For most dog owners, the dog is part of the family. They like to know that their dog is healthy and happy and many owners enjoy the thought that their best friend has a bit of luxury. And what’s more luxurious than a top-of-the-range dog bed? However, once the bed has been chewed, ripped and pulled apart, it doesn’t seem quite so appealing. While this is a common issue with large dogs, here’s where indestructible dog beds come into play.
Who Needs the Toughest Dog Beds?
Dog beds come in for a lot of abuse. The dog may chew on them, scrabble at them to re-arrange cushions, dig in them to hide a favorite toy or snuggle into them straight after a wet, muddy walk. This is true of all breeds, but larger dogs have larger teeth and claws (not to mention a greater surface area of mud!) and can cause damage quickly. So who may need a more robust bed?
1. Puppies and young dogs. They naturally chew, and a Great Dane puppy will do as much damage as a full-grown member of many other breeds! Young dogs also often play with their bedding.
2. Very large or heavy breeds. A large or heavy dog will put a lot of strain on their bed, so it’s important to get large dog beds that are designed to take it. It’s not simply a question of ‘scaling up’ the size from a standard bed – fabric needs to be more heavyweight, and the sides of the bed strong enough to withstand regular use. If it’s a raised style, the legs need to be very durable as well.
3. Old or aging dogs. They often spend a lot of time on their beds, so it’s really important that the beds remain comfortable. This means that the padding or cushions shouldn’t compress too quickly, otherwise the dog is, effectively, lying straight onto the floor. It’s particularly important for dogs with joint problems, something a lot of large breeds are prone too. Consider an orthopedic dog bed in this case.
What Are the Key Features?
Everlasting beds for large breeds have many of the same features as their ‘standard’ size equivalents. However, there are certain key elements which need to be looked for:
1. The size. Is the bed actually big enough for the dog? This will depend on how the dog sleeps – whether curled up, stretched out, or on its back with legs in the air! If there’s more than one dog, do they ever share the bed? A bed that is too small will either not get used, or will not last as the fabric and structure will be over-strained.
2. The material. Lightweight, soft fabric won’t last, and plush, soft fleeces or an open-weave fabric may encourage chewing. Instead, try a close-woven heavy-duty fabric, or consider a vinyl finish. Vinyl has the additional advantage of being wipe-clean, and is a staple of waterproof dog beds. If the dog prefers a softer covering, old blankets can be cheaply purchased and just as cheaply replaced!
3. The shape. Corners, pleats, buttons, pockets … all of these are easy for a dog to get hold of and can be irresistibly tempting to chew on. A smooth, plain finish is much more durable. If the style has cushions, it’s worth looking for ones which are well-stuffed – under-stuffed cushions make it easier for the dog to get hold of the cushion cover and make holes in it.
It’s pretty self-explanatory – larger dog breeds need larger beds. And rather than keep buying replacement beds it makes sense for the owner to buy something which is built to last. This will ensure that the dog is happy and comfortable and, in the long run, will save the owner money. Buying indestructible dog beds doesn’t mean compromising on comfort, it just means spending a bit of time looking for exactly the right product!