What Type of Bed is Best for a Dog?

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The information in this article was reviewed and approved by registered veterinary nurse, Beth Walker

Animed Veterinary Nurse, Beth Walker

All dogs are unique. This means they will have different preferences when it comes to what they settle down on for a rest. Some dogs may also have additional needs, for example if they suffer from arthritis or anxiety. Therefore it’s important to carefully consider the type of dog bed you get to ensure optimal comfort! In this blog, we’ll look at some of the different kinds of dog beds, and help you decide what will work best for your pooch.

Calming Dog Beds

If your pooch suffers from anxiety, a safe, calming space to snooze is essential. Calming dog beds are specifically designed to reduce stress. They often feature high sides, or even a full roof, to replicate a burrow. Some calming dog beds might be made of memory foam or have deep, soft filling to help create a sense of security.

Donut Dog Bed

These cosy nests are great for anxious dogs. With high sides all the way around, they form a snug cocoon for your pup, making them feel safe and secure.


An enclosed dog bed allows your pooch to feel protected from all sides. They might be built in a dome, kennel or pyramid shape, providing a cosy enclosed space for your pup to hide away in.

Beds for Older Dogs

Older dogs and those that suffer with joint conditions such as arthritis will benefit from a bed that is easy to get in and out of.

Raised Dog Bed

This type of bed is great for arthritic dogs. They are slightly elevated off from the ground which makes it easier for dogs to get in and out. They also prevent cold floors from stiffening an arthritic dog’s sore joints.

A raised dog bed is ideal for all kinds of pooches in the summer too. They allow for better airflow, helping dogs to stay cool.

Mattress Dog Bed

Like raised dog beds, mattresses offer easy access to dogs with more limited mobility. There are no high sides to climb over and they offer plenty of space to stretch out.

Memory Foam Dog Bed

Dog beds made with memory foam mould to the shape of your dog’s body, making them particularly good for those with joint problems. This memory foam dog bed by Danish Designs is made with a 100% recycled memory foam crumb. Sustainable, luxurious and providing optimum support, it’s a great choice for elderly dogs in particular.

Shapes and Sizes to Consider

High Sides

Some dogs prefer to have high sides that act as cosy walls around them. High-sided dog beds, sometimes known as box beds, are a good choice for pups that like to feel safe, but would also like to rest their head on something elevated. The front section of a high-sided dog bed is typically lower to allow for this.

Low Sides

Conversely, a low-sided dog bed allows your dog to rest their head on any of the sides. ‘The ‘walls’ are typically soft and squishy and aren’t intended to add much structure, but rather a 360 degree pillow!

Large Dog Bed

If your dog likes to sleep on their back, a more generously sized bed is ideal. It allows them to spread out as much as they like without hanging off the end or over the sides. Large dog beds are of course a necessity for bigger breeds too for the same reasons!

Plus, if you have more than one pooch and they like to snuggle, a large dog bed is perfect! There will be plenty of room for your pups to snooze side by side.

Other Dog Bed Types to Consider

Depending on your dog’s lifestyle and behaviour, you may want to consider a few other factors when choosing a dog bed. For example, do you regularly go on muddy walks? Does your dog love to jump in the local river? Or perhaps you are working through some behavioural issues such as bed chewing.

Washable Dog Bed

Lots of dog beds have removable covers that can be machine washed, making them easier to clean. These are a great choice for mucky pups! Take a look at our blog How to Wash a Dog Bed for advice on how best to go about cleaning your dog’s bed.

Plastic Dog Beds

If your dog is particularly prone to chewing, a plastic dog bed might be a good solution! They are generally hardier and more difficult to destroy, and you can easily swap out the cushions and blankets inside. Plus, they are easy to clean and stable on all surfaces. For more on chew-proof dog beds, read our blog.

Luxury Dog Beds

If you love to keep things stylish, a luxury dog bed can be a great way to make sure your dog’s bed looks great, while also offering the utmost comfort to your furry friend. You can find the perfect design to blend in with your home decor and ensure your pup gets their beauty sleep. Danish Designs offer a whole range of stylish, luxury dog beds that you and your pup will adore.

We know just how important pets are to the family. Everyone deserves to rest comfortably, including our furry friends. Just like us humans, dogs love to get comfy ready for a good kip. Finding the perfect dog bed for them is a great way to ensure they snooze soundly – ready for another day of fun and adventures in the morning!