Hardwood flooring is a popular choice among homeowners and interior design experts. Hardwood is versatile and gives your home a look that’s unique and timeless. There are tons of different types of hardwood to choose from depending on your design needs, budget, and lifestyle. People whose lifestyle includes dogs and their scratchy nails should stick to only certain hardwood types if they want the beauty of the wood to last over time. Some hardwoods are more durable than others, so you’ll want to take that into consideration. We’ve created this guide to help you decide which hardwood to go with, that’ll be able to withstand the wear and tear from your furry friends.

Hard Maple

Hard maple is also marketed as sugar or rock maple and can be purchased across the country, although it originally grows in the northern states. Hard maple is used on the floors of basketball courts, so to say it’s suitable for high-traffic areas is an understatement! Hard maple will be durable enough in pet-friendly homes.

Brazilian Walnut

You may see Brazilian walnut labeled as Ipe, but it’s still the strong wood you need for your dog. Brazilian walnut will make your home look great and can even be continued out on an outdoor deck for a design plan that’s especially cohesive. Ipe has come down in price in American since it first began to be sold here, but it still remains a higher-priced type of hardwood compared to others. However, it’s well-worth the price if you need durable hardwood to avoid costly repairs later on.


Bamboo is an extremely durable type of hardwood that will be nearly impossible for your dog to scratch or dent. Technically, bamboo is grass that’s turned into hardwood using resin, but that doesn’t compromise the traditional hardwood look once it’s installed!

Contact Central Mass Hardwood

If you’re interested in learning more about upgrading the flooring in your home without wasting money on something your dog will ruin, Central Mass Hardwood can help! Our team is experienced in hardwood floor installation and refinishing a wide variety of hardwood types, as well as some alternative options. Contact Central Mass Hardwood today to schedule your consultation with the best flooring experts in your area!