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Last updated: 25 Jun 2020

The Best Dog Beds (Review) in 2020

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Destin Benoit
Published 12:11 pm

Good sleep is important and not just for us, but for our canine companions as well. According to PetMD, dogs should get about 10 hours of sleep per day to remain healthy, happy and fit. But the number of hours is not the only thing you should pay attention to – the quality of sleep greatly matters too. Good quality sleep is vital for proper brain development (which is why puppies need even more sleep!), memory consolidation, immune system and so much more. So how do we help our furry friends sleep longer and better? That’s easy – by giving them appropriately sized, comfortable pet beds of their own. To help you find high quality, easy to wash bed for your pup, we looked at dozens of different pet beds, including the largest and smallest of models out there. The result? 15 best dog beds currently on the market, plus a comprehensive buying guide!

The Best Dog Bed

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This orthopedic pet bed from Furhaven comes with a polycanvas base to help protect your carpets and floors from pee accidents. Its orthopedic foam and egg crate design help maintain the normal alignment of your pet’s spine while also promoting better air circulation. With an easy step-on and open design, the bed is easy to access, making it perfect for both smaller pets and older dogs who have problems with mobility. It comes with a removable cover, so it’s easy to wash and keep it clean. Importantly, the foam used in the design of the Furhaven Deluxe doesn’t contain any harmful substances like flame retardants or phthalates, so the bed is perfectly safe. And with a really snuggly, comfy sleeping surface and orthopedic support, you can rest assured your pup will sleep soundly every night.

Egg crate foam construction

Durable yet soft and comfortable construction

Open, easy step-on design

Removable and washable cover

Affordable price 

Specification:
  • Brand: Furhaven
  • Model: 34408012BX
  • Weight: 2.9 pounds

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If your pooch is suffering from hip dysplasia or arthritis, the Better World Quality Orthopedic Dog Bed provides exceptional comfort to help relieve some of the symptoms associated with these conditions. The Better World memory foam dog bed comes with a thick 5-inch memory foam that is sure to relieve the pressure off your Fido’s body as it lies comfortably on its contemporary plush design. This high quality bed also comes with a waterproof lining which can really come in handy for those accidental spills. Its modern look goes well with pretty much any interior décor, complete with the added versatility of its double sided, removable zippered cover. 

5 inch thick memory foam

Durable and sturdy yet plush and comfy construction

Waterproofed lining with non-skid base

Double-sided, fully removable and washable cover 

Specification:
  • Brand: Better World Pets
  • Model: DbGrGeLg
  • Weight: 14 pounds

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The Coolaroo is one canine bed that is sure to bring comfort to your pooch to a whole new level. This raised dog bed is preferred by people in places where it is often unusually warm. Because the Coolaroo’s sleeping platform is raised about 7 inches off the ground and cool air can circulate underneath the bed, this model is ideal for spring and summer, and generally warmer climates. The bed itself is made of breathable fabric, high-density polyethylene. The same sturdy and durable design allows the Coolaroo elevated dog bed to have exceptional resistance against mold and mildew. Despite being quite comfy and durable, it is priced considerably lower than conventional canine mattresses. No wonder it has gained such a significant number of followers ranging in the thousands!

Pest-, mold-, and mildew- resistant elevated design

Breathable, comfortable, and durable sleeping fabric

Powder coated, durable yet lightweight steel frame

Great value for your money 

Specification:
  • Brand: Coolaroo
  • Model: 434410
  • Weight: 7.72 pounds

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If you love your sofa bed, chances are you’ll love this canine sofa bed for your pet, too. Just imagine an ordinary-looking waterproof pet bed complete with bolsters surrounding its three sides and you’ve got the Furhaven Couch. This model comes with a water-resistant liner, non-slip and non-skid base and an egg crate foam for easy maintenance and comfortable support. The bolsters are a nice addition too, as your pup can use them to rest his head comfortably, keeping a near-perfect alignment of the spine. But whether they serve as pillows or not, the bolsters can also function as added security for canines that are quite active during their sleep. As a bonus, the cover of the Furhaven Couch can be removed for easy cleaning in the washing machine.  

More thoughtful and comfortable design

Spine, joint, and bone-friendly egg crate orthopedic foam

Removable and washable deluxe cover

Non-slip, waterproofed base

Specification:
  • Brand: Furhaven
  • Model: 45336089
  • Weight: 3 pounds

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The Best Friends by Sheri is one of the best orthopedic dog beds around as it provides an entirely different way for your Fido to relax, unwind, and rest its tired and aching body. Unlike most conventional pet beds, the OrthoComfort Deep Dish Cuddler is specifically designed for cozy, comfortable sleep and relaxation. This model easily conforms to the shape of any pup, so whether your pet loves to stretch out during sleep or prefers the curled up position, the Deep Dish Cuddler is sure to accommodate them. Interestingly, the back panel of the bed is 3 inches higher than its side and front panels to comfortably scoop and support your pooch’s back. The side and front panels are perfect as pillows, supporting your Fido’s head. Despite being one of the coziest models on the market, the OrthoComfort is, we’re pleased to say, budget-friendly.

Combination of high back wall and lower carved side and front walls

Super comfy and cozy Sherpa fabric

Heavy-duty, water- and dirt- resistant nylon backing 

Specification:
  • Brand: Best Friends by Sheri
  • Model: DPD-SHE-BRN
  • Weight: 1.8 pounds

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Most of us love the feel of soft microsuede, so the fact that many pet parents want the same for their pooches doesn’t come as a surprise. The Brindle Dog Bed provides an exceptionally cozy, soft resting surface for dogs of all sizes and ages, but the large model is obviously the most comfortable for bigger dog breeds. The bed’s 3-inch orthopedic memory foam should help relieve pressure and strain off the joints of your Fido, significantly reducing the symptoms of hip dysplasia and arthritis. The Brindle canine mattress comes with a removable cover, so you can conveniently throw it into your washing machine whenever it gets dirty.

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Lightweight yet durable design

3-inch breathable, shredded orthopedic memory foam base

Hidden zipper closure

Machine washable removable cover 

Specification:
  • Brand: Brindle
  • Model: BRMMKP30SD
  • Weight: 5.8 pounds

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Looking more like an extra-large throw pillow than a regular pet bed, the Majestic Pet Super Value Pet Dog Bed is one of those large beds that come with an unpretentious yet incredibly comfortable design. Instead of the usual foam fill, the Majestic contains polyester fiberfill giving your doggie a certain level of softness that you don’t normally see in ordinary foam mattresses. While other products come with removable covers, the Majestic can be simply thrown into the washing machine and air dried as a whole. Interestingly, it is priced much lower than many comparable products, making it a wonderful choice for the budget-conscious dog owner.

Contains high loft polyester fiberfill

Durable and comfortable poly-cotton blend

Inexpensive yet functional and easy to clean

Specification:
  • Brand: Majestic Pet
  • Model: 78899565460
  • Weight: 3.18 pounds

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For those who like quilted fabrics, the Milliard Quilted Padded Orthopedic Bed is a great option. Made of egg crate foam to help relieve symptoms of achy and painful joints while allowing optimum comfort for Fido’s tired body, this model is an excellent mattress that is made even more luxurious by the addition of a pillowtop layer. Like most pet beds in this list, the Milliard Quilted comes with a fully machine washable cover. The size of the Milliard is just right for standard-sized crates so you can make it an integral component of your canine kennel. Sadly, it doesn’t come in other designs so you might want to invest in another cover if you want something more creative for your doggie.

Quilted, comfortable, and durable design

Available in 2 sizes. fitting standard-sized crates

Machine washable, removable cover

Pillowtop layer for extra comfort

Specification:
  • Brand: Milliard
  • Model: QDB
  • Weight: 3 pounds

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If you like the OrthoComfort Deep Dish bed but would prefer something with a straighter sleeping surface, you’ll like the orthopedic dog bed designed by the American Kennel Club. The Circle Stitch Cuddler is more like a canine couch with bolsters on three sides, but the walls are definitely fluffier, thicker, and higher. The front panel opens to the floor so getting in and out is super easy. It doesn’t come with a removable cover, though. Nevertheless, cleaning is super easy as the entire cuddler can be tossed in the washing machine. As a bonus, the bed comes with a friendly price tag!

Fits most breeds of dog

Comfortable, large sleeping surface

Made of durable materials

Machine washable 

Specification:
  • Brand: American Kennel Club
  • Model: AKC-1632 Gray
  • Weight: 2.2 pounds

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We believe the MidWest Homes Quiet Time Deluxe could very well be one of the best pet beds for labs and other similar sized breeds. It looks more like a really luxurious human mattress but at a significantly smaller size. Unlike other pet beds, the Quiet Time is filled with synthetic fur providing ultra-softness and a more comfortable plush appearance. Its bottom is fully protected against slipping and skidding and comes in 7 different sizes and 3 color designs for you to choose from. It is machine washable and comes at a reasonable price, which is always a plus.

Interesting design that’s perfect for any interior décor

Non-skid, non-slip bottom

Ultra-comfy, synthetic fur stuffing

Machine washable 

Specification:
  • Brand: MidWest Homes for Pets
  • Model: 40630-SGB
  • Weight: 1 pounds

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If you’re looking for a cool-looking pet bed, check out The OxGord Paws & Pals padded crates that come in 3 different sizes and an interesting 18th-century newspaper themed styling. The fabric used in the Paws & Pals’ construction is of high quality: durable, plush and super-comfortable for pups of all sizes. The bed is lightweight, too, allowing for portability – you can easily put it in your bag for those weekend getaways with your doggie. All in all, a comfy, great-looking canine mattress with bolster sides for optimum comfort that can be used year-round, both at home and for traveling!

Cool retro and comfortable design

Sturdy and durable bolsters

Lightweight and portable

Inexpensive 

Specification:
  • Brand: Paws & Pals
  • Model: PTBD-N01-SM
  • Weight: 1.59 pounds

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Milliard is back with its premium orthopedic memory foam dog bed. What separates the Milliard Premium from the Milliard Quilted -as well as many other brands – is that it comes with two layers of foam. A 2-inch premium quality memory foam sits atop a 2-inch durable memory foam base, covered with a unique waterproof bed cover that is laced with antimicrobial materials. The bottom of the Milliard Premium retains the brand’s non-skid, removable, and machine washable design. As for the memory foam top, it conforms to your dog’s body, providing comfort and relieving pressure off the spine and achy joints. It comes in 4 sizes and each model is designed with pet-safe materials. It may cost a bit higher, but considering the features, we believe it’s worth it.

Dual foam design

CertiPUR-US-certified memory foam

Durable and sturdy construction with non-skid bottom

Removable cover with antimicrobial properties 

Specification:
  • Brand: Milliard
  • Model: DB-M
  • Weight: 3.8 pounds

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The Brindle Waterproof Memory Foam Dog Bed is similar to the Milliard Premium as both are designed with 2 layers of 2-inch thick foams, one as a memory foam and the other one as a base. The only difference in the Brindle product is that it comes fully covered with a waterproof polyurethane liner underneath its velour cover. What this means is that you have 2 types of coverage on the Brindle: an inner waterproof lining and an outer layer of super-plush, super comfy velour fabric that your doggie is guaranteed to love. As a bonus,the Brindle is also hypoallergenic and has dust mite resistance, so it’s suitable for sensitive dogs too. Sure, it’s a little more expensive than regular pet beds, but considering the quality of materials used in the construction as well as the incredible comfort the soft foam provides, it’s definitely worth it.

Dual memory foam and foam base design

Waterproof polyurethane lining

Soft and plush velour cover

With hypoallergenic and dust mite-resistance 

Specification:
  • Brand: Brindle
  • Model: BRMMMU22PB
  • Weight: 5.3 pounds

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This K&H Pet Products’ elevated dog bed design is a great alternative to the Coolaroo raised pet cot model. So, what’s the edge of the K&H? Well, if you want a classier design, then you might want to pick this. It comes in elegant 2-tone design to help provide a more pleasing contrast to its central mesh panel upon which your pooch will be resting on. The breathable mesh is typically in black to match the black color of its sturdy frame. The sleeping surface comes with solid colored material made of 600D fabric, and it’ available in chocolate brown and grayish-blue. At any rate, the K&H pet cot can still provide your doggie with great comfort. And, as a bonus, the feet come with a non-skid rubber so the bed won’t move no matter what. The model  is priced slightly higher than the Coolaroo, though.

Simple yet durable design

Easy to set up and maintain

Waterproof and breathable mesh 

Specification:
  • Brand: K&H Pet Products
  • Model: 1625
  • Weight: 4.2 pounds

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It may be basic, but AmazonBasics pet bed checks all the right boxes in our book –  it’s comfortable and soft, durable, lightweight and functional. It’s ideal for dog kennels, crates and houses, as well as for traveling because it’s lightweight and easy to transport. Extra-soft and fluffy fleece fabric covers the polyester fill and the polypropylene foam base, so the bed is as comfy as they get. The bolsters on all sides of the rectangular mattress allow for proper head, neck and spine positioning, which is essential for senior dogs and pups with neck problems. The bed comes at a price that is friendly enough for budget-conscious individuals, which is always a big plus.

Simple yet comfortable and durable design

Fully padded bolster rim

Designed specifically for carriers, kennels, and crates

Machine washable

Specification:
  • Brand: AmazonBasics
  • Model: AMZBCM-002
  • Weight: 1.77 pounds

Dog Beds Buying Guide

With so many pet beds on the market, finding the right one for your pup can be difficult. To help you make an informed purchasing decision, we've put together this comprehensive buying guide. Here, we talk about all things pet beds, including why you may want to buy one in the first place, as well as how to find the right model for your furry friend (as well as your budget!).

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Why Do Dogs Want to Sleep on Dog Beds?

You might be inclined to think that dogs don’t necessarily need beds for them to sleep on. After all, there are no mattresses and similar stuff in the wild, right? However, more than mere comfort, there are actually several reasons why your pooch should, in fact, sleep on its own bed.

  • They keep them warm

Wild canids often seek shelter in caves and other similar geological features. While you won’t see them gathering sticks and bushes to create a nest like birds, they will nonetheless gather together to keep their bodies warm. Unfortunately, domesticated canids don’t have the luxury of caves or the number of fellow canids that they can snuggle up to to keep them warm. They may have kennels and crates to serve as their caves, but there won’t be anything to protect them from the cold floor. This is where doggie mattresses and heated beds are helpful, especially those that come with built-in heaters. There are also beds that come with high wall panels which effectively shield them from the cold draft. They can easily curl up in these manmade nests to keep them warm and comfy.

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  • They provide privacy and security

While doggie mattresses are hardly the kind of shelter that you have in mind that will give your pooch privacy and security, they nevertheless can provide them with something that they can call their own spot in your home. This is their private space and as such, it's a place they can turn to when they feel like being alone, or when they need proper rest.

  • They cushion painful joints 

Articular problems are a common concern not only among the senior doggies, but some adult dogs too. There are breeds that are more predisposed to hip dysplasia, arthritis, and other problems of the joints and bones. The issue is not so much in the existence of these health conditions but rather in the degree of discomfort or pain that these problems bring. Sleeping or lying down on hard surfaces, such as floors, can compress your pup's bones and organs leading to serious pain. Cushioning your pet's bones can help lessen the effect of pressure, and as a result, pain.

  • They prevent injuries 

There are a number of doggies that really love sleeping on the bed of their human masters or even on the sofa or couch. Large canine breeds should have no problems jumping in and out of these pieces of furniture as their relatively longer legs will help cushion the impact of jumping. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for smaller canine breeds. Jumping in and out of high beds can lead to injuries, especially if the dog is already old or ill. Because pet mattresses are at most 5 to 6 inches thick, it is low enough for doggies to safely get on them and out. At any rate, the risk for injuries will be very minimal compared to staying on the human bed.

  • They manage shedding and pet dander 

All dogs shed hair and release dander into the air. Now, if you don’t get a pet mattress, where do you think you will find these dander and loose hair? More often than not, you’ll see these on your carpet, on your couch or sofa, maybe even on your bed. The point is that if you give your pooch its own bed, at least they will concentrate their loose hair and pet dander on their own furniture. Of course, there will still be some hair in other parts of the house, but the majority of it will be on its mattress. This makes it easier to clean and vacuum.

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What to Consider When Buying

Now that you have a fairly good idea and appreciation as to why your doggie would love to have its very own sleeping pad, it’s time to get to the real stuff. Choosing the perfect dog bed should really not be that difficult especially if you have a fairly good idea of what you’re looking for. To help you make the right decision, here are a few things you might want to spend some time considering.

  • How your pet sleeps 

This is one of the most fundamental considerations when buying a canine bed. The manner in which your doggie sleeps can be a significant factor in the type of mattress you will need to get. For example, if your pooch is a curler, meaning it loves to curl up like a shrimp or a fetus, then getting something like a nesting couch would be a good idea. However, if your doggie loves to really stretch its body and legs as far as possible, then you will need a mattress that has an unusually larger space for your doggie to do so. If your Fido is quite active in bed, meaning it likes changing its position every now and then, then an appropriately sized mattress should be on top of your list.

dog on pet bed
  • Doggie health concerns and age 

If you have a pooch that doesn’t really have any health issues, choosing a canine mattress is pretty straightforward. However, if your Fido happens to have a health condition such as obesity, joint problems, and musculoskeletal issues, then you’ll need to think about getting a more appropriate bed. Similarly, senior dogs and puppies will often require significantly different types of mattresses. Pregnant or lactating dogs may have different preferences as well, including a larger sleeping surface.

  • Activity level and strength 

We simply couldn’t leave this one out. The activity level and strength of your pooch will come in handy in the choice of material for the canine bed. For really strong and heavy mutts you will need a mattress that can stand to their weight as well as possible scratching and nipping behavior. The bed must be chew-proof and scratch-resistant if you want it to last many years. If you’ve got a rather sedentary doggie, then any material will do.

  • Dog bed location 

Even before you start buying a pet bed, make sure you have a clear idea of where to place it. Will it be in the living room or the family room? How about the kitchen or perhaps the bedroom? The thing, you need to consider the primary purpose of the canine mattress. If it is only for resting and not sleeping, then perhaps a quiet corner in the living room will be sufficient. But if the intention is for the bed to be used as a sleeping pad, then consider putting it in an area where there is less traffic and no distractions. After all, this is going to be their bed in your home.

  • Style of dog bed 

There are many styles of canine sleeping furniture. Some look pretty much like the mattress you have in your bedroom, others resemble the sofa bed or couch in your living room. Some are loungers or mini bean bags. There are also elevated or raised dog beds that allow for the more efficient movement of air for greater comfort. There are also beds that come with different materials, especially the cushioning. Canine beds that serve to keep your pooch warm can come with built-in thermal insulators too. It is critical to consider the type of bed that your pooch can really benefit from.

  • The comfort of the dog bed

Not all canine mattresses will give your pooch the kind of comfort it needs. Some may be soft and cushiony but they don’t provide protection against a draft. Others may have superior padding yet don't have any water-resisting capabilities. Additionally, some will also allow for the air to freely circulate yet its level of softness will be nowhere near padded mattresses. There are also those with bolsters or mini pillows to maintain the alignment of the canine spine. You may want to invest in several covers or even heating pads. The thing is, you should look at the individual needs of your pet so you can buy the best possible bed for them.

What Materials are Best in Dog Beds?

The material used in the construction of the dog bed is an important consideration before making a purchase. Unfortunately, the choice of material is actually dependent on a host of factors including the activity level of your pooch, its general temperament and style of sleeping, as well as its tendency or predisposition to chew or scratch. Additionally, you might want to factor in ease of cleaning and the level of comfort it provides your pup. Here we’ll be presenting some of the more common materials used in the manufacture of canine beds. We will look at the cover first.

  • Fleece – Inexpensive material yet has the capability to retain body heat, making it an exceptional choice for dogs living in colder climates.
  • Flannel – Known for its superb absorption capabilities, flannel is preferred for its more versatile thermoregulatory properties. It can keep your pooch warm in winter and cool in the summer.
  • Faux suede – While it may be a bit tough to clean, faux suede is nonetheless revered for its durability and strength, although not as much as true suede.
  • Microfiber – This type of cover material is well-regarded for its antimicrobial properties and can be a great material if you’re more concerned about the health of your pooch.
  • Vinyl – These are exceptionally sturdy and durable and are perfect for persistent diggers, scratchers, and nibblers. Vinyl covers are also great for folks who like to keep things super-clean.
  • Nylon – Nylon materials are abrasion-resistant and provide a great option for canines with skin allergies or even sensitive skin in general.

Types of Fill Used in Canine Furnishing

  • Foam – These provide exceptional support to your pet’s body, especially memory foam. However, there are also foam chips and pellets that allow for great softness and comfort for your pet pooch.
  • Fiber fill – Also known as polyester fill, fiber fill is often used in stuffed toys and pillows. It provides a certain level of softness that you won’t see in any other type of fill. If you’re after your doggie’s comfort, fiber fill is a great option.
  • Wood chips – Yes, there are still doggie beds that use wood chips. Aromatic chips are especially noted for their ability to repel fleas while also absorbing pet odor. The problem is that they’re really not that comfy and soft to lie on.
  • Recycled bedding and/or fabric – These are very inexpensive materials used as dog bed fill. These may not be as comfy or soft as fiberfill but they do provide ample support, just not as efficient as a memory foam.
little pug in pet bed

Does My Dog Need an Orthopedic Dog Bed?

If you have a pet that has problems with its mobility such as painful joints or even hip dysplasia, getting an orthopedic dog bed is often necessary. The unique design of this type of bed relieves some of the pressure on the joints while affording a more comfortable sleep. It is also helpful for skinny and bony pooches.

What Size of Dog Bed Should I Get for My Pet?

The size of the canine bed should be at least 6 inches larger on all of its sides compared to the actual size of your mutt. This means you have to measure the height and length of your pooch. If, for instance, it measures 15 inches tall and about 20 inches long, then you know that you need a pet bed that is at least 21 inches wide and 26 inches long. If you’re in doubt, it’s always better to choose a larger one.

Which Fabric is the Best Option for a Destructive Dog?

If your pet happens to be a mighty chomper, you’d really have to go for chew-proof or indestructible materials in its canine bed, because ordinary fabrics will simply not cut it. Choose ballistic-grade or even military-grade fabrics such as 1618 denier nylon or even ballistic vinyl for the toughest chewers in your pack.

What Fabric is Easiest to Clean?

Just as vinyl fabrics are best when it comes to highly destructive chewers, they're also the easiest to clean. If you don’t like the idea of plastic, then nylon fabric should be your second choice, although a lot of the different fabric materials used in dog beds today can be machine washed.

What Fabric is Best for a Dog with Allergies?

Folks with allergies often use silk for their beddings to help minimize the impact of skin allergies. Unfortunately, it would be impractical to use silk for a dog bed, although it is not entirely without merit. If you have a pet that happens to have allergies, your best choice for fabric will be either nylon or vinyl. Some would also advocate for the use of organic cotton fleece, although the main issue is in dust mites getting into the tight spaces of the woven fabric.

Our canine friends deserve to have their own comfortable beds where they can sleep, relax, feel secure and warm. Choosing the most appropriate bed will thus, take into consideration your pet’s age, activity levels, sleeping behavior, and general health, as well as the location of the bed in your house, its style, and the level of comfort it brings. It is also critical to look for the best possible material for your pet, especially if it has allergies, musculoskeletal problems, or is simply a tenacious chewer.

Dog sleeping in dog bed

If you take all these things into consideration and consult our list of the best ones in the market, we're confident you'll find the coziest, most comfortable sleeping mattress for your canine friend.

Sources:

  1. House Training Your Dog - Brown.edu
Destin Benoit
Destin Benoit
A former Special Forces Canine Handler, Destin Benoit has extensive knowledge and experience with military canine training. He has worked with multiple military dogs in the most stressful places and situations in the world. Currently, Destin is a SOC Canine Handler, aiding in the protection of the US diplomats abroad.
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