Unlike beds made for us, there is are no universal predefined bed sizes for dogs. It could be a lot easier if you could pick out a standard twin, full, or queen size bed for your dog, knowing that it would fit your pet without any issues. That’s not the case, and eyeballing the size of the bed isn’t a reliable way to know if your dog will fit comfortably.
The best way to be sure that you’re getting the right size dog bed is to measure your dog for a bed, just as you would measure for clothing. Then add 6 to 12 inches to the final number to give your pooch some room to spread out. Most dog owners are surprised to find out after they measure the dog and add another 6 to 12 inches that they have been seriously underestimating how much space their dog needs.
To measure your pet, take a tape measure and measure him from the tip of the nose to the tail. That’s how long the bed should be. Then measure your dog from shoulder to shoulder at the widest point.
That’s the minimum width that the bed should be. Add 6-12 inches to both of those final numbers. Write those measurements down and use them as a guideline when you’re shopping for a new dog bed.
Consider Your Dog’s Personality
All dogs are different, they sleep in different positions, and their personality has to be considered when shopping for their new bed. In this case, picking the right type of the bed will often go together with the right size.
Does your dog like to curl up when sleeping? Many dogs instinctual sleep in a curled-up position to keep themselves warm and for the feeling of safety. Most bed sizes will work in this case, as long as they’re not too small, and you don’t need to pick an over-sized bed.
Does your dog like to stretch out when sleeping? A larger bed with plenty of room will be the best choice to prevent any discomfort for a dog that likes to stretch out. An over-sized bed to a lot of extra room will also provide good support for dogs with joint problems.
Small (up to 25 lbs.)
A small dog bed size is perfect for any dog that is under 25 lbs., like a Chihuahua. They range in styles, so be sure to choose the right dog bed style for your pet.
Medium (25–50 lbs.)
If you have a medium-size dog (25–50 lbs.), like a Corgi, you will want to look for a medium dog bed.
Large (51–100 lbs.)
If you have a dog between 51 and 100 lbs., like a Labrador, you will want to look for a large dog bed. They range in different styles and shapes, so be sure to find the best dog bed for your large dog.
Extra Large (Over 100 lbs.)
If you have a dog that weighs over 100 lbs., like a Great Dane, you will want to look for an extra-large bed. Be sure to check the dimensions while purchasing to ensure your dog will be able to sleep comfortably.
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*Due to manufacturing tolerances some sizes may differ slightly.