Best Dog Beds for Large Dogs 2019 – Buyer’s Guide

Having a dog is one of the greatest feelings in the world. They offer us unconditional love and companionship, and we most likely want to keep them by our sides for days on end.

They even join us in bed (and often take over!). Sometimes, however, you want them to have their own place to relax and sleep where they are not snuggling in between your sheets.

Best Dog Beds for Large Dogs

Finding the right bed can be hard with so many options on the market, especially for large dogs. Fortunately, we’ve compiled a list of our top eight dog beds for large dogs for 2019. We’ll give a full review for each bed and offer our pros and cons at the end of each review.

8 Best Dog Beds for Large Dogs 2019

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1. MajesticBagel Dog Bed – Perfect Bed for Dogs Who Loveto Burrow and Dig

MajesticBagel Dog Bed Review
If you have a dog who likes to dig, burrow, and nest, this cushy, bagel-shaped bed is perfect for your dog.

Suited for dogs between 45 and 70lbs, this highly rated bed allows dogs to move around to their heart’s content without them destroying the bed. It comes with a waterproof bottom to handle any accidents or drool and is filled with supportive polyester fiberfil to ensure the bed maintains its shape.

Dogs can relax their heads and straighten their spines with ample support. Lastly, dog moms and dads have the ability to wash the bed instead of needing to hose it out in the backyard. This bed also comes in a larger size for dogs heavier than 70lbs so there’s sure to be one to fit your needs!

This bed is not suitable for dogs with arthritis or other issues including hip dysplasia and other joint ailments. The Bagel Dog Bed filling does not offer any orthopedic support so if you’re looking a bed specifically suited for these conditions, it’s best to avoid this one.

Additionally, the larger bed size may require a larger-than-standard washer to clean it. As a result, you might need to go to a laundromat – this may pose an inconvenience for you if you live in a rural area or do not have access to a laundromat close by.

Finally, this bed does not offer a great deal of support for hard surfaces like tile or laminate flooring. The bed is not elevated or contain foam to provide elevation between the floor and the bed’s surface. This can make it difficult for dogs to

Pros

  • Machine washable
  • Perfect for dogs who nest and burrow
  • Waterproof bottom
  • Maintains its shape

Cons

  • Not suitable for dogs with arthritis
  • The larger bed size may require a larger washer to clean it – may need to go to a laundromat
  • Does not provide a lot of support on hard floors like tile

2. Big Barker Arthritic Dog Bed – Top Quality with a Ten-Year Warranty

Big Barker Arthritic Dog Bed Review
The Big Barker Arthritic Dog Bed easily comes as one of the best dog beds on the market for large breeds. Although more expensive than other brands, reviewers remark that the quality of the bed completely makes the price worth it.

Built especially for dogs with arthritis, the manufacturer produced this bed to the highest of standards with quality materials. This bed comes in three sizes and colors to suit all styles and dog breeds.

The bed contains seven inches of therapeutic memory foam, perfect for cushioning an arthritic dog’s sore joints. This foam is the same found in high-end furniture, and it will keep its shape over time instead of flattening.

Big Barker offers a 10-year warranty on their beds – the manufacturer will replace the bed if the foam fails to maintain at least 90% of its shape and support. The bed also comes with a washable microfiber cover for additional comfort. Easily one of the best beds out there for arthritic and older dogs!

One of the biggest drawbacks of the Big Barker bed is its price. At almost $300, this bed can stretch your wallet. If you’re looking for a bed on a budget, you may want to consider looking elsewhere.

This bed also does not come with a waterproof liner, something we recommend you consider when purchasing a bed. Waterproof liners ensure any accidents or moisture do not ruin the foam or filling underneath the cover.

Finally, the lack of a skid-proof bottom means that this bed might slip and slide across your floor if placed on a hard surface and your dog decides to bound onto it. On the whole, this bed is best placed on carpet.

Pros

  • Top quality foam filling
  • Soft, washable microfiber cloth covering
  • Will not flatten over time
  • Comes with a warranty

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Does not come with a waterproof liner
  • Does not have a skid-proof bottom

3. PetFusion Ultimate Dog Lounge – Best for Dogs with Orthopedic Needs

PetFusion Ultimate Dog Lounge Review
The PetFusion Ultimate Dog Lounge offers your large dog the comfort and support they deserve in an attractive, durable bed. Along with solid and supportive memory foam, this bed comes with a bolster pillow filled with recycled polyfill for your dog to lay his or her head on. It also has a removable, washable, and water resistant cover and a waterproof liner to protect the foam and ensure its longevity.

The cover is made of breathable cotton and polyester blended fabric and is safe for the skin. This bed easily fits dogs that weigh more than 150 lbs.  Lastly, this aesthetically-pleasing bed will fit with almost any home decor so you don’t need to worry about having a dog bed that’s also an eyesore!

Although the cover is washable, removable, and reputedly water resistant, its thinness may not wash well. The thin material can easily fray and lead to tearing in several washes. This may lead to either needing to purchase another bed or placing something else like a fitted sheet over the cover.

Additionally, the fabric cover tends to show stains, fur, and hair. This might be an issue if you have a dog that sheds constantly or makes a lot of messes. You can always wash the cover, but since the cover may have some durability issues when washed, you may want to consider another bed if you have a long-haired breed or a dog that likes to scratch fabric.

Pros

  • Easy to clean cover, machine washable, can put into dryer
  • Memory foam supports dogs with arthritic joints
  • Comes with a 24-month warranty
  • Bolster serves as a pillow for extra comfort and support

Cons

  • The thin cover may not wash well and may tear with normal dog activity
  • The fabric cover shows stains and hair

4. Coolaroo Elevated Dog Bed – Elevated to Keep Your Dog Cool in Summer

Coolaroo Elevated Dog Bed Review
The Coolaroo Elevated Dog Bed differs from a few others on this list in that it does not contain a mattress, foam, or lining like the others have. Think of this more like a dog trampoline! Additionally, it does not need to remain indoors – it can be used outdoors as well, something that allows it more flexibility than many others.

This extra-large elevated bed comes with a powder-coated, lead-free steel frame and mildew- and mold-resistant breathable synthetic fabric. Damaging UV rays won’t damage or fade the fabric, and it even resists mites and fleas!

The improved air flow keeps your dog cool and dry in the summer and reduces pressure on its joints. This makes it suitable for older and arthritic dogs or dogs that have a hard time staying cool in the warmer months.

The extra large size holds the capacity for a 125 lb dog so dogs larger than that may not be able to use this bed without them becoming uncomfortable. Unfortunately the extra large is the largest size the manufacturer offers for this particular bed.

The Coolaroo Bed also has a couple other drawbacks. Some of the beds have a tendency to sag after a while – this hinders a dog’s ability to get comfortable, especially if they are older.

Lastly, the screws holding the bed together sometimes loosen and might need to be tightened regularly in the future. This bed might not be for you if you’re looking for something with less maintenance and doesn’t have any screws that may loosen and potentially hurt your dog.

Pros

  • Elevated to keep dogs off the warm ground in the summer
  • Flexible enough for indoor and outdoor use
  • Easy-to-clean, UV-resistant fabric
  • Steel frame is great for dogs who love to chew or destroy their beds

Cons

  • Not suitable for dogs over 125 lbs.
  • Some beds sag
  • The screws that hold the bed together sometimes loosen

5. Snoozer Cozy Cave Dog Bed – Perfect for Dogs Who Love to Hide Under Blankets

Snoozer Cozy Cave Dog Bed Review
Some dogs absolutely love cuddling under blankets. Of course, if they choose to join you under your covers, you might not appreciate it if they hit you with their cold paw pads.

Fortunately, the Snoozer Cozy Cave Dog Bed has a deep surface with a Sherpa interior that gives your puppy the chance to dig his way to China instead of doing so in your bed or on the couch.

The polyester/cotton exterior, the 3 inches of orthopedic foam (in certain Cozy Cave beds), and additional polyester batting give your dog a comfortable and cozy place to relax and hide from the cold winter nights.

Like most of the other beds on this list, this bed is good for older or arthritic dogs who need extra comfort and support for their joints.

The bed is completely washable – simply remove a plastic rod from the hood mouth that gives the hood its shape and throw it in the wash! A rust-proof brass zipper provides added durability.

Finally, the Snoozer Cozy Cave Dog bed comes in three sizes and over 40 colors and fabrics so you’re sure to find something that fits your home or something that’s completely different!

One of the drawbacks is that the Sherpa interior does not reach the back of the cave. If your dog is a true burrower, he’ll most likely go straight to the back of the cave. He won’t be able to get the coziness as he will at the front of the cave, however.

Also, there’s no guarantee that your dog will actually sleep inside of the cave. He might choose to sleep on top of it instead. If that’s the case, you might consider getting a flat bed instead of the Cozy Cave. You can always place a blanket on top if he loves to cuddle with that instead.

Some dogs might have a hard time getting into this bed. It sits about four inches off the ground which might impact older dogs or those with joint ailments. Or, some dogs may simply not like having to step so high to relax on their bed.

Pros

  • Wide variety of colors and fabrics
  • Soft Sherpa interior
  • Perfect for dog’s instinct to burrow
  • Offers an orthopedic option

Cons

  • The Sherpa interior does not reach to the back of the cave
  • Some dogs might prefer to sit on top instead of inside it
  • It sits higher on the ground than some dogs might like

6. DogBed4Less Shredded Memory Foam Bed – A Good Bed for a Cool Night’s Sleep

DogBed4Less Shredded Memory Foam Bed Review
If you’re looking for a highly rated bed that isn’t enclosed by a bolster or a hood, the DogBed4Less Shredded Memory Foam bed makes for a great option.

Rather than pure foam, this bed is stuffed with both polyfill and shredded polyurethane foam. This massive 55”x 47” and 10” thick pillow supports dogs up to 160 lbs so it’s perfect for almost every breed of canine.

The bed comes with two layers of covers: a waterproof internal cover which allows the materials to breath and a microfiber external cover that’s easily machine washable and dryable.

As with most beds in this list, the Shredded Memory Foam bed also provides orthopedic support. And, its rectangular design could easily fit in any corner so you don’t have to worry about tripping over it.

Perhaps the defining characteristic of this bed is its shredded memory foam. The manufacturer remarks that the filling allows for increased airflow and makes the bed cooler for dogs to sleep on.

Unfortunately, this might make the bed too lumpy for some dogs. This can especially be true if your dog is older and has a harder time moving on an uneven surface.  It is usually recommended for dog owners to purchase beds with solid foam filling to provide more consistent support, especially for extremely large dogs.

The filling also tends to make noise when dogs move around. As dogs try to make themselves comfortable, sometimes the shredded foam crinkles, and it can be quite loud. This might not be the best option if you’d prefer a less noisy bed.

Pros

  • Massive, thick pillow will support almost any breed
  • Easily washable microfiber cover
  • Rectangular shape fits into any corner
  • Shredded memory foam offers support without flattening

Cons

  • The bed can become too lumpy for some dogs
  • Filling makes noise when dogs move around

7. Molly Mutt Bed – Great for Dogs with Separation Anxiety

Molly Mutt Bed Review
The Molly Mutt bed offers a feature that no other bed we’ve seen: they send you a sack akin to a pillowcase, and you stuff it with anything you’d like – clothes, blankets, pillows. The sack then becomes a bed that smells like your dog’s favorite person – you!

This bed, although perhaps not as comfortable or supportive as other ones, is great for dogs who might suffer from separation anxiety or who love sleeping with you.

Molly Mutt provides a package that includes a washable cotton duvet cover, a sack you can use to create a pillow, and the stuff sack. Choose from a variety of patterns and styles to add a bit of aesthetic appeal!

Unless stuffing these sacks with high-quality foam, we recommend not using these for arthritic dogs or those with other joint ailments. Inserting clothes and blankets might make the bed comfortable for your dog, but it most likely will not offer the support these types of dogs often need.

Also, although Molly Mutt beds come in a variety of colors, some of them might not be to your taste. So make sure to choose something that matches your furniture or decor, if that’s important to you.

Pros

  • Fill the stuff sack with anything that smells like you
  • Great for anxious dogs
  • Variety of colors and styles

Cons

  • Depending on the items placed in the bed, it might not provide enough support for your dog
  • Not for arthritic dogs or those with other joint issues
  • Color choices may not be to your taste

2. BarkBox Orthopedic Dog Bed – Best Budget Bed for Hiding Hair, Dirt, and Fur

BarkBox Orthopedic Dog Bed Review
The BarkBox Orthopedic Dog Bed provides optimal comfort and support for your dog. Perfect for dogs with arthritis or other problems, this bed contains memory foam and gel under a waterproof, machine washable fleece top layer.

This durable fabric also hides hair, dirt, and fur quite well. The large bed fits dogs above 60 lbs but may not be suitable for massive canine breeds. The bed sits three inches off of the ground and should not cause problems with dogs getting on or off.

Finally, the minimalist design looks great with any furniture!

This bed does not come in an extra large so if you have a large breed over 70 lbs., we recommend looking at another bed. If your large dog tries to sleep on this bed, he or she may roll or hang off the bed and will most likely not remain comfortable.

The manufacturer does not have a visible warranty for this bed. If something happens, like the material flattens or another defect, chances are you’ll have to buy another instead of obtaining a replacement.

Pros

  • Machine washable, waterproof cover
  • Fabric hides hair, dirt, and fur
  • Specifically designed for dogs with arthritis and other problems
  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • Does not have any visible warranty
  • Not meant for extremely large or heavy dogs

Things to Consider Before Buying

How to Choose the Best Orthopedic Dog Bed

Know Your Dog’s Measurements

Probably the most important thing to keep in mind when looking at dog beds is knowing your dog’s measurements. No standard specifications of dog bed measurements exist – what might be considered large or extra large for one manufacturer does not mean the same for others.

Make sure to measure your dog and find the bed that matches in height, width, and length and supports your dog’s weight. Owners of massive breeds such as Great Danes or Mastiffs may encounter more difficulties in finding an appropriate bed than, say, the owners of a Golden Retriever or Siberian Husky.

Read Customer Reviews

Customer reviews often reveal useful information about both strengths of a dog bed and weaknesses or limitations. We recommend reading several reviews on different sites to gather as much information as possible. Only you can make the ultimate decision for which bed you choose, but as the saying goes, knowledge is power!

Your Dog’s Sleeping Style

Does your dog prefer to sleep with a pillow/bolster or do they sleep flat? Some beds offer bolsters and some do not – matching the bed to your dog’s sleeping preference will increase the likelihood that your canine friend will use and enjoy their new bed.

Your Dog’s Health and Age

If your dog is older or suffers from ailments such as hip dysplasia, arthritis, or hip and joint problems, you’ll want to make sure to find something that offers support and comfort. Many manufacturers provide memory foam or gel bed options for their dog beds.

Some beds also elevate above the ground to assist dogs in getting in or out of them. We recommend keeping these options in mind when purchasing a bed. Most of the beds listed in this article meet suggestions mentioned above.

Water-Resistant Materials

As dogs age, they are more likely to have accidents. Or, your dog may be a huge drooler. Therefore, consider getting a bed made with water-resistant materials such as a cover or bottom.

This not only makes cleanup easier, it also ensures your dog will remain as comfortable as possible as moisture or mess is wicked away.

Warranty

If you’re paying a high price for a dog bed, a warranty may be useful to keep in mind. Many manufacturers offer these for your peace of mind.

They often cover any manufacturer’s defect or other issues or guarantee that the foam will keep its shape over a span of time. If not, they’ll replace it with a new bed.

Conclusion

In this article we provided you with a list of some of the best dog beds of 2019. We’ve provided options for older dogs, dogs with health concerns, those with separation anxiety, and other types.

We’ve also tried to include unique beds that fit a variety of other needs including one you may use outside, one that will fit in a corner, and a few with varying aesthetic options.

We included a few considerations to keep in mind as you’re looking at beds. We hope this guide helps you to narrow down your search and find the bed that best suits your large dog!

 

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