What are the largest dog bed sizes?
When it comes to choosing the perfect dog bed, there are all kinds of things to consider. One of the most important aspects is sizing. A dog bed needs to be large enough to enable your pooch to completely spread out – and that includes the ability to stretch their legs out in front of them.
It’s simple really: the larger your dog, the larger their bed will need to be. Choosing the correct sized dog bed ensures they have maximum comfort and support, which is particularly important for breeds that struggle with joint problems. And when you consider how much time they spend sitting and sleeping there, you realise just how crucial it is to get the perfect fit!
Bigger is better
If you’ve got a big dog at home, then you’ll know how much space they take up, wherever they are. Inevitably, that means you’ll need enough room to accommodate a large dog bed for them, too. We know It can be tempting to let them climb into your bed, but giving them their own space means you know they’ll have the support and comfort that’s better suited to their size. Plus, it means you don’t have to fight a great Dane for space on the sofa!
In most cases, big beds aren’t just larger versions of small ones. This is because dog breeds tend to have a much heavier build and their physiology is significantly different to that of smaller dogs. They don’t just need more surface to lounge around on, they also need materials that will fully support their weight, bones, and shape. In addition, the older they get the more support they need – so their dog bed will need even more cushioning and padding.
Make sure you measure up…
In order to get a dog bed that suits your canine down to the ground, you’ll need to get the tape measure out. The best way to do this is with flexible measuring tape while your relaxed dog is stretched out on the floor. Then note down the measurements on a piece of paper.
First, here are three key measurements you need to establish:
From the nose to the backend – where the tail begins
Front leg length – from the top of the leg joint (or shoulder) to where the paws contact the ground
Rear leg length – again, from the top of the leg joint to where the paws contact the ground
Then, it’s time to do a quick calculation, in order to see what their ‘sprawl length’ is.
Back + front leg length + rear leg length - half front leg length = sprawl length
The reason you need to deduct half the length of your dog’s front leg from the total is that, when they stretch out, their front legs don’t tend to go very far beyond their nose. This simple calculator should give you a really good estimate of their sprawl length.
...then choose the right size dog bed
When the time comes to pick the perfect dog bed, you’ll have the measurements you need to get it right. You’ll usually find the relevant information in online listings, so be sure to read through them carefully before you buy, including both internal and external measurements if they have a cover.
Here’s a quick size guide
We’ve included a rough guide here to show you the kind of size you may want to look for, depending on the breed you have and their size. Just remember, getting precise measurements for your own pooch is always the best course of action, but hopefully this will give you a good idea of what to expect.
Small (40cm x 30cm) – Chihuahua, Toy Poodle, Shih Tzu, Maltese, Spitz, Bichon Frise, Pomeranian, Yorkshire Terrier, Dachshund, Pug
Medium (50cm x 40cm) – Basset Hound, Jack Russell, Beagle, Spaniels, Border Terrier, Corgi, Boxer, French Bulldog
Large (55cm x 45cm) – Border Collie, Springer Spaniel, Labradors, Hounds, Pointer, Dalmatian
XL (65cm x 55cm) – Ridgeback, German Shepherd, Greyhound, Newfoundland, Great Dane, Rottweiler, Husky, Setter
XXL (100cm x 70cm) – Irish Wolfhounds, Great Pyrenees, Saint Bernard, Mastiffs, Caucasian
By Raised By Humans