As recently as 2018, statistics showed that over 48 million households in the United States alone included at least one dog — and that number has only risen in the time since. If you count yourself among these numbers, you probably don’t need us to tell you that owning a dog can be beneficial to your overall health (mental, physical and emotional), can act as a supplement to your personal and home security (dogs can be, after all, a kind of biological perimeter alarm) and means you get a lifelong companion — at least for the length of your dogs’ lives, that is.
But dog ownership is a two-way street. All of those benefits come at the cost of care, kindness and love on your end. That means feeding them right, keeping them fit and giving them some basic creature comforts; they are family, after all. One of the best ways you can take care of your pup is by getting them a proper bed to call their own — yes, more than just a carpeted corner somewhere in the house. But, like people, every dog has different needs. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up a collection of the best beds for every dog. Big or small, anxious or fickle, senior or still a puppy, you’ll find a sleep solution that’s perfect for your K9 right here.
What to Look For
You probably wouldn’t put a rock-hard mattress in your guest room, forcing your visiting friends and family to sleep uncomfortably and potentially painfully, right? Well, you shouldn’t expect that out of your dog, either. With all the modern tech and conveniences at our disposal, dog beds — at least many of the good ones — are leaps and bounds closer to human-quality mattresses than ever before. But if you really want to make sure your dog is getting the best, most comfortable sleep possible, you’re still going to want to watch out for a few things, which we’ve outlined below.
Size: It might seem obvious, but making sure you get the right size bed for your dog is pretty important. After all, you wouldn’t want your Great Dane hanging off the edge of a chihuahua-sized bed — it would defeat the purpose. Similarly, a small dog doesn’t need a bed that takes up the same room as a California King mattress — that’s just a waste of space. Make sure you’re paying attention to the dimensions of the bed of your choosing to avoid these pitfalls.
Materials: There are two major reasons you’re going to want to keep your dog’s bed materials in mind. The first is for long-term durability; dogs have claws and teeth and tend to live a little rougher than we do, which means their bed needs to be able to stand up to some punishment. High-quality materials — especially things like ripstop nylon — will hold up better over time than lesser ones. Second, the materials will determine how easy it is to clean you dog’s bed, which you’ll definitely want to do from time to time. Again, nylons tend to be easier to clean, as they’re stain- and water-resistant and are usually quick-drying. A simple glance at the specs (or even the tag) will illuminate how easy or difficult it is to clean a given dog bed.
Support: One of the bigger points of getting a dog bed is so that your dog is more comfortable than on, say, the cold, hard floor. But that’s not going to matter if the bed you choose is rock hard, lumpy, unsupportive, etc. As such, you’re going to want to check out reviews — both professional and consumer — as well as take a close look at the specs to make sure the bed you pick actually offers support and isn’t just stuffed with some loose cotton. Some of the bigger names in human-quality mattresses even make dog beds with the exact same spinal-supporting technology, for instance. And that means your pup can get the royal treatment, just as you intended.