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8 Types of Dog Beds to Choose for Your Pup in 2024

Written by: Brooke Billingsley

Last Updated on April 16, 2024 by Dogster Team

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8 Types of Dog Beds to Choose for Your Pup in 2024

Everyone loves having a comfortable bed to sleep in, and your dog is no exception! Just like people, dogs have preferences about their beds. It may take a few tries to find the perfect bed for your dog because there are a lot of great dog bed types on the market, but depending on your dog’s preferences and your needs, there’s definitely a dog bed to meet your requirements! If you’re unsure about which type to go with, keep reading, as we’ll list some of the most common types and help you determine if they’re right for your pet.

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The 8 Types of Dog Beds

1. Nest Beds

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There’s just something so comforting about being able to curl up in a little ball, and nest beds allow dogs to do just that. Nest beds, like the Hepper Nest Bed (which is ideal for small dogs), provide your dog with a small, safe space to nap that cradles their body. While nest beds are a great option for dogs that like to curl up in a tight ball, they’re also a good option when the weather is cold and your dog wants to retain as much of their body heat as possible.

2. Elevated Beds

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If you have a large dog that likes to sleep up off the ground, then elevated beds are ideal. These beds are made to hold dogs of almost any size, and they are wonderful for keeping dogs cool during warmer months because they allow for airflow underneath the bed. Many people use elevated beds as an outdoor option for their dogs since they are good for hot weather, but these beds can be used indoors also, especially if your dog is hot-natured.

3. Orthopedic Beds

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Getting older is tough, but orthopedic beds can make things easier on your senior pup. Orthopedic beds are designed to properly support the body, relieving pressure on pressure points, and distributing body weight more evenly. There are a lot of types of orthopedic beds on the market, and your dog may have a distinct preference, much like you might with your own mattress. Since orthopedic beds are commonly used for senior dogs, many of them are waterproof and easy to clean.

4. Waterproof Beds

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There are multiple reasons that you may need a waterproof bed for your dog. If your dog experiences incontinence and has accidents on their bed, drools incessantly, spills water frequently, or commonly comes into the house while still wet, then a waterproof bed is an ideal choice. These beds can be waterproof on the outside, or they can have a non-waterproof covering over a waterproof center. These beds are designed for easy cleaning and keeping your pup dry.

5. Crate Mats

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If your dog spends the day in their crate while you’re at work, then a crate mat is a worthwhile investment for you. Crate mats are made specifically to fit into crates, with most of them made to meet the size specifications of standard dog crate sizes. These mats are thin, so they don’t take up a lot of space in the crate like a bulky, traditional dog bed might.

Crate mats allow your dog enough space to comfortably move around, without taking away having a soft place to lay down. There are different types of crate mats on the market, including absorbent, waterproof, and self-warming.

6. Bolster Beds

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Also sometimes called cuddle beds, bolster beds are what many people think of when they imagine a traditional dog bed. These beds have a soft, pillowy center with soft “walls” surrounding it.

Bolster beds are a great option for dogs that like to curl up or dogs that like to sleep somewhere between curling up and stretching out. Many dogs that like bolster beds enjoy being able to use the bolster sides as a pillow while still curling their body up inside the bed.

7. Hammocks

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Although it is an uncommon type of bed, some dogs seem to prefer hammock beds. Hammocks allow your dog to have their weight supported completely, as opposed to them putting body weight pressure directly onto a bed on the ground. These beds are often customizable to meet your aesthetic or size preferences. However, hammocks are generally a better option for small dogs due to the risk of breakage and tears of the fabric with larger dogs.

8. Pillow Beds

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A pillow dog bed is basically the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of a dog bed—a big pillow. These beds come in various sizes and are designed to provide lots of cushion for your pet. However, they aren’t as good for your dog’s joints as an orthopedic bed would be. Still, they’re one of the most common types of dog beds and are very popular.

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Dog beds can be a little bit pricey, so it may not be practical to buy a bunch of beds to test out with your dog. Investigate the return policy before purchasing a dog bed if you suspect that your dog may not like it. The right bed will help keep your dog comfortable, as well as make their space feel safer and more welcoming. Don’t be afraid to try different types of beds to see what your dog prefers!

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