Can Skin Oil From Dog Paws Fade a Leather Couch?

I was told that the oil from my little dog's paws can cause the color of my leather couch to wear away. I was told that by a repair man from the company from which we bought the set. Is that true?


By Michelle from Vineland, NJ

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January 19, 20100 found this helpful

I would have to say the sales guy is pretty smart. Don't fall for it . I have a huge American Bulldog and that is where he does his sulking which is most of the day. I have never seen anything wrong with my leather couch. You can go to a hardware store and get leather wipes and clean the pillows on the couch

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January 20, 20100 found this helpful

I agree. Dog's paws are very dry unless you put an oil or lotion on them. I think if the leather would fade due to oils then natural oils on us like from our hair would cause damage as well.


I say welcome your little one on the couch:)

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January 20, 20100 found this helpful

Thank you, you guys. My dogs big and small are on the furniture. I have never heard of such garbage. I would like to know if anyone knows where I can get some info on this because we bought the "extra" insurance (good thing) we want our set replaced. Not gonna let this guy get over, thank you.

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January 21, 20100 found this helpful

That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard! Dogs paws aren't oily like skin, as a matter of fact they usually are very dry.


Don't let that repair man get over on you, sounds like he doesn't have a clue what he's talking about!

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January 30, 20100 found this helpful

That repairman is just playing 'CYA' in case you have problems with your furniture. He sounds dishonest.

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October 29, 20170 found this helpful

This is a really old post, but in case anyone else finds it like I did, I thought I'd add my experience. I don't think he was dishonest, just had the wrong information. I've never let my dogs on the couch before, but since mine was stained while moving, I started letting my Rottweiler lay on it anytime. Very quickly, the oils from his skin have broken down the color and I have white spots in my cream leather.


It depends on what kind of leather and the quality and what kind of dog you have. A long haired dog might not have oils in the fur like my shorter haired dog. I think he was trying to offer solid advice to help you avoid shortening the life of your new furniture.

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