Dogs are a valued and beloved addition to many families. We want to take the best possible care of our canine family members, and this means making sure they have a safe, comfortable place to sleep. A quality doggie bed is essential to keeping your pooch happy and healthy. Young or old, your dog is going to love sleeping on one of these featured dog beds so be sure to check them out for yourself today! Here’s a list of some of the best dog beds in 2021 we’ve found on the market.
Getting a dog bed for your pet is an essential component in ensuring that your fur baby can comfortably sleep and have a special spot to rest on.
We know that finding a good dog bed entails a lot of research and several trips to the pet store, so we’ve come up with a guide to help you have a better understanding of dog beds.
How did we pick the best dog bed?
With the range of dog beds available, we started by choosing the ones that meet the following criteria: support, comfort, durability, and added features.
We generally picked dog beds that can be used by all kinds of dogs, but we also selected options that are specially designed for larger breeds. All of our choices prioritize your dog’s comfort. They offer optimal support and are made with a variety of materials, from standard foam to memory foam interiors.
Each bed in our list also has added features, like a standard waterproof base or a non-slip bottom for safety to fleece exteriors for better comfort. One of our favorites, the Barkbox Dog Bed, even has a squeaker toy included. We also selected options with removable and washable covers, so you won’t have a hard time keeping the dog bed fresh and clean.
We ranked them based on the comfort, support offered, and ease of maintenance.
What should you know before you purchase a dog bed?
Here are some helpful things to know when selecting a bed for your pup:
Before getting that super cute dog bed, you should check your dog’s size and weight first. Dogs are typically classified into four sizes: small, medium, large, and extra-large (or dogs weighing 120 lbs. and up).
It might be best to measure them to get more accurate sizing. Start by measuring from the tip of their nose all the way to their rump. Also measure from the crown to the pads. You can do this while your dog is lying down or standing up.
Then, you should also think about the size of the space where you’ll be setting the bed on. While a big dog bed may be best for your large dog, it may end up taking too much space in your home.
If you find these factors to be too daunting, remember that your dog’s weight and dimensions are the most reliable metrics. If you’re having doubts, you can always choose a dog bed that’s a size up.
Your dog’s sleeping or resting position can help you choose the best bed shape for them. If your dog sleeps curled up like a donut, a round bed may be the most suitable. If they are a side sleeper or lie on their back, you’d want to get them a rectangular bed. A rectangular dog bed is also an ideal choice if you have older dogs that find it difficult to curl up.
Dog beds come in a bevy of styles, and the best type of dog bed is one that’s safe for both you and your dog.
Does it have any loose trimmings that you might trip on? If your dog tends to do chew on things, check for any attached accessory that your dog might accidentally swallow?
Consider the exterior and interior materials when picking a bed. A memory foam interior works best for older dogs, while heated beds are great for dogs that with thin fur and easily get cold.
If you have younger dogs, fluffier, plush beds are wonderful options. These help keep them warm and comfortable.
When selecting a dog bed, consider its washability. Also think about your dog’s special needs. Do you have a senior dog? A puppy? Do you constantly go outdoors? An older dog may need better support for joints, so you can opt for an orthopedic bed or a cot-style bed. If you have a reclusive dog, you may want to opt for an igloo-type bed that lets them hide away. And, if you have several dogs at home, you may want to give each dog their own bed.
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What are the types of dog bed?
There are several types of dog beds, but there are five basic types you can choose from:
These have high side panels and are ideal for dogs that like to curl up.
Donut dog beds tend to have a bolstered edge or rim and work great for dogs that also like to curl up. These, however, may not be ideal for older or weak dogs, as their edges may make it difficult for your pet to go in or out.
This type of bed is best suited for arthritic dogs or dogs with orthopedic problems. This type is also ideal for thin or bony dog breeds.
A raised dog bed looks like a cot and keeps pets off cold floors. This is recommended if you have an active dog or if you’re looking for a portable but robust bed.
A covered bed gives your dog their own private space. If you have a small dog or a timid pooch, you might want to opt for a covered or igloo-style bed.
There are other styles, shapes, and materials that you can choose from when it comes to dog beds, but that’s all of the common dog bed types.
By Jarett Gilpin
Jarett and his vapor wake dog, Toxi, help keep the students and public safe on the University of Notre Dame’s campus. Jarett knows what equipment, food and toys to keep Toxi safe, productive and still able to have fun.