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South Jersey/USA

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

We would like to replace our family room sofa and loveseat.<br /> <br /> Wife would like leather because it wonât hold onto dog hair and dander from our yellow lab mix.<br /> <br /> How well does leather stand up to dog nails. Is it a bad idea?


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Dec 31st, 2017 12:20 PM        

My lazy boy sectional came wth a warranty against punctures for 5 years<br /> <br /> They also fix scratches (hand restain in house)<br /> I found our lab did not like the leather (we had cloth prior) so it was a non issue<br /> <br /> 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        

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


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

We have covers on our leather couches to protect them from dog damage. <br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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        

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        

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. <br /> 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.<br /> 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        

jhawkr, I love that photo even though it chokes me up.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> **sniff*

Mick Reid

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American-made in Oz!!
Dec 31st, 2017 05:51 PM        

We have one leather 3-seater and 2; 2-seaters and one Kelpie-X (Cinder - 10kg).<br /> <br /> Before Cinder we had a JRT for 15 years and a few different leather lounges. (sofa or couch for you Yanks ;^)<br /> <br /> They held up very well and are easier to keep clean than fabric<br /> The lounges we sold on were never because they were damaged or worn out, but due to multiple moves and varying colour considerations.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> +1 for leather.<br /> <br /> btw, Cinder is absolutely


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So. Cal. USA

Jan 2nd, 2018 12:29 PM        

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. <br /> <br /> 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        

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        

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.<br /> <br /> Sorry, my ultra-practical kicked in.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> 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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