Your Great Dane's joints need plenty of support when sleeping - especially if he/she suffers from joint pain. Here are five of the most supportive, comfortable and durable dog beds for Great Danes that your pet will love.
Our #1 Pick
Ultra-supportive and durable foam bed for Great Danes
We think the Big Barker is the best choice for a Great Dane. The combination of comfort and support foam prevents pressure points, while the cover is durable and machine-washable. Big Barker also offers a 10-year warranty against flattening.
With their regal posture and friendly manner, it's easy to see why Great Danes are the 14th most popular breed in the US (according to the AKC).
Despite their muscular and elegant body, Great Danes are sadly prone to musculoskeletal problems.
Hip dysplasia and arthritis, in particular, are associated with this breed due to its giant size. Both conditions can become worse over time - and are made more painful if a dog is forced to lay on a hard surface.
For this reason, it's important to buy a dog bed that your Great Dane enjoys sleeping on. The bed should be durable, provide orthopedic-level support for the joints, and have a comfortable filling.
To help you make the right choice for your pet, here are my five top picks for a Great Dane bed. Before we get to the recommendations, however, I want to talk about what makes a bed suitable for a giant breed.
Note: I've already written about choosing a bed for a large dog, but I think Great Danes deserve their own article as they are one of the largest breeds and prone to joint pain.
How to Choose a Bed for a Great Dane
The size of a Great Dane provides some unique challenges when buying a dog bed. A basic bed from a pet store can cause pain and interrupted sleep, as these products aren't designed for giant breeds.
With that in mind, here are some things to look for when choosing a bed for a Great Dane:
- Correct Size. Whatever type of bed you decide to buy, it's vital to choose the right size. We have a full sizing chart on our main page about dog beds, but for Great Danes you typically need an "XX Large" bed that's at least 50" long and 45" wide.
- Support for Joints. Cheap dog beds often have thin padding, which can cause Great Danes to sink through to the floor. To prevent this, look for a high-quality bed with firm orthopedic foam (memory foam is best but thick comfort/support foam can also do the job). Shredded foam is often cheaper, but provides less support than solid foam. Whatever type you choose, the bed should spread the dog's weight evenly without creating pressure points.
- Long Lasting. Some dog beds provide great support for the joints initially - but quickly start to flatten. The best Great Dane beds provide long-lasting support even for a heavy dog. It's worth paying more upfront for a bed that lasts.
- Correct Bed Type. There are a variety of different types of dog bed, including nest, donut, and standard. I recommend choosing either an orthopedic (thick foam) or elevated bed for a giant breed such as a Great Dane. If you choose a bed with a bolster or headrest, make sure the actual sleeping space is still big enough for your pet.
- Durable. Great Danes are strong dogs, so the bed must withstand chewing and scratching. Elevated beds are often the best choice for heavy chewers, but there are some tough orthopedic beds on the market too (no foam bed is indestructible though).
- Washable. Dog beds need to be washed regularly to prevent odors, dirt build-up and insect infestation. A Great Dane bed is unlikely to fit in the washing machine, so look for one with a removable and machine-washable cover.
Note: It's not always easy to tell when a dog is in pain, as many are adept at hiding discomfort. For this reason, I recommend buying any Great Dane a high-quality orthopedic or elevated bed, even if the dog isn't showing signs of arthritis or hip dysplasia.
5 Best Great Dane Dog Beds in 2020
Listed below are five of the best dog beds for Great Danes. Most of the beds are orthopedic with thick foam cushions, but I've also included an elevated bed for chewers or dogs who often overheat.
|#1||Big Barker||Great support & 10-year warranty||$$$$$|
|#2||Coolaroo Elevated||Elevated & highly durable design||$$|
|#3||Petlo Orthopedic||Less expensive alternative to the Big Barker||$$$$|
|#4||Dogbed4less Memory Foam||Thinner but includes waterproof cover||$$$$|
|#5||Brindle Memory Foam||Budget alternative but can't match the support of others||$$$|
Scroll down for more information and mini-reviews of each of our top picks.
1. Big Barker Orthopedic
Big Barker is a well-known bed for large dogs - and its reputation is deserved. With seven inches of foam, soft headrest, and a machine washable cover, this is an outstanding bed that provides strong support for a Great Dane.
The key to the Big Barker's support for big dogs is the 7" foam interior. There are two layers of comfort foam that sandwich a thicker layer of high density support foam, so heavy dogs gently sink through the top layer to be fully supported by the core. This provides a comfortable sleeping surface while minimizing pressure points.
Unlike cheaper products, the Big Barker uses high-quality foam (not shredded) that's designed to last. It won't flatten over time, so the higher price is offset by the fact that the bed could last your dog's lifetime.
To increase comfort, the Big Barker comes with a microfiber cover. This is durable, so it can withstand scratching and light chewing. It's also machine washable which makes it easy to prevent odor build-up - as long as you wash it regularly.
A bonus is that the Big Barker comes with a 10-year warranty. The manufacturer guarantees the foam won't flatten by more than 10% in 10 years, otherwise they'll replace it free of charge.
There aren't many downsides to the Big Barker, but the biggest is the price. It's one of the most expensive dog beds on the market, so it's probably not the right choice if you're on a tight budget. Some dogs may find it too warm to sleep on during the summer months, although it's not the worst foam bed in this regard.
Note: The Big Barker is available in Large, Extra Large and Giant versions. I recommend buying the Giant if you have a Great Dane, as the 60" x 48" sleeping surface provides plenty of space.
Why We Recommend It: The Big Barker is expensive, but it's an outstanding bed for a Great Dane. The combination of comfort and high-density foam provides a soft-yet-supportive sleeping surface, while the microfiber cover is easy to remove and wash. It also comes with a 10-year warranty that guarantees it won't lose its shape by more than 10%. If you want the best for your big pup, the Big Barker is my top recommendation.
- Type: Orthopedic with Headrest
- Material: 7" total with layers of comfort + support foam
- Price Range: $$$$$
- Excellent support and comfort for a Great Dane
- Removable & machine washable microfiber cover
- 10-year warranty and made in the USA
- Very expensive
2. Coolaroo Elevated
If you're looking for a cheaper alternative for your Great Dane, the Coolaroo Elevated might be an option to consider. I don't recommend it for dogs with joint issues - the fabric surface isn't as effective at preventing pressure points - but for healthy dogs that often overheat it's a cost-effective choice.
The Coolaroo is an elevated bed with a stainless steel frame. It has a breathable and UV-resistant cover, so it can be used both indoors and outdoors. It's also mold resistant.
One of the biggest advantages of the Coolaroo is the price. While the Big Barker costs hundreds of dollars, the Coolaroo can often be bought for less than $50 - even if you buy the X-Large option (which you'll definitely need for a Great Dane).
It's also a great choice for dogs that overheat on foam beds. The raised platform and breathable surface increase airflow to the dog's coat, so it's much cooler than memory foam. The stainless steel frame also makes it a highly durable option for Great Danes that chew.
A downside is that it's not as wide as I would like for a Great Dane - even if you buy the X-Large option. It's certainly long enough, but the 37" width might feel cramped if your dog wants to stretch out. The Coolaroo is also surprisingly difficult to assemble, so be prepared for some frustration!
Why We Recommend It: The Coolaroo is a more basic product than the others on this list. It doesn't provide the same comfortable support and is less effective at preventing pressure points than foam beds. If you're looking for a cheap and chew-proof bed for a Great Dane without joint issues, however, then it's an option to consider. It's also great for keeping dogs cool in hot weather.
- Type: Elevated
- Material: Breathable fabric & steel frame
- Price Range: $$
- Cheap yet highly durable
- Improved airflow to reduce overheating
- Can be used outdoors
- Less comfortable than a foam bed - and I don't recommend it for dogs with arthritis or other joint issues
- Fiddly to assemble
3. Petlo Orthopedic
My top pick for a Great Dane bed is the Big Barker - but the high price could be a barrier for those on a budget. If you're looking for a cheaper alternative with many of the same benefits, the Petlo Orthopedic is a great option. It's a 7" thick bed with a memory foam layer, machine washable cover and comfortable headrest - plus it's available for a great price.
Unlike the Big Barker, the Petlo isn't specifically made for large dogs. There are three sizes available, however, including a "Giant" option with dimensions of 62" x 50". This is perfect for a Great Dane and provides plenty of room to stretch out.
It's also a lot cheaper than the Big Barker, while still providing plenty of support for heavy dogs. The top memory foam layer is 4" thick and gently molds around the body to prevent pressure points. As the dog sinks into the bed, the bottom layer of support foam provides a firmer base so his elbows or hips won't rest on the floor.
The suede cover is water resistant and machine washable. Petlo has also included an anti-slip backing, which is great for older dogs or those with arthritis.
There are a few drawbacks though. Despite being listed as water resistant, don't expect the suede cover to fully stop an accident from soaking through into the mattress. The cover also isn't strong enough to withstand heavy chewing or digging, and Petlo don't offer the same 10-year warranty as Big Barker.
For the price, however, it's one of the best foam beds for Great Danes.
Why We Recommend It: The Petlo might not be quite as durable as the Big Barker, but it provides excellent comfort, support and value for money. If you're looking for a cheaper orthopedic bed with a similar design to the Big Barker, this is the one to get.
- Type: Orthopedic with headrest
- Material: 7" of memory & support foam
- Price Range: $$$$
- Memory foam contours to the dog's body
- "Giant" version is perfect for Great Danes
- Machine-washable suede cover
- Cover isn't fully water resistant
- Takes time to expand when you first open it
4. Dogbed4less Memory Foam
One of my favorite dog beds is the Dogbed4less Memory Foam. It's a versatile bed with a waterproof internal layer, soft denim cover and solid memory foam pillow. The bed is also available in a "Jumbo" size that's ideal for Great Danes.
With four inches of gel-infused memory foam, the Dogbed4less is thinner than the Petlo or Big Barker. It's 100% solid foam though, so it provides much better support than shredded alternatives (such as the Brindle below). Most Great Danes will love sleeping on it, as the foam is brilliant at reducing pressure points and relieving joint pain. The foam is also high-quality so it shouldn't flatten over time.
One of the best features of this bed is that it comes with three covers. The internal cover is waterproof to protect the delicate memory foam from accidents or spills. There's also a soft micro suede middle layer and a comfortable denim cover. Both the external covers are machine washable and made from high-quality materials.
In terms of size, the largest "Jumbo" version measures 55" x 47". This isn't as big as some of the others on this list, but should provide enough space for a Great Dane to lay down comfortably.
Despite providing excellent quality for the price, the Dogbed4less only ranks #4 on my list of the best beds for Great Danes. The simple reason is that the 4" memory foam layer isn't as thick as the Big Barker or Petlo, so even a small amount of flattening may make it unsuitable for a heavy Great Dane.
The durable memory foam still provides a comfortable surface for most Danes though - and it provides brilliant value for money.
Why We Recommend It: The Dogbed4less is one of the best beds on the market. The four-inch layer of memory foam provides a comfortable surface for heavy dogs, while the three covers protect the foam from accidents. It's not as thick as the Big Barker, but provides great value for money.
- Type: Orthopedic
- Material: 4" Memory Foam
- Price Range: $$$$
- Gel-infused foam helps prevent overheating
- Molds to your dog's body to prevent pressure points
- Three covers to protect foam
- Not as thick as the Big Barker or Petlo
5. Brindle Memory Foam
If you don't want to spend $100+ on a bed, but also need a soft foam cushion rather than an elevated model, the Brindle could be an option to consider.
This bed is 3 inches thick and made with shredded (rather than solid) memory foam. It's still a step up from the average bed, but can't match the Big Barker for foam quality or support. The padding is densely stuffed, however, so most Great Danes will enjoy sleeping on it.
Unlike the Dogbed4less, which includes three covers, the Brindle has a single micro suede cover. This is easy to remove and machine washable, although be careful to follow the instructions when tumble drying.
On the plus side, it's a lot cheaper than the other memory foam options on this list. It may also be a good choice for a crate or travelling due to its lightweight design.
There are a few reasons why I prefer the Big Barker and Petlo to this model though. The Brindle isn't as thick as the other beds, so heavy Great Danes may sink through - especially as it's made with shredded memory foam. It's also only 3" thick if you choose the largest option, so your pet doesn't have as much space to stretch out.
Another issue is that the micro suede cover isn't waterproof. If your dog is prone to accidents, washing the bundles memory foam can be difficult and time consuming. I recommend going for a bed with a waterproof cover, like the Dogbed4less above, if your Great Dane has incontinence or toileting issues.
It's cheaper than the other beds on this list though. So, if you're looking for a large memory foam bed on a budget, it could be an option to consider.
Why We Recommend It: The Brindle is made with shredded memory foam, which isn't as supportive as solid foam. It's much cheaper than other memory foam beds, however, and still provides a comfortable sleep for a Great Dane.
- Type: Orthopedic
- Material: 3" memory foam
- Price Range: $$$
- Great value for money
- Soft and densely packed foam
- Comfortable micro suede cover
- Shredded foam isn't as supportive
- Cover isn't waterproof
Great Danes are giant dogs, so they need extra support for a comfortable sleep. The average pet store bed simply isn't up to the job.
Fortunately, there are some brilliant beds for Great Danes on the market these days.
All five beds on this list should provide a comfortable sleep, but my top pick is the Big Barker. It's designed specifically for large dogs and has a 10-year guarantee against flattening. If you want a cheaper alternative, the Petlo is an excellent choice.
I hope this article has helped you choose the best bed for your Great Dane. If you have any questions or feedback, please let me know in the comments section.
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.