There’s nothing nicer than curling up in a warm and comfortable bed at the end of a long day and allowing the feelings of cosiness and security to settle you into a peaceful night’s sleep. And it’s no different for your pup.
The average dog spends around 50% of their life sleeping – that’s 12 hours every day – so ensuring they have the right bed is essential in maintaining the right balance of health and happiness. But finding the right bed can be tricky, especially if you have a sizeable dog who requires a large dog bed.
At SASH, we understand that every pup – small or large – is equally important, so our products cater to dogs of all sizes. Here’s our guide to sourcing the perfect bed for your dog.
What type of bed do large dogs prefer?
There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to dog beds, which is why it’s essential to understand the needs of your pup before making a purchase.
Dogs who like to curl up in a ball when they go to sleep often enjoy a doughnut-style bed providing them with soft, cushioned sides. There are numerous products on today’s market which cater to small dogs but not so many who manufacture large and extra-large dog beds for this purpose.
SASH’s calming dog bed provides your day with a safe and comforting space to curl up, replicating the comfort they would once have felt from their mother. The Calming Bed caters to dogs of all sizes, with the “XL” beds base of 80 cm and an outer measuring 120cm – definitely a perfect human dog bed! This makes it the ideal choice for larger breeds like Great Danes and German Shepherds to settle in for a comfortable sleep.
If your dog prefers to stretch out when they sleep, then a rectangular design, like the Memory Foam Bed, can provide comfort and support as your dog stretches out to relax. The large dog bed in this range has an internal measurement of 83 x 58 cm, meaning larger dogs like Border Collies and Huskies can experience a sense of cosiness while maintaining enough space to be comfortable.
Not only does the memory foam bed provide your dog with space to stretch its legs, but it also offers joint support and good posture through orthopaedic memory foam and high-density bolsters.
In the market for an extra large dog bed?
Choosing the right size dog bed is one of the most important factors in selecting the right product for your dog. Their bed should be small enough for them to feel a sense of warmth and protection but large enough to stretch out their legs anytime they want. That’s why SASH offers large and extra large dog beds to meet the needs of your pup, whatever their size.
Still, why get a dog bed in the first place; your dog could sleep in your bed – or on the floor or other furniture? It turns out there are several reasons why:
Dogs need a space to call their own.
How would you feel if you didn’t have your own bed, if you had to find space in someone else’s bed or a quiet spot on the floor? It wouldn’t feel like home, would it? It’s the same for your dog. Sure, they may enjoy coming up for a cuddle with you some nights, but having a space to call their own considerably impacts their happiness. Just like us, there are times when your pup might feel agitated, sick, or out of sorts and want a little bit of space from everyone. Having a comfortable bed all of their own is a great way to provide this support for them.
The right bed is essential for their health.
Dog beds also provide an appropriate sleeping environment for your dog to support their joints and posture. SASH beds offer the perfect combination of firmness and comfort to relax and rejuvenate your dog while ensuring their body is adequately supported.
It creates a healthy boundary.
Encouraging your dog to sleep in their own bed improves the quality of your sleep and reduces the amount of pet fur on your furniture – helping keep your house clean and reduce allergens.
What size bed should a large dog have?
Getting the right size bed is essential for promoting the proper levels of warmth, comfort, and security for your dog – the “right size” all depends on the size of your individual pup.
If your dog sleeps outstretched, you must calculate its size to work out the appropriate bed size. Begin by measuring your dog from the tip of its nose to the end of its back (the area where the tail begins). This tells you how long the bed should be.
Next, measure the front height of your dog from shoulder to front paws. This measurement guides the width of the required bed.
Say you have a German Shepherd who measures 100 cm from nose to tail; they have a shoulder height of 71 cm and back legs that measure 60 cm. In that case, you would want to look for a bed with measurements of around 100 x 71 cm. In this instance, the large Orthopedic Memory Foam Bed would provide a cosy inner environment for your dog to snuggle down and feel secure. There’s also additional length in the bolsters, enabling your dog to stretch out without hanging over the side of the bed.
However, if your dog prefers to sleep in a curled-up shape, you don’t want a bed that’s too large. Too large may lack the feel of warmth and security that your dog needs.
The best way to determine the correct size of a Calming Bed, for example, is to take your dog’s measurements when they sleep, then add about 25 cm to each side. If in doubt, check the handy sizing guide on SASH’s website to determine the needs of your dog breed.
What should I look for when buying a large dog bed?
When choosing the right large dog bed, there are a few key things to check for. Here’s how SASH beds help to tick all the boxes on providing your dog with a restful night’s sleep:
- A range of sizes allows you to choose a bed that is large enough to accommodate your dog but not so big that it lacks a feeling of comfort and cosiness.
- SASH offers high-quality, breathable materials and guarantees that the beds will not flatten or sink. This is important in supporting your dog’s joints and promoting good health and posture.
- Each bed has a machine-washable, removable cover that lets you keep your dog’s bed fresh and clean.
- Expertly manufactured designs help promote different areas of physical and mental health, such as joint support or a self-soothing environment for calmness.
- Beds come with a scratch and skid-resistant underside to give your pup a comfortable night’s sleep while protecting your floors.
- Plus, the luxurious designs and colour range perfectly accompany any home.