I had been eye a high end version of this throw from the website of a luxury hotel store. It's not exactly the quality I was looking, but it is about half the price- so I consider this a nice starter version of the throw. I have not had a bad experience with shedding and I do have a small Yorkie, so it seems to be fine in a household with a well behaved pet. I purchased the brown, and it does have the depth and dimension of actual fur. The lines are not as predominant as I thought, so it is more flat than expected. It is larger than I expected and has a nice weight for warmth. My chief complaint is that the picture is deceiving, in that it's folded in a way that you can not fully see the back side- which is about 4 shades different from the front side. Yes, it is a nice soft microfiber, but the lighter fabric lines the outside front of the blanket as well- so there is a lighter brown outline on the blanket. If you were after the dark brown as I was, you will end up folding the blanket in a way to hide the lighter side.