I haven't had a large dog living in the house since I was 4 so I can't remember.
How do dogs nails effect a hardwood floor. Not laminate but wood. I have a friend who has a Saint Bernard and an Akita and her hardwood floors look like the grapes of wrath and within only several months of the installation. Is it just poor quality wood or are the dogs nails just really hard on the floor.
The reason I am asking is because we want to add a Golden Retriever to our family and I know they are a larger and heavier dog. I can deal with the hair because I have two small children and have to vacuum at least once or twice a day anyhow but I do have nice floors and would rather not bring a new friend home and then harbor ill feelings about the floor.
I have hardwood throughout the house with a German Shepherd romping around. The most damage is to the ears, as it is click click all the way down the hallway lol.
I also have 2 kids. They are the ones that have damaged the floors more then anyone else around here. They would play with bay blades (sp) and their cars and they have left actual dents in the family room floor which is very visable especially when the sun hits the floors.
The dogs nails although sharp don't actually grind into the floors when they walk.
I am not sure on the real hardwoods but we have the pergo floor in our daughters room and it has stood up fine to Oscar. There are absolutly no scratches on it. And he weighs 150 pounds. I'm sure that as long as you keep his nails short you shouldn't have a problem.
So far these floors have been very resilent to damage. There of course are some scratches and dents from everyday living with children and such and I do imagine keeping them trimmed would help.
I don't have any concrete or asphalt where I live. The dog would be on grass, dirt, leaves mostly (when outside). When we went to town we'd be on hard surface but that wouldn't be a daily thing, maybe once a week.
Can you file dogs nails like a humans?
BTW...Aisha, I saw your German Shephard...that's what I grew up with...he was a wonderful dog!