5 Things to Consider When Buying a Bed for a Large Dog

When people hear the word dog bed, they picture in their mind a cute little toy breed all snuggled up in a custom bed, but large dogs need a place to sleep too. They like to stretch out or curl up in a comfortable bed just like their smaller counterparts and this is the reason that manufactures have created a variety of large dog beds to that you can choice from. Large dogs are just as much a part of the family as small dog these days so why not make them feel special by giving them a bed of their own?

But how do you go about finding the right bed for your large breed? Below are the five questions you need to ask yourself before purchasing a new dog bed.

1. The first thing you should consider is your dog’s age. If you have a young puppy, you want to choose a bed that will accommodate him when he is a full grown dog or purchase an inexpensive small bed for him at this time, and then wait until he is full grown to get him a bigger bed. So how do you go about finding the right size bed your adult dog? You need to measure your pet when they are lying on their sides or in a natural resting position. You start at the front paws of your dog and measure to the end of their tail To make sure your dog has enough room to stretch out when they are sleeping add about 6 to 8 inches more to that measurement, then search for a bed will matches those measurement or one that comes close. If you can’t find the right size, go up one. The extra large dog beds are needed for some of the larger breeds.

2. What do you want to spend? Dog beds come in a variety of styles and prices so you need to look for a bed that fits your budget. When shopping, keep in mind that quality really does matter. If you are willing to pay a little more up front for a good bed, it will last a lot longer and save you money in the end.

3. How does your large dog sleep? Are they curled up into a ball or do they have all four legs stretched out as far as they can reach. You want to spend sometime looking at the way your dog natural sleeps to make sure that you purchase right type of dog bed. Does your dog sleeps curls up, then you might want to consider a bolster type of bed. A dog that sleeps stretched out will do better with a foam pad or one of those elevated dog beds that keeps him off the floor.

4. Does your dog chew? If so, you want to find a bed that is made from non-toxic materials and hard to chew up. Does your large breed have any special needs? If you have an older dog or one with arthritis, hip or muscle problems. You might want to consider an orthopedic foam dog bed. If they have no problems, then take into consideration where your dog likes to sleep. Do they like to lay on the cold hard floor or the warm soft carpet in your home? This will help you determine which one type of dog bed will work best for your dog.

5. What type of dog bed do you want? Do you need a bed that can be used both indoors and out or just indoors only. How much space do you have for the bed? What shape, style or color do you like? These are something that you might want to think about before purchasing that bed, because your dog is not going to care if the bed matches your decor or not. Dog beds come in three different types’ Elevated/raised, Orthopedic/memory foam and Bolstered. These beds come in many different designs, shapes and colors so you should be able to find a dog bed that will go perfectly with the rest of the room. Some styles have covers that you can buy in different designs so you can switch them around and use in different rooms.

Buying a dog bed for large dogs can be a lot of fun as you watch your pet sniff around the new bed, checking it out before laying down to claim it as his own special place. Shouldn’t your dog spend that time on one of the special dog beds made just for larger dogs?