Buying a good dog bed can be a big and tricky decision and so we have compiled a list of things you might want to consider when buying a bed for your dog:
1 - How does your dog sleep?
A dog's sleeping habits and positions depend on their age and nature as well as the time of day or night, their schedule, mood, level of exhaustion, and a whole host of other reasons. What are your dog's sleeping habits and so what does she require from a dog bed in order to have a good night's sleep?
One thing is for certain, dogs sleep in a whole array of positions - from crouching tiger to spread eagle. So it's important to think about what shape and structure of dog bed would suit your dog. And check it is versatile enough to accommodate all their sleep positions.
There seem to be four most common sleep positions:
A - light sleep ready to spring into action if the door bell rings like a crouching tiger
B - curled up cosily in a ball:
C - flat on their side like a slab:
D - or stretched right out spread eagled:
In terms of dog bed shape and structure, the important thing is to find them a bed that doesn't restrict them and allows them to comfortably adopt any sleep position they want. And you'll want a structure that supports them whilst asleep.
When we very first started making beds for our dogs we covered large pillows in nice fabrics but the cushion shape was wrong for a zonked out dog and they kept slipping off. Dogs need an indent they can nestle into as they would in the wild.
An oval shape echoes the shape of a dog lying flat on its side and supports a variety of natural sleeping positions.
A bolster acts as a comfy back, neck and head rest and helps exclude floor draughts.
2 - What do you want the dog bed covers to be made of?
You'll want the surface that your dog sleeps on to be clean, soft and comfortable. And be comfy - and to look nice and comfy.
So it is worth considering dog beds with removable washable covers that have been made from natural fabrics and materials. After all it's useful to have a dog bed you can both snooze on.
We use a weighty corduroy for Hindquarters dog bed covers made from a 100% cotton cord. The 8 whales ridges on the corduroy give the fabric a cosy and soft velvety texture and help make it sturdy and durable.
We also make dog bed covers from thick indigo blue cotton denim that fades nicely with use.
You can have both looks and practicality when it comes to a dog bed: all our dog bed covers are machine washable at 40.
3 - How easy is the dog bed to look after and keep clean and fresh?
A dog bed with washable covers is probably easiest to maintain and keep clean. Just remove the covers and sling in the machine on a low temperature gentle cycle and air dry.
Hindquarters dog bed covers are made from a variety of thick upholstery grade fabrics that are easy to brush and vacuum.
The dog bed covers come in two parts: the bolster has a cover and the central cushion has a cover too. This enables you to turn the central cushion and wash the covers separately if necessary.
And you'll want to consider the type of stuffing used in the dog bed.
Hindquarters dog beds are stuffed with virgin polyester fibres. It is a hypoallergenic stuffing that doesn't hold moisture or bacteria and so keeps things fresh healthy and happy.
These stuffing fibres have a high crimp level which means they create a soft but firm cushion that maintains its bounce for longer making a comfy dog bed that lasts.
The inner dog bed is water-resistant good for rainy days, damp dogs and any little accidents - simply wipe clean.
Changing a dog bed cover:
4 - Is it a durable dog bed?
You will want to buy a dog bed that lasts. So it is important to consider the materials used to make the dog bed and how it is constructed.
The inner dog bed needs to be hard-wearing. Nothing much gets past a determined chewer but your dog bed will need to take some rough and tumble.
With Hindquarters dog beds, the inner dog bed casing is made from a soft but tough, scratch-proof fabric that is both water-resistant and breathable.
Our beds are hand stuffed and sewn in the UK with a free repair or replacement service on any rips, seam splits or tears.
And the dog bed covers are made from a variety of thick upholstery grade fabrics: hard-wearing and easy to vacuum and machine wash.
We started making our own dog beds over 10 years ago now. We wanted something with both style and substance, both easy to maintain and easy on the eye so we built what we now consider the ultimate dog bed.
Over the years we've kept the basic shape and structure but evolved the design and materials we use.
The latest version of our dog bed now comes in 4 sizes with a fatter bolster and is generously stuffed.
The inner dog bed comprises a central cushion and bolster, both covered in a soft but hard-wearing material which is also breathable and water resistant. Just hoover or wipe clean.
Hindquaters dog beds are generously stuffed with virgin polyester fibres which don't hold moisture or bacteria, helping to keep things healthy, fresh and odour-free. Plus the stuffing fibres have a high crimp level and so maintain their bounce for longer.
All dog bed covers are made from natural 100% cotton fabrics for maximum well-being - and durability.
5 - What size dog bed do I need?
Hindquarters dog beds are generously stuffed but soft and can be squashed up a bit to fit in an alcove if necessary, here are the dog bed dimensions:
- SMALL dog bed size is 80x70cm (central cushion 50x40cm) and good for Dachsunds, Cockapoos, JRT's. Wheaten Terriers, French Bulldogs and Border Terriers
- MEDIUM size dog beds are 100x75cm (central cushion 60x40) and good for most Spaniels, Cockapoos, Corgis, small Staffies and similar sizes
- LARGE size dog beds are 110x80cm (central cushion 70x45) and suitable for a Boxer or regular sized Lab
- EXTRA LARGE dog beds are 120x90cm (central cushion 80x50cm) and good for a German Shepherd, Saluki or Greyhound - or those who like to share
In order to help you work out what size dog bed would be good for your dog we have also written a rough breed size guide : what size bed for my dog?
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