Whether your pooch’s day consists of running through the woods, fetching a ball, recuperating from an injury, or just snoozing while he keeps you company, he’ll need a quality bed for restful, restorative sleep.
But many dog beds on the market do not have the materials and construction to keep the bed from flattening out as your dog sleeps. This creates pressure points which can cause soreness and stiff joints, giving your best friend the exact opposite of a restorative sleep!
The best choice for a lot of dogs is an orthopedic dog bed, especially for large or older dogs who are more prone to joint and ligament problems, injuries, medical problems, and muscle stiffness.
I’ve compiled the 8 best orthopedic dog beds on the market today that I feel are worth your hard earned dollars!
The ones chosen are the best beds for each class of dog since the weight a bed needs to hold without bottoming out is a main consideration when determining which bed is right for your dog. Check them out below!
XXLarge/Giant Orthopedic Dog Beds
A dog breed is considered giant or extra large at about 90 lbs. and over, such as a great dane or a mastiff. In order to fully support dogs of this size without creating pressure points, high quality materials and construction is an absolute must!
But when investing in dog beds of this caliber, you also want to know that they will last for years and you won’t be needing to replace them often.
In addition to passing my quality test, the first two beds have 10 year warranties, which ensures that the companies are creating a great bed!
We decided to invest in the BUDDYREST Crown Supreme when our German Shepherd, Sasha, tore her other CCL. Because of complications from the surgery that fixed her right leg, we couldn’t risk another one.
So she needed to be sleeping on a bed in the family room where we all spend a lot of time, and it had to have excellent durability and quality to ensure her comfort.
We were not disappointed, and she loves it! Here’s the features of this terrific bed:
This orthopedic bolster bed is made with a base layer of high quality 4.5 lb. memory foam that supports a layer of gel infused memory foam designed to keep your pooch cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The bolster is filled with a high loft fluff and is oversized to give your dog comfort and security.
This bed distributes your dog’s weight across the bed, which evenly supports their joints and promotes much better blood flow while eliminating any pressure points. You can be comfortable with the quality of their memory foam since it is certified to be:
- Made without ozone depleters or flame retardants
- Made without mercury, lead, or other heavy metals
- Made without formaldehyde
- Made without phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission
The Crown Supreme uses a soft suede fabric they call Crypton. This is a very comfortable fabric that is 100% waterproof, meaning that no other waterproof liner is required that may make your dog hot when he sleeps, a great feature in my book! It also has antibacterial qualities that resist stains and odors and mean less washing for you.
In fact, in our experience, the Crypton fabric does not smell, and dog hair vacuums up easily. The fabric is probably the feature of the bed that I’m most impressed with!
Here’s a great video by the makers of BUDDYREST beds that will show you the materials and construction used in these wonderful dog beds:
This bed comes in 3 sizes and 4 colors to fit any decor. The one downside is the price, it is more expensive than many orthopedic beds on the market. However, the adage, “You get what you pay for” is very true here. You pay more, but you definitely get more!
In the long run, an initial investment in a BuddyRest Crown Supreme bed could be more economical because you’ll be replacing cheaper beds more often.
After seeing how much an orthopedic dog bed helps Sasha and how much her brother, Tahlen, loves to sleep on the bed, we purchased a Big Barker with a headrest for him.
He loves to sleep wherever he can lay his head on a pillow or armrest, so this looked like a bed that would fit his style of sleeping well–and we weren’t wrong, he loves it!
Big Barker dog beds are calibrated for large dogs and it definitely fits the bill for even the largest breeds. They created this bed with what is called 3 stage foam engineering.
What this means is that the base of support is 3″ of high quality polyurethane H45 foam which does not compress more than 1/4 of it’s thickness. This is placed between two 2″ layers of H10 comfort foam with 4″ contoured foam headrest. The result is a super comfortable bed that is fully able to support the joints and body of up to a 300 lb. dog.
Now the fact that this bed is not made with true memory foam can be a downside for some dog owners. However, the high caliber of foam used in Big Barker beds are certified to the same standards as those of quality memory foam beds.
The company verifies:
“The American made, certified exible polyurethane foam used in all Big Barker products meets the CertiPUR-US® program standards for content, emissions, and durability, and is analyzed by independent, accredited testing laboratories.”
Everything that we’ve experienced with this bed supports the standard of quality that Big Barker claims. So I feel more than comfortable recommending this bed to you as a top rated orthopedic dog bed!
Want to see the difference between a regular dog bed on the market today and the quality of a Big Barker? Check out this short video:
The Big Barker comes in 3 sizes and 4 colors. You can get it with or without a headrest, upgrade to a waterproof liner and replacement covers are available. The price of this bed compared to the size is very economical, especially when considering the 10 year warranty.
Extra Large Orthopedic Dog Beds
If your dog is somewhere between 55 and 90 pounds, they may need an extra large dog bed. Either of the previous beds would be wonderful for a dog in this size range.
But for those with large snugglers, I found the bed below that is bound to give them sweet dreams!
While most people think of small dogs as nesters who love to curl up to sleep, large dogs can be snugglers too. Years later, we still laugh at how our lovable 100 lb. black labrador could never understand why he couldn’t curl up in my 10 year old daughter’s lap to take his nap!
The PetFusion Ultimate Jumbo bed would’ve been just the right pick for him as it is a bolster bed. The 6″ of solid memory foam provide a good base to support up to a 200 lb. dog, and the recycled polyfilled bolsters provide the security and warmth to keep any size snuggler happy.
For medium to large dogs, they also offer a smaller size with 4″ of memory foam, and you can buy matching blankets and replacement covers.
Check out this video from PetFusion to see the features and options available:
This bed now comes in 3 colors–Chocolate Brown, Sandstone, and Slate Gray. So there’s a color that will look nice no matter what your home decor is.
There is a downside to this bed, while the name states “waterproof”, it is only water resistant. The cover is tear resistant and easy to clean, but the name is misleading since they only verify the bed to be resistant to water.
However, many customers are very satisfied with the water resistant qualities of the cover and give it great ratings.
Overall, if you’re looking for an economical choice for a large bolster bed that provides good support, you’ll be happy with this PetFusion bed!
Large Orthopedic Dog Beds
Dogs that fall between 24 to 55 pounds may need a large orthopedic bed.
Those that are on the low end of the scale could fit well on a medium. So you’ll want to look at your dog’s length and style of sleeping to see what size bed will be best.
This large size bed has 5.5″ of premium hypo-allergenic memory foam with a 2.5″ headrest.
It comes with a waterproof removable liner and an anti-slip bottom. You can choose between 2 colors and also a jumbo and small size. The jumbo size has 7″ of memory foam and a 3″ headrest, and it is large enough for many extra large breeds.
Owners of dogs over 100 lbs. have reported that this bed provides good support and they’re very happy with it.
Check out this quick video from KOPEKS:
I don’t see the KOPEKS orthopedic bed matching the durability and warranty of a Buddyrest or Big Barker. But it’s a great option for those on a budget and will provide a good, restorative sleep for your pooch.
In fact, our daughter bought this bed for her dog, Chief, and is 100% happy with the quality, looks, and the comfort it provides him.
As far as any downsides to this bed, some purchasers have reported that the headrest doesn’t expand all the way or the bed takes a long time to fully expand. A couple others also relayed that the zipper broke after unzipping the cover just a few times. But it does appear that these problems are rare.
Overall, purchasers of this KOPEKS bed are happy with it, and give it great ratings!
Dogbed4less has a really great bed for those looking to keep their pooch cool in the summer and warm in the winter!
This bed is designed with 3.2 lb. hypoallergenic gel-infused memory foam that is 4″ thick. The high quality memory foam will keep your dog cool and warm when needed, and it has less allergens than many beds on the market.
Looking for a waterproof liner? This has it along with 2 external covers–1 navy blue denim and 1 brown Microsuede.
The price for this bed is excellent for the quality, but with only 4″ of memory foam, I can’t recommend it for extra large and giant dog breeds. I just don’t see it having the ability to keep these breeds from creating pressure points as they sleep.
But for dogs in the 24-55 pound range and lower, this bed will provide the cooling and support needed to give your dog a great night’s sleep!
Medium Orthopedic Dog Beds
If your dog is between 15 and 26 pounds, it’s considered a medium size breed. Even though you aren’t dealing with the heavier weight of a larger dog, you still want a supportive bed made with quality materials.
Any of the above beds have smaller sizes that you’ll love, plus I found this BarksBar bed that will be great for any medium size dog!
I’ve had dozens of dogs in my life, and most of the small to medium ones were snugglers. If yours is the same, this orthopedic bed could be just what you’re looking for!
It has 4″ of a solid and grooved orthopedic foam base to help alleviate pressure points. Around the base is an extremely comfortable rim cushion that your snuggler will love!
The soft polyester covering is quilted, removable, and machine washable. Another feature that I like is the non-slip covering on the bottom of the bed. There’s no worries about sliding if the bed is on a tiled or wood floor.
For the money, this bed has great value and is recommended for medium or small dogs.
Small Orthopedic Dog Beds
A lot of dog owners think that small dogs, which weigh up to 18 pounds, can sleep on any bed because they don’t weigh much. However, they still need a supportive orthopedic bed to help them get a healthy, restorative sleep.
Check out the following 2 beds your small pooch will love!
This quality bolster bed is one of my favorite! It’s created with 5″ of premium memory foam for excellent support, a canvas cover with a thick fleece pad and waterproof liner.
Many orthopedic dog beds reduce the thickness of the memory foam in their small and medium size beds, but you still get the full 5″ in this small bed. Combine that with the durability of the canvas and fleece cover, and you’ve got a bed that will last!
The bolsters provide the comfort and security that many small dogs need, so you can be sure your pooch will get a great restful sleep.
The Super Comfort Bed comes in 2 colors and 3 sizes, and has good support for your medium to large size dog as well. The price is very economical for the caliber of bed.
One downside is that there are no replacement covers available at this time, but the company has verified that they are in the process of being manufactured soon.
This bed is made with 2″ of comfort memory and 2″ of high density support foam. It has a soft velour cover that is hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites. It is a very comfortable bed that will help relieve achy joints in your small dog.
I’m recommending this for small dogs up to 20-25 lbs. It does come in medium and large, however, for orthopedic purposes the density and quality of foam is not adequate to support larger dogs and eliminate pressure points.
Dogs Deserve The Best Orthopedic Dog Beds!
There are literally hundreds of dog beds on the market today, and many of them claim to be orthopedic beds. But they don’t have the quality of materials and construction to truly give your dog the right support.
The beds I’ve reviewed are the best orthopedic dog beds worth your money. I know that you can find one that is just right for your beloved pooch!
Do you have a quality orthopedic dog bed that you love and would like to share? Tell us about it in the comments below!