How to Choose the Best Bed for Large Breed Dogs

Did you know a great bed can go a long way towards keeping your dog happy, healthy, and comfortable?

A dog without a quality bed will often choose to sleep on the floor, on your bed, or on the furniture. The floor’s hard surface leaves your dog prone to elbow calluses and achy joints that can eventually lead to arthritis. On the floor, your dog is also more vulnerable to being stepped on or tripped over and is likely to be less comfortable due to temperature fluctuations.

While you may not mind having dog hair on your furniture, when your dog spends most of his time sleeping on the couch or in your bed instead of his own, it can lead to some serious problems. Some dogs develop behavioral issues when they’re allowed to sleep in their owner’s beds. They may become territorial and even get aggressive when ordered to get off. Constantly jumping on and off furniture can also lead to painful joint damage.

Dogs that sleep well tend to behave better and have higher energy. Best of all, when your dog sleeps comfortably in his own bed at night, he’s less likely to keep you awake, which is a win for you both!

There are many different types of dog beds available and deciding on the right one can seem like an impossible task. However, once you know what to look for, you’ll be able to narrow down your choices. Here are some of the most important factors you’ll want to consider.

1. Size

It probably goes without saying, but a large-breed dog needs a large bed. Before you start shopping for a bed, weigh your dog and measure him from nose to tail. This is important for several reasons. First, heavier dogs need beds that are made to withstand their weight. If you make the mistake of buying a bed with thin cushions, they will quickly flatten out and become far less comfortable.

Secondly, many dogs prefer to stretch out on their beds. To accommodate this, you’ll want to ensure the bed you choose is at least 8 to 12 inches bigger than the length of your dog. Remember, also, that young dogs like Golden Retriever puppies will grow quickly. If you’re going to invest in a bed, make sure your dog won’t outgrow it in a few months.

2. Style

Dog beds come in many different styles, and the one that’s best for your dog can depend in part on his personality. If your dog tends to curl up when he sleeps, then a round, nest-style bed might be best. On the other hand, dogs that like to sprawl out are likely to prefer a flat, rectangular bed. Some beds also have a headrest that looks similar to the arm of a couch, which certain dogs will appreciate.

If you’re going to keep your dog’s bed in your living room or in your bedroom, you may want to look for one that blends in with your home décor. While many dog beds are simple and practical, others are downright ornate. You can choose a bed that matches your furniture or opt for a wild color or design that will make it stand out.

3. Comfort

Your dog won’t want to use his bed if it’s not comfortable. Reading online reviews and asking for recommendations from other dog owners is one of the best ways to ensure you choose a comfortable bed. Most importantly, make sure the bed you choose has good joint support. You may want to look for an overstuffed bed or one made from orthopedic memory foam.

A raised bed is also a great option for large dogs. Look for one that’s six inches to a foot or two off the ground. This design makes it easier for dogs to get on and off without causing the joint damage that comes from jumping off high surfaces. Kuranda Pro dog beds are an excellent option and are the bed of choice for Red Rock Canyon Cane Corso.

4. Durability

A good dog bed is an investment, and you’ll want to make sure that the one you choose is going to last for at least a few years. If your dog is a chewer, make sure the bed you choose is designed to stand up to this. Remember, also, that big dogs are harder on their beds than smaller dogs. It’s often a good idea to choose a bed that’s specifically made for larger breeds.

To make sure you get the most value for your dollar, look for a bed that offers a warranty and allows you to buy replacement parts.

5. Ease of Cleaning

It’s no surprise that dog beds get dirty easily. Not only is a dirty bed and eyesore in your home, but it can also collect dander and other allergens that could worsen  your dog’s skin allergies and lead to dermatitis and hot spots.

Before you invest in a bed, make sure it’s easy to clean. A cushion-style bed should have a removable cover that you can toss in the washing machine. Elevated beds should be easy to spray down with the hose.

Some Final Thoughts

Now that you know exactly what to look for, choosing the perfect dog bed should be a breeze. If you still can’t decide, try buying a few different ones. Veterinarians often recommend having a few beds throughout your home anyway and this will give your dog the chance to make his own choice.

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