Leather upholstery and dogs

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  1. Ven

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    Dave and I are hoping to get our kontiki reupholstered sometime soon. We are debating whether to go with fabric, a fabric leather combo or completely in leather.

    Do people with leather interiors and dogs that allow them up on the seats have any
    problems with damage such as scratching?

    If anyone has any photos of refurbished interiors they are really pleased with i'd love to see them too.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    We have 3 dogs and fabric upholstery however I have made my own fitted covers so the dogs don't mark them and I don't need to worry (and the seats look like new when we come to sell).

    However, in one of our cars we have leather seats and they are blooming COLD! Something to also bear in mind ... they look nice but personally I wouldn't go for leather as, apart from the much higher costs, I'd much rather have a 'warm' bum than a cold one! If we DID have leather seating I'd end up with some covers on to make them warm which would defeat the object of having leather anyway!

    We also have friends who have leather sofas at home and they too say they can be quite cold and wouldn't have them with dogs.

    Why not go and visit a sofa showroom and see what you think and also ask the sales staff their opinons ... when its a quiet time for them though (don't tell them you're not buying!).
     
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    Leather upholstery and dogs .....
    ..... don't mix
     
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    When I doggy sit my daughter's border collie, I put a sheepskin rug on the floor and she isn't interested in jumping up onto the seats ... could be worth a try.

    If you don't necessarily want someone close by to you for the covers and you want someone who is also reasonable as well as professional... have a word with @Terry about the lady who does his van conversion covers.
     
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    Only thing with leather at home is that the place is usually warm over a longer period and you don't get the same comparison as in a vehicle. Heated leather seats in the car are nice. :) But we don't let the dog on our leather in house or car mainly as she's small and has to jump and scramble to get up. :eek:
     
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    awww bless her. You need to buy her a sheepskin rug. :)
     
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    I have a chihuahua and have been thinking about recovering with leather.
    But then I would cover that with a throw lol
     
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    Wouldn't your dog look a little overdressed in leather and a throw. haha..oops sorry ..
     
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    Have you asked your chihuahua if it wants to be covered with leather?

    Edit: Beaten to it. :LOL:
     
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    Thanks for your replies.

    I'm hoping some people with dogs and leather seats who let them on the settees (which we do and will continue to do) will post their findings.

    Being a mini dachshund Misty does scrabble a bit sometimes so really interested in first hand experience. She goes on leather seats at relatives houses and there has been no scratching there but they tend to be a bit lower than mh seats.
     
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    @Ven we have had our van reupholstered in leather and we have 2 dogs that are allowed on the sofa. We haven't had a problem with scratching etc although we do place a piece of vet bed on the sofa especially when we leave them on their own. If you're still at the Aire at Alvor this week, you're more than welcome to come and have a look when we arrive, tomorrow or maybe Thursday.
     
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    She looks like one sometimes but she does lay on our laps, particularly when we're watching TV and nibbling things
     
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    Our 3 year old very active Cocker Spaniel is allowed on our leather sofas at home & we've never noticed any damage ( yet . . ) we think the length / sharpness of the dog's claws will make a difference, as will the quality of the leather & it's colouring.
     
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    If my chi looked like this covered in leather I'd put a throw over it too!!!

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    In the house I have to put a cover on as the dogs fur will dry out the leather ,especially the base cushions.
     
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    Thebus has 'leather' upholstery and Phoebe is allowed up, but in any case I normally have a double sheepskin which covers the seat
     
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    It's their claws that can do the damage, then there is the dribble ah yes the fur gets in all the cracks too. Now you need a good cover or make them stay on the floor.
     
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    I guess breed/ size/ dribble factor makes a difference too then. Thank you for giving me food for thought!

    Thanks Kim, might see you in a couple of days.
     
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    We have a very dribbly Labrador and a small labradoodle. The fabric seats we had in the van when we bought it were a lot less forgiving and despite using throws etc, they were starting to look a little tired. We had the re-upholstery done 3 years ago and have found it much easier to care for.
     
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    I'm surprised this has got so far without developing into "don't have a dog, dirty creatures etc" thread by now. :LOL:
     
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