Floors that resist dog claws


When we have a dog, we often have to say goodbye to our beautiful wooden floors, which take a beating under the claws of our doggie. However, there are solutions to reconcile the two.


This extremely hard material is highly resistant to dog claws. On the other hand, in case of damage, its porous surface makes cleaning more difficult. Also, it is necessary at all costs to avoid choosing a smooth ceramic: since it is slippery for the pads of our dog, the latter risks slipping and, consequently, suffering an injury to the joints or ligaments (this is all the more so when our dog gets older, he has less confidence on his feet and he becomes more likely to hurt himself by falling). It is advisable to place rugs in certain busy places to make it easier for Fido to move around, but also to ensure his comfort, because ceramic is a cold stone that is not suitable for chilly animals.


Nowadays, concrete is used to make house floors in order to obtain a contemporary and refined effect. Very easy to maintain, concrete can also be refurbished with a polish if it shows signs of wear after a few years. Its other undeniable advantage: its surface is non-slip and therefore very safe for our pets.


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Also called linoleum, this material is also a solid material that resists scratches well, in addition to being easy to clean. There are some on the market today that perfectly imitate cement, wood and marble, which makes it very interesting. On the other hand, it can also be slippery, and the use of rugs here and there is recommended for the comfort and safety of our animal.


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Originally from Asia, bamboo is a flexible plant with which floating parquet or rolls of natural blades are made. Available in a large number of colors and styles, it is relatively easy to maintain and has a high degree of resistance to pet scratches and water spots. And when it shows signs of wear, just sand it and stain it. Because it is a sustainable and renewable material, it is an excellent coating option if you want to be eco-responsible, as long as you make sure it bears the FSC label, indicating that the bamboo has been picked using environmentally friendly harvesting practices. Also, because several products from China may contain toxic products including formaldehyde, the composition of the bamboo is checked before purchase.

The cork

Made from the bark of the cork oak tree, this material is available in tile, roll and floating liner form. Not only does cork resist scratches well, but it provides excellent soundproofing: our dog will be able to run around the house without making a hell of a racket! Also, it is a renewable, ecological and durable material that offers good insulation and shock absorption, in addition to being hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, rot-proof and antifungal.

The laminate

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Laminate flooring resists scratches much better than hardwood, but we must avoid choosing a glossy finish, which is much too slippery for our dog’s paws. We will therefore opt for a textured or embossed finish that will limit the risk of accidents.

engineered wood

We can now find on the market engineered wood made of exotic species which is more affordable than natural wood and just as resistant to scratches. Coated with aluminum oxide urethane varnish, it also offers great resistance to liquids.

The hardwood floor

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If you want to install hardwood flooring, you should know that hardwood from North America (like oak) is less expensive than exotic wood (ipé, jatoba, hickory, etc.) from Brazil, but it is also much less hard than the latter, therefore less resistant. Exotic wood is therefore to be preferred. However, in addition to being more expensive, it must be oiled and not varnished, because its fibers are very tight and very hard; varnishes therefore fail to penetrate and “float” on the surface. The only option remains to oil it, which requires more maintenance when you have a dog, because you have to quickly clean any liquid on the surface (pee, traces of snow or mud), then dry well, otherwise the wood will remain stained.

The hardness of wood species according to the Janka scale

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Created in 1906 by Austrian researcher Gabriel Janka, the Janka hardness test determines the hardness of a species of wood by driving an 11.28 mm (0.444 in) steel ball into it until it is half embedded. The resulting number indicates the pressure (in pounds) required to push the ball in. The higher the number, the harder and therefore more resistant the wood. Here is the established hardness of some wood species using the Janka scale.

Drink Force in pounds

Ipe 3684

Cumaru 3540

jatoba 2350

Mahogany 2200

Sucupira 2140

Tigerwood 1850

Hickory 1820

Maple 1450

Bamboo 1380

white oak 1360

Birch 1260

Claw guards: inexpensive and very practical

If we don’t like the idea of ​​replacing our floors or if we’re on rent and need to protect our landlord’s property, there’s still a solution: claw guards. Available in a transparent finish or in various colors, they are applied with a non-toxic glue, provided in the packaging. They are harmless and painless for our dog and last about four weeks, which is until the next claw size. A low cost solution worth trying.


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