There are a number of different types of canine beds available, and it can be confusing to choose among them all. Your choice of beds is a function of your personal taste, your dog's needs based on age (arthritis, age) and how your dog likes to sleep.
There are several "core" choices when selecting a bed:
1. Styles: such as "classic", "Bolster/Nesting", and Travel as indicated in the sections below.
2. Stuffing: There are 4 options:
- Polyfil - There are two types of polyfil:
-- High Loft Fibers: Lowest priced models made with recycled plastics such as drink bottles.
-- Baffled Polyfil : The bed contains tubes that have polyfil. Each tube acts as a separate section which moves with your dog for comfort.
- Box Spring: Provides good support like a human mattress
- Foam: Conforms to your dog's body. Foam options include a
classic approach and beds made for orthopedic support. This is
preferred choice for owners that have dogs that need orthopedic help or
- Combination: Found in premium priced mattresses and tend to the most comfortable.
3. Price: Prices range from $10 to hundreds of dollars depending on the fill and type.
4. Finishing Touches: Premium fabrics and having your dog's name inscribed on the bed can add to the cost.
5. Size: As a rule of thumb, buy a dog bed that is 5 inches wider and longer than your dog.
6. Cleaning: Beds have cleaning features such as removable machine washable covers and fabric that is water resistant.
7. Indoor or Outdoor: If you dog sleeps outdoors, or if you need a bed for both.
8. Quality: Price often
matters when it comes to bedding. Consider everything from premium beds
manufactured by Orvis to Amazon dog beds that come in a range of prices
(and also offers helpful reviews).
Classic Canine Bed
First there is the classic bed. These canine beds look rather like a mattress for a people bed. They work well for medium to large breeds. There is plenty of room to stretch out on them. They are either made with polyfil or foam. Some options are waterproof or come with covers that can be washed.
Bolster or Nesting Canine Beds
Then there is bed that you're probably used to seeing. It's round or rectangular, has soft sides on it, and a cushioned bottom. It's covered with something soft and cozy like fleece. The cover may or may not be removable for washing. These beds are good for medium to small breeds.
These beds are easy to find at any pet store and are quite affordable. You might have heard that this type of bed is difficult to clean. That might of been the case in the past, however, newer models such as the top rated Pet Fusion Dog lounge and Bed (shown below), has a removable and machine washable cover, making cleaning simple.
It is the highest rated Bolster Dog Bed on Amazon.
Wicker Dog Beds
Wicker canine beds are popular with many owners as they are decorative and easy to move, particularly for large dogs. Negatives include concern with keeping them clean and the dog chewing any part of the wicker.
Slumber or Puff Ball Dog Bed
A slumber ball pet canine bed has a flat top, making it easy for dogs to climb and off. These look rather like beanbag chairs, with a hollow place on top. They are covered with something like suede or fleece, and are very comfortable and cozy. Your dog can snuggle right into them. A slumber ball pet canine bed has a washable cover to make upkeep easier. These beds may have covers that can be removed for washing.
Inflatable Canine Bed
Inflatable dog beds are another choice. Some are round and some are rectangular. Most have a lip around the sides for your dog to rest his head on. The dog air bed itself is made of PVC, which is very durable and claw-proof. The bed is then covered with a removable cover made of something cozy like fleece.
They are a good choice for dogs with arthritis, because they provide good support. They are also very easy to clean- the cover is machine washable, and the bed itself can be wiped down with a mild soap and water. These types of beds come in a wide range of prices as shown below. These bed are also a popular option when traveling due to the easy portability.
Dog Air Beds
Chewproof or Indestructible Dog Bed
A chewproof canine bed is not only designed to keep your dog from destroying the bed, but to keep the dog from eating parts of the bed that could result in a health problem. Characteristics of chew resistant canine beds include a metal frame and durable bed cover material.
Orthopedic dog beds are made for dogs with arthritis or other joint problems. They are designed to provide extra support and are made with special kinds of foam inside. They may be more costly than other types of beds, but are worth looking into if your dog has joint problems.
Priced Under $80 on Amazon Dog Beds
Outdoor Elevated Dog Bed
Elevated outdoor dog beds are popular inside and out for their simple design and air flow. The beds are at least 7 inches off the ground and are usually in a mesh style for easy cleaning. They are simple to assemble and are value priced.
Many beds come with covers that are water resistant and easy to clean. Companies such as Amazon offer universal covers that turn any dog bed into a covered bed. Covers also make washing dog beds easier.
Bed steps for dogs come in a variety of sizes with most
1, 2 or 3 steps. Steps are made out of wood or plastic. If your dog needs
a ramp and step solution, some manufacturers build both features into
one transportable unit such this unit offered by Pet