Best dog beds - one of my favorite things to write about!
You should read about the best type of bed for your dog first but here our our top recommendations.
Cool dog beds
Maybe you are thinking that’s a lot of time to spend in bed but it’s not all sleep and I split the time between my three dog beds. My long sleep at night is in my fourth bed, with my human mommy in what she calls, “her bed”, but I don’t know why because I know its just my big bed that I let her share with me!
Puppy bed first
I didn’t get them all at once because the big human bed was there before I was born but the others I got one at a time. The first was my puppy bed which is small with soft sides and makes me feel very secure. Next was my day bed in the lounge which is big enough for me to rest and play around in. Then I needed a stronger bed for outside which I use when the sun shines and its warm. My human mommy decided to try and get me to sleep in a nice memory phone bed in the bedroom which I often use during the day but I like it best sleeping in my huge bed beside her at night.
How do I choose which dog bed to sleep in?
We dogs must be able to feel safe and comfortable in our bed(s) and if we do, we’ll be happy to go there. If we can get a good sleep and go back to the bed, you know it’s the right bed but if we stay away from a bed it’s simply the wrong one and we will go somewhere else to rest and sleep.
What dogs look for in a dog bed
We are just looking for warmth, comfort and security or, in the hotter weather, a bed that can feel cool which is why my basket bed with its sides and little mattress which gives me some insulation is one of my favorites.
Best Dog Beds
I’m just a little dog so in making some choices for the best dog beds, I’ve got my list for small puppies and small dogs but I’ve also taken some tips from Jerry and Labra and the other big dogs to give you a wide choice of dog beds and types of dog bed to suit all sizes and breeds.
Puppy bed – my first dog bed
So comfortable and secure for a little one as it has a raised rim and it comes in 3 sizes to suit most dog breeds and its not very expensive. It gives all over support including for delicate little heads and necks but its got super-soft filling great for older dogs too as it gives joint and muscle pain relief. I started off with this one and still use it often.
Memory foam dog bed (1)
(Best memory foam dog bed for medium to large dogs)
I love memory foam beds and I like a bed I can feel secure in so I usually go for a nest bed.. This is a bit big for me but Heinz Bitza tells me its his favorite indoor bed because it wraps around him and supports all his body when he’s lying down. The Sterling Large gel pet bed looks good and has gel memory foam which is great to keep us cool. The therapeutic foam goes round our body while the cooling gel keeps us cool and comfy! There is a large mattress style bed for bigger dogs made of the same stuff and made in a factory in the USA who employ lots of veterans.
Luxury pet beds by Big Shrimpy
Nest beds, like I said are my favorite and the Big Shrimpy nest dog bed in faux suede is just so comfortable and a real little luxury bed for small, medium and large size dogs (and it comes in 9 colors) so make sure you choose the right size as a bed too big can makes us feel a little insecure. Its really good filling so its good on hard surfaces and the little sides keep these bad drafts away.
Orthopaedic dog bed (1)
The best dog beds for big dogs has got to be an orthopaedic dog bed because they are comfortable always but as most big dogs there are a lot of orthopaedic dog beds on the market but don’t think because a dog is young, fit and healthy that it doesn’t need an orthopaedic bed. All dogs will love a memory foam dog bed not just older dogs with problems because they are so comfortable and there are lots of other good health reasons. A good orthopaedic dog bed will relieve sore joints and muscles and help an older dog move more easily but all these benefits are good for young healthy dogs too.
This one comes in 6 sizes for the smallest dogs up to the largest dogs Overstuffed Orthopaedic Foam Bed
Orthopaedic dog bed (2)
I said I like cozy beds with some sides to cuddle up in and keep the drafts away so as far as orthpedic dog beds go I think this is one of the best – the BarksBar Gray Orthopaedic Dog Bed
Its easy to clean but best of all it has 3-1/2 Inches of Solid Orthopedic Foam which is the same used in your human beds, Ultra Soft Polyester Plush Cover with Non-Slip Rubber Backing and the comfy cotton rim cushion is just great for resting a tired head. These come in 2 sizes for medium and large dogs. Its very good value, got thousands of 5 star reviews and although a little bit more to buy than the Overstuffed Orthopedic Foam Bed , its still very good value for your dollars.
Again, these orthapeadic dog beds are great for tired old bodies and limbs but your young dog will really appreciate the extra cover these beds give us.
Cool dog beds
The trouble with what you humans think are cool dog beds is that they might not always be the best dog bed or the most comfortable for us! Here’s a bed that is pretty ‘cool’ especially for apartment living and small homes.
This is a very good outdoor, easy-care bed but I like to think of it as a “dog day lounge bed” that some of us will love. However, others might not like it much and a few of us dogs might even be a bit allergic to the filling so be careful.
The Dallas Manufacturing Co. Weatherproof Bed is a pet bed ideal for every situation but the ‘special’ part is it has cedar shavings in the filling which give you a smell free dog area. We dogs know you humans don’t always like our smell which is a bit weird!
This cedar filled dog bed will not only keep your room smelling fresh but some of the smell might rub off on us dogs too.
This cool bed comes in 2 sizes and is very easy to keep clean and they are not very expensive so maybe try one in the lounge but I’d recommend another more comfortable bed for out long night sleep.
Memory Foam dog bed (2)
This is an excellent memory foam dog bed for its price. Its got all the best features of a good memory foam dog bed at about half the price on Amazon. Your dog will want a supportive and thick bed that will last for a long tome before it starts bottoming out. This bed is well enough made to help dogs with old -age pains or arthritis and it gets lots of five star reviews because it is so well priced and well made. The only bad thing about memory foam beds generally is that they sometimes pull in our smell and keep it but at least the cover on these can be zipped off and machine washed to keep them fresher longer !
Dog Cot – An excellent cheap dog bed
If the best dog bed is the most popular then this one is the one for your dog. The Coolaroo Elevated Pet Bed with Knitted Fabric is a five star review classic with more 5 star reviews than any other bed! Tens of thousands of happy human dog owners with pretty happy dogs!
Labra and Bull share a large one when they are outside and they love it. In a very warm climate they are nice and cool, they are long lasting and pretty comfortable as well as being very affordable. It’s also easy to clean and they come in three sizes to suit almost any dog but in general, I think medium size and large dogs love these the most.
Casper dog bed – the very best dog bed
I don’t think the most popular dog bed is actually the best because once you see one of us little fur buddies in a Casper dog bed you’ll understand what makes the best dog bed and the most comfortable but it is more of your dollars than most dog beds but it will be a bed for life as its almost indestructible.
Luxury dog bed
This dog bed has all the good points of every other dog bed all in one because the dog mattress is a hugely comfortable sleep surface which lets us ‘nest in” and while it is quite expensive at a bit over $100 it is very strong and almost an indestructible dog bed.
Memory foam dog bed
It’s also a memory foam dog bed with all the benefits of excellent quality memory foam to relieve all our aches and pains.
Made for dogs with good dog research
This bit is not by me but by the makers but I can tell you it’s true:- “Dogs scratch or dig before laying down. That’s an instinct they inherited from their wild ancestors, who would kick up dirt to find cooler ground and brush away debris before turning in for the night. Our surface features excess material on top to mimic the sensation of pawing at loose earth. So dig in, doggies. There’s a reason pups like to squeeze into tight spaces. They’ve learned to seek refuge from predators, so they feel safest in enclosed areas. The supportive foam bolsters of the mattress create a safe space for dogs to lay their heads — literally and figuratively.”
Just the best – buy me one please because you get a refund if I don’t like it!
Ok there are maybe a couple of words there I don’t understand but I will tell you if a very good bed gets 5 stars then this one will get 6 stars out of 5 from me and if we try it for 30 days and don’t like it we can get a refund! This Casper dog bed is just superb!
Luxury Pet beds – Cave beds for dogs
Some dogs just love these cave beds and others just lie on top to see the world go by. They are a great bed for young pups and dogs who feel the cold more.
Dog beds for hairless or cold dogs
The Snoozer Cozy Cave Pet Bed is great for burrowing in to and making our own little cozy nest and because they are a softer filling material we can get ourselves up wrapped up nice and warm. Pups and even some older dogs just love the security and safeness they feel wrapped up in their cave bed and it’s a great place to be on a cold day when we are left alone without the heating on so just look at the picture with that Sherpa interior fabric and you can see how cozy they are and they come in all sizes for all but the very biggest dogs!
Hypoallergenic dog beds – best dog beds for dogs with allergies
If your poor buddy suffers from allergies then the huge range of good dog beds to choose from becomes much smaller so rather than suggest just one dog bed, we like the range of mattresses and beds made by Teton including their Teton Dog’s DIY Cover which you can fill with material you know will be OK for your dog.
Other Tenton dog beds and dog mats that will help most dogs with allergies.
- Waterproof pet throw blanket
- Kennell crate pad – Waterproof kennel crate pad
- Dog bed cover – Waterproof design it yourself dog bed cover
- Waterproof washable fleece kennel crate pad
Best dog beds for large dogs
There are plenty of beds for small and medium size dogs but finding the right bed for your big buddy can be more difficult. Most large dogs I know get problems with sore muscles and aches and pains as they get older so it’s a great idea to buy a long-lasting, excellent quality, orthopaedic dog bed. Do this and it will suit your BIG buddy for most of their life.
Its difficult to go past Big Barker Orthopaedic Dog Bed with Pillow-Top
This is a long lasting dog bed where some have said they wish they had bought one when there big buddy was just a puppy as they had wasted money on buying poor cheap beds that fell apart and were no good for their dog. The Big Barker bed is solid and well-made but still very comfortable and it doesn’t go flat after a short time like many cheap dog beds that flatten.
Best dog bed for Labs
This bed comes in 3 big sizes up to “Giant size” so you’ll find one to suit your big buddy and our editor Labra tells me Its great for Labradors as she finds it gives her old arthritic body a good comfortable overnight sleep. The Big Barker Orthopaedic dog bed.
Chew proof dog bed
Hey, its not usually our fault if we have nothing to do all the time and we take to chewing our bed, at least its not like we are chewing something that belongs to you humans, it is our bed!
So I thought I’d just add a number 11 for Chew proof dog beds, even although some of these better beds above are very long lasting but maybe not quite indestructible dog beds.
The K9 Ballistics Tough Crate Pad can be washed, its strong and its waterproof and is great for dog chewers. It’s made for to pups that like to dig, scratch and chew while it is still water, hair and dirt resistant. The mats are made with no zippers or Velcro and filled with K9 Certified Clean Recycled Polyfill and they come in all sizes from small, medium, large, XL, and XXL for big dogs so if you have a chewy problem you might like to try one of these!
“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.”
– Mark Twain
Further Reading about dog beds and where dogs should sleep
- Should I let my dog sleep with me? American Kennel Club
- How to choose a place for your dog to sleep
- The first few days – RSPCA information sheet
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