Choose a dog bed that is the right size for your dog. Your dog should be able to lie flat, completely stretched out on his side, without hanging out off his dog bed.


Is the dog bed washable and refillable?


Ask the salesperson for advice! Most dog beds are filled with foam, but some are filled with cedar, which repels fleas. Be sure that a cedar bed is refillable.


Make sure if the covering on the dog bed is removable and washable. Dog bed covers do get dirty.


Dog bed styles


Think about the type of bed your dog would be most comfortable in. There are pillows, mats, rugs and cuddlers.


  • pillows are just big cushions
  • mats are thinner than pillows, and
  • rugs are still thinner.
  • cuddler dog bedcuddlers are like a pillow with sides: so your dog can curl up and be supported on three sides.


Look at the area you would like to keep the dog bed in, and try to match the colors of the bed to your room.


If you are buying a bed for a dog’s crate or dog house, color may not be as great a concern. A simple crate mat will work best.


Beds for dogs with special needs


For old, arthritic and ill dogs there are special orthopedic beds and heated beds available.


For hot weather, there are dog beds made to be cooler in hot weather.


Dog bed prices


A simple fleece rug can be found for $10. Pillows and cuddlers run between $20 and $150.


There are also expensive dog sofas, which look like small human sofas made especially for dogs. 


Dog beds summarized


Buy a dog bed that is:


  • big enough to accommodate your dog
  • washable and refillable
  • goes with the style of the room you put the dog bed in.

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