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3 of the best dog beds for large dogs

3 of the best dog beds for large dogs

3 of the best dog beds for large dogsSometimes having a large dog can be a bit of a challenge. Some of them have big personalities to match their size, and then there are also the common joint problems that seem to plague some of the larger breeds too. Some have thicker coats and can get too hot too quickly in their beds, and others think the squashier the better.

And what about you – the doggie owner? You probably want something that is not overly heavy which can be moved around easily, but even more importantly…a bed that’s easy to clean! So, having owned a large breed, with mid length coat with elbow and hip dysplasia, here are my top 3 recommendations for the best dog beds for large dogs.


Coolaroo Elevated Pet BedSize: Large

Weight: 8.6 pounds

Average customer rating: 8.8/10

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Excellent body support

An elevated bed, with a rigid platform that is also water-resistant. The solid structure helps give the right support to your dog, evenly spread across their body weight.

Breathable fabric

It has a unique commercial-grade knitted fabric which is breathable, so helps to keep your dog cool. This is also reinforced by the elevation, as it maintains an airflow beneath the bed – good for extra hygiene and comfort for your dog.

A little bit “green”…

The fabric is also eco-friendly, made of a recyclable material. It’s so great in fact that it has an endorsement from GreenGuard!


key features and benefits:

Features Benefits
Elevated off the ground Extra air circulation and let’s face it – some dogs just like to be up a bit higher!
Contemporary  styling and colours Fits in with a wide variety of home decor
A portable structure You can move the bed around as you desire. Inside or outside – the choice is yours.
Breathable fabric for increased hygiene Allows sweat and body odours to be carried away, as well as helping to regulate your dog’s body temperature
Easily assembled No tools required
Non-slip rubber feet Protects floors and prevents movement when your dog is climbing on
A massive 5-year warranty against degradation from UV light You can buy with confidence, knowing the bed is made from state of the art material

which dogs is IT best for?

  • Dogs that tend to overheat, either through body temperature regulation problems or for ones with thicker, fuller coats
  • Dogs that like a little bit of height to the sleeping arrangements



may not be so GOOD FOR…

  • Dogs who have joint problems or are stiff, because they might find it difficult to climb up onto.



Big Barker Orthopedic Bed for Large DogsSize: Extra Large

Weight: 15 pounds

Average customer rating: 9.8/10

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I will be the first to say that this bed is a bit more expensive than the others listed here, but there is a good reason for that. This is really a “medical grade” bed, which is specifically rated as orthopedic and sized appropriately for large dogs.

Having had a large dog with joint problems, I can tell you that paying a little more for a decent bed will save on pain medication in the longer term.

So what does make this bed so special?

Incredibly comfortable and supportive

An elevated bed, with a rigid platform that is also water-resistant. The solid structure helps give the right support to your dog, evenly spread across their body weight.

Easy to clean

Simple! The cover can just be unzipped and thrown in the washing machine.

Top quality foam

Without the highest quality foam materials, a bed cannot really be described as an “orthopedic bed”. This bed has the best kind of filling, which means it’s not prone to losing that all important pressure and give required for orthopedic support.

The foam inside the Big Barker Dog Bed

All Big Barker dog beds are constructed using 7 inches of high quality, American-made therapeutic foam. In fact they guarantee that their foam will retain a minimum 90% of its original shape and support for 10 years. They offer you money-back if not!

Made in the USA

These beds are made in a small workshop in Northern California, using American made foam and zippers. No cheap imported stuff, so your dog won’t be sleeping on any toxins!

Looks good too

The fabric is velvety smooth, and really comfortable for your dog.



Features Benefits
Available in Large, XL and Giant XXL Specifically designed for large dogs, so it delivers the support required for their extra weight
10 Year Guarantee The manufacturer offers a money-back guarantee on the foam retaining 90% of it’s original shape and support for 10 years
Contains therapeutic foam made in the USA It is truly an orthopedic bed, with the correct grade foam for maximum support
Expert Craftsmanship Added durability due to being hand made by craftsmen with over 30 years experience
Machine Washable Cover Very easy to clean because the cover is removable and can be washed in a machine
Comes with a headrest Added comfort for your dog


  • Really big dogs that like to stretch out on a comfortable, supportive bed
  • Dogs that have orthopedic issues and therefore require even weight distribution and extra joint support.



may not be SO GOOD FOR…

  • Small dogs. This bed has been designed to take the heavier weights of large dogs and will be way too hard for smaller pooches.

For more orthopedic bed options for large dogs, click here


Armarkat DOG Bed

Armarkat Bed for Large DogsSize: Large

Weight: 14 pounds

Average customer rating: 8.2/10

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Slip-prevention base

The base is made from a heavy duty canvas, which not only skid-free, but is also waterproof – a great feature for easy cleaning. The remainder of the bed is a soft plush fabric for coziness.

Extra thick filling

This bed has a good depth to it, due to the thick 100% poly fill inner. This gives additional comfort to your dog.

Super easy cover removal

It’s as straight forward as undoing the zipper and washing the cover in the machine. It couldn’t be easier.


Features Benefits
Skid-free base Ensures the bed stays put, even if your dog decides to take a running leap onto it. This is a good safety feature and minimizes the risk of injury.
Removable cover and waterproof lining Makes cleaning super-easy, whether it’s wiping down the lining or machine washing the cover.
Extra thick filling Gives additional comfort to your dog, and makes it suitable for large breeds.
Award-winning manufacturer The Armarkat brand is produced by a reputable pet-products manufacturer, that has been designing pet beds and products since 1994. All their products are hand-crafted for a quality finish.


  • Exuberant dogs that are tough on their beds – especially if they tend to leap onto them!



I hope you have found my top 3 list helpful. If you have any comments or would like to ask a question, please do so below. It would also be great to hear if you have any recommendations of your own.

Best woofs to you and your canines 🙂

4 thoughts on “3 of the best dog beds for large dogs

  1. Hi Mara,

    This article is absolutely fantastic! It is so hard finding a good quality bed, but all 3 of these options sound great!

    You provide all the information I need to know, and I especially appreciate knowing the features and benefits of each one.

    The orthopedic dog bed is expensive yes, but I believe you get what you pay for. I love that it has a 10 year warranty.

    Our pets are like our children so we need to care for them and their individual needs as best we can.

    Wonderful post – I love the picture in the header!

    All the best,


    1. Hi Anna,

      Thank you for your comments and I’m so pleased you felt all three beds are good options. Our dogs are definitely like family, and if you have a dog who suffers with bad joints an orthopaedic bed is almost a must, even if it is a bit more expensive. What price do we put on their comfort, and a good bed can really help with management of long term pain. I appreciate your feedback and have a great day 🙂


  2. Wow …. I didn’t know they made such fancy beds for dogs. I especially like the Orthopedic Dog Bed with the headrest. Dogs can certainly take their naps in comfort these days! I’ll be sure to refer by dog owning friends to this website. Thanks for providing such good information and reviews.

    1. Thanks Brittni Sue – I really appreciate you telling your dog owning friends about my site. I spend a lot of time researching the best products available, so it really helps when people can pass this information on. Thank you for your comments and enjoy the rest of your week.


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