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The Top Hardwood Flooring Wood Species for Homes with Dogs

Jason Brown Hardwood Flooring Wood Species for Homes with Dogs

Consider these hardwood flooring wood species if your home is also a home to one or several dogs.

As any dog owner will tell you, having a furry friend around the house brings an abundance of joy and companionship. However, it also presents certain challenges, particularly when it comes to maintaining the integrity of your home’s flooring. Dogs’ nails, inevitable spills, and occasional accidents can take a toll on flooring materials. But fear not because hardwood flooring offers solutions that are both durable and stylish for pet owners.


Oak is a classic choice for hardwood flooring thanks to its remarkable durability and availability in a range of finishes. Its dense grain structure helps conceal minor scratches and dents that may occur due to active pets. While red oak is known for its warm and traditional appearance, white oak’s light, neutral tones lend themselves well to various design aesthetics. Both variations offer a timeless charm that complements any interior.


Maple is renowned for its robustness, making it a fantastic choice for homes with dogs. Its tight grain pattern is not only visually appealing but also serves as a protective feature, camouflaging any surface blemishes. Maple’s light color spectrum brightens up living spaces, and it can be stained to achieve various shades to match your interior design.


If your furry friend is particularly energetic, hickory might be your go-to option. This incredibly dense and tough wood can withstand heavy traffic and remains relatively resistant to scratches and dents. Its natural color variation adds character to your floors, making it an ideal choice for rustic or traditional-themed homes.

Brazilian Cherry (Jatoba)

For those who desire a more exotic and vibrant look, Brazilian cherry stands out as an excellent alternative. This hardwood species boasts a reddish-brown hue that deepens over time, creating a rich and inviting atmosphere.


Walnut may not be the most scratch-resistant option on this list, but its unique beauty and charm are undeniable. Its rich, dark hues and luxurious grain patterns can add a touch of sophistication to any room. While walnut might develop a few character marks over time, they tend to blend well with its overall aesthetic.

Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood combines a real wood veneer with a layered plywood base, offering enhanced stability and resistance to moisture fluctuations compared to solid hardwood. This makes it an excellent choice for homes with pets, as it’s less prone to warping and cupping. Popular wood species like oak, maple, and hickory are available in engineered formats, giving you a wide range of design options.

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