Best Dog Beds for Small Dogs (2017)

These beds are perfect for small (or medium) doggy companions

Are you looking for a bed that's suitable for a small breed? While there are plenty of options for smaller dogs, many beds (especially foam) are too firm to be comfortable. That's why we've put together a list of the best dog beds for small dogs - keep reading to view the top picks!

View our guide to the best dog beds for small dogs

Some of the most popular breeds are considered "small," including the Yorkshire Terrier, Dachshund and Pug, yet it's unusual to find a dog bed aimed at this size. While there are several high-profile beds designed for larger breeds, there's an assumption that a smaller dog can lay on anything.

While there's some truth to this, it's important to buy a bed that's comfortable for your small canine companion. Some beds - especially orthopedic dog beds - are made with a firm foam filling that might not sink for a lightweight dog. Other beds can potentially swamp your pet and make them feel uncomfortable.

In this article, I've listed five of the top-rated dog beds for small dogs. I've included a variety of types, including elevated, orthopedic, memory foam and nesting. Regardles of type, all these beds have one thing in common: they provide a fantastic sleeping spot for small dogs.

What to Look for in a Small Dog Bed?

Choosing a bed for a small dog is similar to larger breeds, but there are a few important differences. Here are the things to look for:

  • Thickness and Support. Small and lightweight dogs don't need the same filling thickness as larger breeds, but they still need padding for a comfortable sleep. The best small dog beds should provide enough thickness to prevent your pet touching the floor, while being soft enough to mold around the dog.
  • Filling Type. The three most common fillings for a dog bed are polyester, orthopedic foam and memory foam (in order of least to most supportive). Poly-filled beds can provide great comfort, but don't mold around your dog's body to provide extra support like foam beds. I recommend a foam bed for dogs with joint problems.
  • Durability. Small dogs might not have the brute strength of larger breeds such as Labradors, but they can still shred a weak bed cover. Look for tear-resistant covers and a chew proof design - especially if your pet is a chewer. A waterproof liner can also protect the mattress if your dog has an accident.
  • Sleeping Style and Bed Type. One of the great things about choosing a bed for a small dog is there are more options than for bigger canines. Aside from rectangular and raised beds, you can also get thick-walled nested, heated, doughnut, designer and even custom beds. This makes it easier to choose one that matches your dog's sleeping style. As a general rule, if your dog likes to snuggle against something, get a nesting or doughnut bed. If your dog overheats, a cooling or raised bed is a great choice. And for dogs that love to stretch out, a rectangular dog bed is the best option.
  • Size. I always recommend choosing a bed that allows your dog to comfortably stretch out - and this is no different for small breeds. The good news is that you can choose a smaller bed, which are usually considerably cheaper than larger options. If you're buying a crate bed, make sure you choose one that fits your pet's crate.
  • Washable. All dog beds need to be easily washable, as they become dirty very quickly. Small poly-filled beds may be entirely machine washable, while foam beds usually have a removable cover. It's rare to find a bed that can't be washed - but if you see one, avoid it.

5 Best Dog Beds for Small Breeds

Now you know how to choose a great bed for a small puppy or dog, let's get to the top picks. These beds have different strengths, so it's important to read the reviews to see which is best for your pet. They all provide great value for money and a comfortable place for your pet to sleep though.

 ImageNameMaterialPrice RangeView Price
#1Brindle Waterproof Designer Bed2" Memory Foam + 2" Support Foam$$View Price
#2Best Friends by Sheri Deep Dish CuddlerOverstuffed Polyester Walls$$View Price
#3Coolaroo Elevated Pet BedElevated / Raised$View Price
#4HappyCare Textiles Rectangle Pet BedNesting / Bolster$View Price
#5DogBed4Less Orthopedic Memory FoamRectangular$$$View Price
The Brindle Designer is one of the best beds for small breeds

1. Brindle Waterproof Designer Bed

My top recommendation for a bed for a small breed is the Brindle Designer Memory Foam Pet Bed. It's a stylish bed that provides excellent support without being too firm for a small dog.

​The Brindle is made from 2" of memory foam and 2" high density support foam. The memory foam molds around your dog as it heats up, creating a soft and supportive sleeping surface that's great for sore joints. Beneath it, the support foam stops your dog sinking to the floor.

Surrounding the foam interior is a zippered cover. This can be machine-washed, so is easy to keep clean. There's also a waterproof layer to protect the mattress from accidents. While this is a useful addition for any dog owner, it's especially important if your dog is getting old or isn't house trained.​

One of the best things about the Brindle is that it offers great value for money. While the RRP is high, there are often deals that cost considerably less. If you can get it for less than $50, it's a real bargain that almost any small dog will love.​

Quick Summary: The Brindle is an excellent bed for small dogs. The combination of memory and support foam provides comfortable support for joints, while the waterproof liner protects the mattress from accidents. Highly recommended.

  • ​Type: Rectangular
  • Material: 4" total (2" memory foam + 2" support foam)
  • Sizes Available: 22 x 16 inches, 34 x 22 inches, 46 x 28 inches
  • Price Range: $$
  • Great value for money
  • Fantastic support for small dogs
  • Waterproof inner layer to protect mattress
  • Cover isn't strong enough to resist aggressive chewing or digging
The pink deep dish cuddler is a great choice for dogs that like to snuggle

2. Best Friends by Sheri Deep Dish Cuddler

If you're looking for a luxury bed for a small dog, the Deep Dish Cuddler is a great choice. It's not the most supportive - so I don't recommend it for dogs with joint problems - but small dogs that enjoy snuggling will love the soft security it provides.

​Let's start with its construction. The Deep Dish Cuddler is made with overstuffed polyester walls and a soft Sherpa fabric cover. The entire bed can be machine washed, so you don't need to worry about removing the cover.  While it's marketed for dogs with joint pain, I think it's better suited to younger dogs that like a more enclosed sleeping location.

​It's not the most durable dog bed, but it can withstand light chewing from small breeds. It also has a waterproof bottom for extra protection.

​A bonus is that there are a range of different colors available. These include pink, brown, teal and chocolate. There's only one size though - so while the 20x15 inches exterior is great for dogs that like to snuggle, it's probably not big enough for your dog to stretch out.

Quick Summary: The Deep Dish Cuddler is an excellent bed for small dogs that like to curl up when sleeping. The lack of orthopedic support makes it unsuitable for pets with joint pain, however, and it's also not a great choice for aggressive chewers (as it probably won't last long). There aren't many beds that can match it for luxury in this price range though.

  • ​Type: Nesting / Doughnut
  • Material: Overstuffed Polyester Walls
  • Sizes Available: 20 x 15 inches (only suitable for dogs up to 20 pounds)
  • Price Range: $$
  • Luxurious bed that's great for small breeds
  • Excellent value
  • Walls make your dog feel secure
  • Not durable enough to withstand heavy chewing
  • Walls sag more than they do in promotional photos
One of the best-value elevated beds is the Coolaroo - and it's great for small dogs

3. Coolaroo Elevated Pet Bed

At the other end of the luxury spectrum from the Deep Dish Cuddler, there's the Coolaroo raised dog bed. While it doesn't provide the same level of comfort, it's a good choice if your pet regularly overheats. It can also be used outdoors and indoors.

​What makes this bed different from other options though? Firstly, the Coolaroo Elevated bed is made with a steel frame that keeps the sleeping surface several inches off the floor. This increases airflow while making sure your pet doesn't sleep on a hard surface.

The polyethylene fabric cover is also designed to be sturdy and strong, yet provides a breathable surface that's comfortable to sleep on. You can also easily clean the cover using a hose or by wiping it. It's also mold resistant, making it a good choice for an outdoor bed.

As you can probably tell, there's nothing fancy about this bed - but the elevated design and breathable material makes it a cooling option for dogs that overheat. The steel frame also means it's highly durable, so it's highly unlikely even small chewers can damage it. Plus it's cheap!

Quick Summary: The Coolaroo elevated dog bed is a great choice if your small dog often overheats. It's not as comfortable or supportive as other options, but it provides excellent value for money and is easy to clean.

  • ​Type: Elevated / Raised
  • Material: Steel Frame & Polyethylene Fabric
  • Sizes Available: 35.4 x 21.6 inches, 42 x 25.5 inches, 51 x 31.5 inches, 59.8 x 37 inches
  • Price Range: $
  • Raised platform to keep your pet cool
  • Touch and durable design
  • Great value
  • Not as comfortable as other beds
One of the best bolster beds for small dogs is the HappyCare Textiles

4. HappyCare Textiles Rectangle Pet Bed

If you're looking for a bed that's great for your dog to snuggle against but without the wall size of the Deep Dish Cuddler, the HappyCare Textilres Bolster bed could be a great alternative. It's a thin bed - so don't expect orthopedic support - but it's still comfortable and the walls are great for your pet to use as pillows.

​As you can see from the photo, the bed has four soft walls. The front wall is lower so the dog can get in without struggling, while the other three are higher for sleeping against. All of the walls are soft, making them comfortable to sleep against, but they aren't as strong as other nest beds.

​The bottom of the bed is relatively thin - especially compared to memory foam beds. This makes it unsuitable for larger dogs, but small breeds will love it. The lack of foam also means it's a cooler option. I don't recommend it for pets with arthritis or other joint problems though.

Like the Deep Dish Cuddler, the HappyCare is machine washable so there's no need to remove a cover. It's durable enough to withstand regular washing, although the fabric is too weak to handle aggressive chewers.

Overall, the HappyCare is an excellent cheap dog bed for small dogs. The walls provide a semi-enclosed place for your dog to sleep, while the padding is thick enough to prevent small dogs from sleeping on the floor.​

Quick Summary: The HappyCare Textiles Reversible Pet Bed is a great choice for small dogs that like to sleep in the "fox" position. It also provides great value - although it doesn't provide enough support for dogs with joint pain.

  • ​Type: Bolster
  • Material: Soft polyester suede cover
  • Sizes Available: 25 x 21 inches (external)
  • Price Range: $
  • Three full walls for sleeping against
  • Whole bed can be machine washed
  • Enough padding for lightweight breeds
  • Fabric isn't strong enough to withstand chewers
The DogBed4Less is an excellent choice for smaller breeds

5. DogBed4Less Orthopedic Memory Foam

Of all our dog bed reviews, the DogBed4Less Orthopedic Memory Foam is probably our top pick. It's a 4" solid memory foam bed that provides outstanding value for money - plus it's available in a range of sizes to suit different dogs.

While I don't think it's the best option for a small dog, as the foam may be slightly too dense, it's still an excellent choice that most pets will love. The 4" of memory foam also molds to your dog's body to prevent pressure points on the joints. 

​One of the great things about the DogBed4Less is that it comes with an internal waterproof liner along with a comfortable denim external zipper and an extra microsuede cover. This combination provides great protection for the foam mattress, while maintaining a comfortable sleeping surface for your pet.

Quick Summary: The DogBed4Less is one of the best dog beds on the market for almost any size pet. If you want a memory foam bed but don't want to buy the Brindle, this is the best alternative.

  • ​Type: Rectangular
  • Material: 4" solid memory foam
  • Sizes Available: 35 x 20 inch, 37 x 27 inch, 40x35 inch, 41 x 27 inch, 47 x 29 inch, 53 x 37 inch, 55 x 47 inch
  • Price Range: $$$
  • Solid memory foam for excellent support
  • Waterproof liner & two covers
  • One of the most popular dog beds
  • May be slightly too firm for the smallest dogs

Summary

Small dogs deserve a comfortable bed too - and the good news is there are some great options on the market. The five beds on this page all provide great value and a sleeping spot your pet will love.

My top recommendation is the excellent Brindle Waterproof Designer Bed. ​It's a stylish option that provides great support for small breeds. The Deep Dish Cuddler is a good alternative if you want a luxury bed for your pet.

Do you have any questions about choosing the best dog beds for small dogs? Or is there a great bed I've missed from this list? Let me know in the comments!