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    I am thinking of getting a leather couch for my kitchen as the one I have is vvvvvv old.
    Would a doggie i.e. Phoebe,scrape it with nails?
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    Hiya,

    I have got a cream leather sofa. She doesn't scratch it but she does make it look forever filthy!!!
    Especially now the weathers gone bad - I think she enjoys putting muddy paw prints all over it, although it is funny when you catch her - if I walk into the room she will just lie down quickly and give me those what mummy 'I didn't do anything' eyes
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    It depends on what type of leather the couch is made from. I have two leather chairs... what I did was actually scratch the leather samples at the store with my fingernails to see what effect there would be.

    Some leathers will show marks and some won't. Some people like that scratchy look. I prefer the leather looking nice and smooth and, well, leathery!

    I've had one of my chairs for almost six years and the leather still looks like new! I clean and condition it only once per year and it stays wonderfully.
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    aloha, barb is right. depends on the leather you get. I used to sell leather furniture. there are several ways to tan the hides which gets you a different look and wearability and cleanability. you want family friendly leather. durable, cleanable. look like new for years and years. tell your salesmen they should show you the difference. look for leather that feel more slick. it is not butter soft and plush, but still feels nice. run your nail on the sample. it should not show. these leathers have more of a "build up" of protective wax's and polishes. (the term is analin and semi analin) you can get nice buys in this leather as a lot of people want durable cleanable. the stuff that scratch's is very soft, it will wear in and look like a great old antique heirloom chair if you want that look then the leather that is slick won't work for that. leather is great and should last a very long time.

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    Wow thanks Vikki! That's a mini lesson in leather furniture buying for those of us considering such a thing! I'd like a leather sofa too as in between cats and dogs, fabric gets pretty scruffy.
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    I have leather lounge and the girls jump up on it all the time and it is still fine. However, we have to be more careful with my son's Boxer as he is much stronger and has sharper nails but so far everything is fine.
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    We bought all leather furniture a couple years ago and it was worth every penny we spent on it. Now guests can sit down without being covered with fur when they get up. I HATED our fabric furniture because it was so hard to get the hair and dirt off. Just can't say enough good about leather; but, like Vikki said, the right leather. The only thing I don't like about it is that, compared to fabric, it's cold in the winter when you first sit down and bare skin tends to stick to it when it's really hot. But I guess that's just the nature of the beast; just not that important to me considering the advantages.

    Say Vikki, where were you when Kris and I were spending all that time researching leather? just kidding!!
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    I have a leather suite and I have no problem with Max or our cat lilo, scratching it, Max often jumps up when he's wet trying to dry himself as he always did on our old fabric suite and apart from it getting more noticably dirtier it doesn't get scratched at all.
    Our old fabric suite was filthy, from all the pets, from spills of fluids or even food, ugh!
    A good wipe down gets it nice and clean and a throwover for extra comfort works well.

    Having said all that, we love the recliner chairs but hate the sofa, it's just too hard!

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    We have two two seater black leather sofas and Darren has a lazzeee boy (present for given up smoking), the leather is quite hard wearing and the boys haven't scratched it at all, although it does get a wipe down once or twice a week as Woody normally comes in from a walk and roll himself all over everything...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce H
    We bought all leather furniture a couple years ago and it was worth every penny we spent on it. Now guests can sit down without being covered with fur when they get up. I HATED our fabric furniture because it was so hard to get the hair and dirt off. Just can't say enough good about leather; but, like Vikki said, the right leather. The only thing I don't like about it is that, compared to fabric, it's cold in the winter when you first sit down and bare skin tends to stick to it when it's really hot. But I guess that's just the nature of the beast; just not that important to me considering the advantages.

    Say Vikki, where were you when Kris and I were spending all that time researching leather? just kidding!!
    We are thinking of getting leather for our sunroom. It would look better stylistically (room has vaulted pine ceiling with beams) and it would be better with the dog fur. But in the sunroom, the issues cold and heat that Bruce describes will probably be pretty annoying. Is there anyway to avoid the cold and skin-sticking effects and still have a durable leather the girls wont destroy?
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