Everything You Need to Know About Buying a Dog bed

Many of us can make the easy mistake of assuming that buying a bed for our dogs is relatively straight forward because all dog beds are the same. However, this is very far from the truth.

In fact, there is so much variation in dog beds that it could be seen as more confusing than buying a bed for ourselves!

So, to ensure you buy the right bed for your lovable pooch, here’s everything you need to know about buying a dog bed.


There a number of different shapes, sizes and styles which are better suited for certain dogs.

One of the cheaper but more versatile options are mats or pads. These offer somewhere for your dog to rest their paws, without being overly padded. They are easily portable and can fit well in the base of a kennel which makes them much more inviting for dogs.


Next, you have dog mattresses, which are much the same as a mat but offer extra thickness and comfort.

For dogs that prefer not to sleep directly on the floor, there are raised dog beds. These sit on a frame slightly raised from the ground and often have supportive walls. Some of these beds have mesh at the centre, which is great for dogs with thicker coats, as it allows for better air circulation and helps them cool down at night.

Finally, there are loungers, which are the thick, deep beds with high and supportive walls. Lots of dogs prefer the sense of security these offer and the walls also give them something to lean against.

The Right Size & Style For Your Dog

There are a number of things you should look out for in order to ensure you find the most suitable bed for your dog.

We spoke to Pet Luxury who are retailers of luxury dog beds to get their advice know how to find the perfect size, shape and style for your dog.

They said, “The style of bed you need really comes down to how your dog prefers to sleep. The three common sleeping positions dogs prefer are curling up, leaning their back up against something or stretching out on their belly or side.”

“Once you’ve worked this out, we suggest you try measuring your dog whilst they lay in that position.”

“Once you have the details, you’ll be in the best position to work out which size and style best suits your dog.”

You can learn more about dog sleeping positions and what it can tell you about your dog in this helpful post on Little Things.

Washing Dog Beds

Another thing to look out for is a dog bed which is easily washable. Washing your dog’s bed is really important in ensuring both your house doesn’t begin to have that doggie funk and more importantly, it helps prevent your pet getting ill.

Pet MD suggests that you aim to wash your dog’s bed once every 1-2 weeks. However, you should vary this according to how often your dog goes outdoors, how active they are and whether they suffer from any allergies.

Dog beds generally have different washing guidelines depending on their materials. Make sure to check the instructions for more specific guidance.