What is the Best Dog Bed?

LAST UPDATED 18 FEBRUARY 2022

This article is written by our veterinarian, Dr Teagan Lever, BVSc (Hons)

Time to update your dog's bedding situation or perhaps you have brought home a new pup? Every pooch needs somewhere to lay his or her head after a big day of playing and other important doggy duties. Take a look through the different types of dog beds to see which one (or more!) would suit your dog best.

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Contents:

Outdoor dog beds

Calming dog beds

Cooling dog beds

Memory foam dog beds

Heated dog beds

Most loved features of dog beds

Further Reading

Outdoor Dog Beds

For a lot of dogs, a vast majority of their time is spent outdoors. There are a number of features to consider when selecting the best outdoor bed for your pooch. Elevated, or raised, beds allow air to circulate underneath, keeping your dog cooler. Raised beds are also easier for some dogs to step on and off, such as older dogs or those suffering from arthritis. These dogs often struggle to get in and out of a bed with high sides, so an elevated bed can suit them better. As the fabric on raised beds can stretch and sag over time, look for a bed that offers replacement covers also, to preserve the supportive qualities of the bed.

For dogs who spend time outdoors no matter the weather, a kennel will protect them from the elements. Outdoor beds are easy to clean, and a great option for camping. Look for beds made with water resistant material and a durable frame.

Top recommended outdoor dog beds

Kazoo Cabana Dog House

The Kazoo Cabana is weatherprrof, lightweight, collapsible and portable, making it a great choice for travelling.

Paws for Life Elevated Bed

This raised bed has a powder coated steel fram and a durable tight weave fabric for support. The cover is removable and machine-washable.

Kazoo Sleeping Round

This bed features high sides for shelter against the wind. The fleece cover is removable for washing.

Calming Dog Beds

Calming dog beds are soft, comfortable and secure. They usually have a round shape and high sides, to allow dogs to snuggle and hide away during times when they are feeling anxious.

Just as in humans, stress and anxiety is very individual to a dog. They can suffer from thunderstorm and fireworks phobias, separation anxiety, even a fear of vacuums! Along with calming beds, anxiety aids such as Zylkene, Adaptil, Thundershirts and even calming peanut butter treats may help to soothe your dog. In more severe cases of anxiety, it is best to consult with your vet or positive-reinforcement trainer, who will be able to work with you in applying some behavioural management techniques and / or (in the case of your vet), prescribe some medications to assist.

Top recommended calming beds

TS Polar Bed

The TS Polar Bed features luxurious fabric for your pooch to snuggle down into. It has removable, machine-washable cover.

Kazoo Peacock Bed

Perfect for small dogs and cats, this bed features a pouch-like sunken design to relieve anxiety and keep your dog cosy.

Paws for Life Cosy Calming Bed

Featuring raised sides and cosy, plush fabric, this entire bed can be washed in the washing machine.

Cooling Dog Beds

Cooling beds are a great way to keep your dog comfortable in warm weather. Cooling beds work either by allowing a greater amount of airflow through the bed, which convects heat away from your dog, or via a cooling gel filling, which transfers heat away from their body. Elevated beds also serve this purpose. Some cooling beds, like the PetKit Cooling Bed also offer a reversible function - one side cools your dog, while the other side is plush and cosy for Winter!

Overweight dogs, those with thick double coats and those with certain conformations (such as flat-faced breeds like the Pug) can be more susceptible to the effects of warm weather, and are more likely to experience heat stroke. Along with cooling beds, it is important to avoid exercising them in the heat of the day, ensure that they are never left alone in the car and ensure that they have fresh water and shelter readily available at all times.

Top recommended cooling beds

All For Paws Chill Out Fresh Breeze Mat

Machine washable in cold water, this mat is filled with springy, noodle like foam to help improve air circulation while still providing cushioning and comfort.

All For Paws Chill Out Always Cool Mat

This cooling mat contains a special, non-toxic gel that helps to cool your dog's skin when it comes into contact with the mat, no refrigeration required.

PetKit Cozy Warm and Cool Smart Pet House

This pet house uses temperature and humidity sensors to monitor the pod and maintain a constant temperature. The temperature can be controlled remotely via the app.

Memory Foam Beds

Orthopaedic, or memory foam beds offer excellent support for dogs. They are especially beneficial for older dogs, or those with arthritis. Memory foam is designed to adapt and mould through the pressure and heat of your dogs body. This allows the bed to cushion and support their body evenly.

Some memory foam beds also offer a heating element, to soothe arthritic joints and muscles through the colder months. These beds are designed only for use indoors.

An important feature to look for in an orthopaedic bed is a removable cover. Memory foam should not be washed, as it can be damaged and difficult to dry out properly.

Top recommended memory foam beds

Kazoo Wombat Bed

This bed features furniture grade suede fabric, high density memory foam and a firmbolster design. The cover is fully removable for cleaning.

PetKit Four Season Sleep Bed

This bed is designed with two sides - the first side is made out of bamboo charcoal memory foam, which provides consistent heat wicking and a porous surface texture. The second side has a spongy and smooth wave texture that relieves pressure throughout the body.

KH Thermo Dog Orthopaedic Bed

This bed features a double orthopaedic foam layer, dual thermostat heater with a removable fleece cover for easy washing and cleaning. It is designed to heat to your dog's body temperature when occupied and cool when not in use.

Heated Dog Beds

Heated dog beds work in 2 different ways. They either have an internal heating element, similar to an electric blanket, or they are self-warming, using a dog's body heat to warm the bed. Some, like the KH Thermo Dog Heated Mat, use both methods, and are designed to heat to your dog's body temperature when occupied, and decrease to a few degrees about room temperature when not in use.

It's important to use care and caution with heated dog beds. Beds with a internal heating system and electrical cord should only be used indoors, and it is important to check the cord and connections regularly and stop using them if there is any damage. Dogs with mobility issues, or who are sick or injured should be supervised closely if using a heated bed, as they may find it difficult to move if they become too warm.

Top recommended heated dog beds

PetLife Self Warm Throw Pad

The PetLife Throw Pad uses its thermo-reflective fibre warming core to radiate warmth generated by your dog's own body heat. It has a soft, fleecy surface and cushioned support.

KH Thermo Snuggler Sleeper Bed

This bed features a dual thermostat heater with soft foam pillow, raised side for extra snuggling and security and a removable heater and washable cover and pillow for easy cleaning.

PetLife Self Warm Cuddle Bed

The Cuddle bed is made with an ultra-soft fleecy cover and material which traps your dog's body heat and reflects it back to them.

Most Loved Features of Dog Beds

While there are a huge variety of beds available to suit pooches of different needs, there are a few features which crop up again and again in our most loved dog beds. When choosing a bed, consider looking for one with some (or all!) of the features listed below:

  • Removable, machine washable cover
  • Supportive mattress or filling
  • Soft outer material
  • Durable, rip stop material

Top Rated Dog Beds

Bed Customer Rating Price* Ideal for The Details
La Doggie Vita Dog Bed High Side

5.0 $99.99 - 229 Dogs who like to snuggle and curl up when they sleep Available in 4 sizes, this bed is a great everyday sleep solution. Comfortable and made to last, featuring luxurious faux fur trim and comfy bolster sides. The cover is fully machine washable.

Paws for Life Everyday Cosy Pet Bed

5.0 $30 Medium to large breeds Perfect for larger dogs and those who like to sprawl out in their sleep. This thick and comfortable cushion bed has a fleecy top for warmth and anti-slip fabric on the base. The cover is fully machine washable.

Kazoo Cabana Dog House

5.0 $170.47 - 187.48 Dogs who spend a lot of time outdoors Protect your pooch from the sun, wind and rain with this collapsible and portable kennel. The Cabana features a comfy hammock bed and has a replacable mat and cover. Great for travelling and camping.

KH Thermo Dog Ortho - Paedic Bed

5.0 $122.32 - 148.63 Older dogs or those recovering from illness or injury This bed comprises a double orthopaedic foam layer and dual thermostat heater. This bed is perfect for older, arthritic dogs to take the pressure off their joints. It features a removable, machine washable cover. For indoor use only.

TS Polar Bed

5.0 $76.95 - 152.95 Small to large breeds Super soft and comfortable, this round bed has luxurious plush exterior to keep your pooch warm and snuggly. The cover is removable and machine washable.

*Prices correct as of 18 February 2022.

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