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Best Dog Beds?

in Pets & pet care
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My pup will be one in a couple of months and I would like to get her a new bed for her birthday! :rotfl:

I am willing to spend up to £100 as she is not a chewer and I would like to keep the bed for a long time. It does not need to be waterproof as she has a cheap bed in the kitchen to use when she comes in muddy from a walk. I'm not sure what shape to go for as she curls up to go to sleep and then ends up on her side with her legs stretched out. :cool: She seems to get hot easily so would prefer a cotton material to fleece.

I have bookmarked a few companies such as Orvis and DogNests but am looking for recommendations from dog owners! :) Would you recommend your dog's bed?
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  • Not sure that you need to spend anywhere near £100 to get a decent dog bed, but check that theyre easily washable (even if not muddy, dog beds do get whiffy after a while).

    It would probably help, if you told us what size/breed your pup is.
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    little-spenderlittle-spender Forumite
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    edited 26 February 2013 at 1:02PM
    You can get great leather look dog sofas. Brown or Blacks, they look just like a sofa, but miniature. I think they are a bit nicer than "normal" dog bed. they are called canterbury leather dog sofa
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  • niandsaniandsa Forumite
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    She is a cross breed. She weighs about 14kg and is approx. 17 inches to the shoulder and around 20 in from the base of the neck to the base of the tail. :)

    I don't want to spend £100 but I do want a good quality bed that will last many years. ;)
  • ChakaniChakani Forumite
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    My thoughts would be don't bother with a posh bed. The problem with dog beds is that however "nice" they are, they get smelly over time, so you either need something that can be washed (the whole thing, not just a cover, if it's not waterproof - the filling retains the smell as well), or you have to resign yourself to replacing the bed frequently.

    I have a fab bed for my dog (who is a chewer, and also a mud-monster) which is made from tough, waterproof rucksack fabric. It is great, because the foam inner is protected from the smell by the waterproof fabric, so I just change between two outer covers for washing, and her bed smells acceptable to humans! It's the lowest maintenance and longest-lasting bed I've ever found. FWIW, I found memory foam a disaster for smelliness, and even the polystyrene beans in an old beanbag that my mad greyhound adored got really smelly.

    Rather than spending all that money on a bed, I would put the money in a pot (assuming that you just want to spend it on your dog, and that is your priority for it) - and buy an occasional new toy/training treat/bone, or even buy a year's membership of somewhere you like to take her - I think it would be more fun, and more appreciated by you both :)
  • niandsaniandsa Forumite
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    Thanks for the replies. I think looking for a waterproof lining if the whole cover is not waterproof is a great idea.:) I also want a washable cover. I bought a nice bed from TKMaxx for her but had to wash the whole thing when she had an accident on it during her season. It is now very lumpy and she refuses to go on it. :(
  • Sally_ASally_A Forumite
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    I was given a couple of single quilts, these were folded into a quarter. Cheap fleece material (washes well, dries quickly, and is warm and snug) sewed into a large pillow case shape, I even managed the tucked over at the end bit, so no poppers or fastenings were needed.

    All washable, will fit in the tumble drier if needed.

    Lasted for the life of the rescue dogs (ie 10 years).

    Cost was approx 4 metres of material, say £16 tops.(for 2 beds).
  • Tuffies dog beds are fantastic. They fit your requirements and should last a life time. My dogs love theirs - they have the Tuffies Nest. They look good too and keep their shape.

    https://www.tuffies.co.uk
  • vicxvicx Forumite
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    Sally_A wrote: »
    I was given a couple of single quilts, these were folded into a quarter. Cheap fleece material (washes well, dries quickly, and is warm and snug) sewed into a large pillow case shape, I even managed the tucked over at the end bit, so no poppers or fastenings were needed.

    All washable, will fit in the tumble drier if needed.

    Lasted for the life of the rescue dogs (ie 10 years).

    Cost was approx 4 metres of material, say £16 tops.(for 2 beds).

    My dogs have a lovely cosy settee type bed which I purchased from TKMaxx for £25, the material zips off so can be put in the washer without the stuffing.

    They also have a double quilt folded into a quarter (around £7 in asda) an old duvet cover and large fleece blankets which were purchased from Primark for £2 and can be sewn together if needed. They love their bed but think they love the duvet more! I have spent a lot on dog beds over the years but think the duvet and fleece blankets are more appreciated and much cheaper :)
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  • I'd definitely recommend Orvis dog beds, they're not cheap but the quality is fab, they look good and even with chewers they seem to be virtually indestructible. My boy has a deep dish memory foam one and is happily snoozing on it as I type, he loves it :)
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