The 19 Best Dog Beds for Every Type of Dog (Even Diggers)

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Fun fact: healthy adult dogs sleep almost 11 hours a day (ah, must be nice). That means we should probably invest in a bed that won’t leave them stiff and achy after every blissful nap. But we also don’t want an orthopedic-looking eyesore sitting in the middle of our bedroom. That’s where these dog beds come into play.

How to Choose a Dog Bed

Observe, observe, observe. Since your pet can’t lie down on different beds in a mattress store the way you can and can’t communicate if they are pro-memory foam or not, it’s best to take careful account of your pet’s physiology and behavior. Does your large dog groan a little when she’s standing up from laying on the floor? She might need the dense support of memory foam. Is Scout always laying on the bathroom tile? Then he’ll like a cooling dog bed. And shy little ones constantly burrowing under the covers will appreciate a bed with a hood they can snuggle beneath.

It’s also smart to consider your dog’s sleeping style and where the bed will go. Does she sprawl out or curl up? Does she prefer a headrest? You can always ask your vet for input, too, as they may have breed-specific advice. In terms of placement, it’s wise to have several beds in various locations where your dog can be part of the action yet have a specific spot close by. This is ideal for training good behavior and makes the command “Go to your spot” a cinch (especially if the bed is comfy!).

Have your pup’s weight and general measurements available when you go shopping. Eye-balling it in-store is risky and you never want to guess based on online photos. Frisco, who makes some of the highest-rated pet gear out there, recommends sizing up if you’re unsure which sized bed to get for your dog. More space to work with is better than feeling too limited.

Check out our list and order your pet a new bed. And now that you’ve perfected their sleep, you can move on to more important issues like why their feet smell like Fritos and whether they’re getting enough fruit in their diet.

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Nearly half of all PureWow employees have dogs, so when it comes to pet product advice, all we really have to do is shout. When asked for bed recommendations, one editor sent a link to this one, with a three-inch layer of orthopedic shredded memory foam and a removable microsuede cover, at lightning speed. She said, “My dog is a bit of a diva when it comes to beds—he only likes the softest, most cushiony designs. But I like to make sure that it’s not a total eyesore in my tiny apartment and this one checks both of our boxes. Plus, it’s machine-washable, so I wind up laundering it as much as my own sheets. See…diva.” This bed comes in seven sizes and four colorways, so there’s plenty of options to please even the pickiest pup.

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If your dog is like almost every other canine we know, they will sleep on a washcloth if it winds up on the floor. This orthopedic bed is so much comfier and almost as inexpensive. The dual-layer memory foam interior helps relieve joint pressure while supporting your dog’s weight and the outside zips off for easy washing. A non-skid bottom means it works well inside and outside of a crate. When Sparky inevitably chews a hole in it or wears it down to nothing, buying a new one won’t break the bank.

A golden retriever rests comfortably in a big gray dog bed.

Best for Senior Dogs

3. Petfusion Ultimate Dog Bed

With side and back bolsters for your pet to rest her head on, this solid four-inch memory foam bed is a keeper. The sides and back will help her feel cuddled, like when she’s snuggling with you in bed. And since the memory foam is protected by a sturdy, waterproof, tear-proof cover, you’ll be able to wash it once a week when you give her her bath. Senior dogs especially will find it easy to climb into and soothing on arthritic joints.

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This bed is composed of an inch of 100 percent GOTS certified cotton over three inches of breathable coconut husk with a waterproof organic cotton liner plus a sweat-absorbing organic cotton cover. In colors like salmon pink and mailman blue (!) we’re all in, including the optional pillow bolster that our dog can situate however he likes, to nestle his back into or to use as a head rest. If you want to go the extra mile, pair it with Avocado’s dog bed frame made from upcycled wood.

A gray and white schnauzer lies on the blue dog bed.

This vinyl pad is like a waterbed for your pet—you just fill it with cool tap water and it radiates chill air up and onto your pet. There’s an air valve to adjust the tension of the bed—so you can make it as firm or as soft as your pet’s arthritis, hip dysplasia or other uncomfortable condition warrants. Pro tip: Toss a worn T-shirt on top of the bed to get your pet to feel safe climbing on at first.

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Best Travel Mat

6. BomGaroto Portable Pet Mat

A roll-up mat made of water-resistant micro-weave polyester, this mat is like a camping mat, except for your dog. Whether you’re taking it with you to give your pet a perch in the great outdoors or unrolling it in an unfamiliar floor on a canine-accompanied road trip, this 35-by-22-inch quilted mat is sure to make any dog feel supported.

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This orthopedic dog bed comes in various sizes and solid colors, and we appreciate the scooped-out design of orthopedic foam with a thick base. It’s encased in washable polyester shag which evokes 1970s suburbia, so that’s fun aesthetically (but your dog is going to be all about the comfort). Incredibly soft with elevated sides, this is also a great option for pets with anxiety.

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Best for Crates

8. Wayimpress Crate Pad

Crate-training can be a tumultuous experience for you and your pet. If your dog isn’t keen on sleeping in her crate (or if she is and deserves a reward for doing so), try this crate pad. Its fluffy, ultra-soft fabric is warm and soothing. The waterproof, machine-washable bed comes in four sizes and works for crates up to 41” x 27” in length.

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Best for Pillow Sleepers

9. Best Friends By Sheri Deep Dish Cuddler

Does your little one like to settle on one of your bed pillows and call it a night? Train them to use this machine washable faux fur bed instead by placing it at the head of your bed for a few nights and letting them settle in. With a fuzzy, temperature-regulating covering, your pet is going to appreciate this. As is your face because it won’t be covered in dog hair.

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Best Minimalist

10. Fable Pet Bed

Talk about no frills! This minimalist dog bed is an unfussy rectangle with sleek lines and a cozy vibe. It will work well with your decor whether you’re a Marie Kondo devotee or a maximalist (check out the color options!). It’s waterproof, breathable, machine-washable and stain-resistant. Kind of makes you want to do some spring cleaning and buy more dogs, doesn’t it?

A red-hued dog cozies up in a pink dog bed under the attache sheet.

Best for Anxious Dogs

11. FurHaven Snuggery Orthopedic Bed

Your pet can hop into this little padded donut (there is a skid-proof bottom, so you need not worry about it sliding) and then feel super-safe snuggling beneath the attached hood. Light-eyed dogs can be especially sensitive to brightness and this furry hood allows them to tuck their face underneath to block the glare. And when it’s a bit dirty, the bed’s so lightweight and durable, just toss it in the washer-dryer to clean it.

A brown furry dog bed rests a top what looks like a black leather pull-out couch.

In the “wish we’d thought of that” category, this mini-couch for your dog has leatherette arms and back, perfect for resting a snout on and for snuggling up into (and wiping down when necessary). The central cushion is filled with uber-comfortable shredded memory foam and the removable cover has a waterproof liner so if an accident happens, the whole cushion need not be replaced. And the wood frame lets big dogs up to 95 pounds bounce in and out without fear of breaking it. Also, there are two faux fur pillows included (because what’s a couch without accent pillows?).

A Boxer mix with two different color eyes (blue and brown) lays atop a navy rectangular dog bed, with red and orange stripes.

Pendleton is the Hermes blanket of hipster décor: Rugged, tailored and just bright enough so that your home doesn’t look like a campsite. This dog bed, with a zip-off cotton and fleece cover inspired by the Grand Canyon, turns Fido’s resting place into a groovy style statement, which is handy when it comes to big dog beds that measure 30 by 40 inches. It’s also designed to prevent the inner fluff from moving around while your dog sleeps!

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Best for Diggers

14. The Casper Dog Bed

Some pups just love to dig and want to scratch the surface of where they are prepping to lie down…which means their dog bed is going to get shredded fast. Casper to the rescue—this bed’s surface has extra material to mimic the sensation of loose earth when your pet starts pawing at it. And the memory foam is as strong and durable as the company’s human mattresses, so it’s not going to sag over time. And the side bolsters stay upright so that your furry friend can rest her head and doze comfortably.

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Best Orthopedic Bed

15. Lesure Memory Foam Dog Bed

Crafted with two layers of CertiPUR-US® Certified Foam, this memory foam bed is ideal for any dogs with brittle bones, joint issues or who are recovering from injuries. The lining is waterproof, the cover comes off easily to wash if needed. Choose from four sizes and two colors to suit your breed (and style) up to 90 pounds.

A black and white French bulldog lays across a faux-tiger skin rug.

What could possibly be more luxurious than a fur carpet? One that is faux fur, made with memory foam and incredibly large, of course! These PupRugs are truly something else. They come in one size (50” x 57”) and several unique patterns. This is kind of ideal for anyone who has a dog who just wants to plop down in front of the TV or at the foot of your bed. The covers are removable and machine washable.

A beagle lays on a fancy-seeming leather couch in a beautiful bedroom.

Best Splurge

17. Larock Dog Sofa

Upholstered faux leather that makes clean up a breeze, you'll wonder why you're buying this royal tufted sofa with legs and nailhead details was for your pet and not for yourself—because Chauncey is a queen, that's why; she deserves no less! (Plus, it goes great with the rest of your furniture.)

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Don’t let your dog overheat or get sunburned! This bed prevents both. As an elevated bed, it cools your dog down on hot days. The center is mesh made with nylon which increases air flow. A UV-protective tent overhead keeps the sun away (and you can remove the canopy if you don’t need it). Assembly is easy and requires no tools.

A Pomeranian sits on a green checkered rectangular dog bed.

Who can resist a fun dog bed - especially when it’s full of 90s nostalgia? We’re obsessed with this pillow bed designed to look like a Pizza Planet pizza box from Toy Story. Maybe pair it with an alien squeaker toy? This bed works well for small dogs and arthritic pups who need an easy entrance. Just don’t feed your dog actual pizza.

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