How Big Should a Dog Bed Be? (Guide: Dogs of ALL Sizes)

Your dog should be able to stretch out and sleep comfortably on the bed. A general rule of thumb is to get a bed that is at least as long as your dog is, and as wide as your dog is tall.

You can also go bigger if you have a larger dog that needs to stretch out or tends to get too hot when sleeping.

If you have a small or toy breed dog, you may want to consider getting a bed that is specifically designed for smaller dogs like a cave dog bed that helps them to feel secure.

Dog beds come in all shapes and sizes, so take the time to find one that will be comfortable for your furry friend. A toy breed will be happy in a little cave bed or cat bed, but that won’t work for most dogs.

Giant dog breeds can be quite comfortable stretching across your king-size bed. We recommend buying a bed designed for large dog breeds to sleep comfortably.

If you’re not sure what size bed to get, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and buy a bed that’s a little too big rather than one that’s too small.

Your dog will be much more comfortable in a bed that’s a little too big than one that’s too small.

Comfort and shape are also important when choosing a dog bed. Make sure to choose a bed that has plenty of cushioning and support for your dog’s joints.

A good dog bed will also be made from durable materials that can withstand plenty of wear and tear.

And finally, make sure to select a bed that fits in with your home’s decor. There’s no reason why your dog’s bed can’t be as stylish as the rest of your furniture.

Considerations When Buying a Dog Bed

A big dog needs a big bed
Large breed dogs love to lay across a soft pillow.

When you’re buying a dog bed, there are many factors to consider. Here are eight of the most important:

What Size Is Your Dog?

You’ll want to get a bed that’s the right size for your dog. The right bed will be easy and comfortable for your dog to use.

What Type of Dog Do You Have?

Not all dogs like the same type of bed. Some dogs prefer soft beds, while others prefer firm beds. If you have a particular type of dog, make sure you get a bed that he will like.

How Old Is Your Dog?

Older dogs may have arthritis or other joint problems that require a softer, more supportive bed. Younger dogs may prefer a firmer bed.

Where Will the Bed Be Used?

If you plan on using the bed inside, you’ll want to make sure it’s comfortable and easy for your dog to get in and out of.

If you plan on using the bed outdoors, you’ll want to make sure it’s durable and can withstand the elements.

What Is Your Budget?

A dog’s bed can range in price from around $20 to $200 or more. Decide how much you’re willing to spend on a bed before you start shopping.

Would Your Dog like a Pillow?

Some dogs like a soft pillow, while others prefer a flat surface like a cot or cooling bed. If your dog would like a pillow, make sure you get one that’s the right size and shape.

Does Your Dog Chew His Bed?

If your dog is a chewer, you’ll want to get a bed that’s made from durable materials that he can’t destroy. Choose a flat pillow or cot over a bolster bed or cave beds that are easier to chew.

How Often Does Your Dog Shed?

If your dog sheds a lot, you may want to get a bed with a removable cover that can be washed regularly.

Is My Dog’s Bed Too Small?

A good way to determine if your dog’s bed is too small is to take into account how much space your dog takes up when he or she is lying down. If your dog can barely fit on the bed, it’s probably too small.

Additionally, you should also consider how frequently your dog likes to curl up or spread out. If your dog likes to sprawl out, a smaller bed might not be comfortable.

Conversely, if your pup loves to curl up, a large bed might make them feel chilly and insecure.

If you want to shop for a new bed, use a tape measure to get a rough measurement of your dog’s height and length, then use those measurements as a minimum.

It’s always safer to buy a bed larger than needed.

Is It Okay to Move a Dog’s Bed Around?

Large dogs like to stretch while sleeping
Large dogs often lay spread out to stay cool and comfortable.

If you have a particularly active dog, you may also want to think about how easy it is to move the bed around. This is especially important if you have young children or other pets who like to play around on the floor.

A bed that’s too big or too heavy can be difficult to move. It might also take valuable space in your home. Some dogs get upset if their bed is moved while others don’t care.

Understand your dog’s temperament before choosing a huge bed that can’t be easily moved.

Finding the perfect bed for your dog can take some trial and error. Remember that the dog may need a few days to get used to the bed before he’s comfortable curling up in it.

However, we know that by keeping these things in mind, you’ll be well on your way to finding a bed that’s just right for your furry friend.

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Jesse Hopping, CCDT

Jesse is a natural-born dog-lover certified dog trainer (CCDT), dog foster, and former volunteer at Richmond SPCA and surrounding dog shelters for over 10 years. Her pack includes a Bernedoodle and 3 Boston Terriers. She’s sipping caramel coffee and watching her pack play in the sun when she’s not writing blogs. Jesse has her Certified Dog Trainer designation from CATCH Canine Trainers Academy since 2018 and and majored in English from the University of Virginia.

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