a ? about dogs' nails vs. leather furniture

pickyshopperAugust 31, 2011

We have a 20 pound dog who unfortunately was never trained to stay off the sofas. She is a big shedder and our current fabric sofas have always been a magnet for her dog hair. Since we're replacing them now, I'm thinking I'd love to have leather reclining sofas. Although her dog hair will still fall out on the sofa, at least it won't be able to imbed itself the way it does in fabric upholstery.

My worry is whether or not her nails will scratch the leather and ruin it. I'm not looking for ultra high quality (buttery) leather, but just a standard quality. If anyone with dogs and leather sofas can give me some feedback, I'd appreciate it!

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A friend had leather furniture, and two large dogs. She claimed real leather wouldn't be hurt by dogs nails. I can't ask her now as she's moved and lost contact with her. I'd be asking more than one furniture dealer.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2011 at 4:32PM
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I'm not sure how short you keep your dog's nails but our dogs did scratch our leather chair - and they weren't even allowed on the furniture. There are times I accidentally scratch the leather with my watch or ring. Our leather chair was very expensive so I don't know if there are different grades of leather that might be more resistant.

Google 'weathered leather couches' and you'll see some examples of a more rustic look - maybe that would work better.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2011 at 4:41PM
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'Distressed leather' is another search term you could use.

Here is a link that might be useful: weathered leather couch

    Bookmark   August 31, 2011 at 4:50PM
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You could get some Soft Paws to put on her toenails.Very easy to put on. Look on ebay for Soft Paws. I use them on my one cat that claws the furniture.Stops her from damaging it.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2011 at 4:50PM
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It really comes down to the type of leather your talking about. We have a very large sectional- all leather- camel color. We also have 10 cats with nails. Do they scratch it, yes. Not just to scratch but there are those occasions when they become startled and accidentally scratch the leather. We knew this could happen when we purchased it 5 years ago and today, it looks better than it did when we brought it home. It's scratched and sun faded and now looks lived in. But we are lived in kind of people, some people don't like that look. If your one that handle it, go for it - you won't be sorry.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2011 at 5:54PM
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I have two mini-poodle mixes a little larger than your dog and so far our leather furniture has remained perfectly intact. Mine are always up and down on the furniture. Ours are lazyboy recliners and sofa. I do use a conditioner on the leather periodically.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2011 at 5:55PM
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I do think the grade of leather matters. My cat has really scratched our leather recliner up, but it is a thin leather. People with better quality leather have said their cats don't leave any marks. I probably wouldn't have leather in the house again and If I did, I'd chose a distressed leather so any claw marks couldn't show.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2011 at 6:34PM
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We have three large boxers that have full run of the house, bed, chairs, couches, we keep their nails trimmed and smooth, no problems with leather.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2011 at 9:11PM
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Marcia Thornley

Jaggs is 30 lbs. We have a leather sofa and chair. His nails have not done any damage at all! I love my leather. No using duct tape to get the hair!
We do have friends who had to get rid of their leather furniture because the cat was chewing it! Go figure.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2011 at 7:14AM
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Thank you for your responses. I looked at the link for distressed leather, but it just doesn't appeal to me, so I'll have to take my chances with regular leather. I'm happy to hear that some of you have dogs who haven't done any damage. Maybe I'll ask the salesman if he has a swatch that I can run my key against or something, just to see how easily it might mark!

    Bookmark   September 1, 2011 at 9:00AM
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