(Closed) does anyone have leather furniture and large pets? advice please :)

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Big dogs and leather counches here! I think it’s the best combo. There’s one tear we’ve had to patch but they hold up really well in my experience. my old dog (100 lbs) lived on the couches when you let him. I will say, they’re hand me downs from my parents and think they were probably pretty expensive. The leather is thick and high quality, I can’t vouch for bonded leather. Small scratches don’t seem to happen.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I have a black leather sectional and chairs with three dogs (15, 80, and 135 pounds) who are on them all the time. They’ve held up really well over the past five years, just a few scratches that you can only see if you look closely. Fiance and I always say it was the best purchase we ever made since we probably would have gone through a couple of fabric couches by now with these beasts πŸ™‚

Not sure if the warranty would cover damage from pets, it probably depends on where you get your couch and/or the manufacturer, but you likely won’t have any issues if you buy good quality leather and keep your dogs’ nails trimmed.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

My mom had a set of leather furniture and one of our dogs made a huge rip on the footstool that it never recovered from. There were also some scratches on the sofa, too. Personally, I’m not sure it’s the best combo if your dogs are excitable or if they’re on the furniture a lot.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I have leather couches and I think it also depends on the syle of couch you get: modern with tighter lines, or traditional over-stuffed look. In my experience, traditional over-stuffed is more forgiving.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@SugerPlum:  Oh, good thought! Ours are definitely on the soft, traditional side of things.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

We have a leather sectional and our Lab mix is on it all the time.  She is also very excitable and runs all the way across it, jumps down from the back, etc.  She hasn’t done damage to it though and not a single pucture despite the fact that we aren’t always on top of keeping her nails trimmed.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We have a bonded leather couch (and I hesitate to even use that term since I learned AFTER the fact that there’s barely any leather in it at all), and it totally shows scratches, stains etc…  WATER even soaks right into it just like fabric.  I”m a little bitter.  

Anywho, unless you’re getting very thick, tough leather, I’d recommend having a big blanket over the couch all the time, and just whip it off quickly if company comes over.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Leather couch and loveseat with a 95 pound dog who will at times take a running leap onto the furniture and 2 cats with claws. Not one mark on them and we can wipe them down and when guests come sit, no fur!  Love them:)

Ours is more the overstuffed comfy kind not the tight pulled doctor’s office type.
 

Not sure if it makes a difference but ours are cream/light brown type color so any cracks etc wouldn’t show as much as a black might…. please also keep in mind these were FI’s couches for many years before we got together.. so they were couches of a bachelor pad of a smoker:) I plan to have them cleaned professionally but honesty they don’t need it that much:)

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m surprised your microfiber has not held up with your dog. Ours is a 65lb that sheds A LOT as well and we have a microfiber suede couch. It does not attract the hair at all and cleans up SO well. We’ve had the couch for 5+ years and our dog for 5 years as well.

That being said in our new house we have thought briefly of getting a leather couch for the living room set. The microfiber will go in the family room.

For those with large dogs and leather are your dogs on them ALL the time? Ours is, she’s allowed on all the furniture. Andddd she does this carzy running around the house thing where she jumps on the couch and off again in a split second! She already put a tear in a “leather ottoman” on the chest we have on the foot of the bed.

OP my friend got a leather couch I think 1-2 years ago and I don’t it was anything fancy leather wise and he said it’s held up pretty well with their chocolate lab. Like your dog he’s only allowed on the furniture occasionally.

Post # 16
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Newbee

I have a large black leather sofa and a 70 lb, long-haired dog ( a real shedder)! We chose leather because the fabric of our old couch attracted the fur like CRAZY! I haven’t noticed any scratches or tears on our sofa (we’ve had it a year), and I don’t do anything to take care of it besides wipe it down with a slightly damp cloth every once in a while. Ours is the poufy, overstuffed kind. I don’t regularly cut my dog’s nails myself (it’s hard to get her to sit still as she is 70 lbs and I am very small), but I do take her to the groomer to get them trimmed/filed every few months. If you’re really worried I would recommend taking your pups to the groomer (I take mine to PetsMart) for just a clipping/filing. It’s pretty inexpensive πŸ™‚

Good luck!  

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