Are you the proud fur parent to a lovable mastiff, golden retriever, or another large breed and want to keep him happy and healthy during nap time?
A large or an extra large dog bed could just fit right in. If you’re tired of purchasing beds that are too small, thin, ugly, or not durable enough for your well-sized pooch, our guide can help.
How do I make sure to get a large bed that's comfy and sturdy?
We got your back! In this article, we’re covering how to choose the best large dog bed, what to watch out for, and our top 5 to help you save time and money.
In a hurry? Here are the top 3 large dog beds our experts chose:
Our top picks
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Best Large and Extra Large Dog Beds
Before we dive into the details of how to choose a large dog bed, what to watch out for, we present you our review of the top 5:
This modern PetFusion model will be an eye-catching addition to your bedroom while providing a cosy space for your tired boy.
Its roomy as well as aesthetically pleasing, even for the biggest of hounds. Irish Wolfhounds, heavy-set labradors and even malamutes have been known to enjoy quality kips in beds that support their sizable frames.
Large, extra-large and jumbo sizes are all available for purchasing, making it possible for an average-sized human to fit inside the bed, no less his mammoth-sized furry companion.
There’s more than enough space for pooches to stretch out fully. Don’t trust us, give it a try. We promise to not to tell anyone!
The extra-thick, solid memory foam, which spans 10cms, can hold the weight of bigger animals while still retaining its shape. The high-quality foam can last several years, saving you the hassle of replacing a cheap but poorly made bed in a couple of months down the line.
The cushioning on the bottom is thick, serving to protect your dog’s joints by preventing your canine companion from touching the hard floor. Additionally, the soft bolster not only lets dogs snuggle comfortably but keeps out cold draughts.
The product can be assembled quickly and effortlessly, especially since bolsters are pre-installed.
- Deep 10cm memory foam base
- Raised bolster stuffed with recyclable materials
- Durable, removable covers
- Non-slip and skid bottom
What we liked
- Multiple sizes, including extra-large
- Easy to clean, thanks to the removable covers
- Ideal for large and extra large dog
- Not budget friendly
As far as choosing beds for bigger dogs go, this product is more than ideal and will serve your hefty dog from puppyhood well into his golden years.
As several giant dog breeds are predisposed to arthritis, not to mention hip and joint issues from as early as middle age, this bed’s orthopaedic qualities are essential to guarantee great sleep minus any discomfort.
Next to providing the necessary anatomical support, the bed rates highly for sturdiness and comfort. Your big-boned pooch can enjoy his own space without it breaking over time. While not necessarily budget-friendly, this product is made to last.
The bed is slightly elevated, a quality that’s not beneficial for all pooches. While some can get in and out of bed seamlessly, other canines, especially those with back leg issues, struggle to get moving after a snooze.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the variations of this product. It comes in large and extra-large sizes and in multiple colours to complement the style of your living spaces. A rare find considering that large dogs aren't usually this stylish and modern, as well as comfortable.
Another convenient quality is that the bed is easy to clean, even if you own a giant hound that sheds a ton of fur. The premium-quality covers are machine-washable and can be easily removed.
- 5cm memory foam and 10cm support foam base
- Ideal for big dogs, older dogs and pooches with health issues
- Removable covers and waterproof mattress protector
What we liked
- Orthopaedic, waterproof
- Modern and highly functional
- Buyers are spoilt for choice
- Elevated bed not suitable for all dogs, especially older ones
One standout feature of this JOYELF product is the non-slip backing, which is vital for all canine beds, but especially for large and extra-large dog’s beds.
This extra traction promotes the smooth entry and exit of bigger breeds and minimises the risk of slipping and sliding that can cause further damage to weak joints.
The plush, soft surface provides extra comfort that all canines, including larger ones, will thoroughly enjoy. Especially if your pooch loves nesting and cuddling in a safe space.
The comfy bolster provides additional support and comfort to bigger pooches, giving them somewhere elevated to rest their neck, chin, and head as they drift off to sleep.
Sizes large and extra-large are available. However, make sure that you accurately measure your pet before purchasing the product.
Not all dogs may fit comfortably as advertised. It might be a tight squeeze for breeds like labradors and ridgebacks. So, best to steer clear if your pooch is extraordinarily massive and loves to stretch out in slumber.
While made from memory foam, which is hugely beneficial for all types of health issues, it’s a little on the thin side. Especially for our beefy pooches and might not provide the full support they need.
- Warm, comfortable, and supportive
- Rubber, non-slip bottom
- A smooth and fluffy bolster
- Comes with an inner lining to catch spills
What we liked
- Ideal covers that are washable
- Great for stretching out and curling up
- Soft sleeping surfaces guarantees quality sleep
- The bolster is a hit among all dogs
- Might be a tight squeeze for some larger breeds
- Thin memory foam
Is your pooch’s habit for sleeping on the couch driving you mad?
This sofa dog’s bed from FEANDREA will put a stop to your pooch invading your personal space and ruining your furniture!
The bed is extremely durable and tear-resistant, made from Oxford fabric that’s impervious to digging and biting. Now you won’t have to worry about the covers and stuffing being shred to pieces by an overzealous mastiff who still thinks he’s a puppy!
The two sizes available are designed to fit large dogs. Even canines as large as greyhounds can sleep comfortably without putting pressure on their spine.
Having an easy-to-clean bed is the dream for all pet owners. A wet cloth to the cover removes small messes in minutes, while a quick brush cleans up the fur of short and long-haired dogs alike.
The bed cover’s material is noisy, so you’re likely to be regularly woken up if your dog sleeps in your bedroom and changes sleeping positions often.
While being dubbed a “dog sofa”, you might be disappointed by the lack of padding on the bottom. Throw in a few blankets for extra cushion, comfort and warmth.
Additionally, it might not be suitable for a giant dog suffering from arthritis or mobility issues.
- Large inner dimensions, designed for big dogs
- Made with durable, non-slip Oxford fabric
- Stitched-in padded cushions
What we liked
- Ideal for extra large dogs
- Made from breathable fabrics to keep your dog cool
- Noisy bed
- Insufficient bottom padding
This orthopaedic dog bed is praised for being the perfect addition to dog crates, houses, and the like. However, the product is soft and comfortable enough to be enjoyed on its own.
The 7.6cm egg crate foam can support the weight of all dogs, including large canines, without flattening over time. However, the mattress might become lumpy after extended use, especially if your furry friend weighs more than the recommended 30kgs.
Excellent temperature regulation is guaranteed, where the top side of the mattress is covered with warm fleece. It’ll keep short-haired canines happy during winter.
The bottom side is made from breathable Oxford fabric that hot dogs will love, preventing them from lying on hard surfaces when they can’t handle the heat.
Overall, the appearance of the bed is fantastic and can be positioned anywhere in your home. It’s soft enough for your ample-sized doggie to fall asleep in minutes and durable enough to withstand their bulk.
Be wary about purchasing this product if your pup is a biter. This bed might be able to resist nibbles from smaller animals. However, the material is not indestructible and won’t survive the persistent gnawing of bigger breeds.
- Orthopaedic mattress
- Egg crate foam
- 7.6cm high
- Soft fleece top surface
- Cooling Oxford fabric bottom surface
What we liked
- Suitable for all seasons
- Resistant to diggers and scratchers
- Both aesthetically pleasing and cosy
- Not great for chewer
- Egg crate foam is not long-lasting
How to Choose a Large or Extra Large Dog Bed
Like with humans, there’s no “one-size-fits-all” when it comes to choosing a suitable large dog bed.
However, there are still couple of factors that can help you when deciding which bed would be best:
Enough wiggle room?
To help you understand how much space your fluffy friend needs, think about how you might buy a bed for yourself.
If you’re six-foot, chances are you’re not going to purchase a twin bed. Use a similar thinking when searching for your bigger-than-average pooch.
Measure your dog
You should do this for any dog, big or small. A larger breed can’t get comfortable and won’t receive the support he needs in a smaller bed.
On the other hand, a smaller pooch might be intimidated by having too much space.
Measure your dog from the snout to the end of the tail, plus throw in a few extra centimetres for good measure.
Choose a bigger size if uncertain
When it comes to ever-growing puppies, select a bigger bed rather than having to size up later. The same goes for fully-grown large dogs.
Consider your dog's breed and personality
Finding a large enough bed to fit your four-legged family member probably is priority number one. However, your dog’s sleeping habits and breed characteristics should also be taken into consideration.
Pay careful attention to your furry friend’s sleeping styles and patterns. Does she curl up? Is she a stretcher? Individual preferences can help decide whether you want to purchase a round or rectangular bed.
Pet owners will sometimes spend exorbitantly on beds, only for their dogs to inexplicably turn their noses up.
Ask your local veterinarian for guidance if you’re not sure.
How much are you willing to spend?
There’s no denying that some dog’s beds cost dearly. However, you can consider it a long-term investment.
Not only will it keep your dog happy but will also save you from having to replace one that’s cheaply made after a short period.
Does your dog suffer from health issues?
Despite their enormous size, robust appearance and incredible strength, these pooches can be susceptible to multiple health issues than smaller dogs. Usually caused by being on the heavier side.
If your pooch is getting older or has health conditions, it’s worth your while to find a dog bed that helps to alleviate or reduce age-related symptoms.
Is your dog a shedder?
If your dog sheds, avoid beds with fleece covers because the material tends to trap fur. Also steer clear of covers that aren’t machine-washable or can’t be vacuumed.
Beds with intricate designs with multiple parts, and hard-to-reach crevices might also be challenging to properly clean.
Where will you place the dog bed?
If you’re purchasing a large dog’s bed, you’ll need enough space in your home to put it. Bear in mind that dogs don’t always sleep in the same spot.
Make sure there’s enough room for your pooch to spread out comfortably in your bedroom, lounge and communal areas without obstacles interrupting their sleep.
If your house is too cramped and you’d prefer your pooch to sleep outside rather than in, make sure you buy a bed that’s specially designed for the outdoors.
What are the best styles of bed for large dogs?
The below dog bed styles are geared toward sizeable canines.
Memory foam dog beds (Orthopaedic)
Surprisingly, bigger dogs age faster and are more susceptible to medical issues than smaller breeds.
You’ll find that as they head toward their later years, arthritis, hip, and elbow dysplasia are commonplace in larger pups. That is why it’s vital that bigger dogs need to receive ample support in the beds they sleep in.
Memory foam dog beds offer that additional support to help alleviate some of their pain, discomfort. They generally come with enough padding to prevent their joints from touching hard surfaces.
If you plan to purchase a memory foam dog bed for a generously proportioned hound, ensure that it’s high quality as cheap foam will quickly flatten under your dog’s substantial weight.
Pillow dog beds
Pet guardians often choose standard pillow dog beds for larger dogs, because they come in a wide variety of styles and colours.
While a cheaper alternative, pillow beds won’t last nearly as long to other beds as the stuffing inside will break down and poor-quality covers might be torn into.
Mattress dog’s bed
The no-frills and fuss style of mattress dog beds might suit pet owners who aren’t after something flashy. They’re smaller versions of human mattresses that are basic but comfortable.
Different varieties of sizes ensure that your well-sized pooch can stretch out as he or she sleeps.
If your fur child loves having a cushion to rest his or her head, he or she will probably enjoy a bolster bed which has raised border edges on two or all sides.
You’ll find that your prized pooch will find the headrest appropriate and comfortable. What’s more, bolster beds are made for dogs of all sizes.
Raised Dog Beds
Larger dogs sometimes prefer raised beds because these models are elevated, making it easier for pets to get in and out of their sleeping spots effortlessly.
These beds are also easy to clean and vacuum, which is undoubtedly a convenience if you’ve got a large dog that sheds copiously.
One disadvantage of these beds is that they don’t have much padding, and aren’t beneficial for dogs suffering from health issues.
However, an extra-large dog who doesn’t need the extra cushion will enjoy outdoor naps positioned here. Additionally, the air that circulates underneath the bed will keep your pooch fresh when he’s hot.
Cooling Pads and Mats
A plush bed will keep your canine friend warm and happy when it’s cold.
However, you might find that your dog prefers to lie down on the floor than its expensive bed during the changing of the seasons. Particularly extra-large breeds who suffer the most during summer.
As you may know, while the floor might provide temporary relief from the heat, these surfaces are particularly damaging on their joints.
They could also lead to the formation of calluses or hygromas.
Cooling mats or pads don’t replace traditional dogs' beds but rather complement them. Thanks to the in-built gel cooling system, your hot doggie will have somewhere padded to rest without overheating.
If you’ve purchased a bed with removable covers, washing it couldn’t be easier. Simply throw the covers into your washing machine.
You might otherwise have to wash your dog’s bed by hand if the covers aren’t removable. Fill the bathtub with hot water, before adding dog-friendly washing detergent with a drop of vinegar (this neutralises bad smells), and stain removal if necessary to remove soils and dirty spots.
It depends on the size of your dog. Measure your pooch for head to tail and add on a few extra centimetres so that your beloved pet can stretch out in his sleep. Purchase the biggest size available if you aren’t sure.
Petfusion takes home the prize! The bed boasts incredible features. Its modern design complements your home, meaning you can place it in your communal areas without it being an eyesore.
It’s also great for your dog and comes in several large sizes, so you won’t be left disappointed with a bed that’s too small.
The memory foam is another excellent addition and is beneficial for your dog, even if they don’t suffer from mobility issues.
With your dog sleeping on memory foam, you can prevent health problems in the future that larger pooches would likely suffer from otherwise.
If you’re on a budget and Pefusion beds are expensive the Bedsure Orthopedic Dog Mattress is a mid-range product that’s comfortable, supportive, attractive, and provides excellent temperature regulation.
If you're still not sure, our guide to the best dog beds in the UK can help.
Haven't decided yet? Here is the top 5 in a nutshell:
Our Top Picks
- Premium Components: (i) Solid 10 cm Memory Foam base for superior overall...
- (ii) Recycled green polyfill support bolsters are generously filled (iii)...
- Smart Design: (i) Base and bolsters provide optimal support and comfort...
- Large Brown Plush 101 x 64 x 15cm premium quality waterproof orthopaedic...
- A prudent preventative measure for younger dogs of breeds predisposed to...
- Therapeutic bed designed to provide relief and comfort to tripawds, dogs...
- HIGH-QUALITY MATERIALS: ①Solid Memory Foam base for perfectly to your...
- BETTER DESIGN:①The base high-density memory foam can provide the ultimate...
- EASY To MAINTAIN:①Removable cover is machine washable,simply remove the...
- WHAT A LUXURIOUS DOG BED: This dog bed boasts spacious room, fine...
- BIG MATTERS: It would be terrible if your big friends try to curl up in a...
- ATTENTION TO DETAIL: Gone are the days of a torn apart, badly bitten dog...
- EGG CRATE FOAM: Petsure dog bed crate evenly distributes pet’s weight to...
- SMART DESIGN DETAIL: L-shaped zipper (1 long side + 1 short side) on the...
- VERSATILE DOG BED: Applied to dogs, cats or other pets under 34 KG and 91.5...
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