The best beds for your fur-friends aren’t just a place where your pet sleeps at night, they’re a safe haven that dogs/cats can escape to when feeling overwhelmed, a comfy nap spot for daytime snoozing and a way to save your furniture from muddy paws and shedding fur.

But in order to pick the right one for your pet, you’ll need to take a few factors into account.

These include the size of your dog, how mucky your pup gets (a machine washable or wipe-clean bed can be a lifesaver), how much you want to spend, and where your bed will live in the home.

You’ll also want to think about not just where your dog/cat likes to sleep but how they like to sleep. Many dogs like to stretch out, others will curl up in a tight ball and some will prefer burrowing into their bedding.

What you are looking for

Support: Most dog beds are made with some sort of foam base mattress or polyester fill. Solid memory-foam beds are more supportive and come in a range of firmness levels. Beds that use polyester fill are fluffier and more squishy but can provide support for smaller and lighter-weight dogs as long as they are tightly packed with material.

Comfort: Some dogs sleep curled up in a ball, some prefer the sensation of sleeping in a cave or burrow, and others, usually giant-breed dogs or those with double coats, are most comfortable sleeping on something cool and airy. Whatever their preference, the bed you buy should encourage relaxation, a sense of security, and restful sleep.

Durability: Jessica Gore, a certified professional animal behaviorist in Los Angeles, stresses durability as an important factor to consider. “Expect your dog’s bed to get used,” she says. “There may be circling, digging, scratching, dragging, and lots of repeat plopping, which can cause significant wear and tear in no time.” Look for sturdy base materials like dense memory foam or aluminum framing and cover materials that won’t easily snag, rip, or stain, like nylon, canvas, and microfiber. For elderly dogs and puppies prone to accidents, find a bed with a cover that’s water resistant to protect the inner bedding from stains and odors.

Washability: No matter what you do, your dog’s bed is going to get dirty. And while you may be able to spot-clean dirty paw prints, urine stains that aren’t properly removed will draw your pet back to pee in the same spot. If it’s not easy to wash, it’s not a good purchase. Make sure that the bed you buy has a removable machine-washable cover or that the whole thing can be thrown in the wash.

Style: If the dog bed you buy goes well with your apartment’s overall vibe, you’ll be much more likely to place it front and center in your living space. And if the bed is prominently displayed in a room where you spend most of your time, it’s much more likely to become your dog’s favorite place to curl up. While all of the dog beds below meet our standards of good style, certain colors or patterns will inevitably work better with one person’s home décor than others. For that reason, we gave extra consideration to beds that are available in multiple colors or prints.

Wholesale pet bed

Cozy Tufted bed in various color and size.

Of all the dog beds mentioned by our experts, this one from the bed-in-a-box mattress company Casper is the one we heard about most. If you are a retailer of pet products, please contact us for wholesale price.

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