How to select a dog bed

There are numerous options and types of dog beds, and a wide variety is always better than scarcity. However, choosing the right bed can also be a confusing endeavor. The most common reason pet owners return beds they bought for their companions is due to picking the wrong dog bed size.

How to select a dog bed

You may think it’s not a big deal to have a bed that is a little small for your dog, but consider these potential issues that can result from having the wrong size dog bed:

 Sore joints from not getting enough support

 Sore muscles from being cramped in a small space

 Not enough restful sleep

 Hip and back problems (especially in large breeds)

Here’s how you can make sure that you’re getting the right size bed for your dog , every time:

Unlike beds made for us, there is are no universal predefined bed sizes for dogs. It could be a lot easier if you could pick out a standard twin, full, or queen size bed for your dog, knowing that it would fit your pet without any issues. That’s not the case, and eyeballing the size of the bed isn’t a reliable way to know if your dog will fit comfortably.

How to select a dog bed

The best way to be sure that you’re getting the right size dog bed is to measure your dog for a bed, just as you would measure for clothing. Then add 6 to 12 inches to the final number to give your pooch some room to spread out. Most dog owners are surprised to find out after they measure the dog and add another 6 to 12 inches that they have been seriously underestimating how much space their dog needs.

To measure your pet, take a tape measure and measure him from the tip of the nose to the tail. That’s how long the bed should be. Then measure your dog from shoulder to shoulder at the widest point.

That’s the minimum width that the bed should be. Add 6-12 inches to both of those final numbers. Write those measurements down and use them as a guideline when you’re shopping for a new dog bed.

All dogs are different, they sleep in different positions, and their personality has to be considered when shopping for their new bed. In this case, picking the right type of the bed will often go together with the right size.

Does your dog like to curl up when sleeping? Many dogs instinctual sleep in a curled-up position to keep themselves warm and for the feeling of safety. Most bed sizes will work in this case, as long as they’re not too small, and you don’t need to pick an over-sized bed.

Does your dog like to stretch out when sleeping? A larger bed with plenty of room will be the best choice to prevent any discomfort for a dog that likes to stretch out. An over-sized bed to a lot of extra room will also provide good support for dogs with joint problems.

Don’t forget to consider bedding and the “wash-ability” of the bed. Depending on the material, some dog beds may need to be washed not only to remove dirt and debris, but also to kill mites, fleas or other things your dog may bring onto the bed after his daily walks. Your pet’s hair, saliva, and bacteria can build up quickly on dog beds, too. Easily removable bedding, or dog beds with waterproof and anti-bacterial fabric, are the best options. With regular dog beds with no antibacterial or waterproof fabric, you may need to do a little more work.

Especially with large dog beds for your big pooch, you may have to take it to the laundromat to wash it in an industrial size washing machine, the kind that is used for large comforters and other bulky items.

How to select a dog bed

It’s easy to find large loose fill dog beds, the ones filled with foam shreds, pellets, and other soft substances. These are usually the cheapest to buy, but will cost more in the long-term due to quick deterioration and constant need to wash them. These loose fill beds aren’t easy to wash either, and the filling will break down quickly.

Once the filling starts to shift, flatten, or shrink the usable space of the bed, which is the comfortable part of the bed, will get a lot smaller and then the bed will be uncomfortable for your dog. It will probably be too small for your dog at that point as well. Generally, you’re better off investing in a higher quality dog bed which will outlast several cheaper beds. A memory foam dog bed will hold up better over

time and often these have washable covers, with some beds manufactured using anti-bacterial and “stay-clean” covers, which makes it extremely easy to keep the bed clean and sanitary.

Today, it’s always easier (and cheaper) to order dog beds online rather than browse at pet stores. The company will usually provide a good set of guidelines for you to pick an ideal bed for your specific dog.

Some will also have FAQs, quizzes and guides to further assist you with your choice. With enough help, the process is smooth, easy and will often cost far less than buying a dog bed at a pet store. You also get the benefit of browsing a large number of beds instead of being constricted to just a few choices.

But what about when you’re looking at pet beds in the pet store or in the department store? How are you supposed to know if those beds are big enough? First, you’ll have to bring a tape measure with you to measure any beds that you’re considering. Some owners may bring their pet with them to have the dog try out the bed, but that doesn’t always work as the dog may not want to lie down due to distractions, or the bed isn’t available for tryouts.

Generally, when in doubt, size up and buy a bigger dog bed. It’s not uncommon for dog owners to underestimate how much space their dog needs to be comfortable.

BuddyRest was founded on the idea of supporting older dogs and based our first products on helping joint pains in dogs. We know dog sleep science and hope this blog helped you out.

If your dog spends too much time on your sofa or in your favorite chair, or if you find your lovable friend climbing a little too close when it’s time to hit the sack at night, it might be time to get that crafty canine of yours their own bed.

Research says you may sleep OK with a dog in the bed, but people sleep better with their dog off the bed and in the same room.

Sleeping — a lot — is a big part of a dog’s life. On average, your pooch sleeps somewhere between 12 and 14 hours a day. If yours is a puppy, they may need 18-20 hours a day.

Dog beds, like dogs, come in all shapes and sizes. Finding a good one can be tricky. Dog beds, like dogs, are an awfully personal thing.

There are some things to consider when picking out a dog bed.

After you decide to buy one, the next step is to measure your dog from head to tail. This will make sure that you don’t get a bed that’s too small for your buddy.

A dog bed should be big enough so that your pet can lie down in a natural position. Sure, when they’re balled up, the bed might seem fine. But what if your canine companion wants to stretch out?


Many dogs chew. Young dogs may do it to ease the pain of teething. Older dogs may do it to clean their teeth and keep their jaws strong.

Or maybe your dog’s just hungry, stressed, or bored.

When it comes to beds, though, chewing can be destructive. What’s more, it can be dangerous if one of the pieces they chew ends up stuck in their stomach or intestines.

If you have a chewer, fabric beds filled with foam pieces or other cushioning might not be the best choice. Beds built with PVC pipe or aluminum and covered with a canvas-like fabric may be a better option for the “gnawy” dogs out there.

Many of these beds are elevated, too. That lets air flow underneath, which might be nice for a bigger dog or one with a thick coat that may naturally run hot, even if they don’t have a chewing problem.

Remember to consider ease of cleaning, too. Your dog’s bed will need it sooner or later. Cot-like beds fit that bill, as do machine-washable options, particularly ones with a removable cover that you can throw in the washer.



The best advice on what material to choose for your dog’s bed probably comes from watching your pet. Do they have achy joints, or hip dysplasia? Are they old or young? Do they have lots of fur, or not much? How does your dog like to sleep, normally?

Beds with memory foam, for example, may be a good choice for an older dog with balky joints. Some have cooling gel.

Other, fluffier beds may be the pick for younger or smaller dogs. Plush beds can keep a smaller, less-fluffy dog warm.

Other Things to Think About

Heated dog beds can be good for some dogs on cold nights, especially ones without big fur coats and older dogs who deal with things like hip dysplasia, arthritis, or joint or circulation issues. Be sure to find one with a cord that’s resistant to a chewy dog.

Orthopedic beds can help older dogs who have problems getting around.

Keeping your loved one comfortable in a nice bed is just part of being a good pet parent. Remember, beds are important for more than sleep. They can become a “safe” place for a dog with fear or noise aversion issues.


Mayo Clinic Proceedings: “The Effect of Dogs on Human Sleep in the Home Sleep Environment.”

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: “Choosing the right bed for your dog.”

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: “Destructive Chewing.”

American Kennel Club: “Best Dog Beds: How to Choose the Comfiest Bed for Your Pup,” “Are Heated Beds Safe for Your Dog?” “Why Do Dogs Sleep So Much?”

How to select a dog bed

Hello, it’s Kassa here. My job is to explain to you the things you need to know about how to choose the right dog bed when buying the perfect dog bed for your furry friend. I’ll be honest with you, if you didn’t have a nice and soft place to put your head at night, you probably wouldn’t get a very good sleep either.

The same goes for us dogs and especially for the older girls like me. I don’t get around as fast or as much as I used to so I really look forward to having a nice, big, soft and firm place to either rest my bones or to catch a few winks when I get tired during the day.

How To Choose The Right Dog Bed: Factors To Look For

But what kind of dog bed should you get for your best friend? Well, let’s just think about that for a moment. If Mick or I are your ‘best friend’ are you going to get us something good or bad? I would think you are going to treat us with the best bed you can afford with the extras that we need to enjoy a good night’s sleep.

For some extra help, let’s look at some of the extra details you should keep in mind on that trip to the dog bed store. I’m assuming there’s some place that has a whole collection of these things lined up somewhere and the moment you let us off our leashes we just run until we get to the beds, sniff ‘em, rub our faces in ‘em and try a few out before we give you the tail wag you need to see that tells you we are happy.

Like to read Micks reviews of the Best Rated Large Dog Beds?

But there’s more….

1) Materials

Does your dog have allergies or sensitive skin? If so, there are some dog beds with materials in them you will want to avoid. The same goes for those dogs who tend to chew on things (Mick, I’m thinking about an incident not that long ago). So you need to look for materials that are considered non-toxic. Washing the dog bed as soon as you get it home is also a good idea.

2) To Skid Or Not To Skid

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy a good laugh when Mick would charge into his dog bed, hop in it and slide a few feet across the room. The idea is to find a dog bed that has a non-skid surface on the bottom, unless you need some cheap entertainment and you have one of those annoying, wound-up tight mini dogs.

3) Cleaning

How to select a dog bed

Okay, accidents happen. I’ll even admit to the odd one. Sometimes I jump straight into my bed from rolling in something disgusting like that dead rabbit down the paddock…. Sometimes I forget to wipe my paws off after spending some time in the muddy garden. The point is that if your dog bed can be washed regularly – even just the removable cover – you will have a nice, clean place for us to enjoy and well, get dirty again.

4) Warmth

As you know, I’m getting up in years. I’d like a bed that has a high bottom so it is easier for me to get in and out. Plus, the ones with the thicker padding in them are actually warmer so I kind of like that part as well. It’s not essential for a little guy like, Mick – although he’d likely argue that point.

5) Stain / Water Resistant

Sure, sometimes we get a little sloppy and mess up our bed and everything within close proximity to it. Let me clear up one misconception The Humans tend to have on this. We are NOT marking our territory. We are just messy about some things.

You can teach some of us old dogs a new trick, but some of us just aren’t interested in filling our minds with those kinds of details when there’s so many other things to do. A dog bed with a cover that resists water and/or stains will be your best friend’s best friend.

6) Durable

Two words: puppies chew. They are crazy about chewing on anything and don’t care what it is because all their tiny brains can handle is the ongoing desire to chew, chew and chew some more. So, a good ‘starter’ dog bed needs to be able to withstand the torture a puppy can give it.

7) Size Does Matter

How to choose the right dog bed for your dogs size… Mick thinks he’s as big as I am so he whined so much that he ended up with a big dog bed like me. I don’t mind because you need to make sure the bed you choose is big enough for us to be able to stretch out. That’s a big swath of dog for some of us. We need that space because, well, just because. Another thing is hair…..Sometimes a good solution for dogs who shed annoying amounts of hair everywhere is seat cover. Are you looking for the most durable seat covers for dog hair?

How to select a dog bed

Now that you have a fairly good idea of what kinds of things make us happy in the way of dog beds, what don’t we like? Well, I’m going to save you a lot of trial and error here with what I would consider the top three things to avoid when shopping for a dog bed.

8) – Hard To Wash Mattresses

How to choose the right dog bed when you have a flea infestation? You can wash the removable cover all you want, but if I’ve got fleas, they are going to be in the mattress as well. Even if you have one of those fancy covers that is apparently hard for those little buggers to get into. Sure, some covers will hold them off a bit but even if you can keep the mattress protected, sooner or later it’s going to start smelling like Mick. Believe me, you won’t want that scent to hound you all day. Check to make sure you can handle washing the mattress size as well at home, or take it to the laundromat.

9) – Do-Dads

I’m old enough to know better, but younger dogs don’t always understand that there are things that can hurt them when they chew on them. A dog bed with a lot of do-dads like buttons, zippers, piping or straps is not good for chewers. That is, unless you want to get to know the veterinarian better. Beds with these things on them are not safe for dogs. Even I can trip and get hurt on straps or anything else that tangles me up.

1o) – Toxic Finishes

Sure, it might look nice to have your best friend sleeping in a bed with a wood frame. It’s strong, it’s sturdy, it looks nice next to your fancy wooden bookcase but if it has any kind of finish on it, it could be toxic if your dog it a chewer. Even the curious ones who start licking the finish can be harmed. Besides, wood can be a great place for mold and mites to live and that’s just not what you want. Believe me, you don’t.

How To Choose The Right Dog Bed, A Few Final Tips

In additional to all of this information on how to choose the right dog bed, remember that older dogs, like me, need some special considerations when it comes to such things as dog beds. Plus, you really have to take a good look at your dog and where it spends time. If it is an active dog, you may want to look at the durable style dog beds. If your dog is docile, like me, you may get away with something that is more comfortable than durable. Trust me, we’ll let you know if you’ve made the right choice.

Your pet, as a valued family member, deserves nothing less than the most excellent sleeping quarters. Therefore, it’s crucial to pick the correct dog bed. A dog, after all, may sleep for up to 14 hours every day. Even a dog who sleeps in your bed needs a specific area to call his own: a tranquil haven where he may nap uninterrupted.

Therefore, here are a few aspects that you must keep in mind while choosing the right bed for your dog.

How to select a dog bed

1. Size Of The Bed

When it comes to choosing a dog bed, size is crucial! Nothing is more heartbreaking than a Saint Bernard attempting to sleep on a Chihuahua-sized dog bed. No matter what configurations they stretch into, the ideal dog bed should be large enough to cushion their joints from the rough floor. Measuring your dog while they’re lying down is an excellent way to ensure you get the right-sized dog bed.

Then get something a little bigger so they can lie comfortably in all their natural positions. Your dog may be able to curl up in a ball on some beds, but what if they want to spread out and extend their legs? It is preferable to purchase something a little larger to ensure your dog’s continued comfort.

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How to select a dog bed

2. Consider Your Dog’s Specific Requirements

It’s essential to think about your pet’s specific demands while choosing a bed. For example, arthritis, back pain, and other health issues may affect senior dogs, particularly larger breeds. If your dog is older, you should consider investing in an orthopedic memory foam dog bed.

By giving extra support, a memory foam dog bed can help ease joint discomfort. Investing in an excellent orthopedic dog bed with memory foam will save you money on vet expenses as well as protect your older dog from undue agony.

How to select a dog bed

3. Keep An Eye On How Your Dog Sleeps

What is your dog’s preferred sleeping position? When they fall asleep for the night, do they curl up into an impossibly tiny ball? While others splay their limbs and lie flat on their backs or stomachs, every dog has a unique sleeping position. By observing how your dog sleeps regularly, you can choose a bed that will be the most comfortable for them.

After all, dog beds come in various sizes and styles. When your dog prefers to curl up, round or oval beds with a side are ideal, whereas mattress beds are ideal for sleeping flat. If your dog is a leaner, a raised side or bolster-style bed is recommended.

These beds resemble small dog couches and have a raised edge on which your dog can rest its head. However, each dog will have their own tastes, so it’s crucial to provide them a few options so you can be sure they’ll always be comfortable.

How to select a dog bed

4. Material Of The Bed

Don’t judge a book by its cover when choosing a dog bed. What’s on the inside is just as essential! Dog beds are available with a range of fill materials to accommodate your dog’s individual demands. Most mattresses are filled with spun-polyester filler, which is soft, warm, and suitable for most dogs with no particular needs or preferences. Other beds have a more supportive memory foam fill that is ideal for dogs with joint issues as well as large breed dogs who require more support.

How to select a dog bed

5. Select a Piece That Complements Your Home’s Decor

Most dogs’ notion of house décor these days is to leave all their dog toys out on the floor all of the time. That is a lovely house to them. However, people have varying opinions on this. You might enjoy a fancy dog bed if it complements your home decor.

There are so many designer dog beds available in the market. Consider what wall colors you prefer and get a dog bed that goes with the overall aesthetic of your home. After all, a dog bed doesn’t have to detract from your house’s decor or look out of place. You can choose a dog bed that can complement your place or even enhance it!

To match any home décor style, dog beds and duvets are available in various fabrics such as cotton, suede, and velvet. In addition to versatile colors and patterns, designer dog beds disguised as an end table are also available. So, get your dog a safe den to relax while also bolstering the aesthetic of your home.

How to select a dog bed

6. Choose a Bed That Is Simple To Keep Clean

One of the most crucial factors to consider when choosing a dog bed is the material it is composed of. If you want to take a dog bed camping or use it outside or in the garden, use a more durable canvas that is waterproof or water-resistant. It will keep the dog bed from getting damp and make it easier to clean.

Choosing a dog bed that is easy to maintain and clean is maybe the most crucial factor to consider. Dog beds should be washed every two weeks, depending on the material, not only to remove dirt and debris but also to eliminate mites, fleas, and other parasites that your dog may carry into the bed after his walks.

Dog beds can also quickly accumulate hair, saliva, and bacteria. Choosing a bed with a removable cover is preferable, which can be quickly removed and washed in your home washing machine. Another alternative is to add a washable duvet or blanket to your dog’s bed.


Choosing the right bed for your dog should be a lot easier now that you’ve considered these qualities and concerns. A decent dog bed is an investment; it can be costly, but think how much use it will get from your pet, as they sleep for 12-14 hours per day. A high-quality dog bed will give your pet years of comfort. After all, if a dog can’t find comfort in his own bed, he’ll find it in yours.

How to select a dog bed

Every dog needs a place of his own, and the right Dog Bed can provide that perfect, quiet spot for any canine. In addition to adding a stylish element to your home decor, a dog bed can provide a multitude of benefits for your pooch (and you).

Evaluate the size, age and health of your dog and think about the type of bed in which your dog will be most comfortable. Many of the small and toy breed dogs like beds they can snuggle in and keep warm. These are commonly called “snuggle beds”.

How to select a dog bed

Above: This snuggle bed from Best Friends by Sheri is called an Original Calming Shag Vegan Fur Donut Cuddler. That’s a long way of saying “super comfy”. It’s a best seller on Amazon.

Always check to see if the covering on the bed is removable and washable. A washable cover is almost a necessity since it will surely get dirty over time. Most dog bed covers (our at least outer liners) can be unzipped – these are a great choice.

Match The Dog Bed With Your Interior

How to select a dog bed

Above: One of our favorite dog bed brands? Bowsers Dog Beds! They make super comfy, furniture grade dog beds. Plus, they come a variety of styles and patterns, so there is always something to match your interior.

Whenever you are shopping for a major purchase (such as a dog bed) you need to consider what you want to spend. There are a variety of price points to meet your budgetary needs.

It goes without saying that you should aim for a bed that is the right size for your dog. The dog should be able to lie flat, completely stretched out on his side, without hanging off of the bed. Measure your dog from nose to tail before beginning your online research. You will want a bed that can fit your pet easily, without taking over the entire room.

Remember that your pet’s bed can contribute to your overall training program for your dog. If your pet seems skittish around the new bed (it happens), there is an easy fix for that. Dog beds work as a pets’ “own space” that they can retreat to.

For instance, if Fido is an unruly beggar during dinner time, you can easily train him to hang out in his new, comfy bed with the help of a yummy dog treat toy. The Kong Dog Toy is a classic for a good reason, but if you are searching for something new, there are plenty of other great new Dog Treat Toys out there.

It is just smart to do plenty of research before buying a dog bed. Research the brands out there and also the reviews online. Our article 3 Mistakes Dog Owners Make When Buying A Bed is a must read.

If you are buying for a new pet, then check out our tips on How To Choose The Right Dog Toys For Your Pet as well as How To Choose The Right Dog Bowl For Your Pet. These can help you grasp what the essentials are before making these important decisions for your dog. With a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and prices you’ll be sure to find the perfect bed for your best friend.

Our crate bedding is specifically designed to fit the majority of dog crates made by Midwest, Precision, Four Paws and others. Our dog crate beds are available in the 6 most popular crate sizes.

Our Size Guide is as follows: (XS) 18″, (S) 24″, (M) 30″, (L) 36″, (XL) 42″ & (XXL) 48″. This measurement is the length of the crate, which is the longest side. There are no standard sizes for dog crates; the width and height of crates vary in every collection from every manufacturer. But our unique pattern accommodates the small variances in size, so you don’t have to worry whether your Cratewear will fit.

To determine the correct Cratewear size for your dog crate bed, all you need to do is simply measure the length of the crate from front to back and refer to our size guide. It’s that easy!

Please Note: The X-Small crates vary from 18-22″ in length. Our X-Small Cratewear was made to fit the 18″ crate, which is more proportionate. It will fit a 22″ crate, but the cover and pad will be slightly short. We do not suggest sizing up to a Small 24″ Cratewear set, which would be too big overall.

Size / Weight

Recommended Sizes

Examples of Breeds

18″L x 13″W

Most Cats, Yorkies, Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Maltese, Papillons

Fat Cats (you know who you are), Shih Tzus, Pugs, Dachshunds, Poodles, Boston Terriers, Miniture Pinschers, Bichons Frises, West Highland Terriers, French Bulldog, Lhasa Apsos, Havanese, Pekingese, Chinese Cresteds, Brussels Griffons

Beagles, Miniature Schnauzers, Shetland Sheepdogs, Cavalier King Charles, Scottish Terriers, Cairn Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers

Boxers, Bull Dogs, Cocker Spaniels, Welsh Corgis, Bassett Hounds, English Springer Spaniels, Australian Shepherds, Sharpeis, Wheaten Terriers, Bull Terriers

Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, Siberian Huskies, Weimaraners, Collies, Vizslas, Airedale Terriers, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Standard Poodles, Border Collies, Chow Chows

Alaskan Malamutes, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Great Danes, Old English Sheepdogs, St. Bernards, Weirmaraners

Setting Up Cratewear Bedding

Please keep in mind that there are no standard dog kennel or cage sizes. Our bedding has been designed to accommodate the majority of crates. For the best fit:

  • Place the bumper in the crate first. Start by attaching the Velcro around the back corners of the crate. Make sure you attach the Velcro above a horizontal bar. This will prevent it from sliding down. Don’t worry if the bumper is short, the crate pad will fill in any extra space. Depending on the size of your crate, the bumper may or may not come all the way to the front edge.
  • Next, place the mattress/pad in the crate.
  • Now you’re ready to put on the crate cover. All seams should be in the back of the crate not on the top. Crate covers provide privacy and security dogs appreciate.

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Caring for your Crate Bedding Set

For your convenience the following information encompassing our entire line can also be found on the product care label located on every Pet Dreams dog bed. If you have any questions about caring for or washing your dog bed please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be happy to respond ASAP!

Sleepezz Dog Beds & Mats

The entire bed can be washed and dried according to label instructions below


Fabric Content:
65% Poly/ 35% Cotton
Sherpa/Fill: 100% Polyester

Plush & Designer

Cratewear Dog Bedding Set

Entire set can be washed and dried according to label instructions below


Fabric Content:
65% Poly/ 35% Cotton
Fill: 100% Polyester

Plush & Designer

Ortho-Bliss Orthopedic Memory Foam Beds

The decorative cover can be washed and dried according to label instructions (below). However, memory foam is not washable


Fabric Content:
100% Polypropylene
Fill: 100% Memory Foam

Replacement Pet Bed Covers

The entire bed cover can be washed and dried according to label instructions below


Plush & Designer



Donut Style Bumper Dog Beds

Cover and pillows can be washed and dried according to label instructions below


Fabric Content:
100% Polyester
Fill: 100% ECO-Friendly Recycled Plastic Bottles

After all, your pupper deserves a great place to sleep but how big does the bed need to be?

Dog bed sizes are simple enough once you put some thought into it, however.

If you’re looking to make sure that your canine companion has the niftiest, best-sized bed for their taste then you’re in the right place. Read on and learn how to make sure that you have the right bed for your pet.

Appropriate Sizing for Dog Beds

Many people are pretty content as long as their dog mostly fits on their dog bed. For the best results, you should always make sure your dog can lay down on the bed. However they wish so an appropriately sized bed is usually a bit bigger than the dog.

If you know your dog’s dimensions this makes it easy enough to pick the appropriately sized bed but there’s a caveat: dog bed sizes aren’t standardized.

Always check the footprint of the size you’re looking to purchase before committing to a purchase. A large bed in one style may be nearly twice as large as another bed labeled the same, even within the same brand!

Of course, your dog’s new bed also needs to fit where you’re planning on putting it, so make sure to pick a corner or spot and measure what can fit there before you even begin with measuring the dog for a well-sized bed.

Measuring for the Right Dog Bed Sizes

Quick, how long is your dog? How tall?

Chances are that you don’t have an exact figure memorized. Measuring a dog can seem pretty tricky as well. You have to factor in both their length and the length of their legs to make sure that the surface dimensions of the bed are right.

There’s a really simple way to make sure you get an appropriately sized bed, however. Next time your pet is taking a nap on the floor trace a square or rectangle around them with masking tape. Be careful to give some extra room around the edges, a couple of inches should suffice.

This rectangle will give you a baseline minimum for how large the bed you’re looking for should be. You can even do it with multiple canines if they prefer to sleep together.

A Brief Word About Sleeping Positions

Ideally, your dog should be able to lay out however they wish on their new bed.

The style of bed, as well as the size, can be affected by the way your dog sleeps. A dog which curls into a small bottle and a dog which prefers to sprawl out as far as possible during their slumber will need different sized beds in the end.

So, make sure to take a glance at how your pet prefers to sleep when trying to determine which bed is the right way to go.

The Poundage Factor

While it may seem easy enough to just grab a dog bed that looks great according to reviews. There’s more to finding the right dog bed than meets the eye.

One of the biggest things that people overlook?

Their dog’s weight.

The current, veterinarian recommended material is memory foam.

Keep in mind that many of the beds which are labeled as “orthopedic” may contain nothing more than foam chips or polyfill. If you’re looking to prevent joint issues for your pooch in the future you’ll want to make sure that the bed is real memory foam.

This means the thickness of the bed is actually quite important, as well as the density of the foam. While it might be tempting to pick up a mammoth sized bed for a pack of terriers, for instance, the bed is most likely made to support dogs of 100+lb weights and won’t provide the right amount of support for smaller dogs.

Memory foam isn’t a homogenous substance, what works for a smaller dog. May crush easily under a mammoth mastiff while a tiny terrier may as well be sleeping on a board if the foam is designed for dogs like Great Danes.

You can’t even rely on the thickness of the foam as your sole indicator due to differing densities. As a general rule, you should always check what weight the bed is rated for.

In general large, thick beds are designed for larger dogs and won’t provide any benefit to smaller pups. Smaller beds may not be appropriate for overweight dogs as well.

This includes cases of multiple dogs sharing a bed, even if their cumulative weight is equal to the amount the bed is rated for.

Additional Considerations

Some bed types, like those which feature all-around bolsters, actually have a smaller sleeping area than advertised. Make sure to take that into account during the sizing part of your selection.

It’s always recommended to go with memory foam as an internal filler, especially for breeds which are prone to problems like hip dysplasia. Memory foam supports joints well, reducing pain from joint issues and helping to slow down their formation.

The important thing is to check the available surface area of any given design of bed. Too little and it’ll simply be impossible for your dog to get comfortable.

Little features can be great.

On the dog side of things, integrated blankets, comfortable covers, and the right bed design are the key things to look out for.

As for you? Finding something which is easy to clean and will fit both your dog and your plan for the room. They’re sleeping in should be easy once you have everything sized appropriately.

The Right Bed for Doggone Good Sleep

There’s quite a bit of confusion about dog bed sizes. With no standard to go off of, it can feel like the general size of a bed means nothing.

And the truth is that it doesn’t. The actual footprint of the bed is the important thing to check for and with a bit of tape and some careful measuring, you can ensure your pooch has a great sleeping spot.

In any case, isn’t it about time that your dog got the sleep it deserves? Grab some tape and get measuring, your pet is on the way to the best doggone sleep they’ve ever had.

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How to select a dog bed

Shopping for your pet? It’s important to know how to choose the right size dog bed. In many of the nearly 50 million dog-owning households in the United States, pets sleep in their human’s beds.

However, a 2017 study from the Mayo Clinic suggests that people sleep better without a dog in their bed, in part because dogs have different sleep patterns than we do. And if you’ve ever slept with a dog, you know how much room they can take up… Find the right size dog bed and both of you will snooze comfortably. Once you’ve decided what size is needed, take a look at our guide to buying the best dog bed for some great deals and options.

How to choose the right size dog bed: Measure your dog

Most people wouldn’t casually buy a mattress for themselves without exploring their options. Since both dogs and dog beds come in a variety of sizes, it can feel even more complicated than mattress shopping. A small dog needs a small bed, but that’s just a starting point.

Get a tape measure and measure your dog’s length from nose to tail. Suppose your chihuahua, for example, is 15-inches (38 cm) long. Now think about how your pup prefers to sleep. Some dogs curl up in a tight ball, while others enjoy being able to stretch out and roll around. It’s also important to consider your dog’s overall size and proportions. A Great Dane’s long limbs should be supported by their bed if they like splaying out while they snooze.

Now that you know your dog’s sleeping style, add some inches on to their length measurement to get an idea of how big a bed they need. It’s probably bigger than you thought. If your dog stretches out to sleep, they could need a bed as much as 12-inches (30.5 cm) longer than their nose-to-tail length. A curled-up furball wouldn’t need a bed quite as big, and might even feel vulnerable or chilly in a big open bed.

So far we’ve only talked about length and width, but weight is an important measurement too. Big dogs can have joint problems and need a bed that will support them. If your dog is overweight, they might need more support too. A small pup likely won’t need as much.

How to choose the right size dog bed: Types of bed

Dog beds come in many different shapes, sizes, thicknesses, and materials. You might be tempted to go with the least expensive one, but remember: if they don’t like it, they won’t sleep in it (no matter how much you grumble). Much like a good mattress, a high quality dog bed can last a long time. Think about how you’ll clean the bed, whether it’s spot cleaning, throwing it in the wash, or removing a washable cover.

Orthopaedic or memory foam: These provide a thick cushion between the dog and the floor.
Good for: Large dogs, older dogs, or dogs that need joint support could benefit from an orthopaedic bed.
Avoid if: Your dog tends to sleep curled up, gets overheated easily, or likes pillowy surfaces.

Round or oval-shaped: These are usually plush or “fuzzy”, lightweight, and filled with polyfill or foam rubber.
Good for: Small dogs, short-haired dogs, or dogs that enjoy being curled up and snuggled down.
Avoid if: Your dog sleeps stretched out, needs joint support, or likes chewing on stuffed animals (they might chew the bed).

Pillow beds: Usually shaped like a rectangular cushion. Many have waterproof or removable, washable covers.
Good for: All sizes of dogs that sleep stretched out, switch positions often in their sleep, or are more likely to get their beds muddy or dirty.
Avoid if: Your dog needs thick cushioning or might chew on the bed.

Covered bed: Often shaped like a dome or an envelope.
Good for: Dogs who like sleeping under blankets, or feel secure in a small, covered space.
Avoid if: Your dog prefers to be out in the open.

Bolster beds: Come in different shapes and materials, but usually have a rigid border. Some may look like a sofa.
Good for: Dogs who may enjoy resting their chins or paws on a raised surface when they sleep.
Avoid if: Your dog might chew on the materials or would not like being surrounded by a firm border.

Hit the Internet

Now that you know how to choose the right size dog bed for your bestest buddy, it will be easier to drill down into the shapes, materials, and covers that will work best for them. You’ll sleep better with your own space and knowing that your dog is as comfortable as they can be. There’s lots of great options to choose from in our buying guide on picking the best dog bed.

Shanna Tyndall has been writing and editing for the web and print for most of the 2000s. She is also a happy life-long cat owner and acquired a cat-like dog seven years ago. She believes that pets are generally better than people.