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Sleeping Bags for Dogs

Updated on December 19, 2015

Does Your Dog Sleep in a Sleeping Bag?!

Doggie sleeping bags are ideal for fur babies who loves to snuggle up and burrow under the covers. It may seem a little strange to see a dog poking it snout out of a sleeping bag, but the habit quite natural for many breeds that were selected to dig, hunt and catch quarry underground.

At our house, you won't want to see the dog without their sacks. Sweet Hopper, in particular, gets so excited when his sack comes back from the wash and very worried if it doesn't seem to show up in time. Hopper loves is sack so much he even tucks himself in at night. As dog owners, we can all appreciate that a lot of the dog's odor stays inside the sack. Frequent washing is a must, but you may notice a decrease in the funky dog smell. Read on to see if a sleeping bag might be a good match for your dog.

* All dog photos and construction diagrams were created by me.

What Breeds Enjoy Dog Sleeping Bags?

Doggie sleeping bags are ideal for terriers and dog who love to burrow, dig or snuggle under the covers. Terriers and some breeds in the hound group, such as dachshunds, were bred to enter burrows after their quarry. In fact, "terra" or ground is the root word for Terrier.

Dog sleeping bags seem to be most popular with:

  • Jack Russels
  • Rat Terriers
  • Dachsunds
  • Chihuahuas
  • Min Pins
  • Shih Tzu
  • Yorkies
  • Schnauzers
  • Maltese
  • Traditional Terrier Breeds
Owners have also reported great results with mutts and other unexpected breeds like the Italian greyhound. Rabbits and cats love burrowing beds too.

Sack or no sack? - Would your dog use a sleeping bag?

Yes, No, Maybe So

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Doggie Sleeping Bag Photos - Edit this to add photos of your pet

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Ahhh....Catchin some zzzzzzzs.Did I smell a treat?Sleep. Sweet sleep.
Ahhh....Catchin some zzzzzzzs.
Ahhh....Catchin some zzzzzzzs.
Did I smell a treat?
Did I smell a treat?
Sleep. Sweet sleep.
Sleep. Sweet sleep.

Burrowing Beds - Oh Man! This one looks cozy!!

Petmate Deluxe Burrow Bed (25")
Petmate Deluxe Burrow Bed (25")

What's better than snuggling up in your own bed. Nothing. Unless it's an extra-cozy burrow bed that keep you warm from the tip of your tail to your head. This doggie burrow bed is ideal for dachshunds, small breeds and dogs around 25 pounds.

 

Why doggie sleeping bags?

In a dog's world, comfort is everything.

Make Your Own Dog Sleeping Bag

Making your own doggie sleeping bag is really simple

Here's how i made mine. You will need:

One Cheap Comforter

Sewing Machine

Measuring Tape

Scissors

Pins

Make a Doggie Sleeping Sack from a Cheap Comforter

One throw-sized comforter can make two mid-sized sacks. Used the finished edges to create the edges of your doggie sack and minimize sewing.

Aeolus Down Microfiber Down Alternative Comforter Set, Twin/Twin X-Long Teal/Lime 66X92
Aeolus Down Microfiber Down Alternative Comforter Set, Twin/Twin X-Long Teal/Lime 66X92

Start with a cheap comforter filled with microfiber or polyester fiber. This is just like the one I used. These things are be washed a million times to remove all the dog funk. Pharmacies and big box stores are also great places to find fake down comforters and throws on the cheap.

 

Cut The Pieces For Your Doggie Sleeping Bag

Measure the length and width of your dog's crate or bed and add an extra two or three inches to accommodate your seam allowances.

Alternative Construction Method

Pin and Sew

And You're Done!

Would your dog sleep is a sleeping bag?

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      What fun! I can just see them circling and circling, trying to get just the right spot! We have a mini dachshund in the family who would love one, though you'd have to get her off our laps first. I can think of several cats who would enjoy one too! Thanks for the instructions for making one too!

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      julieannbrady 3 years ago

      How interesting! I don't have a dog, but I do have a cat who is always ruffling up the towel I place for her on the bed -- I will bet that she would love one of these!

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      QualifiedExpert 3 years ago

      Great lens!! I will make sure to share this with some friends, spreading some love.

      Cheers, Mike

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      ScentsWithBling 4 years ago

      LOVE this idea! My 5 shih tzus LOVE to dig and burrow in the bed so to create something this great for them will be awesome! Thanks for a great lens.

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I'd give it a go but I need to stop my dog chewing his bed!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am pretty excited about the idea of a dog sleeping bag. My Dalmatian, Zola, loves her bed, but she always ends up in ours because she has to be snuggled up under a pile of blankets!! This is a fantastic solution! great lens!

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      I am seriously thinking about making one of these for Monty, my sister's Puggle. He is a cuddle monster and would love a sleeping bag.

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      QuiltFinger 5 years ago from Tennessee

      @Craftypicks: Awww. That is so sweet! The recession was and still is hard for so many people and their animals. Thank you so much for visiting my lenses a commenting!!

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Yes and so would my cats. There was this really old stray cat that was taken care of by a group of us. He was abandoned by a homeowner 15 years ago and everyone just decided to make sure she was fed and cared for. During the winter she comes into my garage. It's heated and has a cat door we made for her. She is invited inside the house but doesn't like to come in. I put a sleeping bag in a pet carrier that has no door for her. She was so happy in there all winter. She slept in there every night so I know she loved it.

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      MarilynImanse 5 years ago

      Who knew there were such things as doggie sleeping bags? Why not, they like to be warm and cozy too!

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      wadsworth lm 5 years ago

      I might try making a bag just to see if my dog will use it. I hate to spent too much money only to find out the dog is not interested.