German Shepherds are a highly intelligent breed of dogs that can usually be trained very easily. This means (unless bored or untrained) they should treat their dog bed with pride and respect and aren’t likely to chew it up like some other large breeds.
For the most part, these are robust, happy and smart and dogs that should live long healthy lives if bred responsibly. That being said, it makes sense to help them along a little by also feeding them a great diet, giving them regular exercise, and choosing the best extra-large dog bed for your German Shepherd.
After all, the bed is where they’ll spend most of the time, growing, healing and resting for the next day’s adventure.
In our choice of beds, we’ll consider possible health and personality factors found in German Shephards.
- Perianal Fistula (Skin breaking around the anus)
- Megaesophagus (Enlarged Esophagus)
- Hip Dysplasia
- Degenerative Myelopathy
- Nervousness ()
Buy making the right choice, you’ll alleviate, or even curtail, some of the common problems that the breed might experience. For example… if your German Shepherd suffers from Megaesophagus, which means that they have difficulty keeping food down, a headrest built into the dog bed will help lif their head while sleeping. Also, consider what size dog bed is best for German Shepherd. You’ll want to choose a pet bed that suits their frame with the perfect size, firmness and cushioning they need to sleep soundly for years.
The average size and weight of a fully grown German Shepherd:
- Males 25 inches tall (paw to shoulder) and weigh 75-95 pounds
- Females 23 inches tall (paw to shoulder) and weigh 75-90 pounds
Best Dog Beds for German Shepherds
1. Big Barker 7″
What to Look for in a German Shepherd Dog Bed
German Shepherd Dog Bed Size
The average German Shepherd is around 35″ x 50″ with head and tail included. An extra-large dog bed of around 36″ X 52″ will be perfect for a GSD and allow for some stretches and rolls.
A German Shephard is around 65 inches diagonally, nose to tail. (This is a very loose average since the angle of the head matters.)
Size is a huge factor. If it’s too small your dog will be restless or annoyed and possibly have to contort into unhealthy sleeping positions to get comfortable. On the other hand… if it’s too big, it could be cumbersome and heavy while taking up unnecessary floor space.
What is a German Shepherd Proof Bed?
A GSD that isn’t trained at all, could happily destroy a dog bed and everything around it. You could give it toys to chew on and possibly consider some training to help with the problem.
Another sure-fire way to avoid the problem is to choose a chew proof dog bed that can withstand the powerful teeth and jaws of your canine family member. The outer fabric is specifically designed to endure the wear while still being comfortable to sleep on.
Forget about microfiber, suede or cotton… all of these will take significant damage over time.
If chewing is a huge problem, consider an elevated pet cot, which has a woven poly-fabric and a metal frame (not very yummy to chew on).
You’ll still want to make sure it is comfortable to sleep on… in winter consider a soft blanket to accompany the cot for extra padding.
They can be pretty affectionate but may show nervousness of strangers. They