By now, we hope that you’ve already found the perfect dog bed in our lineup and you’re on your way to the checkout, but if you’re still unsure, we’ll go into a little more detail about what you’re looking for when it comes to a raised dog bed, so you can continue your search with a clearer idea. And if you’ve decided that a raised dog bed isn’t for your pooch, then why not check out our line-up of regular dog beds.
In short, we suggest a raised dog bed that’s made from mesh with reinforced corners for stability and a machine washable cover for hygiene. If the bed is going to be outside at any point, then it needs to be powder coated and rust-resistant.
When it comes to raised dog beds, the material tends to be mesh since raised dog beds are designed to be as breathable as possible. Not only that, but mesh has enough stretch in it to contour around your dog’s body yet enough tautness to support it. If you want all the benefits of a raised dog bed, like coolness and fresh air flow, then we recommend choosing mesh; it’s strong, supports joints, and it prevents bacteria and moisture from building up in your dog’s bed.
Any raised dog bed that you buy has obviously been designed to hold weight, but if you have a larger or heavier dog, then it’s important to look for a few extra features that will ensure the bed can fully accommodate the added pressure. Look for an extra-strong mesh material like Textilene, and look for other features like added central support and reinforced corners.
Rust-resistant or powder-coated metal is crucial if the bed is going to be exposed to the elements in any way, because naturally when metal rusts, it loses its strength.
For larger dogs, we recommend using a raised bed regardless because larger dogs tend to have more pressure on their joints and know if the bed will be big enough; you need to consider how long your dog will be when they’re fully stretched rather than curled up. We recommend measuring from the tip of their nose to the base of their tail. In terms of weight, 30 pounds (14 kg) or less is generally considered a small dog. Dogs weighing over 55 pounds (25 kg) is usually considered a large dog.
Raised dog beds are already designed to prevent bacteria from building up, so even if a cover is not machine washable, it’s still going to be significantly more hygienic than a soft bed. However, we always recommend buying a raised bed that has a machine washable cover for added convenience.