Did you know that on average dogs can sleep up to 12 hours a day? That’s potentially a lot of time spent on their bed, and with that in mind, how much thought do you put into which dog bed is right for them?
What size do you buy?
Your dog needs bed that is large enough for them to have full freedom to stretch out or curl up during their pattern of sleep as well as be easy for your dog to get on and off. Measuring your dog is a great way to ensure you are buying the correct bed for your pup.
With a flexible tape measure, pen and paper get your dog to stand up nicely. First measure from the nose to the backend where the tail begins. Secondly measure the front legs from the shoulder to the ground and then the same for their back legs. Now add the three measurements together and minus half the length of the front legs and this will give you the sprawl length of your dog.
Which Dog Bed?
Now, when it comes to deciding on which dog bed is right for your pet you need to consider the individual needs of your dog including breed, age, any health problems like arthritis, how they like to sleep and more. Not only this, but the dog bed needs to be practical; Is it easy to clean, does it retain the shape, does it provide insulation?
If you have a dog that likes swimming, then a waterproof bed might be your best option. If your dog is getting older and requires more support, you may wish to choose a memory foam bed. Alternatively, you could just want to buy an extra mattress or blanket for your pet’s current bed.
Different Dog Bed Types
Memory foam dog beds provide your dog with orthopedic and anatomical support. This is increasingly important when it comes to your dog’s health, especially with older dogs who may suffer with bone and joint problems. Memory foam is also temperature and pressure sensitive, hypo-allergenic and dust mite resistant meaning it will last for years!
Sofa beds are great for dogs who like to rest their head at an elevated level, however the dog sofa bed has been designed to give your canine a sumptuous place to sleep.
Mattress beds offer a great versatile dog bed that’s ideal for both home and travel. Not only do they provide your dog with room to spread out, but their supportive design makes them a comfortable dog bed for any room in the home.
Elevated dog beds allow air to circulate underneath so your dog doesn’t get too hot or too cold. This is especially important if the dog would otherwise be on a cold cement or tile floor, as in a kennel, or the hard-plastic floor of a crate. Not only that, these sturdy beds are ideal for dogs how have a habit of destroying their beds.
Waterproof dog beds are often machine washable making them a great for active, mucky pups. With a hard wearing surface waterproof dog beds are durable and long lasting, which makes them great for indoor or outdoor use.
Please note the name of the bed size may vary from brand to brand, so concentrate on the actual measurement and ideally measure your dog first!
|Typical Dog Bed Size||Suggested dog breeds for this size|
|Extra Small (18-inch/45cm)||
|Extra Large (34-inch/85cm)||
|XXL (40-inch/100cm - 44-inch/110cm)||
|Giant (50-inch/125cm - 54-inch/135cm)||
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