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!
Some of the most popular breeds are considered “small,” including the Yorkshire Terrier, Dachshund and Pug.
Despite their popularity, it’s unusual to find a dog bed aimed at this size. There are several high-profile beds designed for larger breeds, but 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. Regardless of type, all these beds have one thing in common: they provide a fantastic sleeping spot for small dogs.
Our #1 Pick: Brindle Waterproof Orthopedic Pillow
A brilliant bed for small (or medium) doggy companions
The Brindle Waterproof Orthopedic is our top pick for a small dog bed. It’s a comfortable bed with 4″ of foam, including 2″ of memory foam, so it creates a supportive sleeping surface. It also has a machine washable cover and a waterproof inner layer.
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 orthopedic 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, corner beds, heated, donut, 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. On the other hand, don’t buy an over-sized bed, as it may make your dog feel less secure. 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.
|Rank||Name||Bed Type||Why Choose It...|
|#1||Brindle Waterproof Designer Bed||Rectangular||Our top pick. Supportive memory foam and a waterproof inner liner|
|#2||Best Friends by Sheri OrthoComfort Sherpa||Nesting / Doughnut||Great for dogs who like to curl up against something when sleeping|
|#3||Coolaroo Elevated Pet Bed||Elevated / Raised||Not the most comfortable, but good for dogs who overheat|
|#4||HappyCare Textiles Rectangle Pet Bed||Bolster||Three walls, soft design, and can easily be machine washed|
|#5||DogBed4Less Orthopedic Memory Foam||Rectangular||Excellent dog bed for all sizes, due to the solid memory foam mattress|
1. Brindle Waterproof Designer BedVIEW PRICE
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 the right price, it’s an excellent bed that almost any small dog will love.
2. Best Friends by Sheri OrthoComfort SherpaVIEW PRICE
If you’re looking for a luxury bed for a small dog, the OrthoComfort Sherpa 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 plush security it provides. The lower front wall also acts as a convenient headrest.
Let’s start with its construction. The OrthoComfort Cuddler is made with overstuffed rear 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.
The OrthoComfort Cuddler isn’t the most durable dog bed, but it can withstand light chewing from small breeds. It also has a water-resistant bottom, made with durable nylon, for extra floor protection.
A bonus is that there are a range of different colors available. These include pink, brown, teal and black. There’s only a couple of sizes though – so while the 20″ x 20″ inch exterior (or 24″ x 22″ for the Jumbo size) is great for dogs that like to snuggle, it’s probably not big enough for your dog to stretch out.
Note: If your pooch loves to burrow, you may want to look at cave beds with covered designs. Take a look at my top picks here.
3. Coolaroo Elevated Pet BedVIEW PRICE
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 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!
Note: The Coolaroo doesn’t provide any padding, so you’ll probably want to add a blanket to ensure your dog is comfortable.
4. HappyCare Textiles Rectangle Pet BedVIEW PRICE
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 Textiles 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.
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.
5. DogBed4Less Orthopedic Memory FoamVIEW PRICE
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 micro suede cover. This combination provides great protection for the foam mattress, while maintaining a comfortable sleeping surface for your pet.
The DogBed4Less is one of the best dog beds on the market for almost any size pet. If you want a memory foam dog bed but don’t want to buy the Brindle, this is the best alternative.
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 Orthopedic Bed. It’s a stylish option that provides great support for small breeds. The Best Friends by Sheri OrthoComfort 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!