Are you looking for a cute bed for your Yorkie or your French Bulldog? You can take cuteness to the next level with a gorgeous teepee bed that suits most small breeds. They are usually available in a range of designs and are easy to put up.
If you are looking for a bed that is easy to travel with or one that would suit a shy or nervous pooch who likes to be hide away, this could be the answer. Check out our guide of the best dog teeppee beds before you buy yours.
Best Dog Teepee Bed Buying Guide & FAQ
Things to Look for in a Teepee Bed
A best dog teepee bed for your needs should be well designed so that it’s safe and comfortable for your doggy and is easy to maintain. Here are a few features that you need to look out for in a teepee bed:
- Integrated floor cover. The better teepee beds will have built-in floor covers and this is a feature that you should look out for. The whole thing will feel more stable and your pooch is more likely to leave it where it is rather than drag it around the place. It also helps to keep your house clean because it will keep stray fur in one place,
- Non-slip underside. It’s even better if the underside of the floor is non-slip. Sometimes there are small rubberised dots. This is a useful safety feature and will prevent the bed from skidding across the floor if your pooch enters or exits a bit too quickly!
- Tie–back curtains. Most teepee beds have curtains at the entrance which can be closed or tied back. It’s important that there is a reliable way of securing them in an open position or they will hamper your doggy’s access to the bed and could frustrate them. Some have pieces of canvas which can be tied in a bow but others have a button that secures them in place. It is up to you which you prefer.
- Easy to put up and take down. A key selling point of the teepee design is its portability. They should be designed to put and take down quickly so that you can use it when you are travelling. Many are supplied with the pine poles already in place and it is simply a matter of opening them out like an umbrella. Others are provided with instructions but they all claim to take just minutes to set up and that no tools are needed.
- Natural materials. Another attractive feature of the teepee is that it is usually a natural product, especially the plain white design. The tent material is usually 100 per cent natural cotton and the poles are natural pine. As a result, there are no toxins and no chemical smell to put your pooch off.
- Mildew resistant. This is a good feature for anything to do with animals. There will be occasions when it gets damp and as they are made from such pale material the mould could show up easily.
- Non-flammable. An important safety feature. They should never be positioned near a naked flame but there is always the possibility of it ending up near a fire if your dog moves it around or a stray spark from an outdoor bonfire or barbeque could land on it.
- Cushions. Some teepees are supplied with cushions and some are not. You may like the idea of a cushion that is designed to fit perfectly inside the teepee. Some cushions are even covered in the same pattern material as the tent and have little extras such as pompoms. On the other hand, you may prefer to use your own fleece or blanket. Double check if the cushion is included in the price because you sometimes have to pay extra. Finally, also check the washing instructions for the cushion because it can get messy!
- Added extras. Some teepee beds are supplied with cute extras such as decorative rope. Others come with a small chalkboard (and chalk) which can be hung from the teepee and labelled up with your doggy’s name or a message.
- Cleaning instructions. You need something that is easy to clean! Most can be put in the washing machine but on a gentle and cool wash. Many can also be tumble dried but others have to dried flat or air dried.
Benefits of Using Dog Teepee Bed
The best dog teepee bed is super cute but that’s not all!
- They help keep fur confined to one place
- They provide a private place for more nervous dogs to chill out
- They are light and fold up into a small space
- They are easy to transport around.
Alternative Uses for a Dog Teepee Bed
The main attraction of a dog tent bed is that they look super cute so it’s not surprising that people have found plenty of excuses to buy one even if they do not have a dog!
Doggy uses for teepee beds
Apart from the obvious use as a dog bed in your home, a teepee can be used as:
- A portable bed for travelling. Their portability makes them perfect as a travel bed for your pooch. The umbrella design folds up easily and takes up little room as you are travelling. When you reach your destination, it takes seconds to open it up again and your little pooch has a familiar space that they can relax in.
- A portable hiding spot. Some little dogs are nervous of new surroundings and this is an easy way of taking a little bit of your home with you wherever you go. A familiar space can provide reassurance for your pooch even if you are not staying overnight. It’s handy if the teepee bed comes with a carrying bag if you travel around a lot.
- A sun shade. For trips out to the park or the beach it can be handy to have a portable sunshade. Some teepee beds have mesh panels to improve ventilation. The canvas material will give some protection but it is not safe to leave your dog in strong sun even in a teepee bed as they could overheat.
- Dog toy storage. A teepee is a lovely place to store doggy toys. They will be out of view and so your house will look less cluttered. When your dog wants to play, he or she can go and fetch them. You may even be able to train them to put toys away at the end of the day!
Other uses for teepee beds
A teepee dog bed is definitely not just for doggies! Other furry (and not so furry) friends can join in the fun!
- Toy storage. If you have a little child, you will be familiar with the problem of toys spread all over your floor. A teepee makes a lovely place to store them out of site and is easily accessible for your little one.
- Toddler den. Kids simply love dens! The designs of teepee beds will suit kids just as much as dogs and they can even label their den with their own chalkboard.
Q: What is a dog teepee bed?
A: A teepee dog bed is essentially a tent for small dogs in a traditional teepee design. They often have five or more sides and are made from cotton canvas draped around several pine poles. Some have authentic touches such as rope tied at the top. The entrance is shielded by two flaps or curtains which can be closed for privacy or tied open for easy access.
Most humans love teepee beds! The cute design is often available in a chic plain white or in a range of gorgeous patterns ranging from a nautical theme to star patterns. Some are even finished off with pompoms. The cuteness is taken to the next level with finishing touches such as matching cushions or chalkboards which can be hung outside the dog tent bed with your doggy’s name on it or a cute message like ‘I live here!’
Q: Is a dog teepee bed waterproof?
A: Traditional dog teepee beds are made from cotton canvas and are not waterproof. Some are advertised as for use inside or outside but that simply means that they are robust enough to be used outside e.g. to provide some shade in your garden or when you go camping. They are not a dog kennel and are not an ‘outside home’ for dogs.
There are some waterproof dog tents that will stand up to heavy showers but these are made of different material and are a completely different design.
Q: How should I clean my dog teepee bed?
A: You will want to give your teepee dog bed a good clean every now and again. Brushing and vacuuming will remove a lot of the loose fur. When you want to wash it, you need to take out the pine poles and wash it in cold water. Most teepees are made from 100 per cent cotton canvas and will stand up well to machine washing but they will need a gentle and a cool wash. They can be air dried but some recommend that they are dried flat. Many can be popped into the tumble drier on a low heat and this is really useful when the weather is wet.
Cleaning the cushion can be a little difficult. They do not always have removable covers so you have to wash the whole thing and they can take a while to dry. Most manufacturers recommend that you dry them flat.
Q: My dog loves to chew, will a teepee bed hold up?
A: Some dogs are described as ‘problem chewers’ and will destroy anything from furniture to shoes. If your pooch is a ‘problem chewer’ you probably already know that a dog bed can be a particular target. It’s best to tackle this issue head-on so that the bed can be a comfortable place to rest and not a big chew toy! Teepees are generally robust but are made from wood and canvas and these are both materials that can get very damaged by a dog’s teeth.
When an adult dog chews their bedding, it is mainly because they are anxious or bored. Cure these problems and the chewing will cease.
Q: Can I use teepee bed outdoors?
A: Yes, many teepee dog beds can be used outdoors as well as inside. They will be robust enough to stand up to a day or two in your garden. However, that does not mean that they are suitable as an outdoor kennel. They will not offer your dog protection from the wind or rain or from very bright sun and heat. Some dog beds have mesh panels which will give more ventilation on a hot day but close supervision is still required.
Our Top Pick
Zaihe Pet Teepee Dog & Cat Bed
A sturdy teepee tent for dogs made from scratch-proof lace cotton canvas that is the perfect size for a French Bulldog or a Shih Tzu.
You can use it indoors or outdoors and put it up in seconds. Total safety is assured by the non-flammable, flame retardant, mildew resistant and machine-washable material.
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