Labradors are large and lovable and invariably a significant part of the family. And their beds tend to be a prominent part of the home. So you will want a dog bed which is right for your dog, but that also looks good and is easy to maintain.
Finding your Lab a dog bed that isn't just cosy and comfy but also looks nice and is built to last is a priority for most families. The right bed will be your dog's go-to spot for sanctuary and relaxation and help them recharge for the next day of fun. And look inviting too.
To ensure you don't need to buy a new dog bed every few months or so, it is worth considering investing in a high-quality bed that's designed with durability in mind.
Paramount is your Lab's behaviour and habits when sleeping, but you will also want to consider other things when buying a dog bed including materials, build quality and durability, design and shape, size and style.
The materials a dog bed is made from will influence its comfort and maintenance requirements. Thick cotton fabric is the comfiest to lie down on and can handle the rigours of daily life and machine washing. We think it best to avoid synthetic materials whgere possible, plus they can be easily damaged by claws and may not be the most comfortable material for your pup.
Your Lab will prefer a soft sleep surface made from natural materials.
An advantage of cotton corduroy is that it is warm in winter and cooler in summer, the ridges help trap heat when it is cold and help circulate air when it is warm. Plus the chunky ridges on the cord make it an easy fabric to brush or hoover clean, even when it comes to slobber and mud.
Materials are an indicator of build quality and durability so ook for thick materials and reinforced stitching that will keep the bed together for years to come. Another great durabiity feature is a water-resistant lining around the cushioning. A lining helps keep the inside of the dog bed fresh. Hindquarters dog beds are generously stuffed with virgin polyester fibres which don't hold moisture or bacteria - so no smells.
You'll want the design and shape of the dog bed to be orthopaedic in concept, giving support and comfort to your dog's body as she rests. An oval shape with bolster echoes the shape of your dog lying down and offers support in all the right places. A bolster is useful because it will allow your Lab to rest their back against something when lying flat out. And to rest their chin as the world goes by.
The centre cushion is removable which means the cushion can be turned and the bed easily hoovered.
A large size dog bed with washable denim covers and a removable central cushion:
It's good to go with a bed that has a removable cover. Labradors are known for their adventurous nature and will often bring dirt, moisture and a variety of other things to bed with them. A removable washable cover helps keep odours at bay and ensures that their bed is always fresh and clean.
Various Labrador builds may require different sized dog beds. Our Large dog bed size will suit all Labs, although a slight Lab like Ruby - shown here languishing in these photos - can get away with a Medium size dog bed. The best way to double check which size dog bed is right for your Lab is to measure them when they are lying down, both curled up and lying flat, to get an accurate picture of how much space they take up and need in order to be comfortable.
Big dogs need big dog beds and their bed should have enough room for them to spread out a bit. Labs love to stretch out after a long day and will choose the floor over a bed if there isn't enough room to do so. It's important to provide your dog with all the space they need to get comfortable. Although Labradors can range in size quite significantly they are universally fairly large.
Labradors grow up quite fast and whilst it might be tempting to get them a smaller bed whilst they are a puppy, they will grow out of it pretty quickly. It is a good idea to go for a medium or large size dog bed even if you have a puppy.
Hindquarters medium sized dog beds are - suitable for slight Labs - are 100cm by 75cm. And our Large dog beds are 110cm by 80cm. If you have two dogs who like to snuggle together - or if you like to curl up with your dog - then it'd be sensible to consider a XL dog bed.
Percy on a Large size Hindquarters dog bed with a green corduroy cover:
Hindquarters dog beds come in a range of colours and a black dog bed is good for a black Lab and probably our favourite colour. If you prefer the splash of bright colours and extra cosiness then how about an orange cotton velvet dog bed (also washable)? Or classic dark green or muted grey.
Your dog is part of the family and so why not provide them with a comfortable bed they'll love to sleep in? Lounge on it, dream on it, sleep on it.