Getting the right dog bed for your exact breed can mean the difference between years of comfortable sleep and painful nightly joint pain. Though most big dogs seem to have similar needs, this is far from the case.
Each breed has strengths and weaknesses which can be curtailed with proper sleep management. This includes things the like correct level of cushioning or proper sleeping height.
Let’s explore each breed individually and see which large or extra-large dog beds suits them the best.
Bernese Mountain Dog
The beautiful Bernese Mountain dog is a working breed that was developed for herding and companionship in the Swiss Alps. With age, this sturdy and heavy dog is prone to canine hip dysplasia where the hip joint becomes dislodged from the hip socket as a result of overexertion or when the cartilage and ligaments deteriorate. Elbow dysplasia, known as Osteochondritisdissecans is a similar joint condition that can affect this breed. The ideal bed for the Bernese mountain dog should include a firm memory foam base, without putting unnecessary pressure on the affected joints.
Border collies are super energetic and active working dogs that thrive on mental and physical stimulation. Leading physically demanding lives, the Border Collie deserves the absolute best bed for its nap time. Because of the physical exertion experienced by this breed, they develop ailments like canine hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia later in life. They are also one of the breeds which are very prone to canine epilepsy. The ideal bed for a Border Collie must be soft and nest-like with a centrally depressed cushion area with support on the sides. This will ensure that your collie is restricted to the bed and cant roll out or slip off the bed during a seizure and injure itself.
Boxer dogs have the cutest faces with their short stubby snouts and floppy lips! Because of the breed’s very short nose and large size, they can easily overheat by not being able to cool off during panting. Coupled with a tendency towards heart health issues its important to provide the boxer with a cool and well-ventilated dog bed. The Boxer is not as prone to hip problems as our other XL breed dogs, but with age, they can get arthritis so take this into consideration when choosing a bed.
This strong and stern-looking breed developed as a companion and guard dog stands firm like a noble statue. Although the Doberman Pinscher seems strong as an ox, it is prone to a few common canine ailments like canine hip dysplasia.
However, they are especially prone to Wobblers syndrome. This ailment affects the cervical vertebrae causing instability of the cartilage between the vertebrae. The symptoms are imbalance and also an uncomfortable and wobbly gait while walking. Naturally dogs affected by Wobbler syndrome experience discomfort and pain in the spinal region and need to have a supportive bed to rest their weary bodies. A good canine orthopedic memory foam bed is recommended for your Doberman
The German Sheperd is a favorite large breed dog the world over. Their friendly dispositions to family and friends, but alert protectiveness of their home grounds make them sought after as family companions and guards. They tend to suffer from the major canine ailments such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and spinal disorders.
Many times the occurrence of these kinds of ailments can be minimized from the dog’s younger years by providing a good quality dog bed that offers un-pressurized, but firm support.
The Golden retriever is a gundog which was bred for their instinct to retrieve ducks and waterfowl from ponds and lake. These loveable family companions are perfect for families with young kids who want playtime with their dogs. Playing ball and fetch is naturally just up the Golden Retrievers alley, but can come with its consequences. The Golden has a predisposition to hip dysplasia and an ailment commonly known as “loose knee”, medically known as patellar luxation. This ailment can start as a result of injuries or overexertion of the joints during the dog’s early growth phase. One way to prevent the onset of joint disorders is to provide your dog with a bed that offers firm but gentle support. Some beds are just too soft and the dog just sinks away into the bed, causing more harm than good.
The friendly giants of the dog world, Great Danes are top-heavy XXL dogs that rely on their long gangly legs to support their very heavy bodies.
Great Danes are hilarious dogs that are often clumsy and aloof to their surroundings with gravity being their greatest foe! Great Danes will also try and squeeze themselves into the smallest bed possible. Because of their large mass, they tend to suffer from osteoarthritis and other joint disorders. Providing your Dane with an adequately sized bed is very important, however, because they naturally try and curl up into a supported position, a good bed for a Great Dane should have a nest shape with sidewalls that they can curl up in without having their long legs hanging off the edges. Also, bear in mind that the Great Dane grows to a heavyweight of around 60 to 70 kilograms, the bed needs to support that weight and a thin foam mattress bed won’t offer them any support.
Greyhounds were originally bred as racing dogs and most of the available dogs of this breed are former track dogs. Because of the athletic nature of the Greyhound breed, they are prone to suffer from joint injuries, sprains and spinal problems. The Greyhound deserves to have an orthopedic class dog bed that gives optimum support to the joints and skeletal structure of the dog. There are some really great memory foam dog beds specifically designed for dogs who suffer from structural ailments.
Huskies are tenacious and stubborn work dogs that thrive on activity and physical stimulation. By nature, this breed is designed to cope in harsh environments with snow and ice. A bed that has a tough external cover is a must with this breed because they have an instinct to scratch and dig a bed if it’s not to their liking. They will easily destroy a soft bed with this habit. Ailments common to the Husky breeds are hip dysplasia, arthritis, and canine epilepsy. Choosing a firm and supportive bed is great for Huskies because they don’t like loose puffy beds.
Labradors are gundogs also used for retrieving birds on wing shoots. Labs also make awesome companion dogs and are firm favorites as family dogs. Labradors lead fairly active lives and need to have a dog bed that provides comfort and supported sleep because this breed has a tendency to all the common joint disorders of the canine world like Hip dysplasia, loose knee (patellar luxation) and elbow dysplasia. A washable bed is a must because Labradors love water and getting dirty.
Another heavyweight XXL dog, the mastiff is literally massive and can weigh up to 100 kilograms. The Mastiff needs to have a solid bed that can support that kind of weight and offers the necessary support. Because of their heavy weight, Mastiffs may suffer from lower joint compression which can result in the dog having difficulty to rise from a sleeping position without causing unnecessary pain and discomfort. With this breed, a thick memory foam bed is perfect to support its heavy mass and large frame.
The Rottweiler has strong and intimidating looks but is a fantastic companion dog. They are muscular and stocky in build with a maximum weight of around 65 kilograms.
Apart from the common canine joint disorders, the Rottie can suffer from heart conditions and also Von Willebrands disease. This disease causes bleeding from random sites on the body.
A bed for your Rottweiler needs to be able to support their heavy frames adequately and ideally a bed with a removable, washable external cover is a great idea.