4 Features of a Premium Dog Leash

October 31, 2022

Turquoise Luxury Dog Collar with a Pistachio Leash Set on a Shar Pei Dog

Your pup's leash is one of their most essential accessories. It is literally the complement that allows them to connect to the outside world and keeps them safe while they explore it. An excellent quality leash can give your dog the freedom to navigate the outside world, all the while ensuring that they are protected and out of harm’s way. Premium leashes should be comfortable for both dogs and their parents, keeping everyone happy as you and your pooch revel in exploration and embark on family adventures.


When it comes to finding the perfect dog leash, consider these factors.

  1. Consider the breed and their temperament: One of the first things that you need to consider when shopping for a dog leash is the size and temperament of your pup. If you have a small 2-kilogram Teacup Yorkie, it will definitely need a different type of leash than a strong-willed Great Dane weighing in at 40 kilograms. While most small and medium breeds can get away with standard leads, certain breeds will need more comprehensive designs specifically tailored for dogs who pull or who need some extra guidance while walking. If your dog is struggling to walk correctly and needs some basic obedience support, it's always a good idea to consult a certified trainer. They will offer professional knowledge and positive reinforcement-based tools, and might even recommend a remedial leash that can aid the process.
  1. Think about the quality and materials: Next, you need to consider the quality factor. Unless your dog has perfect recall, the leash is one of the most imperative features that will guard their safety. Great quality leads keep your dog close by and ensure that they don't get into trouble while outside the protection of your home. This is why you need a durable leash that won't erode, fray, or break. Opt for high-quality leashes like the Valgray models. They are made from sports-grade PVC-coated nylon, ensuring enhanced robustness on every walk. Our models are also latex-free, tear-resistant, and odour-proof, adding to their overall quality and ultimate client satisfaction.
  1. Are they weather resistant? Another important contemplation is whether or not the leash is able to resist harsh elements. If you live in an area prone to strong winds, rain, intense sun, or any other extreme weather condition, you want to ensure that your leash can weather the so-called storm. This enhances its lifespan and ensures that leads remain safe and secure at all times. Moreover, when you invest in higher quality products, you won't have to keep replacing them.
  1. Decide on the style: Finally, you need to consider the style of the leash. When it comes to dog leads, there truly are options galore, and your chosen design will depend largely on the breed and personal training initiatives. At Valgray, our leads are modelled on the standard leash design. They're 140 cm in length and come in an array of colours, including lilac, pistachio, turquoise, and bone. We also sell collar and leash sets for those fashion-forward pups who want to break away from the pack and showcase newfound sophistication and style.

 Male dog owner talking to a black pug wearing a luxury Valgray for Dogs turquoise blue collar and lilac purple leash set with rose gold tags on a walk in Cape Town. The small dog is listening with closed eyes and its paws on its owner's chest.


Explore the World of Valgray and Our Premium Dog Products

At Valgray, we are a bunch of dog lovers, and we've worked hard to create an incredible range ideally suited for much-loved family pets. We believe wholeheartedly that pups should be part of the family, and this is why they deserve the best. Browse our collars, leads, and handmade snoods, and find the perfect accessories for your best friend. At Valgray, we amalgamate sophistication, safety, and style and believe that every dog deserves the chance to shine!



By shopping with Valgray, you're not only selecting a brand, but you're also becoming a part of the Valgray family and embracing a lifestyle centered around animal welfare, supreme comfort, and impeccable fashion. Our dog collars and accessories are locally produced to radiate elegance and coziness, ensuring that your furry companion is not only the most stylish but also the happiest pup around. We recognize that our customers consider their dogs as family members, which is why we design our dog products with emphasis on quality, style, and comfort. To learn more about our exceptional products, browse our online store or alternatively, reach out to the Valgray team. We're eager to have a conversation with you and share our fashionable products!

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No problem! You can use a variety of household items to safely measure your dog’s neck. See our guide here. 

Don’t have a tape measure lying around? No problem! To learn how to measure your dog's neck safely with various household items, click here.

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