At the end of the day, your dog requires a bed where they can stretch out comfortably with their legs out in front. But shopping for a dog bed involves a lot of factors like sizing, height, and weight. When we shop for a bed or mattress for us, we instinctively know the size that would be good for us and what things would be unreasonable. However, when it comes to choosing the right bed and sizing for your dog it can turn out to be tricky. There is no standard size for a dog bed available, so it is important that you measure your dog properly before making a buying decision. The questions that you might come across are as follows: what do I need to measure to get the correct sizing? Do I need to add any extra space? How to measure if my dog sleeps stretched out instead of curled up? What would be the perfect sized snuggly bed to ensure that my dog sleeps well?
One Size Does Not Fit All When It Comes to Dog Beds
Dogs are in all shapes and sizes and moreover, they can also vary by the amounts of fluff and fur and their sleeping habits can tend to take up a little extra space in a bed.
So read on to find out how big your dog bed should be and how you can ensure that you are buying the right bed size for your little pup.
Measure your Dog
To measure your dog all you need to have is a flexible tape, plus a pen and paper. Now that you have gathered these things, all you need is to measure your dog properly. Follow these steps to get that perfect match:
● Get your dog in the standing position, if he is not holding up well you might require some help to get him straight.
● Start measuring from the front legs, that is from the shoulder to the ground and then do the same for the back legs.
● For the back legs, measure your dog from the tip of their snout to the base of their tail.
● Moreover, we recommend that you measure your sleeping pet as well to find the perfect bed size.
The bed you are going to select should at least be according to the measurements you have taken. Remember that, your dog bed isn’t only meant for sleeping, so you can consider getting a bed larger than the length of your dog.
Before you purchase a dog bed, it is important that you keep an eye on your dog’s sleeping habits. Do they curl up? Stretch out? Or do they prefer sprawling? Is their habit consistent or when they are tired? How do they like their space, do they like being around people or tuck themselves in the corner of the room away from everyone? These kinds of observations will help you find the type and size of the bed that you will choose. Also, measure your pet while they are sleeping to get a perfect size.
For instance, if your pet curls up while sleeping can fit into small beds if they stretch out while sleeping will require a bed size that is generally larger than their body measurements.
How to Measure Them in a Sleeping Position?
When you are determining the ideal bed length, all you have to do is measure them in their typical sleeping position. These could be from nose to tail or from front legs to hind legs. To simply put measure from wherever protrudes the farthest that will be your starting and ending point. When in doubt, we suggest going for the next size up.
Weight is Also a Factor, But Not the Only One!
Now that you have measured them, determined their length and sleeping habits, it is important to know how much your dog weighs. Though weight is less of a factor than making sure that there is enough durability in the material.
Age and Health Also Matter!
If your dog is getting old and has medical issues like joint pains, you may want to get a bed that is a bit larger so that they can have plenty of space of their own and won’t have any issues in stretching out comfortably while sitting or sleeping.
To help you with choosing the right bed size we have also included a handy guide below to show the typical dog breeds that fit each of our beds. Note that the mentioned below lists do not ensure that all dogs within the breed are of the same size. So it is important that you measure your pup first and then use this as a reference to finalize your dog bed sizing!
What Size Bed Should I Get For My Dog?
It is important to make sure you are buying the right size for your dog. Whether you are using a soft cushion bed or a therapeutic bed, it is better to buy bigger than smaller ones. However if not larger, it should be large enough that enables them to lie comfortably. While, if your dog prefers to sleep curled up you don’t want to buy something too big. And if you have a pup that is still in their growing stage, having one size up allows for better support as you won’t have to replace them very soon.
- LARGE: Fits most standard large dogs such as Akita, Anatolian Shepherd, Bernese Mountain Dog, Bouvier de Flandres, Doberman, Greyhound, Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, Rhodesian Ridgeback & Rottweiler.
- MEDIUM: Fits most standard medium dogs such as Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Shepard, Basset Hound, Beagle, Border Collie, Boxer, Bulldogs, Cocker Spaniel, Corgi, German Shepherds (small), German Shorthair Pointer, Golden Retriever (small), Hound & Standard Poodle.
- SMALL: Fits most standard small dogs such as Chihuahua, Dachshund, Jack Russell Terrier, King Charles Cavalier, Maltese, Miniature Poodle, Miniature Schnauzer, Papillon, Pug, Rat Terrier & Yorkshire Terrier.
Tip: The bed should have enough space if your dog likes to lounge around, play as well as sleep. The length of the bed included the frame or edging, so you should always include or add a couple of inches to the measurement to give your pup the space they need to be comfortable.