Does your dog prefer to sleep in an enclosed space? If so, a cave bed (also known as a hooded or enclosed bed) could make him feel safe and secure. Here are five of the best pet caves that your dog will love.
Comfortable dog that's great for burrowers
If your dog loves to burrow into blankets, the Snoozer Luxury Cozy Cave is my #1 pick. It's a durable bed with a plush design and machine-washable cover. It also provides a good balance between a rigid opening and a blanket design.
Does your dog often sleep under a table or desk? Or does he retreat to a crate when he's feeling anxious?
This behavior probably dates back to your dog's wolf ancestors. In the wild, wolves make tight and cozy homes to stay safe, which is why many dogs feel less anxious in "dens."
A great way to replicate this feeling of safety is with a cave bed. These hooded beds can reduce anxiety and provide a cozy place for your pup to sleep.
Many dogs enjoy the feeling of a cave bed, but they are particularly useful for dogs with anxiety or those who like to burrow. Some dogs may also find them warmer than a regular bed, although you may want to check our page about heated pads if your pet gets cold.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of low-quality cave beds on the market. While these are relatively cheap, they are usually weak and uncomfortable for your pet.
For this reason, I've put together a list of the best pet cave beds to help you choose the right option. I've included several different styles, but each bed provides a warm, cozy and covered sleeping spot for your pet.
Note: Cave beds have a variety of names. Some of the most common include hooded, enclosed, nesting, burrow, dome and covered beds. While these names technically mean different things, they are often used interchangeably. We also have pages about the best beds if you think your pet would prefer a regular sleeping spot.
There are different types of cave bed. Some have rigid designs to provide a covered sleeping area without the "cozy" feel. Others have a floppy roof to allow a dog to burrow.
The right option depends on your dog's preferences. If he loves burrowing or sleeping under the duvet, he'll probably enjoy a softer nesting bed (such as the Snoozer Luxury below). If he likes sleeping in a crate but doesn't enjoy snuggling into a blanket, he'll prefer a bed with a rigid roof.
Other factors to consider include:
It's worth mentioning that cave dog beds are usually only suitable for small breeds (or cats). There are some larger options on the market, but most hooded beds have a relatively small and tight sleeping space. If you have a big dog, check out my page about large dog beds.
Listed below are five of the best dog cave beds on the market at the moment. If your pet is a snuggler, I'm sure he'll love these beds!
|#1||Snoozer Luxury Cozy Cave||(TOP PICK) Luxury feel and easy to wash||$$$$|
|#2||Ethical Pets Sleep Zone Cuddle Cave||Great for burrowers and excellent value||$$|
|#3||PLS BIRDSONG Original Cuddle Pouch||Comfortable bed with a waterproof bottom||$$|
|#4||Snoozer Orthopedic Luxury Bed||Expensive but orthopedic support||$$$$$|
|#5||PLS BIRDSONG Pointy Cave||Not snuggly but great for dogs who don't like burrowing||$$|
Scroll down for more information and mini-reviews of each of our top picks.
My top pick for a dog cave bed is the Snoozer Luxury Cozy Cave. It's a soft "blanket-style" enclosed bed, with a supported entrance and soft Sherpa interior. If your dog enjoys snuggling under a blanket, he'll probably love the Snoozer.
What makes it stand out from other cave beds though?
The Luxury Cozy Cave provides a soft and comfortable sleeping surface for your pet. The combination of Sherpa interior (which has a similar feel to wool) and poly filling creates a luxurious feel that most beds can't match.
While a plastic rod holds open the entrance, the back of the "roof" isn't supported. This means it acts more as a blanket over your pet, so it's great for dogs that like to sleep under blankets. If your pet prefers to be enclosed without direct contact with a blanket, look for a bed with a fixed roof instead.
On a practical level, it's easy to clean due to the machine-washable cover. This is a bit fiddly to remove, as you'll need to take out both the plastic rod and interior filling, but is easy to wash and shouldn't shrink.
It's worth noting that the poly-filled cushion does not provide orthopedic-level support. Many dogs will enjoy sleeping on it, but if your pet suffers from joint pain it's probably not the best choice.
Why We Recommend It: The Snoozer provides a luxurious sleeping environment for your pet. It's great for dogs who enjoy sleeping under blankets and is easy to wash. If you're looking for a cozy cave for your pet, this is the one to buy.
If you're looking for a cheaper alternative to the Snoozer, the Cuddle Cave could be an option to consider - especially for small dogs that like to burrow.
The Cuddle Cave is a simple bed that's made with a poly fill interior and soft surface. It doesn't provide orthopedic support, do I don't recommend it for dogs with joint pain, but it provides a comfortable surface that many pets will love.
The biggest difference between this bed and a regular cave is that it doesn't come with a rigid tube to hold open the door. Instead, the entire bed is made from fabric, so it's specifically designed for burrowing pets. You might need to show your pet how to lift up the door a few times, but once they get the hang of it many will love cuddling up inside on cold days.
It's also available in several colors and is machine-washable. As there is no inner tube, the whole bed can go into the washer.
The biggest drawback is that it's only suitable for dogs up to 10lbs. I think slightly larger dogs could use it if they enjoy burrowing into their bed, but it's certainly not suitable for even medium-size breeds.
It's also not the most durable bed on the market. If your bed is a chewer or digger, look for a tougher option.
Why We Recommend It: The Sleep Zone Cuddle Cave is a great bed for small breeds that like to burrow. The hooded design and plush interior makes it a comfortable sleeping spot. It's also machine-washable.
The Cuddle Pouch is another bed that burrowers will enjoy. It's made of two parts, an interior cushion and separate cave, but there is no support for the cave walls. Instead, it's up to your dog to push it open and burrow inside - something that many small breeds will love.
The first thing that stands out about the Cuddle Pouch is the plush and attractive design. It's a soft bed with a comforting external fabric and polyester fill. It's not orthopedic, but healthy dogs should find it easy to get comfortable on this bed.
One of the great things about the Cuddle Pouch is the machine-washable design. The cover of the pillow can be removed for washing, while the entire cave section can be put in the washer. It also has a waterproof bottom to protect floors if your dog has an accident.
Unlike some of the other burrowing beds on this list, the Cuddle Pouch is suitable for dogs of up to 25lbs (if you buy the medium version). It's not the most durable option and is more expensive than the Cuddle Cave, but is an option to consider for dogs that are too big for the other bed's 10lbs restriction.
Why We Recommend It: The Original Cuddle Pouch is a plush and comfortable hooded bed. The cave walls aren't supported, as this encourage dogs to snuggle up inside, so it's probably not the best choice for pets who don't like blankets. Burrowing dogs will love the soft interior though.
If you like the look of the Snoozer Luxury Bed but are worried it won't provide enough support for your pet, the Orthopedic version is an option to consider.
It has many of the same features, such as a hooded design and Sherpa interior, but with a 3" layer of orthopedic foam to relieve joint pain and provide a more comfortable sleep.
There's also a microsuede exterior (on certain models) and a rust-proof brass zipper for removing the cover. The cover is machine-washable so it's easy to keep the bed clean.
Like many of the products on this list, the Snoozer Orthopedic is designed for dogs that like to burrow. If your pet regularly burrows under blankets or duvets, it's a great choice. If you're not sure your dog likes burrowing, however, then look for an option with a rigid roof.
The biggest downside is the cost. It's an expensive dog bed - especially if you need the Large or X-Large versions. If your dog could benefit from orthopedic support, however, it's one of the best hooded dog beds on the market.
Why We Recommend It: The Snoozer Orthopedic combines the great features of the standard Snoozer Luxury Bed with a 3" layer of foam. This makes it a great choice for burrowers who need extra support for their joints. It also has a plush interior that many dogs love sleeping on.
If your pet doesn't like to burrow but still prefers covered sleeping spots, the Pointy Dog Cave by PLS Birdsong could be an option to consider.
There are three versions of the Pointy Dog Cave: small, medium and large. The biggest option is suitable for dogs weighing up to 35lbs, so it's a good choice for breeds like Cocker Spaniels or French Bulldogs.
An interesting feature of this bed is that there are two modes. The standard mode with the pointy roof is great if your dog likes a covered environment and helps retain heat during cold weather. There is a zip around the top section, however, so you can remove it and use it as a regular nesting bed.
Other features include a faux-fur soft interior fabric, washable design (more on that in a moment) and suede exterior. The bed also comes with a plush pillow for added comfort.
It's important to be aware that this isn't the best choice for every dog. The round cushion design means it's brilliant for dogs that like to curl up and snuggle against a wall, but it's not the right shape if your pet prefers to stretch out.
The roof is also more rigid than the typical cave bed. This makes it much better suited to dogs that don't like burrowing, but comes with the drawback of not being machine-washable. While the cushion cover can be washed in a machine, the point top and base must be washed by hand.
On the plus side, the Point Cave is sturdy and well-built. It's also not too expensive considering the quality and unique design.
Why We Recommend It: If your dog doesn't like blankets but still enjoys sleeping in a covered bed, the Point Dog Cave is a great alternative to the other caves on this page. It has a more rigid cone and soft base, plus you can remove the top part during warm weather.
If your dog loves to burrow under the duvet or sleep under a desk, he'll probably love a cave dog bed. These beds mimic the "dens" that canines look for in the wild, which is why they can provide a feeling of safety and security (similar to a dog teepee).
My top pick for a cave bed is the Snoozer Luxury Cozy Cave. It's a plush bed with a machine-washable cover, soft sleeping surface and a variety of color options.
I hope this article has helped you choose the best dog cave bed for your pet. If you have any questions or comments, please use the comments section 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.