(Closed) Leather couch with pets? Pros and cons?

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 3
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

We’ve got a black leather sectional in our basement with a 45 lb yellow lab mix and we haven’t had any problems with it what-so-ever.  ๐Ÿ™‚

ETA: We haven’t had any issues with scratches despite the fact that our dog slides across the leather with her nails as she tears down the stairs and leaps onto the couch.

Post # 4
1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

We have a leather chair and two dogs.  The only con is that their nails scratch the leather.  Our chair is a soft/distressed leather look so it isn’t a big issue.  I can tell that there are new marks on it but it blends into the look.

Post # 5
4495 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Yeah.. My dogs are 6 and 12 lbs and there are scratches on our leather sofa ๐Ÿ™

Post # 8
9681 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@kmarie719:  Our 65 pound boxer has ruined the reclinerss on our leather couch from jumping on them like a trampoline. The leather is fine though ๐Ÿ˜›

Post # 9
2515 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@kmarie719:  i have no cons with our leather couch. we have a cat and his fur just glides right off the leather. his nails don’t make puncture holes in the couch either. it’s soooo comfy too!

Post # 10
1420 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

I have a brown leather couch (thick leather because I didn’t want nails to be a problem), and we haven’t had ANY problems!  It’s easy to blow or brush hair off, and easy to wipe down with a wet rag.  I will never leave leather now!

Post # 11
732 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Leather is fantastic for fur and shedding clean up. It’s also a great motivator to keep my cat’s claws trimmed short. I condition it once every month or so with a commercial cleaner/moisturizer. I love it!!!

Post # 13
80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My dog is a heavy shedder so for me it was a no brainer to choose a leather couch. I love it! My dog is a frequent “digger” (aka loves to scratch the sofa looking for things between the cushions) so again, leather is treatable/cleanable with oil and very little damage occurs from my dog’s excavations. I say YES!

Post # 14
4523 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@kmarie719:  We also have two small dogs (Boston Terriers) and I swear to god there are already scratch marks alllllllll over our black leather sofa from those little shits. No matter how nice and trim/filed I keep their nails, we get scratches. Boyfriend or Best Friend wants me to start putting little socks on them ๐Ÿ˜ก

Post # 15
887 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

@kmarie719:  We have two leather recliners and two large black dogs (50-75lbs). One of the recliners is oversized and the leather has some give in it. The other recliner has very taught leather with no give in it. The oversized chair has held up well, but the other chair shows scratches. They clean up easily and well. The dog hair is so easy to get rid of! The only downside to leather furniture is that it can be kind of cold and/or sticky depending on the humidity or temperature of the room.


Good luck making your decision! Furniture buying is SO HARD! We have microfiber sectionals/couches right now and I feel like I’m steam cleaning them all the time just to stop me obsessing from the stains and hair ๐Ÿ™

ETA: I was just over at a neighbor’s house who has all leather furniture and a small 10lb-ish dog. I did notice some scratches and a hole or two in their black couch. They’re older though, so I don’t think they trim the dog’s claws very often!


Post # 16
603 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

We have a black leather sectional and a 50lb boxer. She’s not allowed on the couch, but she does put her paw on it when she can. A major pro for couch over microfiber with her is that we can easily wipe her drool off the leather.

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