Making sure your dog has a comfortable place to sleep is a vital part for every dog owner. That is why finding your dog one of the best dog beds is crucial so you can give your dog the very best bed to call his own. I always love to spoil my dogs and of course this includes finding them the very best dog beds the pet product market has to offer.
I’m sharing with you the top 5 best dog beds I have found to help make your job of finding the best dog bed easier and give your dog a taste of luxury.
What to Look for in a Dog Bed
When you are choosing your dog’s new bed, there are an overwhelming number of choices that can leave you feeling lost in the large selection. While many dog owners assume that a pet bed is just a pet bed, they couldn’t be further from the truth.
All pet beds are made differently according to the benefits that they can offer your dog. While you are searching for your dog bed, you need to consider a few factors to ensure you are getting the best dog bed for your dog.
Keeping your house and your pet’s environment clean are an absolute must for a healthy and happy pet. That being said, you will need to have a dog bed that can be washed. Or at least one that comes with a removable cover. Having a washable dog bed or dog bed cover, you can keep your dog’s bed free from odors, fleas, dirt, and pet hair and dander.
Another important factor to choosing your dog’s bed will be matching the new dog bed to your dog. No, I’m not talking about matching the bed to your dog’s eye color or coat color. What I mean is simply choosing the right type of dog bed for the needs of your dog. It goes without saying that large dogs will need a larger bed.
But what about senior dogs? Older dogs will have different sleeping or resting needs than a puppy will. This is because older dogs will usually develop joint pain or problems and will need something to offer them plenty of support or comfort on their aging bones and joints. Arthritic dogs will also need to have plenty of support and comfort and whether your dog is arthritic or suffers from joint or hip pain, a memory foam dog bed or orthopedic dog bed will be a preferred choice for your senior dog.
There is also the type of dog bed to consider- yes there are different types. To give you a quick point of reference, I have included the different types of dog beds below and which type of dog they are best for.
Loose Filled Dog Beds
Loose filled dog beds are close to being a pillow. They will require more attention from you since the filling (usually cotton or a cotton blend) can break down over time or bunch up to one side or corner of the bed. Typically, these types of dog beds are more inexpensive than others and are great for a first time dog bed.
If you are going to go for this type of dog bed, ensure you have one that is washable or ensure that it has a removable and washable cover for easy cleaning and maintenance.
It is recommended to use this type of dog bed on younger dog’s and/or dog’s that live in a warmer climate.
Foam and Memory Foam Dog Beds
Foam and memory foam dog beds are on the higher end when it comes to cost, but that does not mean all brands are expensive. This type of dog bed will be more firm and provide ample support to your dog. Not all dogs will be suited by a memory foam dog bed though. Younger dogs will be fine with something such as a loose filled dog bed.
In contrast, older dogs or arthritic dogs will need something that offers plenty of support and sink-in comfort. Memory foam dog beds are best suited for senior dogs or those with joint health issues.
Copper Infused Dog Bed
Just like everyone else, your beloved pet dog is vulnerable to the exposure of various microorganisms in the very bed it rests and sleeps. These microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses) can be pathogenic in nature, spreading disease through furniture, surrounding environment, or human contact.
However, you can minimize the effects of these pathogens by using copper-infused dog beds. Copper ions in copper-infused pet beds kill the pathogens as soon as they come in contact with them. Thus, pet beds infused with copper technology effectively combat the spread of these disease-causing bacteria and protects your pets from various microbial infections, including bacterial infections, allergies, and aches and pains. Apart from being anti-microbial in nature, copper is known to have anti-odour and anti-inflammatory characteristics, which ensures your pet's overall health.
For dogs on the go, they will need a wash and wear type of bedding. This is wear mats come in handy. Mats can provide extra comfort in a kennel or crate as well as prevent damage to beds and furniture by adding an extra layer.
Mats are also great for use in hotter climates. You could also extend the life of your dog’s bed by using a mat in between cleaning and help increase parasite control.
Hammock Dog Beds
Hammock dog beds are being seen more often these days as a dog bed solution. These types of dog beds are very easy to clean and manage, yet they do not offer your dog much in terms of padding. Hammock dog beds are of course elevated and will need to be attached to a sturdy surface.
The great thing about hammock dog beds is that they are durable and easy to maintain. Hammock type dog beds are great for hot climates and young dogs. Here is everything you need to know about how to do hammock hanging.
For dogs that need help maintaining their body heat, (including small dogs such as dachshund’s, greyhounds, or older dogs), or for those who live in colder climates, you can consider adding a heating pad to your dog’s bed. Just be sure that it is safe for use with pets and UL approved. And of course, always follow the instructions for use.
Top 5 Dog Beds
1. KOPEKS Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed
The KOPEKS Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog bed is a great choice for dogs that have arthritis. In addition, this dog bed is a great choice for medium and large dogs such as pit bulls or those who are searching for dog beds for labs.
Waterproof cover can leak after time
2. Furhaven Deluxe Orthopedic Mattress Pet Bed
The Furhaven deluxe orthopedic mattress pet bed is made from egg-crate memory foam which will help to support your dog’s weight easily. This dog bed is great for medium dogs, but can be used by any sized dog.
Furthermore, the Furhaven deluxe orthopedic mattress pet bed will help to protect your home from fur, dust, and pet dander from your dog.
Not as durable as other dog beds
3. MidWest Homes for Pets Ombre Swirl Pet Bed
The MidWest Homes for Pets Ombre swirl Pet bed is one of the softest dog beds on this list. It will provide a plush and comfy sleeping spot for your dog while providing plenty of support.
Also, this bed comes with a non-slip grip on the bottom to keep your dog’s bed in place on hard floors.
The MidWest Homes for Pets Ombre Swirl pet bed is plush and soft. Since it is an over-stuffed style, it will provide plenty of cushion for dog’s under 70 pounds.
Washes and dries easily
Easy for dogs who chew to tear open
4. Serta Orthopedic Quilted Couch
The Serta Orthopedic Quilted Couch is a great alternative for senior dogs who struggle to stay on their dog beds since it has a risen border on three sides, similar to that of a couch. Made from orthopedic egg crate foam, the Serta Orthopedic quilted couch will give your dog plenty of soft and comfortable support.
The cover is easy to remove and easy to care for. The couch measures 34’’x24’’x4’’ which is great for medium and large dogs, but also suitable for smaller dogs.
Great for senior dogs
Top half of the cover is not removable so it cannot be washed.
Cover not as durable as other brands
5. The Dog’s Bed Premium Waterproof Dog Beds
The Dog’s Bed Premium Waterproof dog bed is great for those who live near the beach or in a rainy climate since it is waterproof. This dog bed is available in several sizes which means no matter which breed of dog you have, The Dog’s Bed can provide the right size.
Made from foam, The Dog’s Bed provides great comfort and support. Since the bed is waterproof, it can be spot treated for stains or freshening up odors. Even still, it is machine washable and very durable for a pet bed that will last a long time.
Not to mention The Dog’s Bed comes with a removable pillow to give your dog extra support and comfort should they need or want it.
Perfect for any sized dog
Great for any age of dog
Easy to clean and freshen up
Dense and solid foam
Made without any chemical agents
Resistant to abrasions
Available in several colors and sizes
Can be used outdoors
Not as plush as other dog bed brands
The best dog beds I have found and included on the above list are sure to help you along on your search for the perfect dog bed. For me and my dogs, the winner of this list has to be the Serta Orthopedic Quilted Couch.
Not only does it provide plenty of comfort and support, it is soft and durable. The best part would have to be the added bolster which makes this more of a couch than a bed. This gives dogs extra comfort and a feeling of security that they need to rest and relax. Whether you have a young dog or a senior/arthritic dog, the Serta Orthopedic Quilted Couch can give them long lasting comfort and support. Not to mention, it is easy to clean and wash and will be durable enough for even the largest dogs.
Finding the perfect dog bed for your precious pooch can be a challenge. I hope this list of the best dog beds and what to look for in a dog bed can help you find the best dog bed for your dog and his or her needs. Make sure to find something that will suit your dog’s health needs and age and they will be sure to be happy with one of the best dog beds on this list.