Dog Beds for Large Dogs

Picking the best dog bed for large dogs doesn´t have to be complicated. When selecting a dog bed for your large-breed dog, there are several factors to keep in mind. Paying attention to these things can help you to select the right bed for your dog, keeping Fido comfortable and through cold winter nights, and warm summer days.

The first factor in selecting a dog bed for large dogs is bed type. Round or rectangle, doughnut or pillow-style, there are a myriad of choices at the pet store. Choosing doesn´t have to be Russian roulette, as a quick observance of your dogs sleeping habits can help to point you in the right direction. Pillow beds are large, evenly padded beds, and most commonly come in either a circle or rectangle shape. Dogs that tend to sleep stretched out may prefer the rectangle shaped beds that allow them to stretch out, while dogs that prefer to sleep curled up may prefer the supportive nature of the circular bed. Donut beds are oval shaped beds that are built up on the sides, giving a more cocooned feeling to the bed. While much more common with small dogs, some large dogs prefer to sleep in these type of beds, reveling in a more snug and secure "nest" for sleeping.

The inner material used in a bed should also be a consideration before purchasing a dog bed for large dogs. While most types of dog beds come with a removable cover that can be cleaned and washed, many of the materials used in the interior of the bed are not washable. If a bed is going to be kept outside and exposed to the elements, or if your dog is older and prone to having "accidents", a bed that cannot be fully washed may not be the right choice. In this case, select a bed with a washable interior, such as a pillow bed made from fabric stuffing, instead of beds made from foam or other materials that are not washable. As an alternative, you can purchase waterproof covers that are washable, but protect the inside of the bed from spills, accidents or rain.

Other common features in large dog beds include beds made from natural insect-repellant materials (such as beds that utilize cedar chips as their stuffing, which repels fleas), as well as many orthopedic dog bed options that can provide increased comfort to older dogs, and dogs suffering from arthritis and other orthopedic conditions.

Choosing a Dog Bed for a Large Breed Dog