When it comes to dog beds, there is no one size fits all — Great Danes and Chihuahuas have different needs, as do puppies and old-timers. To find the best bed for your dog, you’ll need basic information like your pup’s age and weight. But you’ll also need more particular stuff like their sleeping style, if they run hot, whether they chew things or are nervous pee-ers, or if they love to track mud into the house. Just as when you choose a mattress for yourself, you’ll want to consider what makes your pup most comfortable. Especially when you consider how much time they spend sleeping. According to Dr. Lisa Lippman, a house call veterinarian and founder of Vets in the City, that can be up as much as 80 percent of the day.”
Dr. Rachel Barrack, a veterinarian and the founder of Animal Acupuncture in NYC, suggests beginning your search with your dog’s size. “Measure from nose to tail,” she says. To be safe, add a couple inches to that measurement. Barrack recommends opting for a bed that’s slightly too big, giving your dog room to spread out. Because there are so many different styles and brands to choose from, we talked to Lippman, Barrack, and nine other dog experts — including dog trainers, veterinarians, Strategist dog owners, and one of the internet’s first dog-fluencer parents — about the best of the Hundeseng.
Best Overall Dog Bed
Of all the dog beds mentioned by our experts, this is the one we heard about most. It comes recommended by Barrack; Lippman; Dr. Zay Satchu, co-founder and chief veterinary officer of Bond Vet; Logan Mikhly, co-owner of Boris and Horton, an off-leash dog café in Manhattan; and Yena Kim, the owner of a stylish Shiba Inu named Bodhi that has more than 300,000 Instagram followers (@Menswear Dog).
Mikhly loves that Casper beds are “durable and easy to clean.” And Barrack, whose clients rave about their Casper dog beds, says that, “because it’s engineered by Casper, it’s basically a human-grade mattress.” She also likes that the cover is machine washable and the zippers are hidden “so your dog won’t be able to chew on them.” Satchu prefers the Casper because it’s nice-looking, easy to clean, and “orthopedic for older dogs to aid with their achy joints.” But what really convinced her was sitting on one herself.
“We tried a lot of dog beds and currently use a Casper,” says Kim. “It’s got a memory-foam base, so Bodhi feels rested with full soft support.” Even though she and Bodhi currently prefer Casper, Kim recognizes that not all dogs have the same needs and advises focusing on what’s unique about your dog before purchasing a new bed. “You’ll know you’ve made the right choice when you hand your dog a treat and he takes it to his bed to enjoy it.”
Best memory-foam dog bed for big dogs
Two of our experts — Erin Askeland, a certified dog behaviorist and training manager at Camp Bow Wow, and Devin Stagg of Pupford, a company specializing in dog training and healthy dog food — recommend Big Barker bolster dog beds for their durable and supportive foam, which is designed for extra-large dogs and older big dogs with joint pain. Askeland recommends these heavy-duty bolster beds (which Big Barker guarantees will hold their shape for ten years) “for dogs who like to sprawl and rest their head.” Stagg, whose two Labs sleep on Big Barker beds, is a fan of their machine-washable covers: “Even if your dog is potty-trained, stains and spills can ruin the integrity of a dog bed, so make sure you buy a bed with a cover you can remove and clean,” he says.
Best inexpensive memory-foam dog bed
Askeland has four dogs who sleep on several different beds, including this three-sided memory-foam bolster bed with a water-resistant cover. According to her, it’s “an upscale bed with a sturdy, removable cover and very thick, dense foam that doesn’t immediately flatten.” The PetFusion Ultimate bed also comes recommended by Dr. Jamie Richardson, Chief of Staff at Small Door Veterinary, who bought the bed for her elderly Labrador several years ago and says that the memory foam is such good quality that it has not lost any shape. You can also purchase replacement covers if you have a dog who likes to chew or dig, she says. At around half the price and comparable in size to a Big Barker bed, the PetFusion is a good choice for folks on a budget or buying in multiples.