Dog beds are an important purchase for any dog owner. Not only are they a place of comfort and security, but also provide protection to your flooring from all the drool and hair that inevitably comes with having a pet.

With so many different types of material, shapes, sizes, and colors, it can be difficult to find the perfect one for your pup's needs. Luckily for you we've done all the research so you don't have to! Here is everything you need to know before buying a dog bed.

Dog Considerations for Buying a Bed

One of the most important things you should consider when buying a dog bed is your dog. For example, my dog, Chief, prefers soft, warm, and fuzzy. He also prefers to sprawl out on his side. So, we generally buy larger, softer beds that are fuzzy for him.

Here are some things to consider with your dog when buying them a new bed.

Dog Breed

Your dog's breed is something you should consider when buying a bed. For example, Labs and other retrievers have a lot of fur on their bodies, which is great in the winter time.

However, this can be a hassle when it comes to dog beds. Because of all that fur they shed everywhere including the dog bed making it look like you had seven dogs in your house rather than just one. Fur shedding is something you need to consider before buying dog beds for breeds with fur all over them.

Sleeping Style

While many dogs enjoy sprawling out to sleep, other pups prefer to curl up in a cozy ball. If you have a dog that likes to cuddle up, then you may want to look for a bed that is soft and comfortable. On the other hand, if your dog has a tendency to spread out when they sleep, pillows or even blankets may be better options.

Chief will actually do both from time to time, so we buy large so that he can sprawl out when he wants. Then when he gets cold, he can curl up inside the bed.

Habits and Activity Level

A dog that is large and active will need a tough and durable bed that may be thicker. Dogs that are on the smaller side and/or more sedentary may be happier with a flatter, thinner bed.

Older dogs may be require a different type of bed. For example, a dog that is arthritic may need something soft and easy for them to get in and out of.

If your pet spends a lot of time on the floor, then an elevated bed may be perfect for you! It will provide comfort and support while also discouraging her from getting up on furniture. Keeping your pup off things like sofas can help put less stress on their joints over time.

Age and Health

Age definitely plays a factor in purchasing your pup a bed. Puppies, of course, will have different needs than older dogs.

Pups that are under the age of one may only need something thin and comfortable for them to sleep on at night when they are young and growing quickly. However, once your little furry friend is done growing they may be a bit more restless at night and would appreciate a thicker bed.

Once you've reached this point it's important to keep in mind that as they get older their bodies will change again and their needs will change with them.

A senior dog might require even more comfort than before because their joints might tend to become stiffer or sore over time. Even if your pup isn't old enough for a "senior dog" bed yet, keeping an eye out.

On the other hand there are also health considerations for buying a dog bed. Some dogs have sensitive snouts. If this is the case, there are beds with plastic covers around them that can help protect delicate skin. This is something to keep in mind if you have a dog with allergies.

Dog Bed Sizes

Every brand varies in size recommendations for their beds, so it’s important to make sure that you pay attention to the bed’s dimensions and callouts for sizing. With that said, we can help you generalize dog size to be size and where certain popular dog breeds might fall into. Take a look at our sizing below.

If you want to reference a few specific brand's dog bed size guides, we recommend checking out The Foggy Dog's Bed Sizing Guide and Pet Dream's Dog Bed Sizing Guide.

Extra Small Beds

This size bed is for toy breeds under 10 pounds in weight. If you have a toy breed dog that weighs less than 10 pounds, an extra small bed should be perfect. For these types of dogs and their short legs, it’s important to buy a bed that is low to the ground for them to climb in and out of easily.

Small beds also work well because they can curl up inside the bed for ease of comfort. Some great examples of extra small dog beds are Kuranda’s Bed Mats or PetFusion's Dog Beds.

Some breeds that may fall into this size dog bed include Maltese, Yorkies, Chihuahuas, and Pomeranians.

Small Beds

This size bed is for smaller dog breeds from 11 pounds to 25 pounds. Many dog bed companies provide this size for all small dogs. They are typically made with memory foam of some sort and aren’t that bouncy. If you have any younger puppies that are still growing or still chewing on things, a dog bed made from memory foam will be the safest option to choose over other materials since they can’t easily separate it into pieces to chew on.

Dog beds for small breeds typically don’t have much cushion but instead just enough space between the floor and the mattress to allow your dog comfort while sleeping without suffocating them. It also allows air circulation so no overheating occurs in hot weather months as well as preventing chills in colder seasons.

Some breeds that may fall into this size dog bed include Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Boston Terriers, French Bulldogs, and Beagle.

Medium Beds

This size dog bed is for breeds from 25 pounds to 50 pounds. The mattress is usually a bit more plush than the small dog beds as the dogs are bigger. The bed can also be bigger for them to feel less cramped.

If your dog is in this size, they may include: American Staffordshire Terriers, Border Collies, Shiba Inu, and Dachshunds.

Large Beds

Golden retrievers require a large dog bed.

This is the perfect size dog bed for larger dog breeds with weight ranging between 50 pounds to 100 pounds. This bed gives them maximum comfort while sleeping because it’s bigger than medium sizes but not too big.

This will accommodate most dogs of this size including Golden Retrievers, Bulldogs, Boxers, and German Shepherd.

Extra Large Beds

Dalmatians require extra large dog beds and a lot of space.

This bed size is great for dogs over 100 pounds. This is the perfect size because it offers maximum comfort and support for any breed of dog. This will be ideal if you want a dog bed that can endure the weight of large breeds such as Great Danes, Mastiffs, and Saint Bernards.

Consider the Bed’s Material

The dog bed material is an important factor when buying a new bed. Not just the material of the cover either, but the stuffing material.

You're probably wondering what types of materials beds are made out of, and whether your dog likes the feel of each material or not. The truth is, most dogs don't care about the bed's outer appearance as long as it feels comfortable underneath them. The choice really depends on what you think your dog will like most out of comfort and durability. There are plenty of options when it comes to picking an appropriate material for your canine companion - some excellent examples include:

Foam

Foam provides a level of softness and comfort but can be easily torn by sharp teeth or claws so it's important to check how sturdy the foam is before purchasing. Most durable foam beds will have a protective layer on top which makes chewing more difficult for those pesky puppies.

Fleece

A solid choice that is cleanable and durable. Fleece beds are also super soft and comfortable which makes them a great option for older dogs, or even puppies who tend to take advantage of softer things around the house!

Fur

If your dog prefers natural fibers over synthetic ones, a fur bed could be an excellent choice. Fur is warm in winter, but cool in summer – it all depends on what type you end up purchasing. Be wary of cheaper marketed beds as they often have lower quality material than more expensive options.

Cotton Fibers

While cotton fiber may not sound like the most durable material out there, don't judge a book by its cover because this stuff feels amazing! If you're looking for a good material to place in your dog's bed, or even your own, cotton is highly recommended.

Cotton fiber beds have the same benefits as fur and fleece with one added bonus; they can't be torn! This makes them perfect for dogs who like to chew their way through more than just toys. Don't worry about washing it either – cotton fibers are known for being very easy to clean!

Polyester Fiber

Unlike other materials on this list, polyester fiber is not plushy. Instead it resembles human grade bedding and features a very smooth finish so if chewing isn't an issue then this could be a great option for your dog. If you're looking for a dog bed that's machine washable, polyester is the material to go with.

Polyester fiber batting is also highly recommended by veterinarians because of its temperature-regulating properties. It's great for warmer or cold weather without making your dog too hot.

Polyester fibers are known to be more durable than cotton fibers and are extremely resistant to dirt and hair becoming embedded in them. They can withstand being washed regularly so you don't have to worry about stains!

Memory Foam

A mattress dog bed made from memory foam will conform nicely around your dog's body once they lay on it – this makes them very good for older dogs who may have trouble getting comfortable at night. They are also used by people with back pain.

Memory foam dog beds are great for older dogs who may have trouble getting comfortable at night. They are also used by people with back pain.

Bed Washability

This is a very important factor in buying a bed. How often will you need to wash the bed and how easily can it be washed. Some dog beds can be put out in the yard and hosed off, while others need to go through a lot of work. Just remember if you have a large dog or one that gets dirty easily you might want to invest in a bed that is easy to wash.

The right dog bed will be easy to clean, especially if you have a messy dog! You can either choose a waterproof or water resistant material or an option with removable covers.

Dog Bed Styles

Dog bed styles cover a broad spectrum of things. For example, you may want to find a bed that matches your home decor or paint color of your home. But here, we will talk about popular types of dog beds and why they are important.

Your typical dog bed comes in just about every shape and size imaginable. The differences between these vary by brand. It generally come down to padding (thickness) and firmness of the bed. They are definitely the most common type of dog beds bought.

Nest Beds

Nest dog beds, also known as a bolster dog bed, are the most common types of bed, and can be easily folded or rolled up during storage.

Nest dog beds, also known as a bolster dog bed, are the most common types of bed, and can be easily folded or rolled up during storage. They typically have a soft cloth-like feel and come in a variety of colors (typically neutral).

They tend to be cheaper than their other counterparts, which makes them perfect for dogs that like to chew on things! Just make sure you find one with a stuffed inside so it will not collapse easily when your pup jumps all over it!

Orthopedic Beds

Looking for an option that supports your dog's joints? Look no further as orthopedic dog beds fit this description very well! Orthopedic foam dog beds are designed with comfort in mind, while also providing support for any pain caused by arthritis, etc.

They are usually made from memory foam, making it one of the most comfortable and supportive materials. Due to their shape and size, however, they do not allow for easy storage. If you have a dog that does not jump or move around excessively on furniture, then this may be a great option for them!

Donut Dog Beds

Donut dog beds are a great option for dogs that do not shed or jump. These beds keep the hair off of your furniture and make it easy to clean. Not only does this design keep the fur off of your floors, but it also allows for air circulation; thus keeping your pup nice and cool in warmer weather!

Pillow Dog Beds

Pillow dog beds are a great option for dogs that like to burrow or have sensitive skin

Pillow dog beds are a great option for dogs that like to burrow or have sensitive skin. This type of bed is typically made with memory foam, which makes it great at conforming to your pup's body while still providing comfort and support. It also comes in multiple shapes and sizes, so there is bound to be one that fits your dog's specific needs!

Kennel Dog Beds

Are you training your dog to sleep in a kennel? If so, then investing in an appropriately sized kennel dog bed will be essential! Kennel dog beds are similar to pillow beds except that they only have one large chamber; thus, providing comfort for only one pup at a time.

The disadvantage of this type of bed is that it can become quite warm and stuffy when closed in and doesn't allow for air circulation like other types. It is also important to note that some pups may not feel comfortable with having their head enclosed, so if your pup has trouble going to sleep, this isn't the best option.

Raised Dog Beds

If you want to elevate your dog's sleep area, but still remain on the ground, a raised or elevated dog bed may be for you. Raised beds are perfect for pups with joint pain or hip problems because it keeps them off of cold floors and reduces pressure on painful body parts. Raised beds can also be an extension of their kennel. This provides extra room for sleeping or resting while keeping them in a contained area.

The disadvantage here is that they can easily become too warm if not allowed circulation; however, most elevated beds can be propped up with pillows or blankets so airflow isn't completely blocked.

Cave Dog Beds

If you have a dog that loves to burrow and snuggle into tight spaces, a cave bed may be for them! These are similar to elevated beds in how they keep dogs off of the ground, but most designs actually provide ample room for your pup to move inside. Their cozy design is perfect for more timid dogs who tend to burrow during nap time.

While all types of cave dog beds can get hot it's especially important with these types because they're enclosed. Cave dog beds also work great in cars; if your pooch gets anxious when traveling then one of these could

Heated Dog Beds

Keeping a dog comfortable is one of the most important factors in getting them to sleep. If it's too cold they'll be restless and unable to rest, but if it's too hot then you run the risk of overheating them and causing health problems.

Heated dog beds are ideal for winter months when keeping your pup warm is crucial. These beds provide warmth without making your dog overheat; simply plug it into the wall or car charger and let nature do its thing! Just make sure to watch for signs of overheating such as heavy panting or difficulty breathing so that you can adjust accordingly!

Cooling Dog Beds

Like their heated counterparts, cooling dog beds help keep both large dogs cool during summer months as well ideal for summer months when keeping your pup cool is crucial. These beds can be placed in the freezer to stay cool on a hot day, which will help keep both you and your dog cooler when it's hot outside! For maximum efficiency, try putting them in the fridge or freezer immediately after bathing as well.

If you're looking for an alternative material that doesn't involve electricity or refrigeration, cooling dog beds are also available with a special gel-like filling inside. This lining helps keep your dog cool without having to freeze anything and is easily washable so spills are no problem!

Choosing between an electric heating bed or cooling gel pad really depends on what time of year it is and if your home stays warm enough during colder months.

Pricing Considerations

How much you are willing to spend on your dog bed will also determine which bed you will buy for your pup. Dog beds can cost as little as $15 or as much as $500. Depending on your dog's size, breed, and personal preferences you may find a bed in any price range is best for them!

Electric heated beds are generally the more expensive option when it comes to dog beds. Most models will run you around $100, but pricier ones can cost upwards of thousands of dollars depending on who made it (some famous brands like Tempur-Pedic even make some products for pets). If you're looking for an electric heating bed, however, check out our top rated list here .

If your budget is smaller than $100 there are still great options available that will keep both you and your dog warm during the winter.

Safety Considerations

When picking out a pad or bed, make sure that the material is flame retardant and won't cause any electric shock to your pet. Be wary of sizing as well, because some heating or cooling products seem perfect in size when you first purchase them; however after they've been used for a while they start to deflate or fail to stay cool as long as before. Check the product reviews online before buying!

Where to Place your Dog Bed in Your Home

Another consideration is where you will place the bed in your house. Most dog beds come in large sizes which means they will take up a lot of floor space. Be careful about where you place the dog bed, as having it on your floor will make cleaning easier but will probably cause extra wear and tear to your furniture.

Most people prefer placing their pet's bed near where they sleep. This not only helps them feel more comfortable, but also allows you to keep an eye on your pup if he or she has night time bathroom breaks.

Things to Ask Before Buying Your Dog a New Bed

You’ve already found out, from reading our blog post, that there are many different types of dog beds to choose from. Now it comes down to what you need for your pup.

  1. When looking at the size of your pet, do they have enough room in their current home?

  2. Do they prefer a more comfortable bed or one that is durable and long-lasting?

  3. Is this bed going into an area where people will be walking on it all day like the living room or family room?

  4. What style should we go with for our decorating needs--something neutral such as leather accents or something bright like yellow sofas?

These questions may seem trivial but choosing a new dog bed requires some thought before making any purchase decisions.

We hope this guide has helped you find the best bed for your pup. If not, we’re happy to help! Let us know what kind of dog bed is perfect for your needs and budget by filling out our contact form or emailing us at info@chonkly.com. At Your Chonkly, we want every pet owner to have a cozy place their pooch can call home, and that includes finding them an awesome new dog bed that they love as much as family members do.