Although they sometimes seem like they’ll never run out of energy, even the rowdiest pit bulls eventually get tired and start looking for a comfortable place to sleep.
And as a loving pit parent, you want to make sure you provide your pup with the best bed you can. This means choosing a bed that exhibits all of the best features and addresses the specific needs of pit bulls. Fortunately, we’ve found five that do a pretty good job on both counts.
Before discussing your pit’s breed-specific needs, it’s important to understand the things you want in a bed for any dog. Some of the most important characteristics to seek out in a dog bed include:
While you should keep the traits mentioned above in mind while purchasing a bed for any dog, you must use care to select a bed that is perfect for your pit.
Pit bulls possess a number of unique traits and predispositions, which should factor into your decision-making process.
Some of the most common pit bull health conditions and personality traits that should influence your selection include:
Though they are wonderful dogs, pit bulls often develop destructive chewing habits. And when a pit bull decides to chew on something, that something usually ends up ripped into a million pieces and strewn across your floor.
Many owners opt for supplies and dog toys designed specifically for pit bulls for this very reason – most chewy bullies can make quick work of standard dog toys, chews, and harnesses.
Your dog’s bed is not immune to this kind of treatment, and given the cost of some high-quality dog beds, it is definitely not a desirable outcome.
You’ll need to address the root of your dog’s problematic chewing behavior by increasing the exercise she gets, providing her with good chew toys and consulting with a professional trainer, if need be. However, you’ll also want to make sure that you use a dog bed that is tough enough to survive while you fix your pooch’s chewing problem.
In addition, you may need to opt for a heavy duty dog crate – as pit bulls can make quick work of many standard dog crates when they’re determined to escape!
There are a number of dog beds designed to withstand the worst your dog can dish out. Some feature rip-stop nylon, Kevlar or other super-durable materials, while others replace the chewable bed sides with aluminum or plastic supports.
You’ll also want to make sure you select a bed with heavy-duty zippers or Velcro closures to stand up to your pup’s teeth.
According to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), 23.8% of pit bulls suffer from hip dysplasia (26.4% of American Staffordshire terriers suffer from the ailment).
Elbow dysplasia is also quite common, with 15.6%of pit bulls and 16.8% of Am Staffs displaying the condition. Additionally, like most medium to large breeds, pit bulls can suffer from osteoarthritis.
Each of these joint problems will require its own treatment strategy, which your vet will lay out for you. However, a high-quality dog mattress (preferably an “orthopedic” bed) will help provide extra comfort and support for your dog’s aching joints.
This can help reduce some of the pain and inflammation she experiences, which will improve her quality of life.
Alternatively, you can also provide your pup with an elevated, cot-style bed, which will also prevent her from putting pressure on her hips and knees.
Although pit bulls have short, relatively care-free coats, they are unfortunately susceptible to a number of skin conditions.
Atopic dermatitis – an allergic reaction to environmental triggers – is one of the most common. You’ll need your vet’s help to treat the condition, but a large part of the treatment plan will be based around protecting your dog from the allergens that affect her.
For example, if your pooch is allergic to tree pollen, you’ll want to limit her exposure to this. While you won’t be able to completely eliminate her contact with pollen (she’ll collect some pollen on her coat when she goes outside), but you want to make sure her bed doesn’t become covered in the offending substance.
This means you’ll want to wash your dog’s bed cover frequently, so you’ll want to be sure to not only select a bed that has a washable cover, but one that has a cover that can withstand frequent washings. Ideally, you want to purchase a bed that comes with two covers, so you can wash one while the other is in use.
Unlike chows or some other loner breeds, pit bulls want to be with their family whenever possible. This means that you will want to place their bed wherever the family tends to hang out (likely the den, living room or family room).
As a result, you’ll want to be sure to select a dog bed that matches your décor, if such things are important to you.
It also means you’ll want to think carefully about the size of the bed you purchase. You can’t change the amount of space your dog needs to be comfortable, but you may, for example, have a better space for a square bed than a rectangular bed with the same amount of sleeping space.
Hypothyroidism isn’t terribly common in pit bulls, but it is not exactly rare either (they’re ranked as the 24th most susceptible breed of 114 sampled by the OFA).
Hypothyroidism occurs when a dog’s thyroid fails to produce enough hormones to keep your dog’s metabolism humming along at the proper speed. This can cause a number of different symptoms, but the most common is lethargy.
Don’t misunderstand: Even the best possible pet bed won’t treat your dog’s hypothyroidism (your vet can prescribe medicines to treat the hormone deficiency).
But, because dogs suffering from this condition often sleep and lounge about more than most, it makes sense to prioritize your pup’s sleeping accommodations.
Pit bulls often become overweight with age, particularly if they are not provided with sufficient exercise.
You should obviously make every effort keep your dog at a healthy body weight, but note that if your dog does become obese, she’ll be placing extra stress on her joints, which can exacerbate the problems associated with dysplasia or osteoarthritis.
Accordingly, you’ll want to be sure to select a bed that provides plenty of support. Not only will this help accommodate your portly pup and keep her off the floor, it will help better support her already over-taxed joints.
There are a number of dog beds on the market that will work well for pit bulls, but the following five are among the best.
All of these beds are made from very durable materials and most are either elevated or padded with orthopedic foams to help cushion your pit’s joints.
About: The K9 Ballistics Original TUFF Bed is designed specifically to withstand the chewing punishment dogs dish out.
The Original TUFF Bed isn’t just a super-durable mattress; it is also an incredibly comfortable bed that will cradle your dog and let her get a great night’s sleep.
About: The K9 Ballistics Bolstered Tuff Bed is similar to the Original TUFF Bed, but it features an orthopedic foam center, which provides additional support.
This bed features bolsters around the back and each side, which provide a great place for your pup to rest her head.
About: If your dog is a super-destructive chewer, the Kuranda Dog Bed may be just what you need.
Based on an elevated design, this bed features an aluminum frame and a vinyl sleeping surface, which are better able to withstand your dog’s teeth than most pillow-style beds are.
About: The Spot & Bella Heavy Duty Pet Bed is designed to be as chew-resistant as possible, while still being very affordable. Based on an elevated, cot-style design, the Spot & Bella Pet Bed is both extremely durable and comfortable for your pet.
All beds are 6-inches-high.
About: The Dog’s Balls Bed is a comfy and durable mattress that works great for pit bulls. It is not the most chew-resistant bed available, nor does it provide the best support of any bed on the market. However, it provides a very attractive combination of orthopedic value, durability, and affordability.
The Kuranda Dog Bed provides just about everything you’d want in a good bed for your pit bull, making it our top pick!
It uses an elevated design to provide great comfort and support, as well as protection from the hard floor. It is also one of the most chew-resistant beds of the five detailed above.
However, if you cannot fit the Kuranda into your budget, you may have success with the similar-yet-cheaper Spot & Bella Elevated Pet Bed. Both K9 Ballistics beds are also great alternative options.
No matter which of the five beds detailed above you choose, you’ll want to take good care of it so that it will last for years to come. Some of the best things you can do include the following:
As has been repeated countless times by countless people (including yours truly), a tired dog is a happy and well-behaved dog. Proper exercise can help not only tire your pit out, but it can help reduce your pup’s desire to chew, which will help your bed last longer.
Remember that chewing behavior in and of itself is not a problem – it’s perfectly natural. It only becomes a problem when your dog chews on things she’s not supposed to, like her bed. So, give your dog a pit-bull-proof dog toy or two to help give her a suitable outlet for her gnawing instinct.
Dental chews are another way to make great use of your dog’s chomping instincts – you might as well get those teeth clean!
Every time your dog lays down on her bed, she ends up covering it in dirt, saliva, hair and dander. These substances will slowly compromise the integrity and cleanliness of the cover, so you’ll want to wash it regularly.
This will not only help your cover last longer (and smell better), but it will help keep your dog healthier too.
If the foam or filling of your dog’s bed gets wet, you are probably going to have problems with odors. Wet filling or foam may even encourage bacterial growth. Most high-quality mattresses feature covers that are water-resistant to some degree, but it is often wise to use a truly waterproof inner cover for an extra level of protection.
Have you found a dog bed that works well for your pit? We’d love to hear all about it. Has it held up to your pup’s claws and teeth? Does it give her a comfortable place to sleep?
Tell us all about it in the comments below!
Ben is a proud dog owner and lifelong environmental educator who writes about animals, outdoor recreation, science, and environmental issues. He lives with his beautiful wife and spoiled-rotten Rottweiler JB in Atlanta, Georgia. Read more by Ben at FootstepsInTheForest.com.