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Choosing the Correct Dog Bed for Your Large Dog

Updated on March 27, 2009

Tips for Selecting the Perfect Dog Bed


Does your larger dog need a good dog bed? Larger dogs have special needs when selecting a dog bed that will perfect for their comfort and support.

In today's market there are lots of designer dog beds - however, designer dog beds are not always the best choice. What are the things we should look for in a dog bed for our larger Buddies?

  • Size. It is important to select a bed the will support their hips and shoulders no matter the position in which they are sleeping or resting. The dog bed you are selecting needs to be of a size that is comfortable.
  • Comfort. It is important to find a bed that offers a larger dog comfort. If you are shopping online . .and cannot actually touch the dog bed - read the reviews about the bed and what other customers have had to say about the dog bed.
  • Joints. Larger dogs often have issues with joints, arthritis, and sore hips. Large dogs also often suffer from bone weaknesses as they grow older. A good quality bed that offers support, as well as comfort, is a necessity. Memory foam is the perfect material for the dog bed you are considering for your larger dog.
  • Age and Health of your Dog. If your larger dog is an older dog - consider an orthopedic dog bed. Lots of dog beds call themselves "orthopedic" but they are not. Memory foam is the ONLY material known to man that completely eliminates painful pressure points. If your orthopedic dog bed is not made from memory foam - it is not orthopedic.
  • Washability. Large dogs need lots of exercise! Which means your bigger dog is probably outside walking, rolling in the dirt, romping through the grass, and into all sorts of dirty things. Since you will want to keep their dog bed clean - make sure the covers are washable. Also it is nice to have extra long zippers which makes getting the covers on and off for washing so much easier.

Keeping these items in mind when selecting a dog bed for your larger dog will make them happy and comfortable -- and when they are comfy and happy. . .we are happy!

Debbie Holte is a frequent contributor of articles on our dog's health and happiness for whose company's mission is to improve the quality of life for our animals.

Remember there are three things to look for in any company you purchase a dog bed - high quality products, products that will last and stand the test of time, and superior customer service.


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    • moonlake profile image


      10 years ago from America

      I make my own beds for our dogs, Springer and Lab. I can put zippers in them and then they can be washed. I have one I made that was very firm and the dogs don't like it but the cats love it.

      Enjoyed your hub.

    • Whitney05 profile image


      10 years ago from Georgia

      sorry double post.

    • Whitney05 profile image


      10 years ago from Georgia

      raised dog beds are also great for larger dogs, especially older larger dogs.


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