creates the collar of this slip leash. A leather slide is in place next to the ring which allows the owner to change the size of the collar.
The handle has a leather accent securing the bottom, but does not have any extra padding; however, it is still described as comfortable by most customers because the nylon is soft and does not chafe.
About: Mendota is a family-run American company which boasts American-made products backed by a generous 30-day satisfaction guarantee. Their slip lead is a well-designed yet affordable leash with a variety of size and color options.
Features: The Mendota slip lead has two choices for both length (4 feet or 6 feet) and diameter (⅜ of an inch or half an inch), totaling four different size options. Leashes with a ⅜-inch diameter are recommended for dogs up to 50 pounds, while leashes with a ½-inch diameter are suggested for dogs 50-250 pounds.
For each size, there are 12 color options, including both solid colors and mixed-color patterns, so you can choose whichever look matches your pup’s personality (or your own aesthetic tastes)
The leash is made of a polypropylene rope which is waterproof and machine-washable. This material also gives the leash a “worn-in” feel, so the rope is comfortable to hold and easy to roll up or otherwise manipulate.
Like the Coastal Pet slip leash, the Mendota slip lead also has an adjustable leather slide which allows the dog walker to change the size of the collar.
About: The Friends Forever rope leash is a slip lead made of high-quality mountain climbing rope. It is priced similarly to other slip leashes but uniquely features reflective threading, making it a great choice for owners who love to take fido for nighttime walks.
Features: This leash is 6 feet long, half an inch thick, and constructed from nylon mountain climbing rope. This rope is strong and durable, able to withstand even a tug with 1000 pounds of force behind it (as long as you can!). It’s also waterproof and machine-washable.
Like other slip leads discussed in this article, it features a leather slide that allows you to control the size of the loop that goes around your pup’s neck.
It comes in 6 different color options: black, blue, green, olive, red, and white. All colors feature reflective threading.
PROS : Customers were most impressed by the durability of this leash. It can withstand the tug of powerful pups and even some chewing. Consequently, many owners found this to be a great leash, particularly for larger breeds. Some owners also commented that this leash worked great as a training tool, even with pups who do not respond well to chain collars. Finally, owners were pleased that reflective threading in the leash makes it easier for drivers to see you on the side of the road at night.
CONS : Although this leash advertises that it can be used for dogs of any size, most customers warn that it would be too bulky for smaller pups. Several customers also noted that, while the rope is 6 feet, you realistically have less length than that because of the loop around your dog’s neck. Take this into consideration at purchase.
Have you ever purchased a rope leash for your pup? What material was the rope made from? Did it feature a slip lead or a hook? Let us know in the comments below!
Last update on 2018-12-15 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API
Jaclyn is a writer, editor, and teacher based in Rhode Island. In her free time, she spoils all the dogs in her family, whether it's her mom's water-loving lab, her dad's cuddly Yorkie, or her sister's curious hound pup.