How to Choose the Perfect Dog Bed?
It is always a good idea to get your dog their very own space where they can happily sprawl across in comfort. As we have stated in most of our articles, one of the most important things that you should take into consideration when buying a dog bed is finding out the correct size.
This article will provide you with all the information you need to get measurements and choose the perfect bed for your dog.
Measuring Your Dog
First things first, obtain a tape measure and pick up a pen and paper. Then get your dog to stand up neatly, but unless he is a very well-trained dog who can stand still for a while, you may need some help.
You should first take measurements starting from the nose up to the end of the body, or where the tail begins. Then it is time to measure the legs. For front legs, measure from shoulder to the floor. For hind legs, do exactly the same.
Sum up all three measurements you got and subtract half the length of the front legs. This will give you the Sprawl Length.
Choosing a Bed Based on Your Dog’s Sprawl Length
After you obtain your dog’s measurements following the guide above, it is time to make a choice from a large number of dog beds available on the market.
To find the best fit for your four-legged baby, look for the bed’s internal measurements that are usually provided on product descriptions. Be attentive at this part as some beds have different characteristics, such as including extra padding at the sides. The size you are looking for is the one where your dog will lie, not including the sides or borders.
After taking measurements, you can include a margin to determine the optimal size. For small dogs, this should be around 10-15 cm’s, and about 20-30 cm’s for medium to large ones.
Dogs as light as 1 kg up to 10 kg are considered small dogs. The recommended size for these dogs would be 60 cm x 45 cm.
Small Dog Breeds
- Bichon Frise
- Boston Terrier
- Brussels Griffon
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
- French Bulldog
- Jack Russel
- Shiba Inu
- Yorkshire Terrier
Medium dogs roughly weigh between 10 and 25 kg. The typical bed size for them would be around 70 cm x 55cm.
Medium Dog Breeds
- Australian Cattle Dog
- Australian Shepherd
- Border Collie
- Chinese Shar-Pei
- Chow Chow
- Cocker Spaniel
- Medium Poodle
- Shetland Sheepdog
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Large dogs can be classified as dogs weighing between 25kg and 35kg. Recommended beds for them measure around 90 cm x 60 cm.
Large Dog Breeds
- Afghan Hound
- Doberman Pinscher
- Golden Retriever
- German Shepherd
- German Shorthaired Pointer
- Labrador Retriever
- Old English Sheep Dog
- Pitbull Terrier
- Siberian Husky
- Standard Poodle
Extra Large Dogs
Extra-large dogs can weigh more than 40 kg and their beds can measure up to 100 cm x 65 cm.
Extra Large Dogs
- Bernese Mountain Dog
- Great Dane
- Great Pyrenees
- Irish Wolfhound
- Kangal Shepherd Dog
- New Foundland
- Scottish Deerhound
- St. Bernard
Tips About Design and Shape
- When on the look for a new dog bed for your pet, you will need to take into consideration your dog’s breed, age, any health problems like arthritis. If your is old, or he has joint and/or muscle problems, then you should prefer orthopedic beds. They are usually made of materials such as memory foam, and we often include them in our reviews.
- Other than that, it is a good idea to also consider the sleep pattern. Some dogs prefer curling, some like leaning, some enjoy stretching, and some love to nest.
- Each bed has a different durability level based on the type and quality of the material they are made of. Leather will last for a very long time, whereas cotton or other soft fabrics may give up earlier. Your dog’s behavior towards furniture is also a determining factor in this matter.
- Another point on getting a dog bed that most pet owners are worried about is the ease of cleaning. Some materials pose a significant challenge in cleaning than others, but luckily many of the excellent manufacturers think about this issue and make the covers removable to grant you the ability to machine wash them.
- Some beds are resistant to odor, and some really absorb them. If your dog is particularly stinky or if you are going to keep the bed indoors, then this might be an issue for you. If this is the case, then you should look for odor-resistant materials.
- If you live in a very hot environment, you may consider getting a cooling dog bed to keep your furry baby cool under the burning sun. On the other hand, if you are living in a cold environment, then there are self-heating dog beds available as well. There are really nice products that usually never heat beyond your dog’s own body temperature, which keeps them comfortable.
- If your dog tends to chew or destroying things, consider going for a simpler, cheaper bed without extra features like cooling or heating and won’t hurt your wallet as much to replace.
- This one is optional, but there are plenty of different designs you can choose from to fit your home decoration in terms of color and style.
- If you live in a rainy area, your dog likes to go for a swim, or it tends to have “accidents”, then you may consider getting a waterproof bed.
- Alternatively, if you are unhappy with the comfort or support of the bed, but you like the bed itself or are tight on budget, there are other options. You may want to buy one or two extra cushions or blankets to enhance your pet’s current bed.
Conclusion: Dog Bed Size Guide
Even if you get the best dog bed for your tail-wagger, he won’t feel comfortable in it if the bed is not the right size for him.
Since we know that, we prepared this small guide for you to help find the ideal dog bed size for your pup. We hope that the article was helpful to you.