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Best Beds for Large Dogs

Updated: May 6

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If you have a larger breed dog or perhaps a dog that simply loves plenty of room to stretch out, then a large dog bed might be the way to go.

A good dog bed can ensure that your dog gets a great night sleep, but a good quality dog bed for large breed dogs is particularly important.

Large dog asleep in a grey dog bed

They often suffer from joint and hip issues and as they age it is not uncommon for them to become overweight and this can place additional stress on their joints.

There are so many dog beds on the market for you to choose from, we researched this Buying Guide specifically for that gorgeous, large dog in your life.

UPDATE : JANUARY 2024 Added VetRelieve range as our fully tested pick for the best orthopaedic dog bed range and the new size and colour options in the Bedsure range

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1. Best Bed Overall - VetRelieve

5. Best Nest Style Bed - Majestic Pets

Buying Guide for Large Dog Beds

Our first bit of advice before buying a new dog bed is to take a close look at how your dog likes to sleep.

If they are a 'curler' and love to sleep curled up in a ball, then a nest bed or a cave bed will be ideal. On the other hand, if they love to sprawl out, tummy on show and head lolling over the edge of the bed (seriously, how can that be comfortable ?) then explore a mattress style bed.

Dog on a dog bed with a blanket

Bolster style beds are always a firm favourite as they provide a partially enclosed space and the low walls are ideal for resting their head.

Performance wise, it's worth considering an orthopaedic bed. Usually crafted in memory foam, they can be pricey but they offer superior support and are built to last. Orthopaedic beds are ideal for larger dogs who may suffer with joint problems

In all cases look for removable and machine washable covers to keep your dog bed looking and smelling fresh.

Only the best large dog beds made it to our list, so read on to find out which bed is best for your dog's needs.

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Our Picks of the Best Large Dog Beds

1. Best Bed Overall


The VetRelieve range of dog beds, with their deep orthopaedic memory foam mattress, wool topper, and easy access, have been designed by a vet to be as supportive as possible.

VetRelieve Orthopaedic dog beds

Perfect for large breed dogs as they often suffer more from joint pains and stiffness, the VetRelieve bed range is available in some extremely large sizes (up to XXL) to cater for extra large breeds.

The primary feature of an orthopaedic dog bed is it's use of specialised foam. This foam, molds to the body in response to heat and pressure, evenly distributing body weight and reducing pressure on joints to provide better support.

The bed range has been fully tested using objective pressure mapping which shows in real-time the pressure distribution of a dog on the bed.

VetRelieve large, waterproof dog bed range

Available in a mattress style or a bolster style with two raised edges, the low-line design makes it easier for older dogs with mobility issues to get on and off the bed.

Ortholux beds are handmade to order in Yorkshire using high-quality, durable materials that can withstand the wear and tear ensuring that the bed remains supportive and comfortable over time.

We loved that the outer cover is fully removable and machine-washable for easy cleaning. Absolute lifesaver for those 'oopsie!' moments. But it doesn't stop there ! A waterproof internal cover protects the foam from any mishaps. So washable and waterproof, that's two big ticks for durability.

The orthopaedic foam, robust testing and extremely large sizes make the VetRelieve Ortholuxe range stand out in a very crowded bed market.

 If you're looking for a dog bed that's going to offer a very comfortable night's sleep and still look great in years to come then look no further.

Dimensions : (L W D) - Large 117 x 75 x 12 | Extra Large 130 x 90 x 16 | Extra Extra Large 145 x 110 x 16

Reasons to Buy

+ Orthopaedic Memoair foam

+ Low level - easy access

+ Removable covers

+ Waterproof

+ Non-slip base

+ Handmade in Yorkshire

Reasons to Avoid

- Pricey option

Buying Options

If you would like to know more about VetRelieve Otholuxe dog beds, why not read our in-depth test - VetRelieve Orthopaedic Dog Bed Review

Also Dr Lauren Davis has also written an article about how dog lovers can support their ageing dogs - Cherishing Your Golden Years : Essential Tips for Senior Dog Care


2. Alternate Orthopaedic Pick


From the USA, the PetFusion Ultimate dog bed uses superior materials and a wealth of design features to offer your large dog a great resting place.

St Bernard dog on a PetFusion Ultimate large dog bed

Like the VetRelieve bed featured first, the entire base section is made of solid memory foam making this orthopaedic bed perfect for any dog especially those with arthritis or joint problems.

The design also includes a waterproof inner liner which protects the memory foam core from any accidents.

Enclosing comfy bolsters are generously filled with recycled 'green' polyfill so offer the perfect resting place for those weary heads.

A hypoallergenic removable cover is not only super durable but it's designed to be water and tear resistant too for those chewers out there.

If it gets dirty, no problem, the covers are machine washable and to extend the life of your bed, replacement covers are available to buy. What more could you ask for?

We love that PetFusion offer a XXL Jumbo size for giant breeds. Available in a selection of three colours to suit your home - chocolate brown, slate grey and sandstone.

Whilst expensive, their beds are durable and built to last with amazing 5 star reviews from dog loving customers.

Our Verdict - The truth is that the PetFusion dog bed really does live up to the 'Ultimate' name. It ticks all the boxes and yes, it's pricey but it really is built to last.

Dimensions : (L W D) - Large 91 x 71 x 23cm | X-Large 112 x 86 x 25cm | XXL Jumbo 127 x 102 x 33cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Orthopaedic

+ Memory foam core

+ Waterproof

+ Colour choice

+ Jumbo size available

Reasons to Avoid

- Pricey option

Buying Options


3. Budget Friendly Pick


Let's face it, budget is foremost on many people’s minds at the moment so we recommend taking a look at Bedsure. They offer a range of good quality, no-nonsense orthopaedic dog beds at a great price, including a L Plus, XL, XL Plus and XXL size.

Bedsure large sofa bed for big dogs

The shape offers dogs who like to nest a cocooned space and the raised sides are ideal for resting their heads whilst letting them see what's going on around them.

The base is filled with an orthopaedic egg crate foam which really helps to distribute your dog's weight and alleviates pressure on joints. It's worth noting that like the PetFusion bed, the foam layer has a waterproof liner to protect it from spillages and accidents.

During testing we felt that the sleeping area of the bed was incredibly soft with an ultra-soft flannel interior and a velvety exterior.

Bedsure have extended their range to include larger sizes along with a selection of 6 gorgeous colours - Pink, Black, Brown, Dark Green, Navy Blue and Grey.

We think that the Bedsure Sofa is a great value, roomy and affordable large dog bed that will suit both your dog and your wallet.

Dimensions : Sizes: Medium 71 x 58 x 18cm | Large 89 x 63 x 18cm | Large Plus 97 x 71 x16cm | X Large 106 x 80 x 18cm | X L Plus 122 x 89 x 20cm | XXL 134 x 106 x 20cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Great value

+ Range of colours

+ Bolster pillows

+ Waterproof liner

+ Memory foam base

+ Washable covers

+ Range of Sizes

Reasons to Avoid

- Not suitable for aggressive chewers

Buying Options


4. Best Mattress Style


Another price conscious contender is the Lesure Orthopaedic Dog Bed. From their collection of dog beds, this mattress style bed is available in 3 sizes including the extra large version measuring a whopping 106 x 76 cm.

Lesure orthopaedic dog bed

This dog bed really offers some great design features.

Firstly, the egg-crate foam base helps to distribute your dog's weight evenly which can really help relieve pressure points.

Incredibly comfy, it's constructed with a Sherpa plush, fluffy top alongside faux-linen material sides.

The L-shaped bolster provides a firm cushion for dogs to rest their heads on and it features two curved outer corners which finish the thoughtful design.

During testing, we felt that the overall design was very versatile as it provides easy access for older dogs combined with a raised bolster cushion for that a sense of security and head resting.

Lesure extra large dog bed

The mattress itself is enclosed in an inner, zipped, waterproof liner which will help keep your dog bed looking and smelling fresh.

It's worth noting that the outer cover is machine washable

The non-slip base helps to keep the dog bed firmly in one place, so you won't find it sliding around your kitchen floor.

Our verdict - The Lesure dog bed is incredibly well designed and for such a great value bed, certainly had that premium look and feel.

Dimensions : Medium 76 x 51 x15 cm | Large 91 x 69 x 16cm | X- Large 106 x 76 x 16cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Great value

+ Extra large size available

+ Orthopaedic mattress

+ L shaped bolster

+ Perfect for 'stretchers'

Reasons to Avoid

- Doesn't offer a 'cocoon' space

Buying Options


5. Best Nest Style Bed

Majestic Pets

Large dogs like to snuggle too, so if your dog is a fan of nesting and burrowing, then this large bagel dog bed is the perfect choice.

labrador on a majestic pets nesting bed

Whilst there's lots of these nesting style beds on the market, they tend to be designed with small dog breeds in mind.

That's why we love this calming dog bed from Majestic Pets because it's available in some super large sizes too.

The nesting shape can work well to provide a sense of security and calms anxious dogs.

Designed for comfort, the bolster and cushion are made of a durable outdoor treated polyester and stuffed with premium high loft polyester fibre.

The base of the bed is made of a heavy duty, water resistant fabric.

It's easy to keep clean as the covers on the large and extra large versions are removable and machine washable. They can even be tumble dried on a low setting.

Whilst perfect for anxious dogs the one flaw with this style of bed is the lack of support so may not be the ideal choice for an older dog.

Dimensions : Large 102 x 74 cm | Extra Large 132 x 92 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Ideal for nesting

+ Calms anxious dogs

+ Machine washable

+ Wide colour choice

Reasons to Avoid

- Not as supportive as other options

Buying Options


5. Best Range of Large Dog Beds


If you are looking for a an award winning range of dog beds, then look no further than British brand Scruffs who have sold over 11 million pet beds worldwide !

Dog on a scruffs dog bed

They offer an extensive range of dog beds in several styles to suit every dog breed and sleeping style.

Mattress, box, nest, sofa and orthopaedic beds - you name a style and Scruffs have a bed to suit.

But what we particularly like about their well designed beds is the amazing range of colours and fabrics on offer

If you are looking for a dog bed to fit right in with your home decor, then Scuffs will be able to help.

They offer X large versions of every style of bed, but the largest of all the ranges are their XX Large mattress style for those dogs that simply love to sprawl.

Our verdict - Well made, high quality dog beds with a style to suit every large dog out there

Dimensions : Extra Extra Large 140 x 80 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Orthopaedic

+ Memory foam core

+ Good value

+ Machine washable cover

+ Colour choice

Reasons to Avoid

- Not the largest bed featured

Buying Options

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Our Verdict

As you can see, there are lots of options out there for large dog . So whether you have a large breed who needs some space or two smaller dogs that love to cuddle up together, you are spoilt for choice.

We suggest that you decide on a budget so you can narrow your focus to beds in your price range.

If you can afford it, we recommend investing in the VetRelieve Ortholuxe or a PetFusion Ultimate large dog bed.

They offer a superior orthopaedic dog bed with a wealth of features in sizes to suit very large dogs.

If you're searching for something, well, a little bit more bespoke, then take a closer look at Omlet. Their Topology dog bed range is customisable - from interchangeable toppers to premium memory foam mattress leg options and a concealed zip mechanism, the whole bed is beautifully constructed using high-quality materials and attention to detail. Their large bed measures 105.5 x 71.5 x 15cm

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Do dogs need big beds?

Naturally, large dogs need bigger beds than small ones. Plus another reason for buying a large dog bed is if you have two inseparable dogs who love to sleep together.

A large dog bed will easily be able to accomodate two dogs when they want to curl up and snooze.

Can a dog bed be too large for a dog?

They can be. If your dog likes to curl up and feel protected whilst they sleep, a large dog bed might make it harder for them to settle.

We've provided dimensions for all the beds we feature to help you choose the right size for your four-legged friend.

What is a bolster bed ?

Bolster beds feature a surrounding wall on two or three sides. These walls are filled to provide pillow-like support for your dog's head whilst they sleep.

Bolster beds are an ideal solution for arthritic pets who have trouble getting comfortable.

What is a mattress bed ?

Mattress style beds don't have a surround and lay flat on the floor like a large cushion.

These types of bed are also ideal for dog crates or even car boots as well as providing a large surface area for your dog to stretch out unencumbered.

Where should you put your dog's bed?

Ideally your dog's bed should be against a wall or in a corner of a room to provide a closed space to make them feel secure whilst they sleep. A quiet room also helps, although most dogs tend to settle well anywhere as long as they feel safe.

How many beds should a dog have?

If you are the lucky parent to more than one dog, to avoid competition, each dog should have their own bed.

However if they love to snuggle together, invest in an extra large dog bed like one of those featured above so they can comfortably share.

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How We Picked

Our final choices for which large dog beds to include on our short list, comes from a mix of reputation and reviews from other experts we trust. This was then combined with our hands-on experiences with the brands featured in the review.

We selected dog beds which would be suitable for the largest of breeds. It was also important that the chosen beds reflected price points to suit everyone's pockets.

Lastly we only included products in our selection process with great customer reviews and ratings.

Thank you so much for dropping by and reading our article on the Best Dog Beds for Large Dogs




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