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Choosing Proper Dog Bed Sizes for Small Dogs, Large Dogs, and Everything in Between

Dogs don’t just love to sleep anywhere. Sure, they can sleep anywhere, but if you want to factor in their health and comfort, you should consider buying your pet a dog bed. If you want to sleep with your dog in your bed or you’re not bothered letting your dog sleep on the sofa, go ahead.

But, your dog might like sleeping on a dog bed that’s comfortable and is the perfect size for his build. So how do you choose the right dog bed sizes for your pet?

What to Consider

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A popular rule of thumb for choosing the right bed size is to determine the size of your dog. If you have a big dog, go for a big bed. If you have a small dog, go for a small bed.

However, just because that method is popular, it isn’t have to be correct all of the time. There are certain considerations that need to be met, including how your dog sleeps, where the bed is going to be placed, and what kind of dog breed are you picking a bed for.

  • How does your dog sleep?

The way your dog sleeps can affect your choice of a dog bed. If your dog likes to sleep all curled up, then your dog would most likely prefer sleeping in a small bed. If your dog likes to sleep all stretched out, a dog bed that can accommodate a dog’s head, torso, and limbs when sprawled out.

There are also special considerations for dogs that are quite active when they sleep. What does an active sleeper mean? These are basically dogs that run about in their sleep while dreaming about chasing rabbits. These dogs need a flat bed that won’t restrict his movements and interrupt his sleep.

On the other hand, if your dog likes to sleep on his back, it’s best to find a bed based on the measurement taken from his head to tail. You should also opt for a bed that has a soft but firm mattress for spinal support.

  • Where is the dog bed going to be placed?

The location of the dog bed will also affect your choice of dog bed size. If you plan on getting a dog bed for your car, a smaller bed would actually suit your needs just right. Even large dogs can be comfortable on a small dog bed for a short period of time.

If you’re going to place the dog bed in your house, you might like to consider where in the house it’s going to be placed. Do you need a triangle-shaped bed to fit a corner or a square shape to fit under a desk table? Do you need to move the dog bed every so often?

If so, a large and firm mattress is easy to move around, but make sure to choose a bed without a non-skid bottom if this is the case. If it’s going to stay in one place, a large and soft bed will be alright.

Lastly, you also need to consider the type and size of dog bed for traveling, whether you’re bringing your dog to a picnic, out flying or on public transport. In this case, a small,
rolled up bed is easy to bring along.

  • What Breed is Your Dog?

Dog breeds come in different sizes, from tiny to small, medium, large, and extra-large. If you don’t know the breed of your dog or if it’s a mixed breed, choose a dog bed size that fits the dog’s measurement from the tip of his nose to the rump.

The following recommended dog bed sizes are a rough estimate for different kinds of breeds:

  • Tiny breeds – These dogs usually fit in nesting beds measuring 16” x 21” or in pillow beds that measure 30” x 36”. These breeds can include toy poodles, pomeranians, chihuahuas, and pekinese.
  • Small breeds – A nesting bed that measures 18” x 23” and pillow beds that measure 30” x 36” usually suits this breed. They can include pugs, dachshunds, miniature schnauzers, and Scottish terriers, beagle.
  • Medium breeds – They can be comfortable in nesting beds that measure 21” x 28” and in pillow beds that are 36” x 45” in size. Australian shepherds, springer spaniels, cocker spaniels, and keeshonds belong in the medium dog breed category.
  • Large breeds – Large breeds include golden and labrador retrievers, English setters, and afghans. Their nesting bed should measure 24” x 36” and pillow beds should measure 45” x 52”.
  • Extra-large breeds – More and more families opt this breed which can include great danes, mastiffs, bloodhounds, and Irish wolfhounds. For this breed, your nesting dog bed size should be 28” x 43” and a pillow dog bed size should be 45” x 52”.