Did you know, between daytime naps and nighttime slumber, most dogs get 12-14 hours of shut-eye a day?
Considering how much time your dog spends in dream, it may be worthwhile to forgo the Dollar Store dog bed and spend a little more on something a bit more extravagant.
In this article, we’ll look reasons you might want to splurge a little on a luxury dog bed and factors to consider when making your purchase. Then, we’ll review a few of the best luxury beds so you can find one that suits your dog’s sleeping preferences, whether he likes to spread out, curl up, or snuggle.
Many owners buy a high-quality dog bed to help their dog get some quality rest.
Sleep is critical because pups who don’t sleep well or enough may start to have health or behavioral problems. In this way, dogs aren’t that different than people; insomnia not only makes us grouchy, but can lead to serious health problems such as diabetes and heart disease.
Upgrading to a better dog bed is just what some owners need to keep their pet healthy, happy, and well-behaved.
Older dogs, especially, may have sleep problems if they suffer from aches and pains or even arthritis. Many of the dog beds reviewed in this article are appropriate for such pets – you can also check out our guide to the best dog beds for senior arthritis dogs if you’re shopping for your older, aching pooch.
For other owners, the problem may not be whether or not their dog is sleeping, but where he is sleeping – maybe in his owner’s soft, cushy bed or on the brand new couch.
Some pups love luxury and cannot be convinced to move off the couch for a dollar store dog bed which barely cushions the cold, hard floor. In this case, buying a luxury dog bed which rivals the bed or sofa could be the owner’s best persuasion tactic.
A quality dog bed is not just more comfortable, but often more durable. For a puppy who sometimes has accidents or a dog with especially sharp nails, a poorly-made dog bed may not even last a week (or a day). If your dog is rough on her bed, spending a little extra for a well-made product might be warranted.
In this article, we’ll look at some beds that are easy-to-wash and made of waterproof or tear-resistant material.
Finally, some luxury beds might just look better in your home. This is no small thing – both you and your pup have to love the bed! This article will focus on those beds which satisfy both your pup’s need for comfort and your aesthetic eye.
|Best Friends by Sheri Luxury Shag Fuax Fur Donut Cuddler (Multiple Sizes) – Donut Cat and Dog Bed||1,597 Reviews||$34.95||Buy on Amazon|
|eLuxurySupply Orthopedic Dog Bed - 5" Thick Supportive Gel Enhanced Memory Foam | 100% Cotton...||408 Reviews||$72.99||Buy on Amazon|
|BarksBar Medium Gray Orthopedic Dog Bed - 32 x 22 inches - Snuggly Sleeper with Grooved Orthopedic...||2,849 Reviews||$54.99||Buy on Amazon|
|Snoozer Luxury Orthopedic Cozy Cave Pet Bed, Large, Dark Chocolate||89 Reviews||$129.95||Buy on Amazon|
|Snoozer Overstuffed Luxury Pet Sofa, X-Large, Hot Fudge||139 Reviews||$169.95||Buy on Amazon|
|Big Barker 7" Orthopedic Dog Bed with Pillow-Top (Headrest Edition) | Dog Beds Made for Large, Extra...||3,308 Reviews||$239.95||Buy on Amazon|
This inexpensive, cozy dog bed is made with faux fur and is particularly suited for pups with like to curl into a bed or like a little extra warmth while they sleep.
PROS : This bed is the least expensive of the beds reviewed here. Most customers commented that it was easy-to-wash, especially since the bed does not need to be deconstructed to go through the washing machine or dryer. Especially owners with smaller dogs reported that their pet loved snuggling up in this bed.
CONS : This bed has less foam in the middle section where your dog sleeps than other beds reviewed here. This bed is better for a dog who prefers snuggling in warm materials while not necessarily requiring thick, luxurious cushioning underneath. A few owners mentioned that the faux fur got matted after washing, so it may not be the best choice if you have a dog who is especially accident-prone
This is a simple, high-quality dog bed that could better be described as a mattress. This mattress is firm and provides great support for a pet who has some aches and pains. It’s not cheap, but compared to other top-end dog beds on the market, it is competitively priced.
This reasonably-priced bed is designed for pooches with arthritis and aching limbs in mind. Not only is there orthopedic padding in the base of the bed, the pillow-y bolsters help support your dog’s head and neck.
PROS : Many customers commented that this bed is great value, providing their pups with just as much or more comfort than more expensive beds on the market. The zipper seems to be of better quality than other similar products, making it easier to wash -- if you have to wash it at all; many owners note that this dog bed is easy to wipe clean.
CONS : The bolster that edges the bed is not very firm. If your dog likes a soft pillow or only uses the edges to snuggle into, this bed should still be a good fit for her. Also, some owners felt that the material of the bed did not stand up to more active pups who like to scratch.
This bed is priced similarly to other luxury dog beds and has a unique cave-like shape that is perfect for pups that like to cuddle up in blankets.
This dog bed is on the pricey side, but stands out for its accommodating size.
If you have a big dog, two pups that like to cuddle, or kids that like to sit and play with the family pet, this dog bed could be what you need.
PROS : This bed looks like it could be a piece of furniture and even has enough room for a 180-pound Great Dane. If your dog likes jumping up on the couch, this bed could be a good alternative for her. A few owners even mentioned that there is enough space on the bed for you to sit with your dog. Also, because the bolsters are removable, you can provide your pup with more sleeping options. Leave the bolsters on and your dog can curl up into them; take them off, and your dog can spread out.
CONS : This bed is a bit expensive, although price varies depending on the size and color that you choose. The bed is not advertised as waterproof, so it may not be good for a dog who has lots of accidents.
The Big Barker is pricey, but its the best out there for large or giant-sized dogs.
Large dogs are more likely than smaller dogs to get aches and pains in their joints, so the 7 inches of orthopedic foam calibrated specifically for a big pup is a major selling point.
PROS : Many owners report that this bed is definitely built to last, with several coming back to update their positive reviews a year (or two or few) later with glowing comments about how it has held up. They also comment that the microfiber cover holds up well and is easy-to-clean, so you probably won’t need to buy a replacement cover unless you have the bed for a very long time or want to change up the color scheme in your home. In addition to an exceptional product, people were also very satisfied with the customer service.
CONS : The price was the biggest complaint about this bed. However, if your giant pooch has problems with arthritis, the price is probably worth it. Also remember you’re also getting a 10-year warranty on the bed’s foam, so if it does lose its shape, you can get another bed at no cost (or your money back). Another thing to remember - this brand caters specifically to large dogs, so this wouldn’t be a great fit (literally) for your small or medium-sized pup.
Have you ever bought a luxury dog bed? Did you think the added luxury was worth the extra cost? What bed did you buy and what factors influenced you? Let us know in the comments below.
Last update on 2018-12-12 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API
Jaclyn is a writer, editor, and teacher based in Rhode Island. In her free time, she spoils all the dogs in her family, whether it's her mom's water-loving lab, her dad's cuddly Yorkie, or her sister's curious hound pup.