Features March 2016 Issue

The Best Orthopedic Dog Beds

Whole Dog Journal reviews 9 top-rated orthopedic dog beds so you can find the best bed on the market for your dog!

[Updated April 24, 2018]

If your dog hops out of bed, stretches, and trots off, thank your lucky stars. He’s likely had a good sleep on a supportive surface. But if he rises slowly, stiff and sore, that bed might be worn out or inferior. Even an old dog shouldn’t wake up stiff and sore. The time is now to spring for a good dog bed!

We gathered nine high-end, medium and large dog beds that were marketed as “orthopedic,” offering full body support. We distributed them to appropriately sized test dogs, most of them in homes with more than one dog. We wanted to see what human and canine preferences emerged, and if these beds truly supported our sleeping dogs.

What Constitutes “Orthopedic”?

There is no legal or technical definition of “orthopedic” when it comes to dog beds. Wikipedia defines an orthopedic mattress as one “designed to support the joints, back, and overall body.” We’d say that an orthopedic dog bed is one that reacts to and supports the dog’s weight in a superior fashion. In our opinion, if you squeeze a dog bed and are able to flatten it, feeling the floor or your fingers on the reverse side, that bed isn’t offering orthopedic support, no matter what the label says.

In search of maximum support, we dismissed “filled” beds – those products that are stuffed full of chunks of foam, fiber, or other small particles. Those beds tend to adjust slowly (or not at all) when the dog gets up. They usually become lumpy and indented, requiring you to “fluff” them up on occasion.

Instead, we selected products with the thickest mattresses we could find. A couple of our selections have mattresses made with slabs of quilted poly fiberfill. But most of the “orthopedic” beds are made with super-thick, high-quality foam – those products being best able to evenly distribute a dog’s weight and offer balanced, cushiony, firm support each time the dog gets on the bed.

Details of the beds we chose for evaluation, along with links to company websites, appear below.

Whole Dog Journal's Favorite Orthopedic Dog Beds

Alden Odor’s
Posture Pedic Pet Mats
(866) 364-6367
Flat, rectangular; Made in the USA Small: 12" x 17" $25
Large: 28" x 46" $55
(seven more sizes in between)
These mats are made with two layers of closed-cell memory foam and wrapped with a Cordura cover. Extraordinarily durable and long-lasting. Foam is 2 inches thick. This bed is not soft and cushy, but offers incredible support. This is our top choice for an inexpensive way to provide support for your dog.
Drs. Foster & Smith’s Quilted Super Deluxe Dog Bed
(800) 381-7179
Rectangular; imported Small: 36" x 21" x 7" $90
Medium: 42" x 24" x 7" $140
Large: 48" x 28" x 7" $160
X-Large: 50" x 35" x 7" $180
The mattress in this bed is made with a 6-inch slab of orthopedic foam, covered with quilted poly fiberfill, stitched to stay in place and to offer solid support. The poly/cotton quilted cover has an extra heavy-duty zipper; replacement covers and a waterproof liner are also available.
For Your Dogs Only’s
Premium Bagel Bed
(888) 413-0290
Oval with high sides all around; Made in the USA Measurements = sleeping area, not entire bed:
XXS: 13" x 21" $50
XL: 37" x 46" $194
(four more sizes in between)
Very cozy, nest-like bed with 100% cotton durable cover. Can be ordered with either a polyfill or orthopedic foam mattress, or a combination. Order a size larger than you think you need. Excellent, maximum support.
In the Company of Dogs’ FurFighter Orthopedic Bolster
(800) 544-4595
Bolster; Made in the USA Medium: 36" long $250
Large: 46" long $280
Arguably the most luxurious bed in the trial. Beautiful. The tightly woven fabric does not allow fur or dirt to penetrate to the foam beneath. NASA-certified memory foam with a poly fiberfill bolster. Provides maximum support.
L.L. Bean’s Therapeutic Dog Couch
(800) 441-5713
Bolster; Made in USA with imported components Small: 25" x 20"” x 7"” $130
Medium: 36" x 28" x 9" $180
Large: 44" x 34" x 12" $250
X-Lg: 52" x 42" x 13½" $290
This bed has poly fiberfill bolsters on three sides, and a durable 100% cotton denim cover. The mattress is an open-cell memory foam base insert. Nice details! Gussets ensure that the cover fits snugly, and the zipper is covered to discourage chewing. Assembly required; we struggled with it initially to get it put together. Antimicrobial treatment minimizes odors. One of the most durable choices in our trial with excellent support.
Orvis’ s Tempur-Pedic Deep Dish Bed
(888) 235-9763
Bolster; Made in USA with imported components Small: 35½" x 25½" x 3½" $295
Medium: 40" x 26½" x 3½" $350
The mattress in this tempurpedic dog bed is high-density foam with open-cell technology. Comes with a water-resistant breathable liner. Available covers include plush microfiber, faux shearling, or tweed bed, and replacement covers are sold separately. We ordered the tweed cover, and it is absolutely beautiful and elegant. This bed offered maximum support.
Petmate’s Dig & Burrow Orthopedic Bed
(877) 738-6283
Flat, rectangular; Bed made in USA, cover made in China 36" x 37" x 3 $90 This is the only bed we ordered with an egg-crate foam mattress. The egg-crate foam gives the bed a ripply appearance; its maker says it’s designed to encourage dogs who like to dig and scratch before they lay down, and it definitely attracted that activity. We were concerned that with enough digging and burrowing, the cover would tear, but it survived well. The bed offers good support for lighter-weight dogs, and our medium-sized test dogs loved it, but it would not provide enough support for large or heavy dogs.
(800) 738-6233
Rectangular with a “nest” indent in the center; Made in the USA Small: 18" x 18" x 4½" $30
Large: 35" x 54" x 8" $186
(five more sizes in between)
The mattress in this bed is a single slab of extremely thick foam that has a scooped-out center forming an indented nest. The water-resistant cover goes on like a fitted mattress sheet, with no zippers, hooks, or loops. As far as orthopedic support, this bed provides absolutely superior, maximum support for even the heaviest dog. However, some of our test dogs prefer sleeping on flatter surfaces and shunned the indented nest.

Some beds with mattresses that do not contain foam:

Ruffwear’s Urban Sprawl Bed
(888) 783-3932
Flat, rectangular; Made in Vietnam Medium: 28" x 35" x 4" $150
Large: 36" x 48" x 4" $200
This two-sided mattress is made with recycled polyester. One side is firm and meant for warmer temperatures or dogs with orthopedic issues. The other side is softer and provides more warmth. The top of the cover is made of microsuede; the bottom is a waterproof fabric, providing a moisture barrier. Mattress can be washed (separately) in a commercial front-loading washer. This is an extremely durable bed, that provides excellent support.
Molly Mutt Bed Covers
(510) 524-2900
(Not actually a bed, but a stuffable bed cover); Designed in California and made in China Small: 22" x 27" x 5" $25
Med/Lg: 27" x 36" x 5" $41
Huge: 36" x 45" x 5" $50
Round: 36" x 5" $19
We had to tell you about these 100% cotton, durable, well-made dog bed covers. They were designed as an environmentally friendly dog-bed option; the maker suggests that you stuff them with old clothing, blankets, towels – whatever you would like. Given that they are some of the most attractive covers we’ve seen, and inexpensive (especially given the quality of the fabric and the workmanship), we’d consider stuffing them with a slab of high-quality foam from an upholstery shop in order to create our own orthopedic pet bed, or use them as replacement covers for another bed of a compatible size.

Foam-Filled Dog Beds

When it comes to beds with a foam cushion, thicker is usually better – and a thick mattress is an absolute necessity for a larger, heavier dog – as it offers more support and lasts longer. Some dog beds are made of thinner foam slabs that have been glued together. These tend to be less expensive than the ones made with the thickest, single slabs of foam. We noted several claims that a single piece of foam will last longer and offer more support, but the length of our trial (about six months) was insufficient to prove or disprove this theory.

Quilted Super Deluxe bed from Drs. Foster & Smith

The large, rectangular Quilted Super Deluxe bed from Drs. Foster & Smith offers plenty of room with firm support.

Most of the beds in our trial were made of high-grade, flat, polyurethane foam. If it’s thick enough, flat foam will support your dog.

Many manufacturers use egg-crate foam for dog beds. It’s a top choice in human health care due to its support, shock absorption, and economical price. Egg-crate foam is usually open-cell foam, which, combined with its egg-crate shape, is meant to offer more air flow and a cooler surface than memory foam or flat orthopedic foam. However, today, any foam (even some memory foams) can be infused with air pockets to allow heat to escape.

Egg-crate foam adjusts to pressure immediately. The downside is that it will not have the longevity of memory foam. It can become permanently compressed with time, which means if you start to see the dog’s imprint in the bed – dents and hollows – it’s time to replace the foam. Only one of our selections is made with egg-crate foam.

Memory foam, invented by NASA in the 1970s, is a polyurethane that molds to shape and becomes more pliable as it becomes warmer, including from body warmth. It provides excellent support in thinner slabs than ordinary foam. Since quality memory foam is evaluated by its density, not its thickness, a good memory foam pad that is just two inches thick can offer excellent support. As your dog lies on memory foam, the surface slowly adjusts to the weight distribution, offering a well-aligned support system. Memory foam dog beds also offer the advantage of being a long-lasting choice.

The downside of memory foam is that it can retain heat more than other foams. That’s because most memory foams are closed foam, which means no airflow (some of the newer memory foams have air pockets). The too-warm problem can be circumvented by placing a thicker cover/pad on top of the mattress, or even adding a “cool bed” on top during warmer temperatures. If your dog constantly gets up, circles and lays back down, or pants for no apparent reason (panting can also indicate pain, of course), or sleeps belly up, he may be too warm.

Easily Washed Beds

For our trial, we considered only those beds that had covers that can be removed for washing. Who wants something in their home that a dog will be spending a significant amount of time on and that can’t be washed? Ick!

Happily, we were able to remove, wash, dry, and replace every bed cover in this trial without major problems. Except for the Pet-O-Bed, which has no zippers or closures, all the covers zipped on and off.

A few of the covers were trickier than others to get back on. It was a lot of work to get everything stuffed into the L.L. Bean dog bed, for example. The Pet-O-Bed required close attention to the instructions, but once they were understood, no problem.

The Urban Sprawl fiberfill mattress is the only one that can be washed in a front-loading machine. The foam mattresses in the other beds can be spot-washed or lightly sprayed with a mixture of vinegar and water to help get rid of any lingering odors.

Sun is a great antimicrobial agent, but be careful. It can also damage foam if it is exposed to intense sun rays for very long.



The dished foam slab used in the Pet-O-Bed is of the highest quality.

The Pet-O-Bed product was the thickest foam dog bed in our trial, up to eight inches in its largest sizes. Their high-quality foam was made in the USA, and this is important. Some inferior imported foams can retain a chemical smell. While the odor will usually dissipate if you thoroughly air out the foam prior to use, we advise you to look for that USA label. A notable exception is the Drs. Foster & Smith bed in this trial. While imported, it proved to be a quality choice.

The FurFighter Orthopedic Bolster bed uses NASA-certified memory foam covered with a tightly woven fabric designed to resist dust and hair from passing through. It’s a luxurious bed, and our tester, a veterinarian, believes it offers maximum orthopedic support.

We read a customer review of the Orvis Tempur-Pedic bed, another memory foam bed that performed very well in our trial. The review was the only one-star review online, so it drew our attention. The reviewer wrote that the bed was too hard and took too long to allow the dog to “sink” in. That gave us pause. Memory foam is naturally stiffer in cool temperatures (the review was written in November, so we assume the ambient temperature was cool).

As for the comment that dog didn’t actually sink into the bed fast enough, well, that’s a good thing. Quality memory foam is actually less springy than other foams. It’s supposed to be slower to relax against weight and slower to recover when that weight is removed. If you press your hand on good memory foam, you will leave a handprint, and then it will gradually disappear. Remember, it’s all about support.

L.L. Bean’s Therapeutic Dog Couch uses open-cell memory foam, which offers relief from overheating. Unfortunately, we were not able to judge if that was true, as our trial took place in the fall and winter. However, the bed is extremely durable, withstanding chewing and standing up to the demands of two large Labrador agility dogs.

Ruffwear’s Urban Sprawl bed


The mattress in Ruffwear’s Urban Sprawl bed can be washed (separately from the cover) in a large front-loading machine.

The mattress in Ruffwear’s Urban Sprawl bed is made of recycled polyester fiberfill and is reversible! One side is firm, designed to keep the dog cool in warmer temperatures; the other side is soft, both for dogs with orthopedic issues and those who might benefit from added warmth. This durable bed survived a very large Goldendoodle who has destroyed every other bed he’s had. He only managed to scratch a few holes in it, and the tester said “Doodle” loves his bed.

Consider When Buying for YOUR Dog

Different dogs have different sleeping styles, although nearly every dog will relax in every position at one point or another. Before you purchase an expensive dog bed, observe your dog in his napping position at different times. If he tends to sleep most in a ball and likes to cuddle, he might like a nesting bed, like the Pet-O-Bed or the Bagel Bed. Dogs who like to “hide” while they’re sleeping might enjoy the deep, luxurious Bagel Bed from For Your Dogs Only.

For Your Dogs Only’s Bagel Bed

For Your Dogs Only’s Bagel Bed offers maximum support and snuggling – perfect for dogs who sleep curled into a ball.

Snugglers might also like a bolster bed, which has at least one raised side, usually the back. Most are raised on three sides. If your dog seems to like to use a pillow for his head or rarely sleeps out in the open, preferring the security of a snuggling up against a nearby pillow or cushion, he might be a bolster bed candidate. A bolster bed can also be a good option for a dog who likes to lie on his side, as long as it’s big enough.

Dogs who flop down and spread out as wide as possible are candidates for a rectangular bed, although we maintain that if you’re not sure, the rectangular bed is your most versatile choice. You can place it against a wall with a couple of pillows against the wall to mimic a bolster bed or add a blanket for the “nesting” dog to scratch around on.

Petmate’s Dig & Burrow

Petmate’s Dig & Burrow bed is the only product with egg-crate foam that we considered.

Actually, Petmate’s rectangular Dig & Burrow bed was a favorite in one of our testing spots, with every canine family member using it as often as possible. They scratched on its surface, digging and circling for that “perfect” spot. Unfortunately, however, we had to place it in a home with lighter dogs, as its foam seemed to lack what we considered adequate support for heavier dogs. If your dog likes the “dig and burrow” concept, consider purchasing this bed and placing it on top of Alden Odor’s Posture Pedic pad for more support.

Alden Odor’s Posture Pedic mats

Alden Odor’s Posture Pedic mats are thin, but made of high-quality memory foam, making them ideal for use in crates.

The Pet-O-Bed has an inviting “nest” indent in the center of the bed, but our test dogs didn’t settle into it. The Pet-O-Beds feature the thickest foam of any of the products we tested, which, one would think, should have sparked a lot of interest, but our dogs didn’t stay put for long. We suspect the bed may have been too small for our test dogs. Also, the nest indent might not attract all dogs, making us wish the company produced a flat bed, too.

Size is a big issue. Bigger is better, even for little canines. It’s the rare dog who thinks he’s smaller than he is. One of our test dogs, a medium Goldendoodle, determined that one bed was simply too small for him. Once in a while, he would curl up on it, but mostly he used the bed as a pillow. When we measured the dog and the bed, the bed had a spare five or more inches in each direction for the dog but, apparently, he disagreed.

We recommend you ignore breed and weight suggestions on websites for choosing a bed in the “right” size. Instead, grab a measuring tape and measure your dog from nose to tip of tail, from toe to top of the withers. Then, order a bed that’s at least 12 inches longer and wider than the dog’s measurements. Doing this can be especially helpful when shopping for dog beds for small dogs - "small" could mean a lot of things.

We also advise you to check out the company’s return policy. If it’s a local shop, no problem. If you’re mail-ordering the bed and have to return it, the return shipping cost can be a big chunk of change. Either way, for the first day or two, put a large clean sheet on the bed, covering top, sides and at least some of the bottom. You want to protect it from dust, dirt, dog hair, and any signs of use in order to be able to return it.

Adjusting to a New Bed

One of the biggest problems with a new bed is getting your dog to use it. Dismissing the bed, saying the dog doesn’t like it before he’s even gotten used to it, is a disservice to the bed and the dog.

The most important element is the location of the new bed. If your dog’s old bed is beside the couch, you’re going to have to place the new bed in that spot. If it’s a new item, place the bed in a spot your dog often sleeps or in your bedroom if he comes in with you at night. Always place the bed away from drafts and cold areas. Some dogs prefer their beds tucked into a quiet spot they can call their own, while others like to snooze in the middle of all the household activity.

It may help to “scent” the new bed. You can do this a number of ways, but one of the veterinarians who helped test these beds suggests the dog owner curl up on the new bed and hang out there for 15 minutes or so, to make the bed smell like you and like home. You might also toss a few of your dog’s favorite toys on the bed until he accepts it as his own. It’s all part of introducing the dog to the new bed, helping your dog understand the bed is his to use. He’ll soon figure out it’s comfortable!

Finally, the cover material can make a difference. Many of the beds in our trial come from smaller manufacturers who may be willing to take the cover back in trade for a different texture. Maybe your dog doesn’t like denim, but thinks microsuede is luxurious. It can be challenging to determine why your dog walks away from a comfortable-looking bed.

Bottom Line

L.L. Bean’s Therapeutic Dog Couch

Of all the beds we tested, it was most difficult to put on and take off the cover of L.L. Bean’s Therapeutic Dog Couch, but it’s a lovely and comfortable bed.

The biggest waste of money when it comes to dog beds is being cheap. Dogs are hard on beds. They scratch at the covers, nibble on zippers, and occasionally try to drag their beds to another spot. A dog bed needs to be durable, stain-resistant, and have washable covers. Every bed in our trial met this criteria.

At the start of the trial, we climbed onto each bed ourselves to get a feel for the support offered. There wasn’t a bad one in the bunch. However, we felt the most support in the Pet-O-Bed, In the Company of Dogs’ Fur-Fighter, Orvis’ Tempur-Pedic, L.L. Bean’s Therapeutic Dog Couch, and Dr. Foster & Smith’s Quilted Super Deluxe beds.

If your dog is a chewer, meaning you know the bed has a limited lifespan in your household, an egg-crate foam bed or regular foam bed may be the most economical choice. If you want memory foam, choose a brand that makes replacement covers available or investigate those Molly Mutt covers.

Orvis’s Tempur-Pedic Deep Dish bed

Extra covers, in different attractive fabrics, are available for Orvis’s Tempur-Pedic Deep Dish bed.

For dogs who are kind to their sleeping quarters or have known severe arthritic/orthopedic issues, memory foam is worth the extra cost. In terms of maximum support, we found memory form offer the highest level, followed by flat foam, then the egg-crate foam.

FurFighter Orthopedic Bolster bed

The most luxurious bed in the trial, the FurFighter Orthopedic Bolster bed from In the Company of Dogs is made with super-thick memory foam, and covered with a tightly woven fabric that doesn’t permit dirt or hair to penetrate to the foam.

If you’re not at all sure what type of bed your dog might like, we’d go with a flat, rectangular bed just a bit larger than you think you actually need. Every test dog loved the flat beds. Of the ones we had, the Quilted Super Deluxe dog bed from Drs. Foster & Smith earns top choice. While it looked “boring” to us humans, who ooh’d and ahh’ed over the fancy beds from In the Company of Dogs, Bagel Bed, and Orvis, our test dogs couldn’t have cared less. During the bed-sorting and -distribution stage of the test, I more frequently found my dogs on the Quilted Super Deluxe bed than any other bed. For the actual trial, it was shared in a household of Brittanies, and the older arthritic dog – ruler of the roost – claimed it as her own, choosing it even over her owner’s own mattress.

A close second is the Urban Sprawl, which truly gets points for durability and its waterproof fabric bottom.

The Posture Pedic Pet Mat is a bargain to consider, as it offers a lot of firm support. It’s only about two inches thick, but even big dogs get good support when they’re on it. We saw many of these mats used as “under mats” in crates at dog shows and trials with an added cushier soft top layer. Its price is tough to beat, durability is jaw-dropping, and you could combine it with the very fun Dig & Burrow bed.

Note: We didn’t have a completely round bed in this trial, but be aware that if you choose a round bed it must be large enough that the dog can sleep flat out as well as curled up.

Molly Mutt bed covers

Molly Mutt bed covers are beautiful, durable, and affordable!

Cynthia Foley is a freelance writer and dog agility competitor from New York. Her Papillons enjoyed their time in the sea of dog beds, before they were sent to larger test dogs.

Comments (31)

Like others have posted, I was very surprised not to see Big Barkers reviewed-personally, I cant recommend them enough.
I was also surprised that Giant breeds don’t seem to be taken into consideration in the reviews. I had wanted, at one time before discovering Big Barkers, to get one from Orvis. They don’t even have a bed big enough to fit my English Mastiff. Would be nice to keep our big guys in mind also when reviewing beds

Posted by: Raji | February 5, 2019 10:09 PM    Report this comment

I highly recommend Big Barker. I support small, USA businesses whenever possible, and this is why: high quality products and exemplary customer service.
I bought one for my arthritic Chesapeake Bay Retriever in January of 2016. Placed at the foot of our bed, the height of the Big Barker was just right for him to slide off the side and end up 'stuck' and panicked under the bed. Since the bed is huge and our bedroom is not, I would have had to remove a dresser to fit it against a wall. I missed the return date for Amazon, so I was going to try to modify it myself, or sell it on eBay.
A couple of months later, I replied to Big Barker's Amazon review request. I explained that while Charlie loved his Big Barker, it was not working for us. Not only did I receive a prompt reply, Eric offered to take our bed back and make a bolster bed for us! He did not charge anything to make the bolster bed or ship the old one back.
As a bonus, all components of their beds are made in the USA and guaranteed for 10 years.
I should also mention that every dog who has entered our home has not left without laying on that bed :-) They love it.

Posted by: jenlovesdogs | December 29, 2018 5:50 PM    Report this comment

That would be "super" allergic. haha

Posted by: SundogsHawaii | December 24, 2018 1:05 PM    Report this comment

You missed a good one. All Natural Dog Beds dot com has the healthiest dog beds period. They have an All Natural Latex Orthopedic dog bed made from Talalay Latex, and made in USA. Nope, I don't work for them, but found them when one of my dogs was supper allergic to everything.

Posted by: SundogsHawaii | December 24, 2018 1:04 PM    Report this comment

I have 2 Bully Beds made in USA, about 5- to 7 inches thick, depending on size. Breed and weight determine size if I remember. Also guaranteed to not pancake in 10 years. With big dogs that’s important. But so far all they make is rectangular beds, nothing for curlers. Bully Beds.com.

Posted by: Sorby17 | December 24, 2018 10:37 AM    Report this comment

Thanks to some of the previous comments I just purchase a Big Barker bed. I have three German Shepherd Dogs - two females weighing about 80 pounds and a male weighing a bit over 100 pounds. I purchased the bed for my big guy but the girls love it too (when they're not on the people couches.) Compared to my other beds the Big Barker is much more supportive - no sinking through the foam - and big enough that there is no dog left over. I bought the extra large and the 52" length is plenty. I also bought the liner and an extra cover. Yes, it is expensive but with a 10 year warranty it will last as long as my youngest dog. It is a beautiful bed! Just wish I hadn't wasted so much money on inferior beds.

Posted by: BarbaraJ | December 22, 2018 5:26 AM    Report this comment

Polyurethane and memory foam are some of the worst things you can have a bed made out of for humans and dogs. When I researched this, I turned to latex only beds. With all the cancer out there that dogs get, I want my dog to have a chance to live a long life without being exposed to chemicals that they sleep on 90% of the time. So I researched and use Savvy Rest latex beds.

And then remember that is the dog bed is treated with antibacterial stuff or stuff that helps control odors-more chances than not, that those chemicals are not good for your dog either.

Posted by: kruzingwithk9s | December 20, 2018 12:32 PM    Report this comment

Big Barker has THE BEST bed for dogs in my opinion! We have a 95 pound White German Shepherd and he loves this bed. It's VERY supportive. We have a Temperpedic bed and his Big Barker is every bit as good as our bed! IMHO, there is no better bed for my dog. I only wish I had known about it for my other dogs with joint issues before they passed on.

Posted by: Bethcole | December 15, 2018 8:31 PM    Report this comment

Has anyone tried the Treat-A-Dog beds? They now have a giant sized bed. I have a 170 pound Designer Mastiff, a Mixed Mastiff bred for ranch work, with bilateral torn ACLs and accompanying arthritis. She loves her bed, a large rectangular size-not the giant size. The Rat Terriers and cats also love her bed...

Posted by: Dolly2015 | December 15, 2018 7:54 PM    Report this comment

Frontgate also has some very nice ortho beds with extra long zippers, so covers can be removed easily for washing.

Posted by: Caralynn | December 15, 2018 5:00 PM    Report this comment

I also was very surprised to not see the Big Barker on this list. I have a GSD that weighs 110 lbs and he has been sleeping on his x-large size Big Barker bed for almost 3 years. I did a great deal of research before I paid the hefty price of $300 back then, and it has been worth every penny spent. I absolutely would recommend this bed to anyone. After almost 3 years at his weight, the bed is still in excellent shape. The 10 year warranty and Made in USA tag make it that much more appealing.

Posted by: GSDs4me | December 15, 2018 1:20 PM    Report this comment

I was surprised to not see Barker Beds listed. They have a 10 year no flatten warranty and are so comfortable. My Danes love their beds.

Posted by: Thegreaterdanes | December 15, 2018 12:43 PM    Report this comment

Does anyone know if these beds are free of flame retardants and other chemical treatments? Thanks

Posted by: wildeco | May 19, 2018 10:31 PM    Report this comment

I had problems with both my dogs, until i
got a bed from here,
stallingsproducts.com/ didn't hurt after that!

Posted by: chadstallings | April 6, 2018 3:32 PM    Report this comment

Helpful article on orthopedic beds. I have found over the years that my really old dogs will not sleep on a dog bed that is too thick because they have a hard time getting in or out of them. So a thinner but still very supportive bed works best for them.

Posted by: Hillside7777 | January 17, 2018 7:52 AM    Report this comment

I had just been looking at dog beds before this article popped up. I had bookmarked a few in the list already. It's also nice to see reviews in the comments section for the Big Barker bed. I've heard a lot of good things about it.

@ Hati Quinn, here is the link to the FurFighter Orthopedic Bolster bed from In the Company of Dogs:

Posted by: houndgrl | January 16, 2018 3:16 PM    Report this comment

It appears as Orvis is phasing out the licensed Tempurpedic dog beds; I only found the covers for sale for the model we bought. We bought the large Tempurpedic Dream Lounger for our 16-year-old large dog. She had very painful systemic arthritis. After only one night on the Tempurpedic bed, she was visibly less stiff in the morning and stood up in bed with more ease. An amazing bed. I wonder why it's not marketed any longer.

Posted by: Three Dog Mom | January 16, 2018 12:51 AM    Report this comment

The best dog bed I ever had was a simple 4" thick foam cut to size at a JoAnn's store. My partner then sewed a cover for it. It held up for over 12 years before developing a sag in the middle. Another friend of mine with larger sized dogs told me her secret - buy a crib mattress!!! They're only $40 - $50 and just need a washable cover. I've always felt the ridiculous prices on good dog beds to be outrageous. IF your dog is older, just lay a piece of eggcrate (also available at JoAnn's) on top of, say a 3" foam bed. If you have a sewing machine, it's not difficult to learn to do box corners. If I can do it (and I can now) anyone can!

Posted by: Topher | January 15, 2018 6:36 PM    Report this comment

I just checked the Company of Dogs website for the "Fur Fighter Orthopedic Bolster" - came up empty - no such thing! Haven't checked any others recommended, but the author of this article is misinformed - on this one at least.

I just ordered my trial subscription of Whole Dog Journal - hope this is not indicative of the caliber of misleading contents I will be reading.

Posted by: Hati Quinn | January 15, 2018 5:39 PM    Report this comment

Big Barker hands down produces the best orthopedic bed I've found. My German Shepherds and other large boarding dogs love them. Unlike other orthopedic beds I have tried, they hold up beautifully (I cannot tell the difference in height or firmness between the third one I bought last year and the one I bought six years ago). Cleaning is easy and customer service is terrific. I'd respectfully suggest that when you edit this article next, that you include this great brand of bed.

Posted by: siriuspositivedogtraining | January 15, 2018 11:32 AM    Report this comment

I have 2 dogs about 80 lbs each my lab had ACL surgery 3 years ago I have over 10 dog beds in my house some I double up I wanted to get the Best bed I could find for her recovery Thats when I found Big Barker dog beds Hands down the best bed I slept on the bed with my dog for about 10 weeks other then my legs hang off I put other beds there I slept as good as if I was in my waterbed
I think BIG BARKER is the best it is 7 inches thick

Posted by: aja65 | January 15, 2018 10:07 AM    Report this comment

We have a Big Barker bed for our 90lb American Bulldog mix. She ADORES her bed! I highly recommend them for two reasons: the bed is orthopedic & super comfortable AND the company is a family owned US company that supports rescue and animal welfare organizations.
I feel good providing a high quality bed for my dog and supporting an American small business!

Posted by: Girlinoregon | January 15, 2018 9:10 AM    Report this comment

I'd like to add my voice to the others suggesting Big Barker beds. Roomy, long lasting, thick and supportive. The beds are made in the U.S., and their customer service is terrific.

Posted by: BigDogMom | January 15, 2018 1:14 AM    Report this comment

Big Barker is THE top bed! My last and current Great Danes LOVE these beds! They hold up and last for years! Worth every penny — plus these beds are made by an extremely socially, environmentally and canine conscious company.

Posted by: DaneMom | January 14, 2018 10:55 PM    Report this comment

I can't believe you didn't mention the Big Batker bed! We just got one for our dog during a fundraiser where s good portion of the profits went to a local dog rescue. This bed is so amazing we want to slee on it!! It is so think and comfortable. My old12 and 1/2 year old girl loves it. It also comes with a 10 year guarantee! We've bought lots of dog beds and this one is tops! Love it!!

Posted by: GSD_Lover | November 29, 2016 9:05 PM    Report this comment

I can not believe the excluded BuddyRest orthopedic beds from this list. I have bought three of them and they are hands down the best product out there. They are the only ones that have the science and Veterinarians behind them. Not only that they use a special fabric that never gets dirty and feels nice and soft. They have tons of awards and great reviews. I can't believe they did not make this list! check them out. They are pricey but worth every penny.

Posted by: james | November 12, 2016 8:13 PM    Report this comment

my dog has a torn ACL so i'm in the market for a high quality bed for her! we don't have a Costco around us, but I definitely have so many to choose from based on this article! someone else had metnioned the Ortocanis dog bed to me recently, so that's the first one i'll be checking out. just want my pup to get a good night's rest every night! (and naps) :)

Posted by: jfrwright | May 11, 2016 1:45 PM    Report this comment

We have Newfoundlands and other large dogs, including seniors, and I wish there had been a review of Big Barker dog beds. They are terribly expensive but a waterproof liner can be purchased. Foster and Smith has a couple of beds with additional waterproof liners, which split and are useless, especially the last 5 deluxe ones I purchased for their orthopedic bed, which broke down quickly.

Posted by: ACRUTLAND | May 9, 2016 12:42 PM    Report this comment

I found my dog bed from a company called Ortocanis and my 70 pound dog Zola, who is 11 years old now, sleeps great and wakes up without stiffness in the morning :)

Posted by: maya10delmar | April 5, 2016 7:20 AM    Report this comment

Costco has THE best dog beds. Removable covers, a bolster along the side and affordable.

Posted by: taylormac135 | March 3, 2016 4:34 PM    Report this comment

I would add the Bowsers Oslo Ortho bed. My 90 pound golden (he's losing weight I swear!) loves it, after not sleeping at all in the Bowser donut bed. I'm wondering if he would like the double donut better, as it is basically a little couch :)

Posted by: hockeybelle31 | February 25, 2016 9:02 AM    Report this comment

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