Searching for a chic, comfy and cute dog bed in which your furry friend will actually want to sleep in? Here's everything you as a dog parent should know about dog beds.
On the lookout for the best dog beds out there? According to Sleep.org, an average dog sleeps between 10 and 12 hours in a 24-hour cycle. Not to mention all the naps and chill seshes!
There are three key factors to consider when shopping for a dog bed:
- Dog’s size and breed
- Design of the bed
Dog bed design simply can’t be overlooked — especially if you’re an interior design aficionado. The days of frumpy dog beds you had to hide from your guests? Long gone.
Framed dog bed or soft dog bed? Minimalist dog bed or lavish dog bed? Rectangular dog bed or a round dog bed? There are so many choices out there. If you really want your pet to sleep in style, why not go for a luxe dog bed with a canopy? And throw in a cozy dog cushion while you’re at it!
Lastly, hygiene is essential. Your dog is your best friend. The germs and unpleasant smell? Nope.A washable dog bed makes cleaning a breeze. We suggest washing it once every 2 to 3 weeks, depending on the fabric. Vacuuming and dry cleaning are also safe options to keep on top of hygiene.
What to Look for When Choosing the Best Bed for your Dog?
- Materials and stuffing
- Your pup’s personality
You want your dog to wake up refreshed and energized. For that, a bed must provide the right amount of joint support. If you have an older dog with mobility issues, be mindful that too soft of a bed will make it hard for her to get out. Likewise, jumping out of an elevated bed in the morning could be an issue because of her stiff joints. One way to experiment with soft-hard texture is to add layers. For example, a soft faux fur cushion like this Dog Cushion Cover Artic will make any bed softer and comfier. Elegant dog blankets will do the same. Plus, having seriously stylish and swanky blankets means you can proudly display them on your couch, sofa or armchair.
Materials and stuffing are what separate high-end dog beds from low-quality stuff. If you ever walked in on your dog chewing on, shredding to pieces, or otherwise demolishing your furniture… You already have an idea about what dangers loom over her own bed. While no bed is totally indestructible, investing in a well-constructed and sturdy bed made of durable fabric that can stand the wear and tear is crucial. That being said, comfort still rules supreme. You want your dog to feel comfy, cozy and safe enough to rest well and get plenty of quality shut-eye.
- PP cotton filling — waterproof, lightweight, smooth and resilient
- Memory foam — great for older dogs with mobility issues
- Recycled clothes — sustainable and cost-effective, but without sufficient support for your dog’s joints and bones
- Wood chips (cedar or pine) — an eco-friendly solution that reduces dog odor and repels fleas, ticks, and other bugs
(Warning: If your dog is a chewer, steer clear of cedar chips as they may lead to gastrointestinal problems.)
Popular fabrics in dog beds include:
- Plush velvet – buttery soft and decadently luxurious — yet strong and wear-resistant
- Terry Cloth — soft, absorbent and comfy
- Faux fur — provides the same cozy feel as if your dog were snuggled up to another dog
- Linen — hyper-allergic, easy to keep clean, and always in style
- Acrylic — lightweight, soft and wrinkle-resistant wool substitute
- Polyester — stain-resistant, dries quickly and retains its shape and elasticity
- Microfiber — durable, highly absorbent and shrink-resistant.
The climate you live in plays a role in choosing the best dog bed, too. While normal dog body temperature ranges between 100.4 and 102.2 ℉ (depending on their size, breed and physical activity), dogs can “regulate their body temperature through panting and sweating via their paws' ' (Wikipedia Contributors, 2019). In colder and harsher climates or during the winter season, you’ll notice that your dog likes to snooze longer. This means that just like you, your furry child will appreciate a bit of extra padding to stay comfy and warm. Think cozy faux fur cushion cover or wonderfully extravagant Silverfox Faux Fur Dog Blanket that perfectly mimics the experience of the genuine fur — except it’s 100% cruelty-free. A dog bed with an elevated frame and a cozy padded cushion like this luxury velvet dog bed one will protect your dog from the chilly draft or cold tiles. And don’t forget to dress your buddy in something classy yet wonderfully warm — just like our dressy Brunello dog sweater, made of finest cashmere sourced straight from the Himalayas.
If you’re living in a warm climate, an elevated dog bed will again come in handy because it allows the air to circulate under it. Breathable fabrics and removable covers that can be easily washed are also important.
Your dog’s personality also matters a lot when shopping for a dog bed. Is your pup nervous or timid? A bed with an enclosed frame with soft velvet curtains will provide protection, peace and privacy your pup desires. A playful and energetic dog might sometimes be a tad messy. In this case, a minimalist dog bed with a removable cushion that’s easy to wash might save the day. A calm and poised dog will appreciate the comfort and softness of the bed above all else. Why not celebrate her regal traits with a uniquely designed bed that emulates royal cushions found in the exotic palaces of the Middle East? If your dog is a chewer, soft and fluffy beds are a no-go. Try a combination of wood and a firm cushion with a linen cover to distract him from his urge to gnaw. And be mindful of providing her with plenty of exercise and mental stimulation — dogs who are bored and seek attention tend to take matters into their own jaws.
The next important factor is the shape of your pup’s bed.
Does your dog like to curl up in a ball when sleeping? According to Dr. Margaret Gruen, assistant professor of behavioral medicine at NC State, they are genetically wired to do so. This is what their canine ancestors did to preserve body warmth and protect their vulnerable organs from potential predators.
If your dog finds comfort in a curled-up snooze position, a round and soft bed may be your best bet.
On the other hand, rectangular dog beds like this sleek and stylish model made from hand-woven rattan provide extra space for the doggie that loves to sleep while stretched out.
Does your dog love to burrow herself under blankets? That is because dogs are “denning” animals that seek warmth and safety in small and protected spaces. In this case, a luxe and lavish enclosed dog bed like this breathtakingly beautiful Blue Velvet Dog Bed is a perfect choice. Not only will it make your dog very happy, but it’s guaranteed to become an object of your guests’ envy!
Another important aspect to take into consideration is elevation vs. flatness. We’ll discuss the many benefits of raised or elevated dog beds soon. But for now, let’s just say dogs like elevated beds because they let them stand up and spring into action quickly (as opposed to having to lower themselves all the way down to the floor). Besides, why not show the entire world that you literally put your dog on a pedestal?
Finally, let’s talk about designer dog beds. Do Bella and Max really need a luxe bed to get some shut-eye? If you’re a pet parent who appreciates beautiful things, the answer is obvious. Luckily, stylish dog beds that blend in perfectly with your home interior design are coming into vogue.
These days you can shop for creative dog beds that are guaranteed to please both you and your canine companion. But designer dog beds are more than just swanky and easy on the eyes. These luxe pieces of dog furniture are worth the investment by being:
- Superbly sturdy and safe
- Durable and long-lasting
- Meticulously crafted
- Made of high-end materials
- Handcrafted with love and care
Why Invest In A Dog Bed?
As soothing as it is for both of you… Letting your dog sleep in your bed won’t cut it. American Kernel Club suggests that a quality dog bed is important for multiple reasons:
- Enhancing sleep quality
Plain and simple — your dog needs a spot all to herself where she can relax, nap and sleep to her canine heart’s content. Round, rectangular or a donut dog bed? That’s up to you. Make sure the bed comes with a removable dog pillow or cover you can easily wash.
- Promoting joint health
Like humans, dogs too start to develop joint issues as they age. A supportive bed will cushion your pup’s body and help alleviate joint-related issues like aching joints, arthritis, and hip dysplasia.
- Supporting cognitive health
Though it seems like your dog can blissfully doze off just about anywhere, she needs her very own space to rest well. According to Petmd.com, sufficient sleep plays a key role in “a dog's brain development, memory, and learning capacity, as well as their immune system.”
Also, a 2017 study has shown that getting enough sleep is vital for learning new commands and memory in general. Now, let’s be clear — all above applies to both adult dogs AND pups. The puppy bed plays a key role in ensuring the little bow wow gets plenty of sleep and stays happy and healthy!
Wondering what’s the best place to buy dog beds? Great news! You can now cut out the middleman and get premium dog beds straight from the high-end manufacturers worldwide. Free international shipping included!
What makes some dog beds expensive?
Just like with human beds — you get what you pay for. Mass-produced dog beds made of cheap materials and low-quality fabrics are lacking in the comfort department. They are not made to last, either. What’s worse, some cheap beds are made in countries with poor manufacturing standards and regulations. What does this mean? Substandard construction and design, and the possibility of toxic fabric dye that can be harmful to your dog.
Cheap beds are also notoriously hard to clean. Plus, they end up lumpy quickly!
On the other end of the spectrum lie expensive or posh dog beds. These high end dog beds are all about quality.
What makes luxury pet beds stand out from the crowd?
- Meticulous craftsmanship
- Luxe materials
- Being fully or partially handmade
- Made to last
- Easy to clean
- Superbly comfortable and cozy
- Provide stylish touch to your home
Whether you’re shopping for a small, large, or medium dog bed, luxury dog beds provide more support, comfort and style.
By investing in an exquisite high-end dog bed, you’re telling the world just how much you love your best buddy! While the most expensive dog bed sold for a whopping $30,000 and was covered with 7,600 crystal beads, you can buy luxury dog beds for a fraction of a price.
What’s the difference between soft beds and framed beds?
Soft dog beds are practical while providing safety and warmth. You simply put them in the designated spot on the floor and voilà! The snoring festivities can begin.
Why would a pet parent buy a framed dog bed if soft dog beds do the job? Framed dog beds are often heirloom-quality pieces with a more sophisticated construction. They provide more privacy and increase the feeling of safety - something nervous and timid dogs struggle with. Which dog bed frame is the best?
A wooden dog bed frame is always chic — like this gorgeous dog bed with an oak wood frame. But are these aesthetically pleasing dog beds available for larger dogs? The answer is “yes.” You can get a large dog bed frame for your pup. If you’re looking for elegant dog bed options for larger dogs — check out this Black Vegan Leather dog bed. It goes up to the size “L,” making it perfect for dogs up to 55 pounds (like Golden Retrievers, Labradors, German Shepards, Dalmatians, Whippets and Vizslas).
Are elevated dog beds good for big dogs?
In short: yes, elevated dog beds are suitable for big dogs –keep reading to find out more!
A framed dog bed often comes with an elevated dog bed frame. This bed type is known as the elevated dog bed. A raised dog bed has its perks.
1. Keeping your dog at a comfortable temperature
Thanks to free air circulation, your dog doesn’t get too hot or cold.
2. They are more chew-resistant
There’s something tempting about those soft round dog beds. Many dogs can’t resist sinking their teeth in! Elevated dog beds are firmer and rarely come with fluffy cloudy stuffing that lures many doggos.
3. Elevated dog beds are easier to get on and out of
Elevated dog beds work wonders for large dogs, older dogs and dogs with mobility issues (like arthritis and hip dysplasia) by relieving the pressure on their legs.
4. Raised beds are easy to clean
Keeping a raised bed spotless is as easy as putting the removable cover in the washing machine.
5. Raised dog beds prevent achy joints
Coming into contact with the cold floor (especially tiles) may lead to joint issues over a long time.
An elevated bed eliminates bone-to-floor contact and keeps your dog healthy and strong.
6. Raised dog beds provide a sense of security
An elevated bed gives your dog a great overview of the room, which results in an increased sense of security. Raised sides make your dog feel protected — especially if she loves to lean up against something.
7. Their style game is on point
What’s the best elevated dog bed out there? With so many choices, it all comes down to your style preferences. A Velvet Dog Bed with an elevated oak frame and a superbly comfortable padded cushion is one of the most sought-after elevated dog beds out there. It’s available in 11 different colors, so shop with confidence, knowing you can pair it effortlessly with your home interior design.
Which type of bed should you get based on your dog breed?
Small dog breeds are perceived as fancy. They are often perfectly groomed and have plenty of stylish dog accessories, premium dog clothes, and dog bowls. No wonder cute small dog beds are plentiful. But, what about dog beds for large dogs? Are they doomed to sleep in frumpy, raggedy, and cheap-looking beds? Luckily, the answer is “No.” Nowadays, you can easily purchase a chic large dog bed for your dog — if you know where to look.
We at Lord Lou believe that all dogs deserve to sleep in comfortable and exquisite handcrafted beds.
This is why we offer dog beds in 3 different sizes. We hope you will use this size guide to help you determine the right dog bed size for your furry child.
1a. S: for dogs up to 5 kilograms (Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Toy Poodle, Small Maltese, Yorkshire Terrier, Pug)
1b. S: for dogs 6-11 kg (French BullDog, Jack Russel, Shih Tzu, Highland Terrier)
2. M: for dogs 12-24 kg (Cocker Spaniel, Beagle ,Schnauzer, Wheaten Terrier)
3. L: for dogs 25-55 kg (Labrador, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, Dalmatian, Whippet, Vizla)
For more information, check out the size guide chart on each individual product page.
Still not sure about which size bed to choose? Reach out to our concierge service HERE and you will get a personalized recommendation shortly.
Choosing the right dog bed is not an easy task. There are many factors to consider — the size, shape, and design to the climate you live in and your dog’s unique personality and health condition.
By investing in a high-quality, durable bed made with premium materials and zero cutting corners, you’re not just investing in your dog’s sleep. You’re investing in their health, happiness, energy and longevity.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Are dog beds really necessary?
A. We get it. You love spending time with your dog. So much so that you hate being separated — even just for the night. You’re not alone. Research has shown that 56% of adults give their pets the green light when it comes to crashing in the bedroom. Dogs have been bred for centuries to provide their owners safety and protection. No wonder why your dog’s presence, weight and heartbeat make you feel comfortable and relaxed.
While letting your dog sleep on your bed has its benefits:
- Alleviating depression
- Boosted sense of security and calm
- Enhanced immunity
- Soothing loneliness
- Better cardiovascular health
- Improved sleep quality
Certain health risks also come with the territory:
- Getting sick from the germ exposure
- Allergies (we get more prone to as adults)
- Getting bitten after startling a dog by waking it up
These reasons, joined with all the dog bed benefits we listed in the “Why Invest in a Dog Bed?” make a strong case for giving your best pal a designated place to enjoy some peace and quiet.
Q. Can dog beds get bed bugs?
A. It’s not very likely, but it is possible. These pesky parasites are not equipped to move through thick fur. Besides, human blood is their food of choice. As a rule of thumb, dogs (or cats, for that matter) do not carry bed bugs on them. If you’re dealing with a bed bug infestation, it’s possible you brought them in luggage from your travels. Another common way of bed bugs spreading is through used furniture, as they love hanging out on upholstered surfaces.
Q. Can you donate dog beds?
A. Absolutely! Unfortunately, not all dog owners are in a position to afford high-quality dog beds for their furry children. So, if your dog has gotten too big for her bed or if you’re switching to a new one — by all means. There are dog-focused NGOs, organizations and shelters everywhere that take donations. Your donation will keep less fortunate dogs comfortable and warm — until they find their permanent home.
Q. How do I keep my dog’s bed nice and clean?
A. Do you clean, wash and groom your dog regularly? Well, keeping her bed clean and odor-free is equally important. According to Dr. Turnera Croom, “ A dirty dog bed can pose a health risk by harboring bacteria and potentially other parasites, like fleas or mites.” Yikes! It’s true. If left unchecked, your dog’s bed could become one of the germiest spots in your home! Removing the cover and washing it with a dog-friendly detergent once a every 2-3 weeks is recommended. This will also prevent the unpleasant smell from spreading around your home. Don’t forget to check the fabric care instructions on the label the first time you wash it. Between the weekly laundry days, you can vacuum the bed to get rid of dirt, hair, dust, leaves and grass. Lint roller is a dog parent’s best friend — it’s handy, inexpensive and works like a charm!
Q. Can a cat sleep in my dog’s bed?
A. Cats are willful and (let’s be honest) slightly entitled creatures. Don’t be surprised if your dog’s feline friend decides to claim the bed all to herself. If the bed is soft, comfortable, elevated and with a nice or interesting texture—you bet your cat is calling dibs. As long as they’re not fighting over it like cats and dogs, all is well. Enjoy the cuteness overload and snapping a boatload of Insta-worthy photos!