How to choose the right size dog bed
for your dog or puppy?

12/07/2021 Housing & purchase Dog

How to choose the right size dog bed for your dog or puppy?

The most commonly used size measurements for a dog bed are S, M, L, XL … or diameter in centimetres. The only thing is that a size 'M' with one manufacturer is not necessarily the same as a size 'M' with another manufacturer and it can also vary between different models of dog beds.

That’s because there is a huge lack of consistency in dog bed sizes. And if a diameter in centimetres is mentioned, what size does your dog need? The ideal bed size can vary from dog to dog and from breed to breed. The following tips will help you choose the right size for your pooch.

Why is it so important to buy the right size dog bed?


Choosing the right size is important for your dog’s comfort, but also for his joints and muscles. Below we briefly explain the disadvantages of buying a bed that is too small or too large:
A dog bed that’s too small:

  • Isn’t comfortable for your dog
  • Can cause muscle pain, because of the lack of support
  • Can make it harder for your faithful friend to have a good night’s sleep

A dog bed that’s too large:
  • Your dog will feel less secure
  • It takes longer for a large bed to get warm, while many dogs prefer to cuddle up in a nice and warm spot
No worries, our tips will make sure you buy exactly the right size dog bed. Still in doubt? Then go for a slightly larger dog bed. A bed that is too small has more disadvantages than one that is too large and your dog will still be able to lie down comfortably. 😊


How to measure my dog for the perfect fit?


The best way to determine the ideal size of the dog bed is to measure your dog from the tip of the nose to the base of the tail when he’s standing upright. Add another 15 to 30 centimetres. This is the ideal internal length of the dog bed, as no two dogs are the same length. Therefore, measuring your dog is important and the best way to do it.


Is your dog difficult to measure or is he still growing? Then you can take into account the following standard sizes:

Medium-sized dog breeds up to 20 kg
(e.g. beagle, Shiba Inu … )

A dog bed with a diameter of at least 70 cm (internal length)

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Large dog breeds up to 35 kg
(e.g. Labrador, golden retriever … )

A dog bed with a diameter of at least 90 cm (internal length)
Or for large dogs that like to lie stretched out, a dog cushion of at least 100 cm by 70 cm is ideal..

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The largest dog breeds from 35 kg
(e.g. Bernese, Great Dane … )

A dog bed with a diameter of at least 100 cm (internal length)
Or for large dogs that like to lie stretched out, a dog cushion of at least 120 cm by 80 cm is ideal.

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Extra tips for choosing the perfect dog bed size


The right size bed

When buying a dog bed, it’s best to take into account the internal dimensions. These are the dimensions of the lying surface without the side edge. Often the external dimensions are mentioned. Feel free to take your tape measure and/or dog with you to the pet shop to be sure.

Senior dogs and joint problems

Is your dog getting older or suffering from arthritis? Then you better buy a larger dog bed or cushion. This’ll give your canine friend the opportunity to stretch out comfortably. The material of the bed or cushion is also an important aspect to consider. Memory foam diminishes the pressure on the joints and is a great choice for senior dogs or dogs suffering from arthritis. Make sure you buy a bed with a low step over entry to allow easy access..
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Does your dog prefer to sleep curled up in a ball or sprawled out on the ground?  

Just like humans, dogs have a favourite sleeping position. If your dog always sleeps curled up in a ball, he'll probably prefers to lie warm and secure in a smaller bed with a side edge. Frightened dogs in particular benefit from a sense of security. If your dog always sleeps in a stretched-out position, a larger size is often ideal. If your dog likes to lay his head on a pillow or edge, it's best to choose a bed which offers the necessary support for his head.

Should you buy a size bigger for your growing puppy or not?

If you buy a bed the size of an 8-week-old puppy, it’ll quickly become too small within a few weeks. It can indeed be a good idea to buy a larger bed. Also do bear in mind that puppies may start to chew on the cushion or bed, because they are teething. When combined with a blanket, you can easily turn the large bed into a super cosy and warm den. By the time your dog is fully grown and has all his permanent teeth, you can still buy a bed that fits your dog’s body perfectly. And last but not least: make sure you choose a washable bed or a cushion with a zipper, as accidents are unavoidable.

In a nutshell

Measure your dog from the tip of the nose to the base of the tail when he’s standing upright. Add another 15 cm to 30 cm. This is the ideal internal length of the dog bed. A guideline is >40 cm for small dogs, >70 cm for medium-sized dogs and >90 cm for large dogs.
A puppy will quickly outgrow his dog bed. It’s therefore a good idea to buy a larger bed. When combined with a blanket, you can turn the bed into a cosy den. By the time your dog’s fully grown you can still buy a bed that fits your dog’s body perfectly.
Finding the right size is important for your dog’s comfort, but also for his joints and muscles. A bed that’s too small isn’t comfortable and can cause muscle pain, a bed that is too large is less cosy and warm. When in doubt, choose a larger bed.