What to look for when buying a waterproof dog bed
When it comes to buying a waterproof dog bed, durability is perhaps more important than it would be with a regular bed. Not only should the bed be impermeable and easily washable, but waterproof dog beds are often used outdoors, so they need to be sturdy enough to brave the elements as well.
That’s why it’s so important to look at what material is used for the bed and what level of protection that it’s actually giving. For example, polyester isn’t a one size fits all situation; there are different levels of water resistance depending on the denier (density) of the material, and it’s also a good idea to look for a bed with two layers of protection.
Polyester, nylon, polyurethane, canvas, fleece, oxford cloth and waxed cotton are all great water-resistant materials. To ensure they’re waterproof, look at the quality, density, whether they’re coated in extra protection or if they have a second layer of protection surrounding the mattress.
It’s important to note that there is a difference between water-resistant and waterproof. Water-resistant will withstand light moisture and provide some protection, while a waterproof material will act as a complete barrier. Nylon and polyester are naturally water-resistant, but in order to make them waterproof, they need to have a density/denier of over 600 and should ideally have a water-resistant coating on them.
In terms of measuring your dog, we recommend starting from the base of their tail to the tip of their nose; this gives you a good idea of their maximum sleep length. A of that weighs 50 pounds and over is considered a large-breed dog, and a dog weighing 30 pounds or less are considered small.
Whether you’re buying a waterproof bed because your pup loves muddy puddles or whether it’s because they can’t always get to the toilet in time, when looking at the options, having a cover that’s machine washable is really important. Luckily, the majority do, but it’s always a good idea to check how easy the bed is to clean.