What Should I Consider When Buying a Dog Bed?

Diana Bocco

There are lots of great choices when it comes to picking a dog bed: different materials, shapes, and sizes. There's also no need to compromise, since a dog bed can be tailored to fit any home decor. There are basically four types of dog beds.

Cushion beds are the most common type of dog bed.
Cushion beds are the most common type of dog bed.

Cushion beds, the most common type, are simple round or rectangular pillows with a variety of fillings, from foam to buckwheat. Cedar beds are great to repeal fleas and box-spring beds protect aged or ailing joints. Nesting beds are usually available in the shape of a donut and are perfect for small dogs that like to curl up to sleep.

Nesting beds are good for small dogs that like to curl up to sleep.
Nesting beds are good for small dogs that like to curl up to sleep.

Futons are compact mattresses ideal for traveling. Raised beds are made from steel frames and covered with a mattress. Most of them are waterproof and rustproof and can be used both indoors and outdoors.

Specialty beds are also available, including orthopedic beds for older dogs, heated snuggle pads, and elevated beds to protect dogs from drafts. Roll up sleepers are the ideal dog bed for travel, and bolster beds are nesting beds with an armrest or pillow. Sofa beds and bean bags are also available

When choosing a dog bed, start by evaluating how much you want to spend. You can get a basic bed for about 30 US dollars (USD), or spend over 600 USD on a luxury designer bed. The next step is evaluating the size and personality of your dog. Small and toy breed dogs usually prefer small beds they can curl into, while large breeds usually prefer to stretch out on their side. If your dog likes to sleep in a stretched out position, make sure you measure him to know how big a dog bed you need. For added comfort, add about five inches all around.

When buying a dog bed, a few features are must-haves. First of all, make sure the cover is removable and washable. Having to wash the entire bed is an unnecessary burden. Second, make sure you choose a dog bed that will stand abuse. If you have a dog that likes to chew or scratch everything, a delicate satin bed is not the best choice.

Also, consider a waterproof bed for puppies and older dogs. The inner lining prevents moisture from ruining the filling in case of an accident. Ultimately, the perfect dog bed is the one that best matches your dog's personality and lifestyle.

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Discussion Comments


While recently shopping for a dog bed, I was surprised at all the choices that are available. I was just looking for a simple cushion that would be large enough for my dog and provide a soft place to lay.

I didn't know that they have actual beds for dogs that really look like a bed for a small child. A saw one pink dog bed that I can imagine going to a small, spoiled dog! I must admit many of them were pretty cute, and if I had a smaller dog I might even be tempted to buy one.


Last year I bought a heavily discounted dog bed that had a vinyl cover. I had no idea that this material contains chemicals that can be poisonous to animals.

Luckily we found out before any harm was done. Please watch out for this when you are shopping for your pet dogs bed.


My friend has a very spoiled Yorkie, which has the cutest dog bed ever. It's shaped like a mini chaise longue and it cost more than I would spend on a chair for myself!

At least the dog does sleep on it, so it's worth the outlay for her.

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