We believe that dogs are not just pets, they are part of the family. And when our dogs aren’t accompanying us on a walk, watching squirrels from the window, or running around in the backyard, they enjoy whiling away the hours sleeping or lounging in their favorite spot. Since they spend most of their time there, shouldn’t we do all we can to make that spot as comfy as possible? There are all sorts of beds available for your dog, but unique pups have unique sleeping habits, so here are a few different types of dog beds for you to choose from.
Here at Bitch New York, we have approximately four different types of dog beds available and each has unique features and benefits that could make or break your decision.
What are the Best Dog Beds
Pillow dog beds
Let’s face it. You don’t really want to share your pillow, so give your dog a pillow of their own. This type of dog bed is perfect for large dogs or for small dogs that like to sprawl out. Most pillow beds are also quite light, making it easy to change up sleeping arrangements if necessary. You can even throw it in the car if your pup is accompanying you on a road trip. Pillow beds are generally available in square, rectangle, oval and circular shapes. A classic example of this type of bed is the Piazza Dog Bed.
Snuggle or Donut dog beds
This type of dog bed is perfect for small to medium-sized dogs. These beds have a round bolster along the edges that will envelop your pet in a big comfy hug, making them feel safe and loved even when you’re not home. The raised sides are great for providing a bit of extra neck support at bedtime. For senior dogs or dogs with mobility issues, there are versions with only 3 sides making for easy entry and exit. An example of this bed is Snuggle Dog Bed.
Canopy dog beds
This type of dog bed is great for the pup who could benefit from a little bit of alone time. A built-in cover creates a perfect little doggie hide away from any distracting noises or commotion in the household. The canopy bed is great for a patio nap, as it naturally provides provide extra protection from the sun and wind. One example of this type of dog bed is the Breeze Dream Fur Canopy Dog Bed.
Sofa/Furniture dog beds
This type of dog bed is perfect for your little prince or princess. Give them the throne they deserve. While you and your friends are having a spot of tea, your pet has the perfect vantage point from which to survey the festivities. All kidding aside, this type of bed can blend in with existing interior design pieces, match, elevate décor, and it will never be mistaken for an average dog bed. A fabulous example of this type of bed would be the Rivoli Mid-Century Dog Bed Ivory/Shaggy Brown.
There are many other types of dog beds and cushions for more specialized needs, such as orthopedic dog beds, mattresses for dog crates, memory foam beds, polyester fill beds, and dog beds for travel.
How to pick the right dog bed for your fur baby
There are several factors that come into play when choosing the right bed for your pet. It’s important to consider them all before you buy, otherwise your new dog bed could end up a new chew toy.
Think ahead. If you have a puppy that will one day grow into a large dog, you should choose a bed that will accommodate them even when they are fully grown. However, no one size fits all, so at Bitch New York, we have different sizes of dog beds with measurements so that you can make an informed decision.
It’s good to choose a bed for your dog based on their age. Like orthopedic or memory foam fill beds are softer and relieve pressure. It’s ideally suited for older dogs or any dogs with painful conditions. Polyester fill, on the other hand, is hypoallergenic (less likely to cause an allergic reaction), and has insulation properties, so it makes for a cozy bed. It’s ideally suited for smaller dogs.
Kind of Sleeper
How does your dog like to sleep? Your dog’s most comfortable sleeping position is unique to them so it’s important that you get a dog bed that can accommodate their needs. Do they sprawl, curl, lean, or burrow?
Dogs who sprawl like to let it all hang out at bedtime. Pillow beds are a great choice for this kind of sleeper because there are no sides to restrict them.
Dogs who curl enjoy sleeping tightly wound in a little ball. Snuggle or donut-style beds work well for this kind of sleeper.
Dogs who lean enjoy a side or two to support their head, neck, and shoulders. A donut or sofa bed is good for this kind of sleeper.
Dogs who burrow enjoy some cover at bedtime. Canopy dog beds work well to provide your dog some privacy and shelter, making them feel extra safe and comfy.
Where in your house do you plan to keep the dog bed and how much floor space is available?
Where you live will affect your choice of a dog bed. If it’s usually cool or if your home gets especially cold during the winter, consider a dog bed that will keep your pup elevated and protected from the cold floor. Warm materials like faux fur or flannel keep them extra cozy. In a warmer climate or if you’re switching up beds for the summer, a more breathable material or even a simple mat could be just what your dog needs.
Is it an indoor or an outdoor bed? If it’s an outdoor bed, you might want to opt for waterproof or water-resistant and durable material. If the bed is going to be inside a create, then decide the size accordingly. Indoor beds can be soft and fluffy depending on your dog’s comfort.
If your dog is a compulsive chewer, consider buying a dog bed of a sturdier material to avoid quick wear and tear. If you are buying a pillow, think of whether your dog might end up using it as a chew toy instead. So, in this case, super-soft beds with cushions probably won’t last long. You might want to go for more durable beds instead.
The bed should be able to support the weight of your dog comfortably. Ideally, there shouldn’t be sagging, slipping, and evenly distributing and balancing your dog’s weight.
If you are going to clean the dog bed often, then it’s practical to buy a dog bed that’s easier to clean. Like removable and machine washable cushions for instance.
Number of Dogs
If you have more than one dog in the house, then also consider how many dogs will be competing for the bed. Each dog might have its own preference and it might be tricky to choose a dog bed that satisfies all your dogs. In that case, you can experiment with different dog beds of different budgets to figure out what works.
If you’d like to go the extra mile for your dog and personalize your dog’s bed, we’ve got you covered. Here are personalized dog beds for you to choose from.
Bitch New York has dog beds to fit every budget. A canine accessory as essential as a dog bed certainly doesn’t have to break the bank. However, if you enjoy treating your puppy like royalty, we’ve got you covered there too!
How much are dog beds
Like we mentioned before, it depends on the type of beds that you are looking for. We have dog beds for less than $50 to over $2000 and higher, of different sizes, shapes, and forms. Rest assured, you can find the best dog beds according to your needs here at Bitch New York.
We hope this information will help you choose the best dog bed for your dog.