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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / Leather furniture and dogs.

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South Jersey/USA

She turned me into a newt!....
Dec 31st, 2017 11:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

We would like to replace our family room sofa and loveseat.

Wife would like leather because it won’t hold onto dog hair and dander from our yellow lab mix.

How well does leather stand up to dog nails. Is it a bad idea?

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Dec 31st, 2017 12:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

My lazy boy sectional came wth a warranty against punctures for 5 years

They also fix scratches (hand restain in house)
I found our lab did not like the leather (we had cloth prior) so it was a non issue

Read the warranty and see if there is a pet clause or not

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Wichita, KS USA

It's all gravy from here on...
Dec 31st, 2017 12:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

My experience is that leather, while not indestructible holds up better against Labradors than anything else.

See photo evidence, old labs, old couch

(This message was last edited by jhawkr at 02:36 PM, Dec 31st, 2017)

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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Dec 31st, 2017 12:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

We have covers on our leather couches to protect them from dog damage.

Why buy leather couches that are going to be covered and therefore not visibly enjoyed, you ask? We already had the couches when we got the dogs, I answer.

So far, the couches have suffered no damage in 3-1/2 years. But are dogs are small (only 12 & 18 pounds).

Te 52

Laws of Physics

strictly enforced
Dec 31st, 2017 01:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

With a cattle herding dog in the house, I would hesitate to introduce anything that smells like a cow.



pronounced mish-ka
Dec 31st, 2017 04:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

If it's a small dog the risks of damage are greater because they have to jump and climb to get on the sofa. A bigger dog will just plop down.
We had a Jack Russel then a bigger pit-bull and the pit bull didn't leave a mark whereas the Jack Russel left claw marks on every "rung" of her climb.
Having said that , when there are only a few marks it really stands out but after a few years it gave the leather a nice distressed patina and it was nothing a little brown shoe polish couldn't correct.

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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Dec 31st, 2017 05:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

jhawkr, I love that photo even though it chokes me up.


Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Dec 31st, 2017 05:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

We have one leather 3-seater and 2; 2-seaters and one Kelpie-X (Cinder - 10kg).

Before Cinder we had a JRT for 15 years and a few different leather lounges. (sofa or couch for you Yanks ;^)

They held up very well and are easier to keep clean than fabric
The lounges we sold on were never because they were damaged or worn out, but due to multiple moves and varying colour considerations.

The 3-seater is red leather (our main sofa) and we have a matching red bed sheet we tuck in over the seat cushions just for added protection. It's a little less tacky than the clear plastic covers and functional, easy to wash.

+1 for leather.

btw, Cinder is absolutely


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So. Cal. USA

Jan 2nd, 2018 12:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

My leather sofa holds up well to the German Shepherd's nails but does scratch. I don't really care as it's the dog's house too.

The leather is less prone to take on the doggy smell the cloth does. I have to scrub the cloth recliner regularly to freshen it up.

reverend mikey
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N of I-90, E of I-29

You're old. Then vintage. Then good!
Jan 2nd, 2018 03:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

We have two indoor cats with claws, so no new furniture till they're gone. And as far as I'm concerned, 2018 would be a good year for them to be "gone"! (They're left-over pets from our kids, who are all out on their own now...how long can these d@%m things live?!)

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Curled up

in the fecal position
Jan 2nd, 2018 03:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

Train them to stay off the furniture. Provide them with their own bed (or their own chair) and you'll have no worries about the dogs tearing up your good stuff.

Sorry, my ultra-practical kicked in.

reverend mikey, my hunnie has a cat that's 20 years old, and he gets insulin shots twice a day. She buys the insulin (it's not cheap) in 120-day supply amounts. When a new supply arrives, she always tells the cat, "you better LIVE for another 120 days!" She hates to waste stuff!

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