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The Ruffwear Knot-a-Leash™ is a rugged, climbing-inspired dog leash that uses strong, supple kernmantle rope and a secure locking carabiner. Reflective rope keeps dogs and humans visible in low-light conditions.

Carabiners not sold separately.

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Use this fit guide to select the appropriate size for your dog.

5 ft (1.5 m) Rope Width: 7 mm
5 ft (1.5 m) Rope Width: 11 mm

Key Features

Additional Features

  • Strong, supple, reflective kernmantle rope
  • Two rope sizes: 11 mm diameter (large) or 7 mm diameter (small). Both sizes are 5 ft long (1.5m)
  • Strong and secure locking carabiner
  • Comfortable, easy-to-hold tubular webbing handle
  • Convenient accessory loop for pickup bags or small clip-on items
  • Made in Vietnam

Washing Instructions

  • Hand wash
  • Mild detergent
  • Air dry

Trail Tested Promise

All of our products are rigorously field tested and we proudly guarantee against defects in materials and craftsmanship.

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Leilani A.
United States

Very nice leash!

I had purchased the Small Knot a Leash a couple of years ago, and just purchased the Large. My dog, Sandal, weighs in at 45 lbs but I wanted to try the large leash. I love both leashes but really prefer the large. The rope size of the large reminds me of a lead rope used for horses. The large leash is softer and I just prefer the weight. Both the small and large are very well made, durable, and have years of wear in them.

Daniel R.
United States

Best Leash We Own

Best leash we own, feeling it compared to others you can tell its made with quality materials. It get's used daily to tie up our pup at the office and go for walks. The rope is wearing slightly but it's only cosmetic. I've been surprised the carabiner's action is still smooth. With how much dirt and grit it's seen I would have expected some grinding but it feels like new.

Sarah K.
United States

Extra peace of mind

The locking carabiner gives you extra peace of mind that your dog won't slip their leash. My only complaint is that the clip doesn't swivel, so the twists and turns tangle up either the leash or the collar.

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Ed F.
United States

Finally a rugged leash for smaller dogs!

When I started looking for a mountain climbing rope style leash for my 14 lb. wirehaired dachshund (to match my bigger dogs' climbing rope leashes) I was thrilled to see that Ruffwear had one in a smaller diameter rope as well as my preferred shorter 5' length. It's the perfect size for him and the locking carabiner gives me 100% peace of mind that the business end of the leash is secure. As for my end, the handle is as comfortable as any leash I've ever held, with just enough padding so it's not overly stuffed or bulky. Also there's a loop for carrying your dog **** bags there if that's how you roll, but if you don't use that feature (I don't), you don't even notice it's there. If you have a rugged little outdoorsy dog who deserve a cool, rugged leash that's just the right size, I can't recommend this one in the smaller size highly enough!

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Linda C.
United States

Knot a Leash

I have both the long and short version of this leash. Love them both!