Does your pet need a shaded sleeping spot during the summer months? Or are you looking for a little more style than the average bed? Whatever reason you want a dog canopy bed, here are five of the best options.
Dog canopy beds can be divided into two categories: those built to provide protection and those built for style.
The first - also known as elevated canopy beds - provide shade and shelter when a dog is sleeping outdoors.
These beds have a raised sleeping surface to promote air circulation, which reduces the chances of your pet overheating. Some (but not all) are also built with a folding design so they can be taken camping or hiking.
There are plenty of elevated canopy beds on the market, but not all are worth buying. Make sure you choose a bed that's durable, comfortable and has a breathable mesh fabric for extra cooling. If your dog is a chewer, a chew-proof frame is essential.
It's worth noting that these canopies are usually not waterproof, nor are they designed to be left outside in all weather. They are built to provide shade - not as an all-weather shelter.
The second category - stylish canopy beds - are not designed for outdoor use. Instead, they have fun or fashionable canopies that are suitable for indoor use.
While these beds should still be comfortable, they don't need to be as durable as an outdoor option. They are great if you want to pamper your pup though!
To help you choose the best canopy dog bed for your pet, here's a list of five of my favorite products. I've included a mix of stylish and functional beds, so make sure you read each review to find the most suitable option.
|#1||PawHut Elevated Dog Cot with Canopy||Excellent elevated bed with breathable fabric||$$|
|#2||Floppy Dawg Just Chillin' Elevated||Great alternative to the PawHut for small dogs||$$$|
|#3||Little Dove Pet Teepee||Stylish teepee bed for small dogs (indoor only)||$$$|
|#4||K&H Elevated Pet Cot (Canopy Sold Separately)||Solid elevated bed but less durable than others & must buy canvas separately||$$|
|#5||Royal Splendor Pet Metal Canopy||Ornate indoor bed - but you'll need to replace the cushion with something more supportive||$$$|
Scroll down for more information and mini-reviews of each of our top picks. For a list of the best dog beds of any type, click here.
If you're looking for a durable canopy bed that provides a shaded sleeping surface, the PawHut Elevated Dog Cot is a great choice. It features a breathable mesh fabric, portable design and durable frame, so it's perfect for relaxing outdoors.
Let's start with the basics. The PawHut has an elevated sleeping surface made with breathable mesh fabric. The frame is made from powder-coated steel, so it's strong enough to hold dogs up to 110lbs (if you choose the largest option), and a canopy is included. Steel elevated beds are also able to withstand heavier chewing and scratching.
There are several sizes available, ranging from 24" to 48". While the canopy is great for sun protection, you can detach it for indoor use. A bonus is that the frame has a foldable design and includes a travel bag.
A downside is that the fabric is not machine washable. You'll need to manually clean the PawHut with a mild soap and then allow it to air dry - although this is true for all elevated beds. It's also a shame there aren't more color options available, as the grey design isn't to everyone's tastes.
Even so, if you want a straightforward elevated bed with a removable canopy, the PawHut is an excellent choice.
Note: If you just need an elevated bed without a canopy, check out this page.
Why We Recommend It: The PawHut Cot provides a comfortable and shaded sleeping surface for your pet. It's simple to put together, has a breathable mesh fabric, and the steel frame is highly durable. There are also multiple size options and the shade is easy to detach.
For smaller dogs that need shade, the Floppy Dawg Just Chillin is another excellent canopy bed. The steel frame provides great durability, even if your dog is a chewer. It also has a breathable mesh fabric and a lightweight design.
The Floppy Dawg has a similar design to the PawHut Elevated. It's made with a breathable 1680D Oxford fabric, which increases airflow and helps keep your pet cool. It also has a steel frame and dome-shaped canopy.
A common issue with elevated dog beds is that they are unnecessarily difficult to put together. The Floppy Dawg doesn't have the easiest instructions, but once you've done it a couple of times the process is straightforward.
There are a few drawbacks though. The largest size is only 36" long, which probably isn't enough for big breeds. It also doesn't fold - although it's easy to take apart when travelling.
Despite these issues, the Floppy Dawg is an excellent canopy bed. The lightweight design makes it easy to carry outdoors, while the durable frame and material mean it should last.
Why We Recommend It: The Floppy Dawg Just Chillin' is a sturdy elevated bed with a great canopy. It's lightweight, built with breathable mesh and helps keep your pet cool during hot weather. While it's a great choice for small or medium breeds, it probably isn't big enough for large dogs.
While it's not strictly a canopy bed, I thought the Little Dove Teepee deserved a mention as it shares many of the same features. It's an attractive indoor bed that's great for small dogs - especially those that feel more comfortable sleeping in an enclosed space.
As you can see from the photo, the Little Dove is a luxurious bed with a stylish teepee design. The fabric is machine washable, which is important for a cream bed, and it can be folded down when not in use.
It's worth noting this bed is not designed to provide outdoor shade or to be used as a tent. It's an elegant option that's great for dogs that feel safer when in a "den" - but for outdoor sleeping, go for one of the elevated options.
A drawback is that the basic version doesn't come with a cushion. This is common for luxury products - and there's always the option of using your existing dog bed - but for the full effect you'll need to buy the 24-inch cushion as part of a bundle.
It's also not designed to withstand chewing or digging. If your dog has a habit of destroying beds, or your puppy is still going through the teething stage, it's probably not a good choice!
Why We Recommend It: If you're looking for an elegant bed with an enclosed sleeping space, the Little Dove is a brilliant choice. It features machine washable fabric, can be folded down, and has a beautiful design. Be aware that it doesn't come with a cushion as standard though - you'll need to purchase the bundle to get it.
K&H Pet Products make some great dog equipment. Their elevated bed combined with a separate canopy is a decent alternative to the other outdoor options on this list. These products must be bought separately, but still work out at roughly the same price as other cot beds.
The K&H Elevated Bed is made with a metal frame and 600 denier fabric. As the water-resistant canopy is sold separately, it's easy to detach for travelling or when it's not needed.
Like the other elevated beds on this list, it's easy to put together and disassemble, but you'll need to clean it manually with a damp cloth. There are four sizes of cot available - ranging up to 50" length - so it's a great choice for almost any breed (make sure you choose the right size canopy though).
The biggest drawback to this bed is that the fabric isn't as durable other products. It may show signs of wear over time and certainly won't withstand digging. For everyday use by a calm dog, however, it's a solid option that's relatively cheap.
Why We Recommend It: While the K&H Elevated Pet Bed may not be the most durable option, it provides decent value and comfort for your pet. The breathable fabric and canopy (sold separately) make it a good choice for warm weather.
Who said dogs don't deserve luxury? If you want to treat your pet like a prince or princess, while adding an elegant item of furniture to your house, this canopy bed could an option to consider.
The first thing that stands out about this bed is the bejeweled design. It doesn't have a canvas canopy (if you're handy at DIY there's the option of draping some small curtains though), but the wrought-iron frame topped with a crown make it one of the most luxurious dog beds on the market - at least in terms of appearance.
The Royal Splendor Pet Bed comes with a cushion covered in animal-print velvet. This provides an opulent finish - although the cushion itself is hard and doesn't provide the same comfort as other options, so you may want to replace it. It also can't be removed for washing.
There are a few other drawbacks to this bed. It's not the easiest to put together, so you may want to enlist a second pair of hands. It's also only available in one size, so it's only suitable for small dog breeds.
The biggest issue I have with this bed is that it's not as supportive or comfortable as other options. This can be fixed by adding a "real" bed and just using it for the frame, but this adds to the total cost.
There aren't many dog beds that can match the ornate style of this one though. So, if you've got a small dog and want something a bit different for your home, it might be worth considering (as long as you add a machine washable and comfortable cushion).
Why We Recommend It: With its wrought-iron frame and bejeweled crown, this is one of the most elegant beds on the market. It's let down by a hard and uncomfortable cushion though - so I only recommend it if you replace this with one that's supportive, soft and machine washable.
Some canopy dog beds are great for providing shade in the garden or when camping. Others add style and elegance to a room - especially compared to the average dog bed!
My top pick for an elevated canopy bed is the PawHut Elevated Dog Cot. It's a straightforward bed with breathable mesh, elevated design and steel frame, so it's perfect for outdoor use in warm weather.
I hope this article has helped you choose a canopy dog bed for your pet. If you have any questions or comments, please let me know using the form below.
About the Author: Richard Cross
Richard is a journalist who specialises in dog behavior. He's written hundreds of articles and books related to dogs, including for the Continental Kennel Club, Dog Fest (the UK's biggest dog festival) and various veterinary surgeries. When he's not spending time with Jess and Rudy (his beloved Labrador and Golden Retrievers), he enjoys reading, hiking and watching sports.