How To Choose A Dog Bed
Choosing a dog bed is no easy task. What is your dog going to like? Is it big enough when he or she sleeps? How do I measure my dog or ensure that I get the right size so I don't have to send it back (especially if I have a large or small dog)? Follow this simple guide to help you make a smart decision.
How to choose your dogs bed:
- The first thing to decide on is how your dog likes to sleep. Do they curl up? Sprawl out? Both? Once you have determined their sleeping preference, you can decide on which type of bed will best suit your pet. If they like to curl up, then you can freely choose from any of our quality beds. However, if they like to sprawl out, you should consider a pillow top bed or an over-sized bolster bed to ensure they enough room to stretch all the way out.
- Next you need to determine the length of your dog when they are sleeping. Be sure to measure from the head to the base of the tail and then add 6 inches for small breeds or 10 inches for large breeds. This will ensure they have room to change positions or stretch their legs if they desire.
- When choosing a bolster or donut bed you want to use the interior dimensions. This is the area where the pillows insert lays and where your dog will sleep. This should accurately reflect your dogs' size according to step 2 above. If you choose a pillow top, then you should use the exterior dimensions. Dogs sleep on average of 14 hours a day, so always choose the larger size if you are unsure.
- In general you can think of a pillow top bed as a mattress. Where as a bolster bed has a pillow insert and a raised supportive bolster around the sides. The chart below is good starting point for choosing from our beds.
|Extra Small under 15 lbs
||Cavalier King, Charles Spaniel, Chihuahua, King Charles Spaniel, Pekingese, Toy Poodle, Yorkshire terrier
||Pillow: 16" - 22"
Bolster: 16" x 21"
|Small 15 - 25 lbs
Beagle, Bichon Frise, Border Terrier, Cairn Terrier, Cocker
Spaniel, Corgi, Daschund, English Bulldog, Fox Terrier, French
Bulldog, Jack Russell Terrier, Llaso Apso, Miniature Pinscher,
Miniature Poodle, Miniature Schnauzer, Pomeranian, Pug, Shihtzu, West Highland Terrier
||Pillow: 22" - 27"
Bolster: 18" x 23"
|Medium 26 - 50 lbs lbs
Airedale Terrier, Alaskan Malamute, American Bulldog, Australian
Cattle Dog, Australian Shepherd Dog, Bearded Collie, Border Collie
, Borzoi, Boston terrier, Boxer, Bull Terrier, Chow chow,
Collie, Standard Poodle, Sheltie, Springer Spaniel, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Standard Schnauzer
||Pillow: 28" - 34"
Bolster: 21" x 28"
|Large 51 - 80 lbs
Dobermann, English Setter, German Shepherd Dog, Golden retriever
, Gordon Setter, Greyhound, Husky, Irish Setter, Labrador Retriever, Pointers, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rottweiler, Vizsla, Weimaraner, Whippet
||Pillow: 34" - 41"
Bolster: 24" x 33"
|Extra Large Over 80 lbs
, Great Dane, Great Pyrenees Mountain Dog, Irish Wolfhound,
Newfoundland, Old English Sheepdog, Saint Bernard, Bull Mastiff
||Pillow: 41" and up
Bolster: 28" x 43"
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