How to Choose The Right Dog Bed for Your Dog

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Just like us, our furry friends need a good night's sleep to stay happy and healthy. Most adult dogs require about 8 to 13.5 hours of sleep each day. This rest is important not only for their physical health but also for their mental well-being.

Creating a dedicated spot for your pup to rest is essential in helping them unwind and escape the everyday hustle and bustle at home. However, with so many sizes, materials, and types of dog beds on the market, it can seem almost impossible figuring out which bed is best. 

We’re here to simplify the process and help you learn everything you need to know on how to choose a dog bed your dog will love. You’ll not only be able to provide them with a place to sleep, but you’ll also provide them with a personal haven of comfort and security with this very important purchase. 

What Size Dog Bed Should You Choose?

When it comes to the different types of dog beds, there's no one-size-fits-all solution. Unlike human beds, which come in standard sizes like twin, full, queen, or king, dog beds require a bit more consideration to ensure the right fit. 

The most reliable method to find the perfect size for your dog bed is to measure your dog. Here's how you can do it:

  1. Use a tape measure to find the length of your dog from the tip of their nose to the base of their tail. This measurement will determine the minimum length of the bed.
  2. Then, measure your dog's width at the widest point, typically from shoulder to shoulder. This will give you the minimum width needed for the bed.

Once you have these measurements, it's a good idea to add about a foot or so to each dimension. This extra space ensures that your dog has plenty of room to stretch out and move around comfortably.

CordaRoy’s offers a range of dog bed sizes to cater to different breeds and preferences. Here’s a handy chart that breaks down our dog bed sizes: 

Bed Size

Suitable For


Small to Medium Dogs (e.g., Dachshunds, Bulldogs)


Medium to Large Dogs (e.g., Beagles, Retrievers)


Large Breeds or Dogs Who Like Extra Space

The Different Types of Dog Beds

Choosing the right bed for your dog is more than just picking a size or color. Dog beds come in various shapes, materials, and functionalities, each catering to different needs and preferences. Understanding these variations is key to finding the best match for your furry friend.

Do Dogs Prefer Round or Rectangular Beds?

Every dog has its own set of preferences when it comes to their beds, and a lot of it comes down to their preferred sleeping positions. Generally, there are two popular shapes to consider: round and rectangular beds.

Round dog beds are ideal for dogs who love to curl up. The circular shape provides a cozy boundary that many dogs find comforting, creating a sense of security as they nestle into their own little nook. It’s perfect for dogs who tend to sleep in a curled-up position, as it allows them to instinctively protect their organs, and it supports their natural sleeping posture.

On the other hand, rectangular beds are great for dogs who prefer to stretch out flat. These beds offer more surface area and freedom for movement, making them a good choice for older dogs who change positions frequently during sleep or dogs who tend to sprawl out. They also fit well in corners and can be easily placed in various locations around the house.

If your dog enjoys both curling up and stretching out, or if you’re simply looking for a versatile option, consider an oversized round bed for extra support. For instance, our 50” Forever Pet Bed offers ample space and flexibility. It's large enough for dogs to stretch out comfortably, while still providing the enclosed feeling that round beds offer. This size can accommodate larger breeds or provide extra luxury for smaller dogs who love a spacious sleeping area.

What Material Are Dog Beds?

Our adorable pups, despite their sweet nature, still retain some of their animal instincts. This includes behaviors like chewing, biting, digging, shredding, and tearing. Therefore, choosing a bed made of durable materials is crucial to ensure it withstands long-term wear and tear.

Common materials used in dog beds include polyester, vinyl, and faux leather. While every fabric has its benefits, it’s important to weigh factors like cleanability, comfort, and overall style. The right material for your dog’s bed depends on your dog’s habits and your lifestyle. For instance, if easy cleaning is a priority, materials like polyester or vinyl might be more suitable. If you're looking for a bed that blends in with your home decor, faux leather could be an appealing choice.

CordaRoy’s Washable, Waterproof Dog Bed

CordaRoy’s pet beds offer a blend of practicality and luxury. One of their key features is the removable, machine washable covers. These durable covers strike the perfect balance between comfort and ease of maintenance. The waterproof liner underneath even protects the foam from accidents and muddy paws. This means less worry for you and more comfort for your pet.

Additionally, the inner lining of the bed is designed with convenience in mind. It features an extra-long YKK zipper that travels halfway around the bed's exterior. This design makes it incredibly easy to remove the cover for washing or to add and adjust stuffing based on your dog's weight and preference.

The comfort of your pup is assured with CordaRoy’s ten inches of eco-friendly polyurethane foam filling. This high-quality material ensures that the bed is not only comfortable from the get-go but also retains its shape and support over time. Unlike some other materials, this 100% polyfoam won’t compress with use, guaranteeing your furry friend restful, cozy sleep year after year.

And let's not forget about style! CordaRoy’s offers a variety of cover options to suit any taste or home decor. The Terry Corduroy covers come in elegant colors like dark gray, brown, and navy, adding a touch of sophistication to your space. For the 30-inch pet beds, there are canvas style covers available in vibrant colors like cabernet and kiwi. These options allow you to change up your style anytime, keeping your pet's space fresh and in line with your aesthetic preferences.

With CordaRoy’s, you're not just buying a dog bed; you're investing in a product that will enhance your dog's quality of life and seamlessly blend into your home's decor.

Where to Place a Dog Bed?

Choosing the right spot for your dog's bed involves balancing their need for quiet with their desire to be close to you. Some breeds are more inclined to stay near their owners than others. Here are some tips to help you find the perfect location:

  • Follow Their Lead: If your dog has a favorite spot where they often snooze, consider placing the bed there.
  • Quiet Areas: Look for a place away from frequent foot traffic and noise to help your dog relax.
  • Avoid Busy Entrances: Placing a bed near the front door or other busy areas can lead to frequent disturbances, as your dog may feel the need to bark at passersby.
  • Stay Close to the Pack: Dogs often prefer spots that are out of the way but still within view of their family. Consider a corner or a spot in a room where you spend a lot of time.
  • Consider Their Habits: If your dog is crate trained, placing a bed inside their crate can make it even more comfortable.
  • Wall Support: Many dogs appreciate beds placed against walls for added security and support.

The ideal location will vary based on your dog's personality and your home's layout. Observing your dog's behavior and preferences can guide you to the best spot for their bed.

Can More Than One Dog Share a Bed?

If you live in a multi-dog household, you may find yourself wondering if your dogs can share the same bed. The simple answer is yes, but there must be enough space for the dogs.

When dogs share a bed, it's important that each of them has enough room to lie down comfortably without invading the other's space. This helps to prevent any potential territorial issues and ensures that each dog can relax fully. Here are a few points to keep in mind if you're considering a shared bed for multiple dogs:

  • Size of the Bed: Make sure the bed is large enough to accommodate your dogs comfortably. They should be able to stretch out and move around without disturbing each other.
  • Dogs' Relationship: Dogs that are already comfortable with each other and have a harmonious relationship are more likely to enjoy sharing a bed.
  • Personal Space: Observe your dogs' behavior. Some dogs value their personal space more than others. If you notice signs of discomfort or territorial behavior, it may be better to provide separate beds.
  • Bed Placement: The bed should be placed in a neutral area where neither dog feels the need to guard it from the other.

Every dog has its own personality and preferences. While some dogs enjoy the companionship of sharing a bed, others might prefer their own space. Pay attention to your pets' behavior to make the best choice for their comfort and happiness.


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